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Malaysia, My Second Home Program

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Malaysia, My Second Home Programme (MM2H) is offered to foreign citizens from all over the world along with their spouse and children, to retire and reside in Malaysia. This exciting and unique programme is being offered by the Government of Malaysia. It is open to citizens of countries recognized by Malaysia regardless of race, religion, gender or age. This programme allows applicants to bring with them their spouses, and children who are unmarried and below the age of 18. Successful applicants will be granted a social visit pass initially for a period of 10 years, which is renewable thereafter ( subject to the validity period of their passport ).

Why adopt Malaysia as your second home?

This programme is initiated, organized and launched by the Malaysian Government. It is therefore a programme that the Government will continuously work to ensure its success.

The ruling Government is the longest serving freely elected Government in the world. It is a Government representing all the races, religions and cultures found in Malaysia. In fact, Malaysia is one of the most politically stable countries in the world.

The weather is pleasant, warm and balmy with moderate rain throughout the year. There are also highland residential areas and resorts with permanent spring-like weather throughout the country.

Here, you will discover a delightful fusion of three of Asia's oldest civilization - Malay, Chinese and Indian. A potpourri enriched with indigenous traditions of the Kadazans, Ibans and other ethnic communities of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Added with the influence of the British, Portuguese, Dutch and Thais, Malaysians are indeed a blend of diverse cultures.

Malaysia has one of the highest standards of living in the region with all the modern infrastructure and facilities in place.

Cost of living is one of the lowers in Asia and will remain so for a very long time. This is achieved through the Government's efficient management of the economy in ensuring that inflation is kept low at all times and thereby also the prices of goods and services.

There are quality residences - terrace and semi-detached houses, bungalows, apartments and condominiums all over the country. There are also some of the finest residences available in tourism zones - on beaches, near jungles and near theme parks, recreational places and city centers.

The entire country is very well connected with up-to-date, modern road, rails, air and sea transportation systems. Public transport by buses, taxis and trains are comfortable, efficient and very affordable.

The country has one of the best developed and quality educational systems - both public and private. It is the place for quality education from nursery right up to the highest level of university education. There are international schools of repute in all major towns with English as the media of instruction. There are also private colleges and universities offering twinning programmes with other well-known universities and major colleges from throughout the world. Malaysia is the place to get quality international-class education at a very reasonable cost. It has become an educational centre of excellence for the region.

Over the years, Malaysia has grown into a sophisticated healthcare hub in Asia. With state-of-the-art medical facilities and highly qualified personnel, Malaysia is well-positioned to cater to the healthcare needs of people from the world over.

The fine range of spas in the country provides the ideal setting for complete rejuvenation and relaxation. Malaysia has some of the finest spas in the world be it on a pristine island or right in the middle of the city centre. From traditional Malay massages, Indian Ayurvedic treatments and Oriental acupressure practices there is a vast backdrop of health rituals in Malaysia.

Malaysia offers a variety of local and international food to suit all tastes and budgets. With so many races and cultures living together in harmony, it is understandable that each race has picked up the best of each other's food and turned Malaysia into Asia's Food Paradise. Similarly the tropical fruits of Malaysia are unique, exotic and available in abundance practically throughout the year.

The country has many ideal recreational sports for the family. Thrill seekers can enjoy an exhilarating time at the many theme parks while those who prefer a relaxing respite can head for the refreshing lake gardens. Malaysia is also a paradise for golf enthusiasts with close to 200 courses designed by world-renowned names. Both serious golfers who enjoy a challenging game, and players who enjoy a lighter pace will have a rewarding time on Malaysia's fairways.

From high-end couture to ethnic handicrafts and the internationally acclaimed pewter-ware, Malaysia has it all. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of shopping in air-conditioned malls and hypermarkets. Besides shopping, families have a choice of watching a movie, having fun at the bowling alley or enjoying the spread at the food court. Shoppers can also browse for interesting curious on display at the weekly flea markets. Join in the excitement of haggling at the night markets or pasar malam, an interesting feature of local life. The best time to enjoy fantastic discounts and special offers is during the annual Mega Sales.

Statistics prove that Malaysia is one of the safest countries in the world, with a relatively low crime rate.

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Natural habitat: Aerial view of the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands in Sabah.

KINABATANGAN: Nature lovers in Malaysia, especially those in Sabah, have welcomed the announcement that the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands have been recognised as a Ramsar site.

The recognition is significant as the wetlands comprise rarely-found coastal mangrove swamps and peat jungles.

This recent development adds impetus towards conserving endangered animals like the Sumatran rhinoceros, proboscis monkey and pygmy elephants.

