‘WHY I LEFT MY COUNTRY’ – EMIGRANTS TELL THEIR TALE
MR. HAO I spent 22 years of my life in Malaysia, most of it in East Malaysia and I find Malaysia a beautiful country with amazing culture, food and people. When I left for Australia to pursue my engineering degree, I didn’t expect that I would leave Malaysia indefinitely. Just a few months of living in Australia changed my mind. Though the food they serve here is not even near to Malaysia’s hawker standard, but one cannot deny that Australia is much more multi-cultural than Malaysia.
Australia being an immigrant country, you will find every house along the street you live in comes from all over the world. You don’t see one race congregating in one area. People mix, people mingle, people socialise. The people have a say on the city’s infrastructure and development. Everything is designed and built for a reason, and not for the politician’s pocket.
MR. SURESH SIMSON I am currently working as a mining consultant in Brisbane, Australia. When I fist arrived in Australia in 2007, the job recruitment agent told me that I am are highly skilled and a lot of people will be lining up to hire me. This was just the opposite of what I was told in Malaysia, where people only looked at my weakness and looked for ways to put me down and exploit me the maximum that they could.
Fed up with all the racism I felt as an Indian in Malaysia, this motivated me to move to Australia, which I now proudly call home. Unlike Malaysia, I can see great future for my children in Australia and have no worries about racism. I was very surprised when I found out that the former Australian rugby captain was of African descent while the vice-captain of the women’s cricket team was of Indian origin.
As for coming back to Malaysia, unless Malaysia is hit by a real tsunami which in turn makes Malaysians think that God created all human equal, then I donât want to be part of a unbalance country called Malaysia.