Sep 29, 2014

Is Australia better? A Malaysian migrant's viewpoint

Recently, I read two view points of Malaysians who migrated to Australia.

The first one is Migrate for what? by the author of "Migrating to Australia, good meh?" (the meh will be well understood by a Malaysian Chinese)

Another one is at http://aussiemigrationtips.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/is-migrating-to-australia-right-decision.html.

I'm here to give my own two cents/sen. My conclusion is... You Find What You Seek.

Number One has a classmate he doesn't like, and he keeps listing all the reasons why that person is annoying. I told him that that person can't be all bad, but Number One insists he really is, that there is no redeeming factor. I told him, "You find what you seek."

When I am pregnant, I suddenly see loads of pregnant women around - it's like a population boom! A year ago when we were moving house, Number One and I noticed a whole bunch of trucks on the road advertising moving services and house maintenance services (they have since 'diminished' in number).

You see, when you form an opinion, your mind will find the reasons to support that opinion. Before I decided to move here, I was in the anti-migrating camp. I said, "I can't live without nasi lemak everyday." (True story!) "Australia has water issues, and climate change issues." Now I sing a different song.

Honestly, there are problems everywhere. And factors change like the wind. Governments come and go. Australia can have water rationing one year, and overflowing dams the next year. Economic fortunes come and go as well - Australia was in the midst of a mining boom that has somewhat collapsed.

I do think that some traits will increase the chances that a move will end up good for you, an 'aligning of the stars'. These are my tipping points...

1) Have a long-term focus and have faith.

2) It helps if you form new attachments easily and have support. We have our own little family unit and I find it's harder for single folks without many friends.

3) Hubby and I come from small families with 'loose' traditions. (I find people who have big extended families and strong traditions, miss this greatly and always look back and pine for this) We grew up with 'Western' culture and can more easily understand the inferences and jokes made.

4) If you prioritise security... I went through an incident in Malaysia where someone I know was raped a few hundred metres from my house. I accompanied this person to the police station and the hospital and I will never forget it. Here, if you pick a good suburb, it is much safer, even without bars and fences and security guards, than it is in KL. I love not clutching my kids everywhere I go, and that is a freedom I cannot have in KL.

5) Have a great love for nature and the outdoors. I love my clean air, I love being surrounded by green and having lush parks, and I love that kookaburras are my alarm clock. When I feel a little down, I can go into my garden and have my breath taken away. I don't like overbuilt cement jungles.

6) Not be too focused in climbing career ladders or obtaining riches. When I told my colleagues of my move, one of my colleagues 'pitied' me. "What a big sacrifice you are making," she said.
I had climbed to a good rung on the ladder, I was wined and dined by lobbyists, I travelled to wonderful places for free, and I spoke to rich and influential people. Some people need the adrenaline a fast-paced career provides, this is not a bad thing. But this is a negative factor if you cannot find a similar high-powered job here (and the chances of that are low)

7) Value work-life balance. When Number One was 6, he still loved me putting him to bed. When I had to work late, he would call me at 10pm and ask when I was coming home. "I will be late," I would say, "please go to bed." He'd call again at 11pm, and I'd say the same thing. I would finally go home at 2am in the morning.
Here, hubby comes home early enough that he can send the kids to their activities, attend camps, occasionally watch a school concert. At Number Two's last assembly, held at 2pm on a Tuesday, the school hall was full of parents. Almost every Year 2 parent was there, and one third of them men, some slinking in a bit late, dressed in their work shirts. No, not all of them stay at home, but a good number got time off to watch their kids at a school assembly. Now, isn't that a luxury?

8) Having said that, economic well-being is a factor to contentment, and a lack of money is a contributor to stress. Hubby is fortunate to have a good job here. So before moving, contemplate what you could do, the demand for the job or business and what you would be willing to give up.

9) Be happy to do your own housework, or alternatively, be happy to live in a home that is not spick and span! (I'm the latter, ahem!)

10) Want your kids to have a more 'rounded' education. No education is 'better', better is about your parameters. Australian education is more experiential, more 'rounded' in the sense of an emphasis on sports and arts, and aimed at creating curious minds and avid readers.

At the end of the day, it's all very personal. My last tip is this: if you are reading advice on the matter, and the advice is being given by someone standing to profit from it (I'm not just talking about migration agents), read with a big dose of salt!

22 comments:

  1. I like your writing site! Thank you for sharing! It was interesting and useful to read your opinion on migration to Australia!

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  2. Why people want to migrate there?! Everything can kill you in Australia! :D I'm joking ! Thank you for sharing , I love to read interesting posts for different places!

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  3. I'm planning to go there. I don't know if it's going to be permanently, but I need information and your post was really helpful!

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  4. Yupe, nice write up. Found it through google. I've been here in Sydney for just a year. :)

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  5. nice to hear your opinion.i want your opinions..my husband wants to migrate but he dont have degree just 20 yearslogistic skill.is it helping?

