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Mar 28th 2018, 10:18 am
Replies: 290
Views: 116,163
Posted By merlinman

Re: Retiring in Malaysia - Malaysia My Second Home Visa (MM2H)

Another disquieting thing is that, having legitimised the rumours to a large extent by committing them to print, a start date is not mentioned which really is just prolonging the agony. Interesting...
Mar 23rd 2018, 2:38 am
Replies: 290
Views: 116,163
Posted By merlinman

Re: Retiring in Malaysia - Malaysia My Second Home Visa (MM2H)

Well, it seems that my post & MM2H advice stirred a lot of opinions, none of them favourable, & raised a lot of questions to which the Ministry doesn't seem to have the answers. Classic case of...
Mar 21st 2018, 6:30 am
Replies: 290
Views: 116,163
Posted By merlinman

Re: Retiring in Malaysia - Malaysia My Second Home Visa (MM2H)

For those who didn't attend the BHCKL/MM2H presentation yesterday, the word is out (official), even backed by tiny fold-out MM2H pamphlets. From the "middle of the year" but excluding applications...
Feb 20th 2018, 11:01 am
Replies: 82
Views: 12,809
Posted By merlinman

Re: MM2H - do you consider MY your permanent base or just a 2nd home?

Generally speaking, when one talks about having a second home it means an alternative residence which is usually visited on a regular basis once or twice a year, maybe more, for varying periods, to...
Feb 16th 2018, 4:02 am
Replies: 82
Views: 12,809
Posted By merlinman

Re: MM2H - do you consider MY your permanent base or just a 2nd home?

My point in post #41 was the very arbitrary application of the rules by whichever Immigration officer happens to be duty, the length of his shift (in our case it was after 10 p.m. on a Sunday night),...
Feb 12th 2018, 7:35 am
Replies: 82
Views: 12,809
Posted By merlinman

Re: MM2H - do you consider MY your permanent base or just a 2nd home?

Let me relate a recent personal & rather chilling experience. We came through Penang immigration on 27 December & got a 90 day visa, no questions, no problem. We then had occasion to go to Singapore...
Forum: Malaysia
Feb 3rd 2018, 6:08 am
Replies: 213
Views: 66,141
Posted By merlinman

Re: Penang regular meetups for mm2hers and newbies

I'm confused. Are we talking Viva (TB) or Bora Bora (BF)? - they are about 10 km. apart on an awful narrow winding road

In any event it seems that the enthusiasm since the well attended meet-up I...
Forum: Malaysia
Dec 31st 2017, 4:39 am
Replies: 213
Views: 66,141
Posted By merlinman

Re: Penang regular meetups for mm2hers and newbies

Merlinman & Queen Guinevere are back!! How about a meet-up on 11th or 12th @ Healy Macs? Let me know your preference. :thumbsup: :welcome:
Forum: Malaysia
Dec 21st 2017, 1:40 pm
Replies: 213
Views: 66,141
Posted By merlinman

Re: Penang regular meetups for mm2hers and newbies

Hi physdude, presume you mean this Sat. Unfortunately we have been delayed in Singapore otherwise would have been happy to meet up. ETA Penang is now 27/12. Hope to catch up with all & sundry any...
Nov 12th 2017, 11:03 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,743
Posted By merlinman

Re: Expats are always wineing

I have been home brewing in Aus for 20-odd years initially because I couldn't stand the mass-produced, sterilised, artificially-carbonated stuff they were selling here at the time. The interest waned...
Nov 10th 2017, 4:39 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,975
Posted By merlinman

Re: "40% of MM2H participants prefer to settle down in Johor"

In my experience, for the most part it's down to the Chinese ingrained psyche - they just can't see the value of pieces of paper such as bonds or share certificates as anything more than just that -...
Nov 1st 2017, 7:36 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,187
Posted By merlinman

Re: Early retirement - was it what you expected?

