Cost of Living in Kuala Lumpur

Summary about cost of living in Kuala Lumpur:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 11.30 RM 9.00-18.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 RM 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 14.00 RM 11.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 15.00 RM 10.00-19.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.00 RM 10.00-21.00
Cappuccino (regular) 11.03 RM 8.00-14.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.28 RM 1.80-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.50 RM 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 26.58 RM 22.71-34.07
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.99 RM 2.27-3.86
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.30 RM 1.31-4.08
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.28 RM 4.40-6.24
Local Cheese (1 lb) 23.84 RM 13.61-45.36
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.01 RM 4.08-9.98
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 14.14 RM 11.34-18.14
Apples (1 lb) 4.38 RM 2.95-5.44
Banana (1 lb) 2.66 RM 1.95-3.63
Oranges (1 lb) 3.73 RM 2.27-5.44
Tomato (1 lb) 2.04 RM 1.36-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 1.40 RM 0.91-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.44 RM 0.91-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 3.94 RM 2.50-5.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.34 RM 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 RM 50.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 7.80 RM 3.95-13.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.58 RM 9.00-18.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 17.00 RM 17.00-18.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 RM 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 RM 100.00-150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 RM 3.00-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.06 RM 1.61-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.00 RM 15.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.43 RM 8.33-9.46
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 146,888.00 RM 100,000.00-160,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 114,738.52 RM 90,000.00-145,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 198.48 RM 140.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.25 RM 0.12-0.40
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 147.28 RM 100.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 156.67 RM 110.00-200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 27.10 RM 15.00-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.00 RM 14.00-20.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 636.76 RM 340.00-1,300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 30,696.97 RM 15,000.00-60,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 238.98 RM 150.00-300.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 122.68 RM 75.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 295.13 RM 200.00-400.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 282.30 RM 150.00-400.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,367.63 RM 1,500.00-3,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,372.03 RM 800.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,186.44 RM 2,500.00-7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,142.62 RM 1,500.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,158.16 RM 799.99-1,799.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 603.34 RM 500.00-743.22
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,162.90 RM
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.49 4.20-5.00

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Last update: December 2018
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76 Comments so far

#Pravink on Nov 26, 2018 :
I have been offered 11000 MYR per month to live in kualalumpur. I am married person and my wife also works in IT. We both work in India. Will RM 11000 be enough for us both to live comfortably in KL?
#Brij on Nov 25, 2018 :
I have been offered 11000 MYR per month to live in kualalumpur also car and petrol will be provided by the company is it enough to survive and save some money for 1 kid of age 6 years
#Anonymous on Oct 15, 2018 :
Is 3,500 RM Salary per month an OK offer to live in KL?
#Kralik on Oct 09, 2018 :
The rentals that are shown here seem to lump together private/expat and public/local housing. A simple one-bedroom flat in a private condo in city centre will rent for a minimum of RM3,000 - RM3,500 for month; and up to RM6,000 in desirable neighbourhoods.
#Anonymous on Jun 24, 2018 :
‘Did we lose over 300,000 tourists with tourism tax?’

Melaka budget hotels forced to pick up tab as tourists refuse to pay S$3 levy
#Anonymous on Jun 17, 2018 :

Given the amount of competition in Southeast Asia from travel destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bali and Siem Reap, the decisions of the Malaysian government could well discourage regional travellers from visiting. Whether this is worth the extra tax revenue is a question only they can answer.

Are the new Malaysia tourist taxes going to stop Singaporeans from crossing the border?
#Anonymous on Jun 17, 2018 :

Most recently, it was announced that passengers flying out of Malaysia will now have to pay a fee of 35 MYR (11.55 SGD) to bear the cost of their airports' new anti-terror screening system.

This is not very logical, as their screening system costs many times more than those used in first-world countries like Australia, and the cost of such security systems is usually paid by governments rather than passengers.


