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Molly has fallen in love with the art scene in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia is such a charming country to Molly Jagpal that she has decided to stay on after her third year here.
She had worked in numerous countries prior to her posting here and three years were the longest she had spent in each country.
“For the first time in my career, I broke the pattern of moving every three years,” said the Briton, who is in her late 30s. She left England 11 years ago to work in Hong Kong, New York, Mumbai, Poland and Moscow.
“I realised that Malaysia is the kind of country where you can settle down; it has all the elements that somebody like me and of my age would want to live in.
“I am surrounded by opportunities and I enjoy the work I am doing in promoting Britain and Malaysia,” she explained.
The executive director of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce loves the climate as well, hence her enthusiasm in promoting it as the ideal business and investment arena for the British.
She also praised Malaysia’s friendly business eco-system that has won the hearts of British entrepreneurs.
“I find that Malaysia has a closely knit business community, you are never too far away from help. There is a lot of willingness to help companies grow.
“The UK is much bigger; it is broken into regions and clusters so you may have to dig a little deeper. For me, doing business in Malaysia is much easier as it is a smaller country,” she said, adding that an independent study by the World Bank ranked Malaysia 12th globally in terms of business confidence.
She noted that future investors could look beyond the major sectors and operations based in the Klang Valley.
“Opportunities are not only found in the Klang Valley.
“Pinewood Studio in Iskandar Malaysia, for instance, is the second biggest studio facility in the world.
“Port development projects are very exciting, too,” she said.
On her advice to expatriates coming to Malaysia, she said: “Prepare yourself for the time of your life! It is a world-class city with many benefits, topping off with a great climate.”
This plus point, she said, also drew 188 Malaysians to return from Britain last year, especially through the chamber’s efforts.
Work and business aside, Molly has fallen in love with the art sphere in Kuala Lumpur as it is throbbing with fabulous activities.
“Kuala Lumpur is a very vibrant city where there’s always something happening.
“There’s never been a boring weekend here,” she said.
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