Away in overseas for 15 years , he has now returned to set up a base in Kuching, Sarawak.

26Mar10

Met a young engineer. He was originally from Kuching and had spent over 15 years overseas. His employer where he worked as a technical support consultant wanted to branch into Asean region and has offered him a business deal: he supports them by giving technical information and gives advices to their clients. But the deal is, he has to relocate to a city nearer to the market .

He could have chosen Singapore or Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok . He chose Kuching instead .

I asked him why ?

His reasons are, Kuching is where his parents are. English is spoken and he knows the local language (not his spouse and his children though).

Good accommodation in Kuching is still cheap to rent or buy compared to Singapore or even KL. The City is not too big and getting around is relatively easy.

There is no problem shopping for his daily needs as there are many supermarkets but he grumbles that some of the imported products are expensive in Kuching compared to KL.

There is an International Schools for his children.

Good Medical Services.

Kuching is the close to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Jakarta (he told me how he wished the Air Asia Kuching /Jakarta is available and he would be able to save some 3 to 4 hours waiting time via KL). He said Air Asia and Jet Star to Singapore is affordable.

Kuching in relation to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta

He has no problem setting up a bank account. He has no problem sending or receiving money.

One of the most important things is that he has a fixed telephone line, a fax line, mobile phone and his internet. That is what he needs to be able to communicate with his clients.

He has his grudges as the internet line is slower than what he is used to. He would prefer it 10-15 times faster. Moreover it has broken a few times for the last couple of months. I suppose he has to live with this inconvenience. And as insurance he is looking for a wireless internet line from another ISP.

Though he has only been living in Kuching for the last 6 months, he has learned to say, local politics and talking about it makes him want to leave again.

For people like him the world is his market. He relocates to Kuching because of its advantages and he would leave if there is no advantage.

I would revisit him in 6 months time and see if he has changed his mind.

He told me that he is not the only one living in Kuching and servicing a bigger market.



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