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Living In Johor

Migration and Life in Johor
When you stay in a foreign country, what are the most important things?
  • Passport, Visa, International Driver’s License and Air tickets
  • Cash, Credit Cards and Bank ATM card
  • PC, Cellular Phone , Dictionary and Road Map
  • Accommodation, work place and school
  • Friends , acquaintances and contact number
  • Home and car
  • Foods, Water and Medicines etc.
400 JLS Johor Life Information
Passport and Visas
Visitors to Malaysia must hold a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period. Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits.
Eight hours ahead of GMT and sixteen hours ahead of U.S Standard Time.
Voltage is 220 to 240 Volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Malaysia uses standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets.
Unit of Measurement
Malaysia follows the metric system for weight and measurement.
401 JBK Life Support Money and Banks
The monetary unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM or MYR. The exchange rate is valued at USD1 = RM4.3 Notes are available in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50 and RM100 denominations, whilst coins are issued in 5, 10, 20 and 50 sen (cents) denominations. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and money changers. View the latest exchange rates here www.xe.com
HSBC: Opening Premier Account
  • HSBC Bukit Timbalan Branch: located near JB City hall(MBJB).
    1 Jalan Bukit Timbalan, 80000 JB
    TEL: 07- 224 4355
  • HSBC Taman Molek Branch
    46 Jalan Molek 1/10, Taman Molek, 81100 JB
    TEL: 07-357 3691
UOB: www1.uob.com.my/uob_branch_locator.html
Banking Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:30- 16:00
Business Hours: Mon - Thu: 8:45am - 5:45pm, Fri: 8:45am - 4:45pm
  • UOB City Square Branch
    Lot 1-23, Johor Bahru City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 JB
    TEL: 07-219 6300
  • UOB Taman Ponderosa Branch
    Bangunan UOB, Ground Floor, No.8, Jalan Ponderosa 2/1, Taman Ponderosa, 81100 JB
    TEL: 07-360 6800
Citibank :
Mon-Fri: 9:30-16:00
1st & 3rd Sat: Closed
2nd, 4th & 5th Sat: 9:30-12:00
  • Citibank Johor Bahru Branch
    City Plaza, 21, Jalan Tebrau, 80300 JB
    TEL: 07-279 1220/1230
  • Maybank Johor Bahru Main Branch
    Lot 1-22, Level 1, 2 & 3, Johor Bahru City Centre, 106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 JB
    Tel: 07-228 2400 / 07-228 2401
  • Maybank Kota Iskandar, Nusajaya Service Centre
    Lot 5, Siar Jauhar, Dewan Negeri Johor, 79100 Kota Iskandar
    Tel: 07-556 0312 / 07-556 0317
OCBC :www.ocbc.com.my 
  • OCBC Johor Bahru Branch
    1 Jalan Ibrahim, 80000 JB
    Tel: 1-300-88-5000 (Within Malaysia)
    Tel: 603-8317 5000 (Outside Malaysia)

    Banking Hours: Mon –Fri 9:30am - 4pm
  • OCBC Taman Molek Branch: 土日営業 (午後1時まで)
    47 & 49 Jalan Molek 1/29, Taman Molek, 81100 JB
    Phone: 1-300-88-5000 (Within Malaysia)
    Phone: 603-8317 5000 (Outside Malaysia)

    Banking Hours:
    Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 4pm
    Sat 10:00am - 1pm 
    Sun 10:30am - 1pm 
    Closed on National and State Holiday
  • RHB Johor Bahru City Square Branch
    Lot J1-22 & J2-31, Johor Bahru City Square, 106 & 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 JB
    Branch Manager: T. Ravindran
    Tel: 07-224 5333 / 0333 / 223 0573
  • RHB Permas Jaya Branch
    35 & 37, Jalan Permas 10/2, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 JB
    Branch Manager: Zailani Sulaiman
    Tel: 1300 888 742 (RHB)