Beginning in 2017, foreigners staying at hotels, hostels, Airbnb apartments and any other form of paid lodging started being charged a tourism tax of 10 MYR (3.30 SGD) a night. Malaysians are exempt from this charge.
#Anonymous on Jun 03, 2018 :
Tourism tax for both Malaysian and foreigner was passed in Parliament originally but the coverage of the tourism tax was changed unfairly later on due to Malaysian demonstration and Malaysian was removed from paying the tourism tax unfairly, seemingly without an approval from the Parliament which Abdul Karim, the current minister of tourism didn't explain clearly the unfairness of tourism tax which is not currently imposed on Malaysia as intended in Parliament submission originally, in his argument against the request of Matta in the link below for abolishing the tourism tax which is clearly and badly hurting the foreign tourism market of Malaysia now, even just counting the last four months of last year.
Furthermore, tourism tax was increased from the minimum tax of 2.5 ringgit per night to 10 ringgit per night, a whopping 4 times increasing of the original intended minimum tourism tax and only the foreigner are targeted for the tourism tax now unfairly.
Foreigner tax or tourism tax is not acceptable to foreigner so unless Malaysia don't mind losing revenue from the foreign tourism market, imposing the foreigner tax is acceptable as it's burdensome to Malaysian public as mentioned by Abdul Karim who seemingly don't mind Malaysia losing the foreign tourism market altogether just like his unwise predecessor.
Tourism tax or foreigner tax is like killing a goose that lays gold egg so this harmful matter must be reconsidered carefully for good of future Malaysia or else it would not be easy anymore to restore back the lost share of foreign tourism market from other Asian countries' markets in the future.

Local tour, travel agents call on government to abolish tourism tax

Tourism tax should be maintained, says Abd Karim
#Anonymous on May 16, 2018 :
Plead Dr Mahathir to remove the tourism tax which was imposed under Najib and only tagets the foreign tourist unfairly.
Consequently, foreign tourist are not visiting Malaysia gradually unlike before imposing the foreign tourism tax.
It is time to revive the foreign tourism market to its golden day by removing the foreign tourism tax
#Anonymous on May 03, 2018 :
Foreign tourist arrival has fallen dramatically since Nazri Aziz has introduced the tourism tax which was initially targeted for both local and foreign tourist but later Nazri Aziz gave in to the demand of local demonstration to cancel the tourism tax for only local and consequently only targeted and discriminates not only the foreign tourist for tourism tax but also raise the lowest rate of planned tourism tax from 2.5 to whooping 10 malaysia dollar greedily for foreign tourist to seemingly compensate for the exclusion of local from the tourism tax.

Since introduction of the only-foreign-discriminated tourism tax on last Oct, Malaysia earns much LESS REVENUE from FOREIGN tourism sector including the only-foreign-discriminated tourism tax comparing to the previous year because foreign tourist deliberately start shunning Malaysia in order to not pay the tourism tax.

However, this seems not the end of this disaster but seemingly just the beginning of the disaster because in the future, more and more people would certainly become aware of the only-foreign-discriminated tourism tax and also with the bad news spreading all corner of the world and then Malaysia can rest assure of no more revenue from the foreign tourism sector because foreign tourist are going to shun Malaysia altogether once and for all in oder to not get punished by the only-foreign-discriminated tourism tax.

Foreign tourist have lots of options regarding destinations to visit where no countries forces foreign tourist to pay the only-foreign-discriminated tourism tax at the hotel reception just like currently being practiced shamelessly in Malaysia.

Don't understand why Nazri Aziz wants to destroy the tourism market of Malaysia by introducing the very hateful, unethical only-foreign-discriminated tourism tax.

Before it's too late to restore the healthy tourism market of Malaysia, the only-foreign-discriminated tourism tax must be cancelled and removed immediately and Nazri Aziz is also accountable to almost gradually collapsing the tourism market of Malaysia with his greedy, stupid, out-of-touch action by incorporating the unethical only-foreign-discriminated tourism tax so consequently he should be sacked immediately as well
#John Parsons on Apr 30, 2018 :
I really like the basic run down and general % split. This is really useful.
#Thomas on Jan 02, 2018 :
Hi ,

Guys I have 6 plus year experience as software engineer and earning 70K in India. at what salary I should join in Malaysia.

