Cost of living in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.75
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM5.29
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 RM3.60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.19
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,455
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,682
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM256
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,336
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,346
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM167
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM136
40” flat screen TV RM1,569
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM449
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM20
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM29
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM251
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM107
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM293
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM202
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM161,753
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.10
Monthly ticket public transport RM120
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM17
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM80
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM58
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM25
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.95
Tube of toothpaste RM5.40
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM32
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM77
2 tickets to the movies RM30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM77
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM154
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM28
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM20
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM2,335
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM1.00
1 month of gym membership in business district RM180
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 170 prices entered by 11 different people.
Latest price update: July 15, 2018.

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