In line with the State Government's policy to aggressively develop the Sabah Tourism Sector, Leisure Avenue (MM2H) Sdn Bhd was established in 2005 to provide professional services to assist Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) applicants and participants in their applications and settling them in their second home in Sabah. This is a further diversification of the group's activities which comprises the provision of professional and management services in the fields of finance and insurance and the supply of water treatment chemicals, safety equipment and fertilizers in the Sabah market. Its affiliates being Fair Horizon Sdn Bhd and Tokowira Sdn Bhd.
The Chairperson, Datuk Suzannah Liaw Siew Yea was a State Government Officer for her entire working career. She was the Permanent Secretary to the State Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and subsequently, the permanent Secretary to the State Ministry of Youth and Sports before she retired in 2017.
The management is headed by Mr. Anthony Chong who is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK. He also holds a Master in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Company, he has held chief executive positions and directorships in several state-owned corporations and one of which is an insurance company in the name of Progressive Insurance Berhad. He is an approved insurance agent under PIAM's Rules & Regulations and Fair Horizon Sdn Bhd's nominee to transact in general insurance business. He was also the Chairman of the East Malaysian Industrial Glue Manufacturing Association from 1997-1999.
The key personnel operating Leisure Avenue (MM2H) Sdn Bhd are:
1. Datuk Suzannah Liaw Siew Yea (Chairperson)
2. Mr. Anthony Chong (Managing Director)
3. Mr. Christopher Tham (Finance Manager)
4. Ms Ivy Liew (Manager)
5. Mr. Nicholas Chong (Manager)
6. Mr. Sean Alexander Chong (Executive)
The MM2H Programme is basically a programme promoted by the Malaysian Government to allow people from all over the world to live or retire in Malaysia on a long term-basis. The MM2H Visa is a ten year social visit pass with renewable multiple entry visas. It is a progression of our transformation from the 'Silver Haired Programme' which now extends to foreigners below the age of fifty to apply.
The MM2H Programme was launched in March 2002. It gained popularity in 2011 and since then, the number of participants has been on the rise, bringing a total of 30,194 approved MM2H participants as at 30th June, 2016 (source: MM2H Official Website, Ministry of Tourism Malaysia).
Encouraged by the State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Yang Berhormat Datuk Masidi Manjun, we are one of the most active, if not the most active, MM2H agent in Sabah, operating under approved permit MM2H 0256. Presently, we have applicants coming mostly from China, Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Since commencement of our business in 2005, we have developed a solid alliance and network with travel agents and property developers/agents who have provided us with half of our client source, the other half being walk-in clients and clients referred to us by existing clients.
Our service is "one-stop" in that we provide all necessary assistance to our clients through (1) the pre-application process i.e. compilation of the requisite information and documents, (2) the procedures to be followed upon receiving the Letter of Offer from the Immigration Department and (3) all other matters which our clients may require us to assist towards their settling in Sabah. We also facilitate our new clients to meet up with other MM2H participants who are happily settled in Sabah so that they can share their experiences. This is indeed the most fulfilling part of our job - to see our clients happily settled in their second home in Sabah. Along the way, we also get to meet some great people and make new friends.
Through the years in this industry, we have established a very good rapport and working relationship with the relevant authorities. The MM2H Programme is a progressive programme and being fairly new and not quite settled, it is still subject to changes and modifications. We, at Leisure Avenue (MM2H) Sdn Bhd, make it a point of always keeping abreast with these changes to serve our clients better. Being in this business is a continuous and eventful learning process. Hence, we can proudly say that barring any exceptional circumstances beyond our control, our clients will usually obtain their MM2H approval within 3 months from the date of lodgement of their application with the Immigration Department.
We are open for business Monday to Saturday and our highly experienced personnel are always ready to assist and deal with all queries relating to the MM2H Programme.