What is living cost of family of three members in Malaysia.
#NoTourismTax on Oct 08, 2017 :
An additional daily toursim tax of 10 Malaysia dollar would be charged to all tourist staying in all kind of hostels or hotels in Malaysia starting from Sept 11, 2017.
So if tourist choose to stay at budget hostels or hotels, the burden of the tourism tax shall be as much as additional 30% on top of the room cost everyday.

Nazri, the ministry of toursim said the additional daily tourism tax of 10 Malaysia dollar for tourist stay in Malaysia was needed for the tourism promotion, but most tourist including me, potential tourist to Malaysia, feel differently to his message, and instead feel as an indication to tourist not to come to Malaysia or else we, tourist shall be fined 10 Malaysia dollar everyday staying in Malaysia. I myself planning to visit Malaysia and even checked flight tickets today, but after finding this horrible news of panalizing 10 Malaysia dollar daily to tourist, I decided to cancel visiting Malaysia and planning again to visit other reasonable countries.

This additional daily tourism tax of 10 Malaysia dollar for tourist stay in Malaysia is indeed kind of the first unique invention by Malaysia seemingly with the potential power of destroying tourism market in Malaysia as well as closing of many hotels follows gradually due to less and less tourist visiting to Malaysia due to this very unreasonable tourism tax.

Worker Union is supposed to protect worker from losing job, but instead the Worker Union is demanding a higher pay for existing workers without considering the suffering of lots of jobless people who can't find job in Malaysia. What about lowering the minimum wage which would certainly create a lot of hiring which should certainly lessen the burden of the jobless people, but unfortunately the Worker Union never consider this option at all just because of seemingly its greed. Even the fresh graduate, Ms Nor Asma Arifin spent 1 year looking for a job but couldn't find it so eventually decided to work as a maid.

"Don't kill a chicken that lays eggs for a delicious meal, and instead for the sake of eggs, don't kill the chicken", Cambodia PM Hun Sen said it recently that is a vision with future that is also exactly what the ministry of tourism and the Worker Union should learn to stay away from evil greed. Or else tourism job shall be lost across the tourism industry UNCONTROLLABLY or even worse as well as with higher minimum wage, employers have to let go many existing employees so as to be able to maintain a profit margin of the business.

Kindly plead Malaysia not to kill the chicken that lays egg in order to not further deteriorate the current bad employment market of Malaysia, or else lots more unpredictable jobless people from the tourism industry shall be created on top the lots of current jobless people in Malaysia. Then what solution Malaysia has in hand to resolve the future suffering of additional jobless people from the tourism sector due to lack of normal income.
#KundanJSR on Sep 14, 2017 :
I got an offer 12K MYR/PM after tax. Will this be sufficient for a family of 4? (two kids, one is 8 years and 1.6 years). How much will I save after all my expenditures which includes school fee of my kid?
Is it worth coming to KL? Please give your pointers on this, so that I can decide further.
#Sam on Sep 03, 2017 :
#Vincent you must be mistaking in counting. Either its 8,000 MYR per month or 80,000 MYR annual. 80,000 MYR is almost $20,000 per month. Who would pay such insane salary unless you are an expert of black magic :D
#customer support on Aug 21, 2017 :
hello if a person gets job with 55k INR at malaysia living at malaysia capital with a wife and small kid with some saving is possible are living single with saving is possible
#Emily on Jul 29, 2017 :
Hi, my Husband has an ecsepted a job in KL for 19,000rm pm, we are set to move the beginning of next month. will this be enough for us both (2 adults) to live comfortably on? we are looking at living in Bangsar and are hoping to also try to save. is this something we could achieve on this wage?
any help would be much appreciated.
#Tonyw on Jul 18, 2017 :
can anyone tell us if it is possible to rent a property longterm without having a full "Living in malayasia Visa with all the associated costs "
We only need to be in the country for 5 months each year !!!!
#Abdullah on Jul 15, 2017 :
I am getting 1L INR in Bangalore India and I got offer oh 11K RM in KL; can I anybody tell how much the expense is in KL with family of 4 in KL. am I able to save 5K RM monthly. I heard that the Income Tax & PF is very high there.
#Anonymous on Jun 19, 2017 :
Hi There,
i have got this job offer in KL with 5000RM per month. I am single, how much i can save.?
##donutking on Jun 05, 2017 :
#Zeenat International schools are expensive around KL.
#Rajashekar you need around 2100 RM per month for a decent place.
#saif, #siti 5,000 RM is somewhat on edge. You'll need 7,000 RM to save something. I was on 12,000 RM when I worked there.
#vincent 55K SGD per month is insane. normal people get 3.5K to 4.5K, the better ones get 7K up per month. and 80,000 RM per month in Malaysia is good enough for 10 families with 2 kids each.

