Malaysians are a funny bunch — not so much in comedic or comic responses but in their ironic apathy to the situations involving them.

Well, let’s pick an issue. Let say, the announcement made by our deputy Prime Minister about the new 1.5 Million fresh-off-the-boat Bangladeshi to support Malaysian employers.

Yes, the decision has been reversed but what funny was the reaction and how quickly it digresses from the main point. While some were contending the decision because of the flux of immigrants limits the employment opportunities in this struggling economy, some were saying that Bangladeshis ruin the country: increasing crime rates, homelessness, etc. and ultimately a conquer-by-assimilation by the Bangladeshi transforming this soon-to-be high income Malaysia into Banglasia (creative, huh?)

Sure the second point was a slipping slope but these are people whom fear-mongering is the staple of their political dish and always served hot, so let’s give them that.

Then, our ministers chimed in — more often making it worse — by putting the blame to all the citizens. This time, it’s the spoilt selective Millenials who are too cool to work in 3D’s industry: dangerous, dirty, and demanding.

So Millenials strike back: backed by politicians (of Opposition, of course) and NGOs like CUEPACS, they demand a minimum wage, that is sufficient for locals to work in 3Ds industry. Ministers like usual are not responding to this (because they know it’s true and they can’t do nothing about this).

Aaaand now, here comes the funny part. Some Malaysians are so great, good-willed and inspiring — to say the least — shared their “migrant experience” on social media:

It’s safer here!
Many Malaysians live here as well!
The minimum wage is very low. You can pass by working as nanny, dishwasher, cleaner, etc.!
People are friendly and respectful!
The currency is very high relative to Malaysia!
Taxes are high but you can really see how the government spending it. Better infrastructures yadayadayada..

With an alarming, unambiguous suggestion:



I know, those people I mentioned above might no share a common view on immigration and emigration but let’s give it a thought: isn’t what some Malaysians doing in more developed nations (as suggested above; I know a lot of Malaysians serve as the professional force as well in developed nations), is basically what the migrant workers do in Malaysia?

Well, not in construction, but other semi- or non-professional jobs. And compared to what the migrants (non- and semi- professionals) have in their origin countries, aren’t they, too, will have a better perception on this country — just as much as the ones amongst us who migrated overseas to developed nations?

See how things develop to one from another. And from immigation issues, to an emigration solution.

Malaysians are a funny bunch! (But can’t beat Americans support to candidates like Trump. Really? For real?)


Footnote: In my Program Assessment Center for a governmental workforce, I have to deliver a public oration on “Hujan Emas di Negeri Orang, Hujan Batu di Negeri Sendiri” loosely translated as “things are better in another country”

But the proverb they gave was incomplete, it continues, “.. Lebih baik di Negeri Sendiri” (…, still you’re better off in your country!). So I guess, they wanted to test where we stand on that matter.

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