Facilities in Penang
Whether you are planning to retire in Penang or enjoy a long-term stay with your family, the modern facilities of this island assure you a comfortable life. English is the common language to deal in everyday life, be it in the hawkers’ corner or the Government banks.
The level of social interaction between the locals and the foreigners is highly appreciating. Locals welcome the foreigners cordially into the community as it contributes to cultural diversity as well as economic growth of the country. Several multinational companies including Intel, AMD, Seagate, Hitachi, B Braun and more, have nestled in Penang since the 1970s. This is one of the major reasons why Penang has turned into one of the most urbanized places in Malaysia. In spite of the colonial charm of this town, Penang has the most affordable healthcare opportunities in the world.
If you are willing to admit your child in a local government school, your child will have to continue his/her study in the Malay language. Unless your kid gets used to this new language from the Primary level, it will be impossible for them to follow all the subjects.
So, it’s always better to admit your kid in private schools instead. At least 9 international schools are there in Penang and you can click here on this search result.
We have 5 private secondary schools in Penang such as Han Chiang Private, Chung Ling Private, Kit Sin Private, Penang Chinese Girls Private and Phor Tay Private, where the students can take up IGSCE or UEC Curriculum.
Being one of the tourist trump cards of Malaysia, Penang has a medium-sized airport. It’s small but cozy and not intimidating. When it was built up during 1935, Penang Airport was counted as one of the first few airports in Malaysia. This airport has gone through a huge renovation and upgrading process to cater for the increasing numbers of passengers flying to Penang. Click here to read more about the airport.
Penang has always been highly regarded for medical tourism along with advanced healthcare facilities. With 2 large government hospitals, Penang also has 6 large and 4 small private hospitals. Unless you have medical emergencies like auto accidents, Generally, the MM2H participants prefer going to the private medical centers except any medical emergency is there. Medical costs on this island are affordable. Unless you are among the MM2H participants,medical insurance won’t be available for the tourists. Waiting in the queue for a specialist consultation is not required. You can readily put up an appointment and see him/her the same day.
For medical operations, you might be able to do it immediately or wait for 1-2 days, in the worst case. As many hospitals in Penang have global accreditation, quality of care is assured.
Though Penang offers a good system of roads, Georgetown remains congested during the weekends, rush hours, or local public holidays due to the UNESCO limitations. The age old laws prevented the demolition of the heritage buildings and destruction of the trees. That’s why no flyover was ever built in Georgetown. Only one-way streets are here in this town and over last 50 years, the skyline of Georgetown is almost the same. Rapid Bus Penang (Rapid Penang) offers a fleet of modern air-conditioned Scania bus services around the Island. Taking a cab might be expensive but it’s worthy. Availing Uber in Penang can be another wise option. But no subway or trains are accessible here.
With an improved and modern road system in Malaysia, the highways help in linking the major cities in Peninsular Malaysia. It will take only 3-4 hours to reach Kuala Lumpur from Penang if you travel at a speed of 110km/h. In spite of having speed cameras along the way, these roads can handle up to the speed of 200km/h. Electric train services with a speed around 120-140km/h to Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru are also available. The classified commuter service with more than 10 flights per day, makes your flying experience to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore easy and comfortable.
When in Penang, telephone (land line), mobile services and high speed broadband are available. For mobile services, 4G is available in most of the places in Penang. Wireless data can be as fast as 20Mbps for some areas. Most of the areas in Penang have fibre optic broadband. Copper lines can speed up to 8Mbps and for fibre optics it’s up to 100Mbps.