#KL Guy Yes that looks just right. Just increase by a bit for 2017
#Zeenat Sacoor on Jun 05, 2017 :
Hi there. We were thinking of relocating to Malaysia from South Africa. We have a six year old son. Everything is so reasonably priced except for one thing. The cost of private schooling is terribly high but what really shocked me were the ridiculous amounts the schools want as registration fees. Can anyine shed some light on this for me.
#Rajashekar on May 18, 2017 :
I am planning to come to KL I need a hostel to stay 1 year please let me know the rent for monthly pls provide complete details pls
#saif on May 13, 2017 :

i have got this job offer in KL with MYR 5000. I am planning to move with my wife. is it enough to live in KL.

will i be able to save with this amount.
#daniela on Apr 16, 2017 :
I was wondering if somebody could tell me about way of managing and expenses of childcare and household woman from The Philippines for living with my family in KL
#siti norliza binti mohd shukor on Apr 05, 2017 :

I am considering an offer in KL Malaysia. Just wanted to know that MYR4,200 is sufficient for a family of 2 adults and a 14 year old daughter. Need to save some money.

My expenses are very moderate:
1. House rent & utilities < 6km from city centre
2. Using Public Transportation (I will buy a used car)
3. School for my daughter.
4. Regular household expenses.
5. Weekly once going our for food and roaming.
6. Moderate shopping

#Vincent on Mar 24, 2017 :
Hmm, but I feel that RM80,000 still short of my expectation. I was considering another offer from Singapore. But the cost of living in Singapore is rather high. The offer from Singapore is SGD55,000 per month.
#Anonymous on Mar 17, 2017 :
#Vincent, RM80,000 will allow you to live very comfortably in a country where a meal in the top restaurants for 2 will still cost under RM1,000. A new E-Class is under RM400k. Most middle class locals get by with household income of not more than RM20k. RM80k a month will put you at top range of employees' salaries.
#Vincent on Mar 16, 2017 :
I got an offer in KL, RM80,000 per month. Is it enough to live comfortably in KL? I'm Single.
#Shameem on Feb 01, 2017 :
Hi .can anyone suggest me which site can help my husband to get a job in malaysia. He is a F & b cost controller in star hotels.working in gulf.He is an indian with more than 10 years of experience.

#Heilis on Jan 27, 2017 :
How hard would it be to get a working permit in KL? Im thinking about relocating to KL with my family ( my daughter and husband) but i would like to know if its as hard as indonesia for foreigners to get a job? Also how hard would it be to get residence???
#Jim Pars on Jan 13, 2017 :
Please guide me on the following:

1) Is it possible to live within RM 3200 in an area like Kota Damansara with place of work in Damansara area itself (RM 3200 includes rent). I will be living with my wife. She will be cooking most of times at home only.

2) Assuming my salary is RM 9500, what is going to be the tax amount for an expat. Please provide rough idea.

Thank you very much.
#KL Guy on Nov 21, 2016 :
I have been living in KL for more than 30 years. Here's my sharing on the cost of living:

Rental: Ranges from RM1,500 to RM2,000 p/month for a decent mid-range condominium with 3 rooms

Utilities: RM150 to RM300

Food: Home cooking most of the time (RM150 to RM200) per week - should be good for 3 person, if eat out: Above RM300 per week

