dark side of expat retirement in Malaysia revealed



Posted by Ed 41 days ago
Killing of British expat on Malaysian island of Langkawi exposes darker side of retiring to paradise
  • Case exposes the sometimes directionless lifestyles of retired expatriates on the tropical island
  • Accused insists she acted in self-defence against a violent spouse, whom neighbours speak of with affection
As the sun sank over the sea off Langkawi on October 17, Britons John and Samantha Jones sat drinking with friends at a bar on Cenang Beach, laughing and joking as they basked in the evening warmth on the tropical Malaysian island that had been their home for 11 years.
It was the last sunset John would ever see. Hours later, the burly 63-year-old was lying dead, a kitchen knife having been thrust into his chest in the bedroom of his retirement villa, less than 5km from Cenang Beach, while Samantha was in police custody, accused of his murder.
The killing of the former fireman has sent shock waves through the peaceful island, which is home to hundreds of Britons and Europeans, many of whom, like the Joneses, flocked there in the past two decades under Malaysia’s My Second Home programme.
It has also shed an uncomfortable light on the alcohol-saturated and sometimes rudderless lifestyles of the middle-aged expatriates who leave their extended families and home countries behind to live out what, on the surface, appears to be idyllic, carefree lives in the country ranked the best place in Asia in which to retire.


Ed 41 days ago

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