Penang has been voted as one of Asia’s top 10 places to live in by expatriates.
Chief Minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon said Penang was placed ninth, one spot ahead of Kuala Lumpur, in an international survey of 254 places. This marks a climb of three spots from the same survey five years ago.
The yearly survey by Employment Conditions Abroad Ltd, a human resource consultant agency, is based on weather, air quality, infrastructure, health services, housing, security and politics.
Singapore placed first, followed by Kobe, with Tokyo and Osaka tied in third spot. The other cities are Hong Kong (fifth), Macau (sixth), Taipei (seventh) and Bangkok (eighth).
The placing is admirable but I hope that the state government will strive to make Penang conducive and liveable for the locals too.
The state can still improve on its cleanliness, urban revitalisation, public security, conditions of infrastructure and amenities and housing.
I just blogged on a crime committed against my family. The police promised to visit our house but has yet to do so until now. Swift action of the police is needed not only to make the expatriates feel safe but the locals too.