Public Transport :RM100 to RM200 per month

Mid-range car Installment: RM600 to RM1,000 per month

Cinema Ticket: RM10 to RM18 per person

Meal at McD: RM12 to RM15 per person

Meal at a mid-range restaurant for 2: RM40 to RM80

Everyday meal type of resto: RM5 to Rm10 per person

Higher end resto for 2: RM100 to RM200

Luxury Resto: Above RM200

Phone Bill: RM50 to RM100 per month for mobile plan with data
#Awais on Nov 20, 2016 :
Hi. I am planning to move to KL and i cannot understand. After tax Salary is 4350 whereas if me and my dad live like beggars as per my calculations. It will cost us around 5000 a month. How does people work and live there.
#Anonymous on Nov 15, 2016 :
Hi, i have an offer or 5000 MYR. I'm planning to relocate by myself and leave My wife and 2 kids in Tunisia. Is it enough for me to live in KL and send circa 2400 MYR to my familly every month please?
#Pradeep on Nov 07, 2016 :
Hello All,

I am moving to KL with family. I got an offer of 16000 MYR p.m + 20% Bonus + Medical Benefits.

Please advise me the cost of living for family of 4 considering below factors.

1. 2 BHK Apartment fully furnished / semi furnished in KL City centre or nearby
2. Monthly Grocery, we are Vegetarians
3. Utilities
4. Schooling of 2 kids in Indian international school, first one in Class 7 and second one in Class Nursery
5. Transport
6. Entertainment

#Zulhafiy on Oct 15, 2016 :
Hi, i am a real estate agent based in KLCC. (Kuala Lumpur City Centre)
the rental rate is quite inaccurate. If you looking a decent place to rent in the city centre it will be around RM4500 for 2 bedrooms & around RM6000 for 3 bedrooms. However the rate is varies from each building, facilities, & location. Basically the rate will be higher when the building is closer to the Petronas Twin Towers. If you want to know more about rental or property market in KLCC, please do not hesitate to email me at

welcome to Kuala Lumpur.
#dsk-5000 on Oct 13, 2016 :
I am getting the offer in KL for a job,
If I accept this offer how much amount I should get

2 elder
2 children (schooling)

If staying in KL in most popular area (high society or modest society)

If I have to save min INR 1-lac/anum then how much I should get per month
#Good Answer on Sep 24, 2016 :
@Deepan 2000 is enough if you live frugally and modestly. If you want to live comfortably in KL, even as a single person with accommodation provided, you need to be making double what you are being offered. Bear in mind that there are many hidden costs in KL which could potentially force you to fork out more money than you intend on spending. You could save up to 200-300 ringgit a month if you are careful with how you spend.
#Deepan on Sep 24, 2016 :
Hi..I got a job offer to work in KL..2000 p/m is enough for single person? Accommodation free, I have to spend money for much can I save at last..pls sugges me
#Anonymous on Jul 23, 2016 :
I had been in Malaysia, the cost of living there is cheaper than the information above and it's cheaper than Jakarta.
#Ronnie Slach on Jul 11, 2016 :
Hi I am planning to move to Kuala Lumpur, My office location is TPM, Bulkit Jalil.
I would living there alone, being a female I am looking for a secured accommodation along with decent neighborhood and all daily necessaries should be near by.
I am strict vegetarian so if you could let me know what would be the cost of living per month there.
#Amy on Jun 07, 2016 :

I got a job in KL, Malaysia so with 35000 MYR is enough for living in there
#ravi on May 10, 2016 :
I am a married person, willing to relocate to Malaysia with my spouse. I got an offer from Malaysia of 11000 MYR, Can anyone tell me the cost of living in Malaysia, inclusive of all expenses including (Apartment, food, transportation, utilities, internet etc).
is 11000MYR is enough to live in KL with family of two. Kindly suggest.

how much we can save per month?

how is hospitality charges?

Please suggest me.

THanks in advance
#Dennon Low on May 02, 2016 :

Since most of your high expenses are covered by your company, you and your family should able to live comfortably in Malaysia for RM10,000 per month.. So, on the safe side.. I will say 50% savings can be allocated.. as for taxes, talk to your company. They have way to optimise your tax savings.