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  7. A lot of us want to migrate but whatever happens, DO NOT have any dealings with
    Qualifymenow, Qualifymefast, Qualifyme.edu.au (qualifyme.edu.au). They just take your money even if you fail to get an Australian visa. Recruitment processing is filled with loads of hidden charges. Their short courses which promise Recognition of prior learning for career and professional development are not recognized. you will spend money on them and find out when it is too late already. I wrote to warn you all that US$7000 was taken from me by working with them.

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  8. http://disqualifyme.weebly.com/blog/is-qualify-me-wroth-our-trust-as-consumers

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  9. Operating a company is a professional business in Australia as it is everywhere. Those who have access to money will qualify for the criteria. If their campaign with their short courses is successful and the business is successful, Income is generated and the recognition of prior learning business grows. This is needed to be sure that you have a stable and professional partner with their career to get to Australia. The cost of professional advertising is just a small amount of money. Since. Qualifymefast, Qualifymenow, qualifyme.edu.au weasels out most of the deal with their short courses, the stolen money is always more than enough to compensate for their advertising costs. Only in them I see a lot of mysterious stuff that will qualify as paranormal activity with recognition of prior learning going on. They promise a lot with their short courses to have recognition of prior learning and a professional career in Australia. They surely have a career keeping your money, but NOT their promises of developing your professional career to qualify and move your chosen industry in Australia with their short courses for recognition of prior learning. They also offer more short courses for your career and professional development than a fast food restaurant has on their menu. The most difficult task for the candidates is to pass the interview with the Australian embassy, the first requirement to have a career in Australia, without it, all recognition of prior learning is useless. Those professional Qualify Me Bandits will take the money of every guy whether they pass the interview for Australia or not. They only care to be paid for their short courses and recognition of prior learning. It is one of the most difficult yet they took my money even if I failed. WHY THE FUCKING SHIT AM I PAYING FOR A CAREER IN AUSTRALIA WHICH I WILL NEVER HAVE? They cook the main courses for disaster with their recognition of prior learning.

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  10. Operating a company is a professional business in Australia as it is everywhere. Those who have access to money will qualify for the criteria. If their campaign with their short courses is successful and the business is successful, Income is generated and the recognition of prior learning business grows. This is needed to be sure that you have a stable and professional partner with their career to get to Australia. The cost of professional advertising is just a small amount of money. Since. Qualifymefast, Qualifymenow, qualifyme.edu.au weasels out most of the deal with their short courses, the stolen money is always more than enough to compensate for their advertising costs. Only in them I see a lot of mysterious stuff that will qualify as paranormal activity with recognition of prior learning going on. They promise a lot with their short courses to have recognition of prior learning and a professional career in Australia. They surely have a career keeping your money, but NOT their promises of developing your professional career to qualify and move your chosen industry in Australia with their short courses for recognition of prior learning. They also offer more short courses for your career and professional development than a fast food restaurant has on their menu. The most difficult task for the candidates is to pass the interview with the Australian embassy, the first requirement to have a career in Australia, without it, all recognition of prior learning is useless. Those professional Qualify Me Bandits will take the money of every guy whether they pass the interview for Australia or not. They only care to be paid for their short courses and recognition of prior learning. It is one of the most difficult yet they took my money even if I failed. WHY THE FUCKING SHIT AM I PAYING FOR A CAREER IN AUSTRALIA WHICH I WILL NEVER HAVE? They cook the main courses for disaster with their recognition of prior learning.

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  11. http://disqualifyme.weebly.com/blog/is-qualify-me-wroth-our-trust-as-consumers

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  12. I’ve always wanted to move away from the uk. I’m 23 and due to a recent break up I now have no ties or commitments here. I am currently a CAD technician however I also have a NVQ level 2 in fitness instructing. I’m thinking of Sydney, do you know of the sponsor chances in those industries at all. I’m sure I will have to come over with a 12 month visa and then go from there. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated

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  13. I agree to a certain extent. People who come to work can contribute and improve society in a number of ways.\


    Job in Canada

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  14. http://migrate.mento.ir/

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  15. Visainfo@migrationvue.com.au for professional help. Honest and reliable highly recommended by all their clients.

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  16. The government of the country is fully committed to providing equal opportunities to all the inhabitants including the naturally studymigratem.au born locals or people adopting nationality through naturalization or the permanent residents entering the country on the basis of Australia Immigration under skilled or business migration.

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  17. I am thinking of migrating to Australia as well. The only reason that I want to leave Malaysia is that I don't want my kids (I am not married yet) to live in an Islamised and racist country where the non-Muslims and non-Malays are getting marginalised. The whole country is going this way and I can't even imagine what will happen when we (categorised as non-Muslims and non-Bumi)reach an extent that we only form 10% of the total population. Other than that, I love the weather here, the food and my friends, colleagues, relatives etc. Do you think I should move?

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  18. Interesting write up, like it :)

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  19. I have written some tips in my blog http://migrate2aus.wordpress.com for those that want to apply for the PR.

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  20. lovely words, can u forward your email.
    My email is sameha.hussien@gmail.com

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  21. Australia is an awesome country to be. There are lot of visa categories offered by Australian government that suits every visa needs of the potential migrants. http://dmsmigration.com/services lists visa categories that prove helpful to migrants.

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