Singaporeans in Malaysia

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Singaporeans in Malaysia
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malacca
Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English
Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity

Singaporeans in Malaysia refers to people that are holding Singaporean citizenship or are of Singaporean descent who reside or were born in Malaysia. With a population of 42,474 in 2016, according to United Nation's International Organization for Migration, they are the second largest community of overseas Singaporeans behind Australia.[1]


Most Singaporeans residing in Malaysia are usually expatriates as professionals are sought out for a niche expertise in various industries within the country. They are usually white collar workers with positions in upper management or middle management within companies, as such most Singaporean residents are usually concentrated near large urban centres such as Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malacca and Johor Bahru.[2]

According to an 2014 estimate by the Johor-Singapore Community Care Association, there are about 5,000 Singaporean families living in Johor.[3] Under the Malaysia My Second Home programme, Singaporean retirees and some Singaporeans working or studying in Singapore have chosen to reside in Johor due to the lower cost of living and they are also allowed to import one car into Malaysia or buy a locally made car with duty and sales tax exemptions, although Singaporeans cannot drive Malaysia-registered cars in Singapore.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "World Migration | International Organization for Migration". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Going the other way: Some Singaporeans thrive in Malaysia". The Straits Times. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  3. ^ "How feasible is it to move to Johor Baru and drive back and forth for work and school?". The Straits Times. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  4. ^ "About 5,000 Singaporean families have set up home in Johor". AsiaOne. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2019.