There are more banks such as CIMB, Public Bank, Hong Leong Bank, Standard Chartered, Affin Bank, AmBank.
Opening New Bank Account
HSBC House Loan Application
Insurance Company
402 JCA  Life Support CAR
Rent a car
  • Orix
  • AVIS
  • Hertz
Car Dealers & Service Center in JB
  • Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd
  • Mutiara Motorsports Sdn Bhd
  • UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd (Jalan Gagah)
  • Sutera Auto Sdn Bhd
  • Yong Ming Motor Sdn Bhd
  • Azam Motor Sdn Bhd
  • Repair/Maintenance
    Condominium Repair:Please ask Management Office.
  • RINTING TYER & Auto Service Sdn Bhd:
    No.1 &1A, Jalan Sena 16, Taman Ringting, 81750 Masai.
    Tel: 07-386 1136 
    Mr Goh (019-386 9198)
403 JDR Johor Life Driving
  • JPJ: http://www.jpj.my/malaysia_jpj_offices/Johor_JPJ_Offices.htm
404 JGV Johor Life Government
  • http://passport.my/State_Immigration_Branches/Johor_Bahru_Immigration_Office.htm
405 JLV Johor Life Houses/Condominium
  • Thistle Hotel: http://www.thistle.com.my/johorbahru/
  • KSL Hotel: http://www.kslresorts.com.my/
  • Grand Paragon Hotel: http://www.grandparagonhotel.com.my/
Condominium and Houses to let (Rental) list
  • Aloha Condo:near Thistle hotel
  • Indah Samudra:behind Thistle hotel
  • Molek Pine:
  • Petrie:rooms with Danga Bay view
  • The Straits View Condo:lots of expatriates
  • Stulang View Condo:
  • The Sky Executive Suite @ Bukit Indah:new condos near Bukit Indah, developer: SP Seta
  • Ujana Executive Apartment @ East Ledang:new condo at East Redang, developer: UEM
useful website for property
  • http://www.iproperty.com.my 
  • http://www.propertyguru.com.my
  • http://www.iproperty.com.my 
main developers in Johor
  • Berinda Properties: http://www.berinda.com 
  • SP Setia: http://www.spsetia.com.my/
  • UEM: http://www.uemland.com/ 
  • UMLAND: http://www.umland.com.my/
  • KSL: http://www.ksl.my/ 
YouTube : the latest development
406 JSH Johor Life Shopping
  • Aeon/Jusco: http://www.jusco.com.my/
  • Tesco: http://www.tesco.com.my/
  • Giant: http://www.giant.com.my/stores
  • MYDIN: http://www.mydin.com.my/
Wet Market:
  • Johor Jaya Wet Market:
  • Larkin Wet Market:
  • Taman Sri Tebrau Wet Market:
Other Stores
  • Senheng Electric (KL) Sdn. Bhd.: about 100 outlets in Malaysia
  • Courts: three outlets in JB, furniture available
  • Panashop:
    https://direct.panasonic.com.my/ A.E.S. SALES & SERVICE SDN BHD
    No. 4, Jalan Mutiara 4, Taman Perindustrian Plentong, 81750 Plentong
    Tel: 07-3577540

    37 & 39, Jalan Persisiran Perling 1, Taman Perling, 81200 JB
    Tel: 07-2349528

    No. 379, Jalan Tebrau, Taman Kebun Teh, 80250 JB
    Tel: 07-3334337
夜市(Pasar Malam):夕方5時位からオープンする移動式の市場、日本の土曜夜市のようで、夕涼みがてら来ています。
  • 月曜日:ハリマウ通り後ろ側センチュリー・ガーデン競技場の近くです。
  • 火曜日:クニン通りに入る「Pマート」の前、利用者は多い。
  • 水曜日:パーリン公園地区。
  • 金曜日:ウルティラム地区。300店ほど出店して壮観です。
  • 土曜日:フリンザーコート近くのノンチ通り
  • Senheng Electric (KL) Sdn. Bhd.: マレーシアに約100店舗あります。http://www.senheng.com.my/
  • Courts: JBには3店舗あり、家具も販売しています。http://www.courts.com.my/
  • Panashop: パナソニックの協力店です。https://direct.panasonic.com.my/

    No. 4, Jalan Mutiara 4, Taman Perindustrian Plentong, 81750 Plentong, Tel: 07-357 7540

    37 & 39, Jalan Persisiran Perling 1, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru Tel: 07-234 9528

    No. 379, Jalan Tebrau, Taman Kebun Teh, 80250 Johor Bahru Tel: 07-333 4337
407 JIT Johor Life IT
Telephone, Cellular Phone and Internet Connection
  • Telcom Malaysia, Celcom, Maxis, DIGI, U-Mobile
  • Local calls can be made from public phones using coins or prepaid card. International calls can also be made using phone cards or at any Telekom office
How to Go Johor Bahru, Malaysia
By Air
The main gateways to Malaysia are the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang which is about 50Km south of the KL city center and the low cost carrier airport (Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah) at Subang which is about 16km west of the city centre. From both of these the country is well serviced by 14 domestic airports including those in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan in East Malaysia.
Low Cost Carrier Airport
From KLIA, KL city is a 28-minute journey away on the comfortable KLIA Ekspres, a high-speed rail service. Car rental, bus, coach, taxi, and limousine into Kuala Lumpur and neighbouring towns are widely available at both airports.
By Sea
From KLIA, KL city is a 28-minute journey away on the comfortable KLIA Ekspres, a high-speed rail service. Car rental, bus, coach, taxi, and limousine into Kuala Lumpur and neighbouring towns are widely available at both airports.
Low Cost Carrier Airport
Port Klang, about 35km west of KL city center is Malaysia’s largest modern sea port where the Star Cruise Terminal - the largest cruise ship terminal in the Asia-Pacific region - is situated. Other major sea ports are located on the islands of Penang and Langkawi in the north of the Peninsular, at Johor to the south, at Kuantan on the East Coast and at Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

