anyone here living in Malaysia?

(69 Posts)
sanam2010 Sun 27-Oct-13 21:59:35

can we have a thread to get together British expats in Malaysia? am thinking of moving there with two preschoolers and would love to chat and exchange ideas about places, kindergartens, etc etc...

fatowl Mon 23-Jun-14 13:50:05

No worries, give me another shout if you need to know anything else (send a pm so i'll get a notifiction, or I might miss it)

Barbie1 Mon 23-Jun-14 12:43:16

Fatowl I can't thank you enough for your time and patience in answering me.

Normally when we move I do loads of research myself but this pregnancy and my mums illness is taking all of my time and energy so I'm completely bewildered this time sad

fatowl Mon 23-Jun-14 12:38:52

You're in a nice position then as school places can be tight.

Taman Seputeh (close to AS) is nice for dogs, I know several people with dogs in that area and they walk them together.
Bukit Damansara (mainly houses, not appartments- about 15 mins from AS) also a nice area.
For Garden, look at Duta Nusantara- nice gated community, close to Garden, but also popular with AS families, nice community there, kids all play together

Barbie1 Mon 23-Jun-14 11:35:08

She has been accepted to both schools as we have sent school reports (she has been full time for a year) and cases of work.

We know she needs the assessment and the formal offer but it sounds promising that we will have the choice of two...

We plan to drive to the school from each area we view so we get some idea of traffic and timings etc

fatowl Mon 23-Jun-14 10:33:19

No get the school place first.

Can't speak for garden, but assuming you are looking at entry to reception, at Alice smith the assessment will be a play session (without parents). They will be really only checking for her level of English proficiency (not reading and writing just whether her English is good enough to access the curriculum as AS does not have ESL support) and screen for any serious SEN. Anyone who tells you they must be able to read/write/count to 100 is talking rubbish.

Barbie1 Mon 23-Jun-14 10:05:50

All the areas you suggested are on our list to view smile

We have a dog so are looking for a house, the agent has a few to show us. I guess as both schools get good reviews it might be a case of choosing the house first.

Apparently dd will need an assessment for the schools, do you know what that might entail for a 4 year old??

fatowl Mon 23-Jun-14 07:03:38

My kids are at Alice Smith.
Garden also a very good school.

Mont Kiara, where Garden is, is very built up, lots of high rise apartments, etc. Traffic can be very bad, but lots of restaurants, shops etc. The obvious choice if you go to Garden.

Bangsar is more low rise, but still lots of choice of restaurants etc, 10 mins from the Alice Smith Primary campus. Look at Bukit Damansara as well, and if you go for Alice Smith, Taman Seputeh is very popular too.

My kids are older, so I am out of touch with nurseries. My youngest dd went to Children's House (10 years ago now!) and they are still around. THere are plenty of nurseries around. I suggest you ask on the IBU FB page for more recent knowledge. (they are the KL organisation for Families with Babies and toddlers)

Barbie1 Mon 23-Jun-14 05:19:10

Hello again fatowl

We have narrowed it down to garden or Alice. Looking at mont Kiera/ bangsar areas.

The main consideration is getting my 2 year old Ds into a nursery close to either of the two schools mentioned. I want to do as less a commute each morning as possible!

fatowl Mon 23-Jun-14 01:17:37

Hi Barbie
Yes, I'm still here, which schools/areas are you looking at?

Happy to answer any questions

Barbie1 Sun 22-Jun-14 11:41:46


I know this is an older thread but I wondered if anyone was still in kl...

We are arriving next week to look at schools, housing etc and will fully relocate end of August smile

Rojak Thu 12-Jun-14 17:33:19

I have experience of schools in Penang (and living in Penang) but don't often check these boards.

If anyone would like information about Penang, you can post here and drop me a PM to alert me.


expertpacker Sat 07-Jun-14 08:17:33

For anyone thinking of schools in or near JB. Avoid the new EIS. It's started in August 2013. It looked like a fabulous option. However, the best primary teacher had left within a term and I hear her replacement is also leaving. The head of primary was excellent but rumour has it that she was dismissed after the first half term and the primary staff feel her loss. My friends child enjoys school there but she is worried about the school. In secondary 3 out of 4 department heads have left. The package is not what staff were led to believe. The principal spins a good story but all is not well.

kreecherlivespstairs Thu 30-Jan-14 05:59:11

We went with Zurich if that's any help. Simply because the broker spoke great english and you could pay monthly for cover rather than an upfront years worth.

