A couple of days ago I received an email from an expat site I had never heard of before, offering me assistance in doing my US income taxes and getting affordable health insurance abroad. Usually I automatically delete these annoying emails, but I was a bit curious to see what they were offering.
First of all the income tax service they were promoting to US expats was offered by one of their "affiliates". I checked this out and found that if I availed myself of their services I would be paying them more for their services than what I would be paying in taxes. Not such a great deal since I file my taxes for free. In regards to the health insurance, this was also offered by another of their "affiliates" and once again was not a great deal. The costs were quite exorbitant and offered much more coverage than what is needed here.
I looked over the rest of the information on the site and saw that just about every area of the world was covered, in regards to information for expats. I did manage to find Malaysia, but it basically dealt with Kuala Lumpur and no other areas of Malaysia. When I clicked on the link to Malaysian expats I was lead to an area where I could learn all about retiring in Malaysia, as long as I bought a book or a video to learn how. Then there was one area where I could actually read about expats experiences in living in Malaysia. I clicked on it but was informed that I had to join the site and pay quite a bit of money to read these stories. Amazing.
When I moved to Penang I didn't have to pay for any information and I don't think anyone else should have to pay either. Instead of wasting my money by giving it to some unscrupulous so called experts on living abroad, I simply asked for information from real people who actually retired in Malaysia. If any of my readers are thinking of retiring in Malaysia please contact me. I have made a whopping $13 by offering Adsense advertising on this site, so I don't use it as a profit making site. I will give you the information or lead you to where you can get it. All for free.
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