The MarketWatch web site (connected to the Wall Street Journal) provides a list of top international retirement destination and places Malaysia in the 3rd spot, after Ecuador and Panama.
The article notes the benefits of Malaysia as
- Good and reasonably priced health care
- English as the unofficial “first language” (it is a bit of a stretch to claim this, in my opinion, but you can get by in English).
- Good weather with beaches, islands and jungles to enjoy.
- Good food
- Affordable prices
I would add the MM2H visa and the ability to buy property.
The list is packed with Central and South American options along with 2 in Europe and 2 in Asia. Rounding out the top 10 are: Mexico, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Colombia, Spain, Thailand and Malta.
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