Sunday, March 2, 2014

Goodbye Penang, Malaysia

By the time this post is read I shall have already left Malaysia and headed back home to the US. I will have left extreme heat for extreme cold, but with hopes of spring being right around the corner.

For those who have been following my departure from Malaysia, I can say that at the time of my departure I still have not received my sinking fund deposit. The attorney said he will transfer the money to my US account, but I am not holding my breath. I have received emails from the Management Committee blaming anyone and everyone for not receiving information regarding the sinking fund. Typical. They blamed everybody, but offered no solution. Utterly useless.

It is too bad that a number of incompetent, corrupt, lazy and greedy people have clouded the wonderful memories I have of Malaysia and in particular, Penang. The memories of the bad will soon be replaced by all of the good. I will be returning to Penang, to visit friends and family, but I will not be returning to live under MM2H. It has gotten just too expensive for me. I am afraid that in the very near future only the super rich will be able to afford this concrete jungle, which I can still remember as a tropical rain forest retreat.

To all of my followers I say thank you and to all of my Malaysian friends and all Malaysians I say thank you and I will miss you all. Good bye, good fortune and good health.

6 comments:

  1. Glad you made it back "home" safely. If you are in Florida near Orlando let me know.....

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  2. Hi Steve,
    Good to see you back in your hometown safely. As I said always, you have kept us well informed into the life of living in a country where you wanted to call home. I hope you keep the good memories afloat and wash out the bad ones. I also hope, you can keep on writing about retiring whether to Malaysia or other places. Once again my very best wishes to you in your next phase of life and enjoy the winter up north!

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  3. Hi Steve,
    Good to see you back in your hometown safely. As I said always, you have kept us well informed into the life of living in a country where you wanted to call home. I hope you keep the good memories afloat and wash out the bad ones. I also hope, you can keep on writing about retiring whether to Malaysia or other places. Once again my very best wishes to you in your next phase of life and enjoy the winter up north!

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  4. Steve,

    Just think of the six years in Penang as a great experience others would envy. You've been a great person, helping people , and I am sure you will find exciting things back in Massachusetts.

    Ravi, Atlanta

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  5. "Incompetent, corrupt, lazy, greedy" describes certain individuals in many developing countries, not only in Malaysia. They not only cheat expats, but more often each other. Expats are often seen as easy prey, because they don't speak the language, don't understand the fluid relationships in government - business circles, and don't understand the weak legal system. The MM2H program is the brainchild of the Tourism Ministry who did not consult the Immigration Ministry regarding visa regulations; initially this caused a lot of headaches for expats; moreover until now there is no legal basis for anything prescribed in the scheme - guidelines yes, but no solid laws. I have lived in Sabah, Malaysia for the past 11 years; run a small Bed and Breakfast in the middle of Mount Kinabalu Golf Course - and yes, I often feel the same isolation - individual, familiar, but also cultural and historical - that has been written about by Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, and Graham Green, among many others. Lastly, Penang has indeed turned into an expensive, overrated expat ghetto. Malaysia is not for everyone - but neither is Saskatchewan, Canada. All the best, Peter

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