Good luck. Dennon.
#Sandeep on Mar 29, 2016 :
Hi i am offered a job in KL with a package of MYR 25 K pm. Company also includes international school education for 2 kids as well as house rental and company provided car. We are a family of 4 2 adlt + 2 kids (8 & 1). Just want to know how much is the savings for maintaining a good lifestyle and after paying taxes. What is the effective tax paying percentage in Malaysia? Appreciate response
#Manoj Kumar on Mar 11, 2016 :
I am a married person, willing to relocate to Malaysia with my spouse and 1 kid. I got an offer from Malaysia of 11000 MYR, Can anyone tell me the cost of living in Malaysia, inclusive of all expenses including (Apartment, food, transportation, utilities, internet etc).
is 11000MYR is enough to live in KL with family of three. Kindly suggest.
#Ammad Urrehman on Feb 29, 2016 :

I am a married person having no kids and willing to relocate to Malaysia with my spouse. I got an offer from Malaysia of 4500 MYR, Can anyone tell me the cost of living in Malaysia, inclusive of all expenses including (Apartment, food, transportation, utilities, internet etc).
is 4500MYR is enough to live in KL. Kindly suggest.
#Jeff on Feb 08, 2016 :
@ronald balicwat I think it depends on your years of experience. I've seen on most job listing sites in Malaysia that a bartender's salary ranges anywhere between RM 1100 - 3000 a month (that's about 12600 - 34250 philippine pesos a month)
#ronald balicwat on Feb 08, 2016 :
How much salary for bartender in malaysia?im from.phillipines thanks
#Anonymous on Jan 26, 2016 :
"#Dev on Sep 29, 2015 :

In India, I earn around INR 80K/month (RM 5400) and my monthly expenses including tax and other deductions is around INR 20K (RM 1350). So, I save around INR 60K/month (RM 4050).

Now, I got an offer from a company in Kuala Lampur. Salary - RM 8000/month. I just want to know what will be basic cost of living which includes renting a shared apartment, cooking own food, occasional dine out, transportation, paying mobile, internet, electricity bill etc. Also, what will be percentage of tax?"

If I make as much money as u do I wont be sharing an apartment, LOL. Most expat dont purchase a car and usually use the train, however I might warn you that train in KL is very unreliable, and the traffic jam is bad as well. Anyway if you dont purchase a car, I believe you can save 2-3 k per month easily.
#Dev on Sep 29, 2015 :

In India, I earn around INR 80K/month (RM 5400) and my monthly expenses including tax and other deductions is around INR 20K (RM 1350). So, I save around INR 60K/month (RM 4050).

Now, I got an offer from a company in Kuala Lampur. Salary - RM 8000/month. I just want to know what will be basic cost of living which includes renting a shared apartment, cooking own food, occasional dine out, transportation, paying mobile, internet, electricity bill etc. Also, what will be percentage of tax?
#Yap on Aug 18, 2015 :
Reading from the previous post I noticed the concerns are mainly made up of 2 categories:

1) Sufficiency of salary to live in KL
Based on my experience in KL (close to 40 years of local experience, yes I'm a local Malaysian), here are my personal opinion:
a) If you are a student (undergrad or postgrad), the "salary", scholarship or allowance that you receive may structured to cover your daily necessity for living. Don't expect to have a lavish lifestyle no matter where you are in the world when you are under such sponsored scheme.
b) Minimum salary in Malaysia is MYR900/month. A Malaysia citizen may earn MYR1200 - MYR1800/month working in McDonalds, hair saloon, Pizza hut, restaurant waiter, sales assistant in retail shopping mall or general operators. These people usually stay with the parents with minimum family burden.
c) University freshgrad, average earning around MYR1500-MYR3000/month. They need to start make a good financial planning to achieve a reasonable living standard either on their own or live with family.
d) Average 5-8 years skilled/experience grads or specialist technician makes MYR3000 - MYR6000/month. Where personally I think this is the median income in KL. You won't have a luxury lifestyle in KL but you live like majority of people in KL, even with a small family. Well budgeting allow you to dine in medium-high class restaurant once in a week.
e) I consider MYR6k to MYR10k/month as medium-high level of income. You may enjoy a little more options in your lifestyle, such as better car/house/meal and oversea travelling if you planned well.
f) for those who make MYR10k-15k/month, I consider this is a moderate comfortable income in KL if you planned well.
The above is a benchmark for citizen live in KL, exclude children international schooling fee (which will cost a bomb).
How much you can save? Depending on your lifestyle and financial planning. We don't expect people come to KL to live like a robot with fixed routine and eating same dish and doing the same thing everyday. KL is a vibrant city and full of excitement.