Oops, sorry, I was sure you included a longitude of 100 deg. E which put you on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand :embarrassed_smile: But I don't know what you've got to be grumpy about, or is it...
Oct 31st 2017, 2:10 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,187
Posted By merlinman

Re: Early retirement - was it what you expected?

Thanks for the valuable info, uk_grenada. From your co-ordinates I take you're somewhere near Bangkok, otherwise I'd suggest we get together in Penang for a "grumpy" tete-a-tete
Oct 30th 2017, 6:39 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,187
Posted By merlinman

Re: Early retirement - was it what you expected?

Hi Macsta, We are obviously on the same page when it comes to radio & early TV comedy shows. However getting a little off-topic for the forum so I'll PM you for further chat
Oct 30th 2017, 12:29 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,975
Posted By merlinman

Re: "40% of MM2H participants prefer to settle down in Johor"

I used to see a cartoon in many agents' windows of a crotchedy old man, stooped, walking stick, long grey beard, with the caption "This is a picture of the young man who waited for the price of real...
Oct 27th 2017, 1:02 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,187
Posted By merlinman

Re: Early retirement - was it what you expected?

P.S. For more of this uproarious but self-effacing comedian, unfortunately from a by-gone era, see the Parkinson interviews on UTube
Oct 27th 2017, 12:32 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,187
Posted By merlinman

Re: Early retirement - was it what you expected?

"Carry on Doctor"? No,no. With all due reverence to the hilarious high-camp antics of Kenneth Williams in the Carry On series (not to mention "Round the Horne" & "Handcock's Half Hour"), this phrase...
Oct 27th 2017, 12:17 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,975
Posted By merlinman

Re: "40% of MM2H participants prefer to settle down in Johor"

Maybe not the buyers so much but I know from business experience in Australia Chinese developers certainly like to "bang their drum", often paying 2-3 times for sites what a local developer might...
Forum: Malaysia
Oct 26th 2017, 2:45 am
Replies: 213
Views: 66,141
Posted By merlinman

Re: Penang regular meetups for mm2hers and newbies

Don't get too down, owned, mrs. merlinman will not be happy :frown::thumbsup::frown:
Forum: Malaysia
Oct 26th 2017, 2:38 am
Replies: 213
Views: 66,141
Posted By merlinman

Re: Penang regular meetups for mm2hers and newbies

A little sarcasm from Anbar :sarcasm:. Wait until mrs. merlinman arrives to really stir things up (accompanied by mrs. Anbar, I suspect :drinkingpals:)
Oct 26th 2017, 12:11 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,975
Posted By merlinman

Re: "40% of MM2H participants prefer to settle down in Johor"

Precisely my points, SushiFan & geedee. A ghost town in the making. I think at the beginning the Chinese wanted to impress the (Western) world how big & brash they could be, but now simple economics...
Oct 25th 2017, 7:02 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,975
Posted By merlinman

Re: "40% of MM2H participants prefer to settle down in Johor"

Interesting. I read somewhere that the vast majority are Chinese, younger, maybe unworldly, subjected to high-pressure selling tactics by developers, Chinese of course. From what I have seen...
Forum: Malaysia
Oct 14th 2017, 12:03 am
Replies: 213
Views: 66,141
Posted By merlinman

Re: Penang regular meetups for mm2hers and newbies

Regrettably will still be in Sydney, but will be there in spirit. Looking forward to catching up with everyone around Christmas/New Year
Forum: Malaysia
Sep 12th 2017, 12:23 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,677
Posted By merlinman

Re: Banking in Penang

Thanks to all those contributors on this subject & for relating their experiences. I now have a better idea of which way to jump - I think. :confused_smile: :fingerscrossed: Clearly it very much...
Forum: Malaysia
Sep 6th 2017, 7:17 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,677
Posted By merlinman

Banking in Penang

Hi all, there have been a few posts on this or similar themes in the last few years & I would appreciate an update from anyone with recent personal experience as we intend to decamp from Sydney to...
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