JOHOR BARU, Oct 24 — Johor Baru city is among three destinations chosen by foreigners to reside in South-east Asia.
State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the other two destinations were Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
According to him, the inclination by foreigners to live in Johor Baru could be seen through the statistics on foreigners participating in the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme .
He said since the programme was introduced in 2002, it had attracted 34,531 people from 127 countries as of June this year.
“Of the total, some 14,000 participants or 40 per cent chose Johor, especially Johor Baru and most of them are from China, Japan, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and Iran,” he told reporters after the MM2H hi tea function here yesterday.
According to Tee, Johor Baru’s selection as the destination of choice was based on their satisfaction with the affordable cost of living, high tolerance of community, good weather and the world class healthcare sector.
“In the future, we will continue to work with the Tourism Ministry to further promote MM2H to foreigners,” said Tee adding that the event today was aimed at obtaining feedback from MM2H participants to enable the ministry and stakeholders to make improvements to strengthen the programme. — Bernama