Author: charles koon
Date: 06-12-12 01:07
I have just received the following in my mail. I hope that the Malaysian forumites will tell me that it is not that bad in Malaysia:
Indonesians are now claiming that it is costly to live and work in Malaysia. They are going home.
Where am I going to go then? How about Indonesia? If I do go to there, Indonesians may say this at my back, "Be ware with this guy. He is a cheap labourer from Malaysia." (i.e. Don't trust him.) A table can always be turned around, so to speak.
By then I would know, in general, how Indonesians are being treated are in Malaysia now.
In the following article, much emphasis is on the choice of food available in Indonesia. However, I am much more interested in some other elements, such as the quality of life - pollution, culture, environment; costs of living, etc. that a country has.
Original message: The news today is that Indonesia
is growing much faster than Malaysia
and will become another Brazil. With
a population of 280 million, it is 10
times the size of Malaysia.
I have been to Indonesia frequently over
the past few decades and can vouch for
what is written below.
What was written is correct and fair. I always
tell my friend that Indonesia is not the best
country in the world to work and live but
since working in Indonesia for about 5 years,
I don’t have the feeling that I am living in
a Muslim country despite 93% of Indonesian
are Muslim. 99.9% of my colleagues are Muslim
and we go for lunch and dinner together and
sometimes to a Chinese restaurant that served
pork and there is no fuss about it. (For your
information – the people who sell pork are
Muslim – bosses are Chinese and employ
Indonesian Muslim to cut and sell pork in the
All 5-star hotels served pork bacon and ham
for breakfast and are prepared by the Muslim.
Alcohol is sold everywhere in the street…
and Indonesia No 1 selling beer is “Bintang”
and is brewed locally and is consumed by all
Muslim openly. No issue….
During fasting month the Muslim are free to
decide if they want to fast or eat like
normal…no issue at all and no one catch them..
The president and vice president are elected
by the people and so are the governors of
the city (in Malaysia we call them Mentri Besar).
No one is appointed by the President or in
Malaysia by the PM.
National holidays – Hari Raya Idul Fitri is
2 days and Chinese New Year is 1 day but
Christian enjoy 3 days – Christmas, Ascension
of Christ and Good Friday. The Hindu is Bali
has 1 day for Hari Raya Nyepi celebrated only
in Bali . Wesak day is also a public holiday.
A Muslim can convert to a Christian tomorrow
and then to a Buddhist the next day…and back
to a Muslim. ….no issue at all.
In supermarket pork is sold side by side with
chicken and beef….no issue at all…..
I can go on and on…….in short Indonesia is
a very liberal Muslim country.. definitely not
Malaysia . FYI our Malaysian senior government
officer “suka Indonesia”…you know why !!!
(Below is a feedback reply to the above)
This writer is absolutely correct and gave a
very fair view of Indonesia . I have been in and
out of Indonesia for the past 10 years. Sometimes,
my stay is up to one month per visit. I have
worked with senior Indonesia managers as well
as low level staff. I have also interacted with lots
of direct sellers from all sorts of background.
I have dealt with the Indonesian civil servants.
They don't talk about race. The mass media do
not propagate racial or religious divides They
don't spin story of Christian fighting the Muslim
or Muslim fighting the Christian. Husband and
wife can have different religious belief. There
is not such fuss as Halal restaurant. Tony Roma
in Indonesia serves the best pork rib, among all
the Tony Roma restaurants. In the Tony Roma
restaurant, Muslim and non Muslim sit and eat
together on one table. I ate pork rib, my Muslim
colleagues ate beef and lamb. There is no such
thing a Halal and non Halal section.
Comparing the environment and the working
culture in Indonesia between pre 1998 (Suharto's
era) and the year 2008, you can see the vast
improvement in Indonesia civil services.
During Suharto era, my visit to Tax
office (Kantor Pajak) cannot be done without
carrying cash for coffee money. The tax officer
will always start with " Pak dari Malaysia mahu
chak kopi dulu". And this small favor money must
be given and openly counted on his desk before
My last visit in 2008 to the government office
(Departmen Pentadbiran, you cannot use Jabatan Kerajaan. They hated the Raja), you cannot
even mention anything about "Kopi". See the vast difference. SYB sent his own brother-in-law to jail. Suharto's youngest son, Tommy Suharto was
jailed. Do you see this in Malaysia ?
Malaysia is rotting. And the writer is absolutely
correct. If the situation is not changed, Malaysia
will be the biggest exporter of maids to Indonesia,
10 years down the road. Padam muka orang orang kampong.
Muslims here have no problem with patronizing
outlets that sell alcohol or non-halal food, even if
they choose not to have any. In Malaysia , the
Muslims make a big fuss over small things which
they claim are not halal. You may argue that there
are fanatics here, but the number is small relative
to the population. Just look around Malaysia .
Everywhere you look, you get fanatics.
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