Cost of living in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM6
12 eggs, large RM6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.48
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.96
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM57
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.40
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM4,004
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,844
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM341
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,381
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,358
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM167
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM139
40” flat screen TV RM1,547
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM477
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM18
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM29
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM220
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM115
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM303
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM249
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM161,753
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.19
Monthly ticket public transport RM142
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM16
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM38
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM67
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM23
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM13
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.73
Tube of toothpaste RM5.30
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM39
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM83
2 tickets to the movies RM28
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM199
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM152
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM27
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM21
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM2,272
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.34
1 month of gym membership in business district RM181
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 301 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: November 14, 2018.

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