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M'sia 10th friendliest nation
Publication Date : 29-10-2012
Forbes Online has rated Malaysia as the 10th friendliest country in the world, based on HSBC’s recent Expat Explorer Survey.
“Better quality of life, a satisfying social life, easy local travel and better housing than in their home country helped put Malaysia in fifth place overall – though many reported difficulty integrating into the local community (often because of a language barrier),” a recent Forbes Online article stated.
Lauding the article, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak tweeted yesterday, “We welcome the world.”
Forbes Online listed Cayman Islands, Australia and Britain as the top three friendliest destinations for expatriates.
Referring to the survey, the article stated that the three nations were the “easiest to befriend locals, learn the local language, integrate into the community and fit into the new culture”.
It quoted an expatriate living in Cayman Islands who gave the place the thumbs up for not having any income or payroll tax, hardly any crime and for being pollution-free, besides an all-year summer.
Canada took fourth place in Forbes Online’s World’s Friendliest Countries 2012, followed by New Zealand, Spain, United States, Bermuda, South Africa and Malaysia.
The HSBC survey, which is in its fifth year, looked into various aspects of an expatriate’s life including economics, namely income, disposable income and a measure of luxury; overall experience; and raising children abroad which took into account childcare, health and well-being and integration of children.
It also noted that expatriates living in Asia such as in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong found it difficult to integrate with the local community compared to many English-speaking countries mainly due to the language barrier.
According to the survey, Malaysia was a top destination for career-driven expatriates and a great quality of life but noted that many looked at it as a temporary base.
A total of 5,339 expatriates from 97 countries took part in the online survey which was carried out from May 11 to July 3.