Selks Wed 29-Jan-14 07:28:15

Sorry to jump in but can any of you recommend health insurance providers? My son lives in Brunei and is trying to sort out expat health insurance. Sorry to hijack the thread.

sara156 Wed 29-Jan-14 06:36:47

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Letslet Fri 17-Jan-14 02:58:44

Hi Dakpat69. Don't know a lot about Johor as in KL but the big school there is obviously Malborough. Now into its 2nd year the reviews I have heard so far have all been good and teaching standards very high . Unfortunately dont know any of the other international schools there. Not sure how living in Johor is Its got Legoland there and great proximity to Singapore and only about 3/4 hours from KL so I am guessing it probably quite good but I am guessing it will be more localised and won't have the variety of expat opportunities which exist in KL or Penang. It depends what you are after

dakpat69 Thu 16-Jan-14 20:18:13

Hi All,
My family and i are thinking of moving to Johor. Any advice on international schools. Many seem very new but have amazing facilities, just worried about standard of teaching.

Fat Owl, if you have any info in this area, it would be much appreciated. Also, if there is anyone else in the Johor area or considering it, it would be nice to get in touch.

Finally, if anyone considered it and decided against and went for Penang/KL, what was the reasoning?


sanam2010 Thu 07-Nov-13 20:39:47

FatOwl, that's fantastic, thank you so much for remembering me! I am happy to hear St Christopher's is nice. I'll check out Upland as well, a very Christian place probably not the right place!

FatOwl Thu 07-Nov-13 13:39:51

An update on schools in Penang as promised to the OP

I saw my friend who lives in Penang today.

Her ds is at the prince of Wales Secondary school (Y8). She is happy with it, new school so a few teething issues, but overall happy. Bit of a way out of town, she is thinking of moving nearer the school

Her dd has mild SEN and is repeating Y6 at St Christophers (Primary) . Much happier there than she was at very large international school in KL with minimal SEN support. Much smaller school and her dd is much happier (but that might also be to do with repeating Y6, which her previous school would not have allowed. She will go to Prince of Wales sept 2014.

Other option is Uplands (Primary and secondary), she has no personal experience, but well established and plenty of expats there happy with it.
Dalat school also popular but very Christian in practice.


Kota Damansara was our base.
Return home is/was great. DD has started at a brilliant school, she is able to go out alone and cycle to school etc.
DD did almost get me arrested at KL airport. We'd just watched a man without a top on be denied entry to the departures bit while the passport man checked my PP. Admittedly I do look like Myra Hindley in the photograph but it is still just about me.
DD told him I looked like a drug dealer. He gave me a very hard stare and asked for another form of identity.
That could have been because she wouldn't let it lie. Drug smuggler or dealer were the only words coming out of her mouth.
DH had gone through a couple of minutes earlier.

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 03-Nov-13 06:29:29

Whereabouts were you, kreecher? And how was your return home?

True fact that Loopa. It just seemed that every other day someone was being mugged/robbed/raped in front of our flats.
We had a huge foreign student population if that's any explaination <doubtful>.
Possibly they were seen as worth robbing due to the amount of jewellry they wore and lap tops they carried.

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 03-Nov-13 06:18:26


I'm in KL with DH and DDs 2 and 4.

A few stories just this week of scary robberies etc. But it's important to remember it's a capital city. Scary stuff happens in London too.

Sorry, didn't want to be alarmist. We were in selangor rather than KL. Our neighbourhood was supposed to be on the up. The prices were on the up. 10km away, the grocery shopping was much less.
Not sure about the crime there though...

sanam2010 Sat 02-Nov-13 16:22:12

Kreecher, that's scary, where in malaysia were you based?

FatIOwl, would be great if you could let me know after talking to your friend. The Prince of Wales school
Looks very good, I think it is only secondary?

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