‘Ferry Link’ operates a vehicle ferry service from Changi Point in Singapore to Tanjung Belungkor, the gateway to the popular southern peninsular beach resort of Desaru. For reservations call +602-545 3600 (Changi Point) or +607-252 7408 (Bandar Penawar, Johor).
Puteri Harbour (Nusajaya)
Puteri Harbour is a marina development that spans 687 acres (2.8 km²) on the Straits of Johor, with a view over the island of Singapore. This waterfront precinct is still under development (June 2013), and houses a functioning marina, a ferry terminal with expensive and infrequent services to the Harbour front area of Singapore (90 minutes away). It is close to JSNAC (Johor State New Administrative Centre) and a short drive away to Legoland and other new attractions in Nusajaya.
Johor-Singapore Causeway
The Johor–Singapore Causeway is a 1,056-metre causeway that links the city of Johor Bahru in Malaysia across the Straits of Johor to the town of Woodlands in Singapore. It serves as a road, rail, and pedestrian link, as well as water piping into Singapore.

The causeway is connected to the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Johor Bahru. The new checkpoint replaced the Causeway Checkpoints on December 16, 2008. The complex is linked to Johor Bahru's Inner Ring Road which intersects with the Skudai Highway. On the Singapore side, the causeway leads to the Woodlands CIQ Checkpoint, which replaced an older Woodlands Checkpoint in 1998. It then connects with the Bukit Timah Expressway. The causeway carries 60,000 vehicles on a typical day, with particularly bad traffic congestion on the eve of public holidays.
Malaysia-Singapore Second Link
Singapore and Johor, Malaysia. In Singapore, it is officially known as the Tuas Second Link. The bridge was built to reduce the traffic congestion at the Johor–Singapore Causeway, and was opened to traffic on 2 January 1998. The total length of the bridge over water is 1,920 m.
At Malaysian side, the bridge is connected to the Second Link Expressway, which links from Senai North Interchange at North-South Expressway, Senai Airport and Taman Perling, Johor Bahru via its extension known as Johor Bahru Parkway. In Singapore, the bridge connects to the Ayer Rajah Expressway.
The checkpoint on Malaysia side is called the Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex. The checkpoint on Singapore side, the Tuas Checkpoint, was built on 19.6 ha (47.4 acres) of reclaimed land at a cost of S$485 million.
Health and Safety
Dehydration and Sunburn
The sun is strong throughout the year in the country. Proper care against sunburn must be constantly taken. Dehydration and loss of salt through perspiration are two other common problems for the unprepared traveler. Drink plenty of fluids and replace your salt loss and remember that alcoholic drinks make dehydration worse, not better. Make sure you pack clothing suitable for a warm humid climate.
Due to the constant humid climate, mosquitoes tend to be present throughout the year. The three most significant diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are Malaria, Dengue Fever and Japanese B Encephalitis. To repel mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropods, apply an insect repellent containing DEET to your skin or clothing.

The risk of malaria for most tourists visiting Peninsular Malaysia is extremely small. There is insignificant risk in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and other major cities. However, in East Malaysia, the risk of malaria is present throughout the year. Even in these regions, the risk is mainly off the coastal plains and towards the border areas. Generally, prophylaxis is recommended for those visiting Sabah or Sarawak.
Generally, the level of food hygiene throughout the country is high. However, make sure your food and drinking water are safe. Food from street vendors should be treated with care. Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. If possible, avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. Bring along iodine tablets and portable water filters to purify water if bottled water is not available. Also, wash your hands often with soap and water. As an extra precaution, bring along anti-diarrhea medication and an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor to self-treat moderate to severe diarrhea.
Recommended vaccines: Poliomyelitis (childhood booster), Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food & water borne diseases), Hepatitis A (food & water borne diseases). For those venturing outside cities and towns, further recommended vaccines are Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Tuberculosis and Meningitis. For those visiting Sabah and Sarawak, Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended.

If you are coming from, or have recently travelled in, South America or sub-Saharan Africa you must present a certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever upon arrival in Malaysia.