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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 | MYT 2:46 PM

Goodbye KL, hello Johor: Here’s why you should move to the southern state

IS the hustle and bustle of city life wearing you down? Maybe you’re even feeling trapped after years of being stuck in a routine. If you’re looking to experience something new and refreshing, head down to Johor.

Johor Bahru or JB as some local folks call it, is the capital city of the Johorean state.

The most southern state in Malaysia is home to many jaw-dropping attractions and tasty local food that leaves you wanting more.

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider moving to Johor.

The entire state is a big playground

Johor has a little bit of everything for everyone out there. For fashion enthusiasts, there is the Johor Premium Outlet that houses many branded and designer labels from Coach, Michael Kors to Burberry. The prices of these goods are slashed and sold at a small fraction of the price than what you would normally pay for at their regular retail outlets.

First ever Legoland Theme Park in Asia.

Not into luxury goods? Why not check out “Pasar Karat”? Though the name is directly translated to rusty market, that doesn’t mean they sell rusty items. At this bazaar, you’ll find some quirky, vintage yet useful goods to decorate your new house with.

Families looking for a fun-filled day can check out the Legoland theme park, consisting of both wet and dry theme parks. It is the first ever Legoland theme park in Asia so step into a brand new world of bricks for the perfect family outing.

Want a little European feeling but can’t afford the plane ticket? Go to Little Paris and experience the vibe of the Parisian streets without having to travel far. The pretty lights and exterior decoration will have people thinking you’re in the famous French city.

Still not convinced? You can also opt for a quiet dinner with views of yachts parked by the harbour or end your day with a romantic sunset stroll along the coastal pathway of the most southern point of Peninsular Malaysia.

An ideally convenient location

The state of Johor is right next to Singapore while also being a mere three hours drive to KL. So if you live in Johor, you have the freedom to choose between heading up to KL to meet up with friends or spending the weekend over in Singapore.

You might also notice a significant drop in traffic jams as it is not as congested as KL. This way you actually get to have more time for yourself. With your newfound free time, whether it’s relaxing or just simply doing things you love like reading or exercising, the choice is entirely yours.

More and more people are migrating 

Talk about diversity, am I right? With people from many different states migrating to Johor, you can definitely have a broader network of friends you can hang out with and learn something new every day. Besides, with the affordable cost of living, it’s also a great option for a fresh graduate to start their careers as it’s less of a burden on their wallets.

If you’re looking for a top-class tertiary education, EduCity in Johor is home to many world-renowned universities like University of Reading or Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology for  example. With a state of the art campuses and facilities,students will be able to achieve their maximum potential without having to compromise their precious recreational time.

There’s plenty of local and traditional food

Sure KL has a lot of flavoursome food wherever you go but do you want your usual dishes to have a different yet still awesomely delicious taste? From hipster cafes to local coffee shops or century-old bakeries, everything screams picture worthy.

Slurp on a savoury bowl of curry laksa.

You can find a wide variety of food ranging from nasi lemak, mee rebus or banana cake cooked in a wood-burning oven for your hearty morning meals. Come lunch, grab a plate of succulent duck rice or Johor Laksa for a more filling meal. And maybe for dinner, visit a seafood restaurant as their selections are always fresh off the boat and reasonably priced.

There are new and upcoming developments in the works

Yay! This means more job opportunities for the rest. Thanks to the development of the Iskandar Malaysia zone, many foreign and local investors alike have been investing in the state of Johor which has seen a positive impact on the employment rate. Johor’s thriving economy has also increased the number of people settling down in the state.

Meet the new Meridin Medini Township in Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia.

With that in mind, set your sights on Meridin Medini. The newly completed development includes six buildings - three blocks of Meridin Residences, two towers of Ramada Hotels and one Meridin Executive Suites, with every three towers fitted with one retail podiums for the convenience of Meridin residents.

Already known as the main destination for business, healthcare, education, industrial and tourism, Meridin Medini is the place to be as it aspires to be the Central Business District of Iskandar Puteri, Johor. You can also be rest assured of a top- notch lifestyle and green living for a sustainable future as Meridin will become the Icon of Future City Living. To know more about Meridin Medini, visit here. 

This article is brought to you by Mah Sing Group.