Expat News
The Expat|August 2017

Expat News

TOURISM MINISTER CELEBRATES MM2Hers’ CONTRIBUTIONS

The Minister of Tourism, Datuk Seri Nazri, announced that the MM2H programme has contributed around RM12.8 billion to the Malaysian economy as a result of the spending by MM2H visa holders. The largest contribution was to the property sector, where they had spent RM4.9 billion, though it’s unclear how officials arrived at the figure for the balance.

The programme has attracted around 33,000 people from 126 countries since it was launched in 2002. China, Japan, Bangladesh, and the UK are the four countries with the most approved applicants.

In fact, research by TEG Media reveals that the majority of MM2H visa holders actually choose not to come and live here. During the early days of the programme, the visas were provided relatively easily and many people with no intention of settling here applied or were given the visas.

There were also applicants from countries which were experiencing internal conflict and people applied so they would have someone where to go should they decide the situation had deteriorated to a point where they should leave.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM THE EXPATView All

Exploring Laung Prabang

Laid-back and unassuming, Laos is one of the region’s most intriguing travel destinations. Editor Chad Merchant visits the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and finds it the country’s perfect starting point.

5 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

Experience The Wonder Of Myanmar's Biggest Festival

Experience The Wonder Of Myanmar's Biggest Festival

5 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

The UK's New Residential Nil Rate Band: Are You Affected?

The UK's New Residential Nil Rate Band: Are You Affected?

2 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

Kuala Selangor: Wetlands Of Significance

Not far from the urban chaos of Kuala Lumpur lies a gem of a nature park, complemented by some of the best seafood around. David Bowden makes the short trip to Kuala Selangor and finds plenty to enjoy.

6 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

The Streets Of The City

Getting out of your car and exploring a city’s streets on foot can reveal a great deal about the area. Photojournalist David Bowden puts on a comfy pair of shoes and strolls around three very different streets in Kuala Lumpur to learn their stories.

10 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

Expat News

Expat News

3 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

Discover Kuala Lumpur

Though Kuala Lumpur is a relatively compact city, there is plenty to see and do. Food, shopping, and cultural attractions are on every corner, and it’s up to you to indulge in all that this bustling city has to offer.

5 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

Weekend Zen

If the thought of another weekend in the city has you down and you’re looking for a short escape to rejuvenate your mind and spirit, consider these eco-minded getaway retreats – all located just a short and easy driving distance from Kuala Lumpur. 

7 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

A Curation Of Malaysian Art

A Curation Of Malaysian Art

4 mins read
The Expat
August 2017

KL's Major Arts Festival Is Back!

Here are just a few of the interesting performances that are scheduled to be held in September.

3 mins read
The Expat
August 2017