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Moving to Malaysia

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by TeachingBusiness, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. adrixargentina

    adrixargentina Occasional commenter

    So I've got an interview this week, but I'm worried about 2 things so please give me honest opinions: the ever increasing threat of terrorism and dengue fever. Anyone with kids, were you not worried about these things when you were doing your research?
  2. lucyrose50

    lucyrose50 Occasional commenter

    No issues with either of these things in the time I've been in Malaysia. I've known one person come down with dengue, that's it. The threat of terrorism here seems considerably less than in the UK or many other countries.
  3. amariB

    amariB New commenter

    Terrorism is not a major threat here, any more than it would be in any other country. I have not heard about any large scale terrorist attacks here in Malaysia in recent years. Compare that to the number that have occurred in the UK during this period. I just checked the FCO site and wondered if this is where the worry has come from? Because all the threats it mentions are related to the coast of Sabah (Borneo), nowhere near KL or other urban areas on the peninsular.

    Dengue occurs all over SE Asia and other continents too. I know one person in my school's staff of hundreds who has had it here in Malaysia. Other countries have Malaria and other diseases. Again, I wouldn't rule out Malaysia because of this. Just my opinion.
  4. adrixargentina

    adrixargentina Occasional commenter

    Thanks AmariB. Good advice.
  5. ggm78

    ggm78 New commenter

  6. ggm78

    ggm78 New commenter

    Hi Lucy,
    If you are still in KL I would be ever so grateful if you could answer a few questions for me?
  7. Luvsskiing

    Luvsskiing Established commenter

    Great place, Malaysia. Fab food, nice islands and beaches, interesting things to do. Why on earth would you worry about one obscure disease and the odd nutter? If the package is good (and a lot of them aren't), just go and have fun. Your kids will love it and the pupils you teach will be excellent. If you are a born worrier, just stay at home.
    grdwdgrrrl likes this.
  8. HeroForTheDay

    HeroForTheDay Occasional commenter

    What would you like to know?
  9. welsh-warrior91

    welsh-warrior91 New commenter

    I have been offered a job in KL in a secondary school that pays 20,000RM including housing allowance. That is for a HoD role. The HoD responsibility pay is 13,500RM a year extra (which I felt was low) which brings my overall salary to 20,000 before tax.

    What do you think about that for a single guy?

  10. lucyrose50

    lucyrose50 Occasional commenter

    You'll be able to live very happily on that salary. I know people with kids and a non-working spouse who live off the same amount and still have a pretty decent lifestyle. Bear in mind that your take home pay for the first 6-12 months will be quite a bit lower due to being on a higher tax rate (you will get this back, but not until your second year), plus EPF deductions if your school do this (again, this will come back to you eventually) and paying back any loans or financial support your school give to help you get settled (many schools will pay initial housing deposits for example, and take this back out of your pay). You'll still be more than comfortable though.
  11. molly147

    molly147 New commenter

    Hi Lucyrose,
    If you have time I would like to ask you some questions about living KL.

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