2) Job recommendation / offers
I think this is a cost of living index website and posting such question will usually receive very minimal respond.
#Yap on Aug 18, 2015 :
Kuala Lumpur or Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur & Selangor State) is relatively a very livable place compare to a lot of capital city in the world. There are plenty of lifestyle choices with wide range of price tag on it.

For individual without family:
You can have a cup of coffee in a mamak stall cost you MYR1.50 or you can have it in a cafe like Starbucks which cost you MYR15.00. You can buy a loaf of Gardenia bread that cost MYR2.40 for 2-3 days breakfast (with some fruit jam/butter) or you can dine in high end restaurant for about MYR50 for a course of dim sum. Transport may be a challenge and usually most of the citizen own a car. Car is very expansive here -- entry level 1.0L new local car (like Perodua Axia) cost around MYR25k, Japanese small car (1.5L) starting from MYR70k. Suggest to go for 5-7 years used car as a start up plan. If you don't want to queue in government clinic or hospital, a general practice clinic will cost around MYR30-MYR120 per visit with basic medicine; specialist hospital charges vary (consultation MYR100-MYR300; diagnostic fee vary, normal hospitalization MYR250-500 per day). You can choose to rent a small room (around 150-200 sq feet) in a terrace house that cost around MYR300-MYR600 / month, usually condo with facilities will be more expansive. Entertainment highly depending on individual lifestyle and expectation. We have free jungle trekking and waterfalls within 30KM driving distance, or you can get a VIP seat for an F1 racing at MYR3000/ticket.

For family of 2 adults and 2 children below 16:
A 1000 sq feet 3 rooms condo without furnishing rent ranging from MYR1200 - 5000/month depending on location in Klang Valley. Set aside minimum MYR300/month for utilities bill. Local kindergarten (age 3-6) MYR300 - 1500/month for half day per kid; MYR800-3000/month for full day per kid. Various International School are available, fee starting MYR40k / year to MYR100k/year per kid. Home school or private school with international syllabus are available for cheaper option (still need approx MYR15k-20k/year per kid). Grocery shopping: try local stuff instead of imported one to save money (I spend on average MYR800/month to feed a family of 4, kids are not malnutrition). Local C Segment 1.6L new car cost around MYR60k. Japanese C Segment 1.8L new car start from MYR100k.

For company sponsored executive level expat where money is not an issue:
Mont Kiara, Bangsar, KLCC are the famous areas with large expat communities. Purchase price usually MYR1200 and above per sq feet.
Personal driver /chauffeur salary starting from MYR2500/month (you need to give him/her a car to perform the duty); a live in Filipino maid salary starting from MYR1200 exclude one off processing fee about MYR10k and annual levy around MYR1200-1500.
BMW320 / Merz C180 / Lexus EX250 / Toyota Estima 2.4 new car cost MYR280k and above.

My personal opinion and hope this helps.
#hong on Jul 22, 2015 :
#Priya on Jul 09, 2015 :

Hi prima..
As I know..RM enought for depend hhowyou spent...
Cost rent a condo around 2000
And public transport very Bad..
Drive a car very traffic jam in KL.. .

My comment if single it is enought RM 6500
If Married have kid RM 10000 should enough
#sheik saara on Jul 16, 2015 :
hai I am a B.E eee holder. how I get visit visa to Malaysia. is there any chance to get job?how much of ringeeth(money)
is enough to live in Malaysia per month.
#Priya on Jul 09, 2015 :

I got an offer from an MNC company in Malaysia.It is a long term project. Exp is 6 yrs. India package is 9 LPA and Malaysian package is 6500 RM. I am married. Please let me know if this salary is sufficient.

