Author: Civic

  • Malaysia’s New Billionaire King: Luxury Cars, Private Jets and Secrets of the Royal Lifestyle

    Malaysia’s New Billionaire King: Luxury Cars, Private Jets and Secrets of the Royal Lifestyle

    Malaysia has a unique electoral monarchy system where a new king is elected to the throne every five years. The heads of the nine royal families take turns ruling the country as king. Malaysia now has a new monarch – the billionaire Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar. He recently took the oath of office in a grand…

  • The Myth of Malaysia’s Burgeoning National Debt

    The Myth of Malaysia’s Burgeoning National Debt

    Malaysia’s national debt has ballooned to over RM1.5 trillion, sparking concerns from the public and politicians like Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. But is Malaysia’s debt truly a ticking time bomb or an overblown myth? This article analyzes the nuances behind the numbers. Anwar Ibrahim’s Stance Against Malaysia’s Rising Debt Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has positioned…

  • Malaysia Emerges as a Top Tech Investment Destination in Southeast Asia

    Malaysia Emerges as a Top Tech Investment Destination in Southeast Asia

    Malaysia is rapidly emerging as a prominent destination for substantial foreign investments from global semiconductor players. Most recently, Nvidia Corporation, the US-based giant in artificial intelligence (AI) chips, unveiled plans for a potential $4.3 billion data center in Malaysia. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized Malaysia’s potential as a prime hub for data center infrastructure in…

  • The Future is Bright for Indonesia’s Economy and Political Stability

    The Future is Bright for Indonesia’s Economy and Political Stability

    Indonesia has made impressive economic progress over the past 20 years, significantly narrowing the development gap with neighboring countries like Malaysia and even outperforming major emerging economies like India. With a pivotal presidential election coming up in 2024, political stability will be key to unleashing Indonesia’s massive potential over the next decade. During a recent…

  • From Kazakhstan to Malaysia: An Expat Shares Her Journey to Becoming a Durian Lover in a Bustling City

    From Kazakhstan to Malaysia: An Expat Shares Her Journey to Becoming a Durian Lover in a Bustling City

    Meet Madina, an entrepreneur originally from Kazakhstan who moved to Malaysia in 2009. Now, over 10 years later, she runs several businesses around the world and has fully immersed herself into Malaysian culture—including developing a passion for durian! In this article, Madina shares her journey on: Adapting to Malaysian Foods Over Time When Madina first…

  • The Kindness of Strangers: A Polish Woman’s Perspective on Living in Malaysia

    The Kindness of Strangers: A Polish Woman’s Perspective on Living in Malaysia

    When Aata moved from Poland to Malaysia 7 years ago, she was struck by the kindness and hospitality she received. As an entrepreneur and YouTuber living in nearby Singapore, I was fascinated to sit down with Aata and learn more about her experiences as a foreigner assimilating into Malaysian culture. In our conversation, Aata shares…

  • Many Malaysians Have Too Little Savings to Retire Comfortably

    Many Malaysians Have Too Little Savings to Retire Comfortably

    As 2023 begins, about 274,000 EPF members in Malaysia will turn 54 and become eligible to make withdrawals for retirement. However, deputy finance minister Steven Sim reveals that 35% of this group (nearly 100,000 people) have less than 10,000 ringgit in their accounts. This is far below the recommended savings to retire comfortably. So how…

  • Malaysia Takes the Wheel on EV Adoption

    Malaysia Takes the Wheel on EV Adoption

    Malaysia has set ambitious goals to reach net zero emissions by 2050. A crucial part of this journey involves transitioning its transport sector towards electric vehicles (EVs). Currently, over 26 million registered vehicles cruise Malaysia’s roads, with more than half being personal cars and vans. This puts the spotlight squarely on the transport industry, which…

  • How Jal Rashid Went From Vincent Tan’s Successor to Government Advisor

    How Jal Rashid Went From Vincent Tan’s Successor to Government Advisor

    Jal Rashid has one of the most impressive resumes, serving as CEO roles at various major companies by his late 20s. However, his journey has been marked by unexpected turns, guided by his desire to drive change. Leadership Journey Rashid started his career as a fund manager at Abedine Asset Management. By age 26, he…

  • How an Australian Learned to Speak Fluent Malay

    How an Australian Learned to Speak Fluent Malay

    Learning a new language takes time, effort, and immersion. For one Australian expat who has called Malaysia home for over 30 years, his journey to fluency in the Malay language has opened doors to understanding the culture and people. In a recent interview, Max shared insights on: From Losing His Aussie Accent to Blending Right…

  • Why This 69 Year Old American Sold His House and Moved to Malaysia

    Why This 69 Year Old American Sold His House and Moved to Malaysia

    Malaysia is often overlooked as a retirement destination for Western expats, but American YouTuber Andrew Taylor believes it offers an unbeatable lifestyle. After selling his house in Florida, the 69-year old moved to the Malaysian state of Penang eight years ago and hasn’t looked back since. I sat down with Andrew to discuss the move,…

  • The Rise and Fall of Top Glove – Malaysia’s Largest Glove Company

    The Rise and Fall of Top Glove – Malaysia’s Largest Glove Company

    This is the story of how Malaysian billionaire Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai lost over RM20 billion in net worth within 2 years due to the dramatic fall of Top Glove Corporation Berhad amidst global economic changes. Top Glove is the world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer, producing about 1 in every 5 gloves globally. In…