Cost of living in Malaysia is relatively low as there are heavy subsidies placed on fuel, low cost of food, and the low rental cost of a city centre apartment as compared to western countries. A western individual who earns an average wage would feel wealthy in Malaysia, and with an above-average wage, would be able to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.
Rental rates in major states such as Kuala Lumpur and Selangor tend to be higher than usual as compared to the smaller states in Malaysia. In the more well-developed states in Malaysia, housing units are equipped with air conditioning, automatic washing machines, fridges, water heaters, and induction cookers.
Expatriates are attracted to work in Malaysia not only because of the plentiful employment opportunities, but also because the income tax rates are very favourable. Workers in Malaysia are mostly contractual, and agencies commonly have salary standards depending on work experience and skill set.