Hi guys and gals,
Once in a while, some members have expressed interest in looking at JB properties. Their idea is to rent the properties for retirement or to buy, if the economics make sense. Unfortunately, some of the organisers with good intentions, withdraw the trip plans, due to lack of support for their suggestions.
There is true the media has reported crimes in JB, theft in non-gated communities in JB, etc etc.
I like to take a different approach. I think that the situation of many retirees and soon-to-be retirees warrant a relook at JB as a destination for retirement living. Many Singaporean retirees have nice big or medium big HDB flats, which are probably fully paid. However, many retirees, not all, see that they are not enjoying the lifestyle that they want. Got asset, but little cash. Why not rent the place out, and move to another cheaper place with more space and maybe conditions worth reviewing.
There, then is the possibility of looking for a nursing home, not for now, but maybe the future for ourselves. Or may be for our old parents, relatives and friends.
I hope we can support those members who want to give JB a look at retirement and nursing opportunities. Find out what it costs, how safe they would feel confortable with at different places, the good food, the ugly side, the bigger houses, etc etc. The media has reported the negatives; and some of us have experienced negatives. But, let’s not let these negatives prevent us from going to have a look. There are other Singaporeans who have successfully stayed in JB, and come back once a month, to see their friends or for medical. So, again, Let’s gives others a chance.
As such, I have requested Daniel Kang, who lives in JB most of the time, to coordinate this activity, from JB. It is likely we will adopt the following approaches.
Daniel will assist to organise a van, likely a 9 seater from morning to late afternoon.
He will make arrangements to view some properties, maybe the Iskandar project and a nursing home.
He will arrange to meet some condo and house representatives, so that those who attend can get an idea of the possibility in JB.
The nursing home for Singaporean is also of interest, and I have asked him to work on this.
Towards the end of the day, we can land at some makan places, have a good meal before going back to Singapore.
All transport to JB and return will be organised by the individual. Daniel’s task will be to pick up in JB and return you to JB.
I think that this activity would not suit everybody; but it is for those who wants to explore the possibility of another option. Everybody has different situations, so, give every body a chance. Dont let our experiences with negatives discourage other members from seeing the other side of the river.
Daniel will get back to us soon. I thought it would be nice to inform you of this plan. More later. And, of course, if you live in JB and like to help us with seeing JB from the same angle, send me an email. If you have interest to participate, please put your name down to register, and once the details are available, you can decide if you can make the date.