#Samuel Okere on Jul 03, 2015 :
I am a Nigerian and wish to study in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.How much would i budget to enable me carry out this program.And does higher education in Malaysia has age limit? i mean to what age do you think admission to higher education would not be granted in term of age above or less.
#Asif Jalal on Jun 27, 2015 :
I got offer letter from UNIVERSITI Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). In scholarship I will get RM1650 per month with tuition fee wavier. Is it enough to spend a month.
#Meena on Jun 25, 2015 :
Hi, I am considering a job offer in KL, Malaysia.
I have over 8 years of experience in Instructional Designing. What is the range of monthly avg salary that I should expect?
#Hari Krishnan on Jun 16, 2015 :

I got an offer from a Bank in KL Malaysia. Just wanted to know that MYR6000 is sufficient for a family of 2 adults and a 2 year old kid. No need to save any money out of it.

My expenses are very moderate:
1. House rent
2. Transportation (I will buy a used car)
3. School for my son.
4. Regular house hold expenses.
5. Weekly once going our for food and roaming.
6. Moderate shopping

#elsac on May 11, 2015 :
you should get more info from local.
me local but not agree with price list
#jeff on Apr 21, 2015 :
I am fresher and got offer from malasiya. Company offer me 1700rm with food and accomodation now i want to know how much i can save after spending a normal life in malaysia.
#Helen on Mar 24, 2015 :
What is is the salary of a Special needs live-in tutor in Malaysia
#parth on Mar 23, 2015 :
i have a job offered in malaysia with monthly salary of 45oo MYR
can you please guide me if this package is enough to sustain in malaysia ? i am single person.How much money i will be able to save
#Ayesha Reza on Feb 13, 2015 :
My husband has got a scholarship for PhD Program in University of Malaya. He will get RM 2500 including academic cost. His monthly educational cost may be RM 900. I want to know whether we could maintain our living with the rest amount (RM 16oo). How is House Rent of a two-member family in Kuala Lumpur? Please let me know with details.
#Onjan on Feb 09, 2015 :
I will be moving to Kuala Lumpur shortly and working as a post-doctoral fellow at the UTM Can you please suggest me a single accommodation which is within walking distance of the UTM campus
#Venkataramana on Feb 07, 2015 :
I am from India. I am interested/searching in Malaysia country jobs you have help me sir/medam.
I am completed my B.TECH with Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)
#john on Feb 04, 2015 :
I am planning to shift to Malaysia soon does anyone know if Kent RO Water purifiers are available in Malaysia.
I have a unit at my home here which i have been using for the past 5 years.
Should i bring the unit over to malaysia or buy a unit from there itself.
I am not keen on buying other brands.
#Anonymous on Jan 22, 2015 :
Hello .. I have been offered RM15,000 per month . Please let me know if this is sufficient to sustain a normal lifestyle , family members including me 3 - child 9 yrs old . how much is the Tax for this amount ..
Please let me know .
#Muhammad NOOR on Jan 12, 2015 :
hi, I am an Hec Pakistan scholar,hec is giving me to about 800 us dollars as total monthly stipend excluding tuition fee that is equal to about 3040RM Is it enough for living with an average life style in johor bahru as I have applied in UTM.
PL give me detail information of monthly living cost,accomodation(private)etc for an average student masters
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#Prakash on Dec 18, 2014 :
I am from India. I have around 3years of eperience in IT. I am going to work in one of the IT company @CentrePoint SOuth,Mid Valley,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. What will be the average expenditure on tax,cost of living etc...?
#ikram on Dec 16, 2014 :
hello everyone i am coming soon in malaysia.i am concern about living in malaysia.i have no idea about how to live in malaysia.what types of job facility in there?so anyone please kindly help me to get a good facility and good salary by part time job.please inform my mail id.
#trytogetoutofMYS on Dec 13, 2014 :
monthly salary sufficient to cover living in Kuala Lumpur is 6000 MYR and above.
#jaff on Dec 08, 2014 :
Hi guys.

I live norway but I'm thinking of moving my sales team (5 people) to KL in summer 15. We sell threw phones to norway. I need to find apartment and very high speed Internet. Any advises? Please contact