Among the 13 states in Malaysia, Penang is the only state with a Chinese ethnic majority. Close to 60% of the population on Penang Island is of Chinese descent, such that Cantonese, Mandarin, other Chinese dialects and English are used in everyday life, which spares Hong Kong people the difficulty of living in a place where language barriers exist.
Penang was a former British crown colony from 1867 to 1945. The state capital city, George Town, is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for preserving beautiful heritage buildings – many have even claimed it to be reminiscent of old Hong Kong. It upholds an international common law legal system, where English documentation is used for business dealings.
在馬來西亞的 13 個州份中，檳城是唯一擁有最多華裔的州份。檳城島 60％的人口是華裔，因此日常生活中會使用廣東話、普通話，以及其他中國方言和英語，有利香港人溝通，消除言語障礙。
在 1867 年至 1945 年間，檳城原是英國殖民地。州首府喬治市〈George Town〉被聯合國教科文組織列為世界文化遺產，當地保存了很多美麗的文化古蹟，令人不禁聯想到舊香港。檳城實行英聯邦的司法體系，官方文件及商業用語一般使用英語。
Similar to Hong Kong Island’s relationship with Kowloon, Penang comprises of “Penang Island” and “Seberang Perai” on the Malay Peninsula. Penang Island is mountainous with limited developable land – this coupled with the high demand for properties makes for resilient property prices. Where Hong Kong has Victoria Peak with an elevation of 552m accessible via the Peak Tram, Penang has Penang Hill perched 833m above sea level reachable by taking a short ride on the Penang Hill Railway. Lovers of outdoor activities will definitely enjoy exploring the plentiful hiking trails.
“Malaysia feels like home to many Hongkongers, as they can readily adapt to the pleasant and congenial living environment,” notes our Dr. Theresa Fok, Founder and Managing Director of Jade Land Properties (HK) Limited, a boutique real estate consultancy specializing in Malaysia properties.
There are daily short and easy direct flights to Penang from Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific; it provides ample convenience for those who need to travel frequently between the two places.
When making a decision on emigration, families have the added concern on the quality of education for their children. The international education landscape in Malaysia has grown rapidly over the last decade. Expatriate children have diverse options when it comes to quality international schools, such as Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS) and Dalat International School.
For those who are new to the English language or require English enrichment, POWIIS offers the English as an Additional Language Program to help children integrate into the international school environment.
Upholding high standards, these schools offer internationally-recognized syllabuses like the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). They provide a seamless education path for students from nursery to high school, and facilitate transition into world-renowned universities abroad.