Cost of living in Shah Alam, Malaysia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM13
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 RM7
12 eggs, large RM6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.80
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM79
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.19
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM2.68
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM2,309
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,587
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM225
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM1,751
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,262
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM959
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM144
40” flat screen TV RM1,665
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM449
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM21
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM16
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM202
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM153
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM247
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM242
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM158,963
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.16
Monthly ticket public transport RM169
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM15
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM26
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM36
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM67
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM16
4 rolls of toilet paper RM6
Tube of toothpaste RM5.76
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM30
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM69
2 tickets to the movies RM30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM206
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM199
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM53
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM35
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM2,038
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district RM141
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM15
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 233 prices entered by 8 different people.
Latest price update: July 23, 2018.

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