The recognition was announced at the 10th conference of Ramsar Convention signatories on wetlands in Changwon, South Korea, on Oct 28.
(Article is taken from TheStar Online)

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sbh_mabul.jpgKOTA KINABALU: The proposed 33-hectare oceanarium resort in Mabul Island, located in the Sabah East Coast, will not destroy the coral reefs.

Rather, it would help ease pressure from the diving crowd coming from neighbouring Sipadan island, said state tourism, culture & environment minister Datuk Masidi Manjun yesterday.

He said the government was initiating efforts to restore the coral reefs which he claimed, had already been destroyed over the past 15 years due to illegal usage of fish bombs.

"I am not trying to defend the oceanarium... what the oceanarium is trying to create is a diving spot by rehabilitating the coral and marine life so that people need not go to Sipadan but just stay in Mabul.

"The whole idea is to disperse the diving crowd so that it eases the pressure on Sipadan," he told reporters on the sidelines of the state legislative assembly sitting.
(Article is taken from NewSabahTimes)

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Journey to the district of Ranau for the annual Cabbage Fest or Pesta Kubis. This one-of-a-kind event celebrates the significance of the cabbage, one of the main products of the district that has long supported the livelihood of the local residents.

During the festival, enjoy a variety of activities including a cabbage cooking competition which highlights the array of cabbage recipes - a great opportunity to sample delicious Sabahan fare! Enjoy the upbeat performance of the Bamboo Orchestra and various song and traditional dance routines.
(Source: Sabah Tourism)








Source: Sabah Tourism Newsletter

You've trailblazed Sabah by road and sailed the seas to view the ocean wonders, but have you taken to the skies to take in the sights? With SabahAir Aviation, it's time to see Sabah from way up high!

SabahAir Aviation is a well-established heli operator with over 30 years' experience. It has a fleet of five helicopters in Kota Kinabalu and one in Sandakan. With their affordable rates, the company aims to change the perception that heli charters are for the rich and famous. Think again! Here are some of flights of fancy you might enjoy:


Imagine a close-up view of majestic Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia. This flight takes you on an unforgettable journey over the mighty Mt. Kinabalu where you will enjoy stunning views of the seemingly endless Crocker Range.



Maliau Basin, also known as the 'Lost World of Sabah', is located in the south-central part of the state. It is an area of approximately 58,840 hectares, surrounded on all sides by steep cliffs, which is rich is flora and fauna. Many people flock to this natural wonder to view the 7-tier waterfall.


Avoid the hassle of traffic jams and save precious time as you fly above the city of Kota Kinabalu! Get a bird's eye view of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, the iconic Menara Tun Mustapha (Tun Mustapha Tower, also known as the Sabah Foundation building). See if you can spot your hotel or the famous Tanjung Aru Beach! A 20-minute joyride will cost around RM260 per person.


SabahAir Aviation also caters to special requests, transfers and tours. Just ask and you shall receive! In short, you can charter a flight from any point as long as there is a landing area the size of a tennis court. The Bell Jet Ranger 206 can seat up to four people, while the Long Ranger can seat six. To save time, dive enthusiasts and island hoppers can request to fly to any of the many islands along the east coast.

Golfers can also enjoy this service so they can spend more time on their favourite golf course rather than in a car. How about flying to Kudat to see the Tip of Borneo? The journey to Kudat by road from KK city can take 3 hours whereas it takes only 40 minutes by helicopter. Larger aircraft such as the Nomad (which can seat up to 10 people) are used for flights to Layang-Layang (an 80-minute flight from Kota Kinabalu).


Some interesting requests include a marriage proposal in which the gentleman had 'carved' his proposal on a sandy beach and asked the heli carrying his girlfriend to fly over the designated area. She accepted his sandy proposal with a resounding 'yes'. For SabahAir Aviation, no request is too grand!

But it's not all play for Sabahair Aviation. Their busy schedule includes various government projects, such as assisting in the building of schools in the interior regions of Sabah. They transport building materials using their helicopters; this has a low impact on the environment as trees are not chopped down to build roads to ferry material to the desired location.

The company is currently upgrading its services to include an interactive website where you can book all tours online and have them confirmed immediately without any hassle.

For more information on the tours and charters offered please contact Tova Waage at 088-484 733/484326 or fax 088-484557. You can also write them at SabahAir Aviation Sdn Bhd, Locked Bag 113, 88999, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Taken from AsiaHotels blog:

October 21st, 2008 by Kitci Wong

So many tourists go to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah Malaysia to test their limits by conquering Mt. Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Malaysia.

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu can actually be completed within two days but it is not recommended most especially for novice climbers. A slower paced 3-day climb is more comfortable and suggested to acclimatise to the altitude and to give you to enjoy the climb and appreciate the rich flora and fauna including rare plants, colourful birds, interesting insects, etc.

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