Low cost of living
Malaysia is well known for having a low cost of living, especially when compared to larger western cities like San Francisco or Asian cities like Singapore or Hong Kong. With the country offering both the extravagant living to a humble lifestyle, there’s always a place for everyone.
While the cost of living is low no matter the states you are living in, cities like Kuala Lumpur is more expensive as compared to Penang.
For example, a plate of noodles with chicken and vegetable cost USD$2 and a whole steamed fish would be approximately USD$10, plenty of food for a pair.
On the other side of the spectrum, Kuala Lumpur being an urban centre, it offers a range of food restaurants and local cafes, which may be slightly pricier than smaller states.