With the protests crippling Asia’s key financial centre and dragging it into a recession, citizens of Hong Kong have been looking to buy properties elsewhere to escape the chaos, an article in Property Guru reported (20 November 2019). Georg Chmiel, Juwai.com executive chairman, said that for 2019, Malaysia ranks fifth in terms of countries inquired into by Chinese property buyers. He added that Malaysia is appealing to buyers motivated by education, lifestyle or retirement.