I'm Malaysian, but work in Singapore. And went back to M'sia during the weekend. So I am fairly familiar with both. Believe me; Singapore is way more prosperous than Malaysia. Otherwise, hundreds of thousands of Malaysians won't choose to work in Singapore, instead of, say, back home. One reason for Malaysia's 'prosperity' is also 'cause of all the foreign exchange flowing back home, fr our pay in S'pore. Growth rate is no indication - otherwise, Guangzhou and Shanghai will be the most prosperous cities in the world. And investing in M'sia is riskier. Do you know that M'sia currently has capital controls to restrict movement of capital out of the country?