Survival over patriotism?
A tweet shared by @projekhitam has sparked debate among the locals about studying and working overseas. The user questions the actions of Malaysians who study overseas using scholarships granted by Malaysia and choose to work abroad as well.
Kalau belajar luar negara, pakai biasiswa Malaysia, duit cukai Malaysia, berjaya di luar negara, kemudian kerja di sana, kalau dia taknak balik Malaysia sebab kerja di Malaysia tak best, kira pengkhianat atau bukan?
— Projek Hitam (@projekhitam) June 12, 2021
“If you study overseas, using a Malaysian scholarship, which is Malaysia’s tax money, succeed there (overseas), and then work there, if you don’t want to come back to Malaysia because working in Malaysia is no good, is it considered betrayal or not?”
Following this genuine question, the locals have voiced out their thoughts.
We have limited job opportunities, minimum wage is RM1.2k. If luar negara have better job offers, then why not. Being patriotic isn’t going to pay bills. If I ever have a chance to migrate, in order for me to survive and live a comfortable life, I would. https://t.co/QmOfK4N2VS
— sofea 🇵🇸 (@sophiemoochie) June 14, 2021
Kalau ada peluang dkt luar pun aku kerja luar…negara kita tak habis2 dgn kabel https://t.co/tR6dDEVRuo
— Izuni Nia⁷ 🧈 💜 (@KaZuYa_TABi) June 14, 2021
“If I ever have a chance overseas, I’d work there too. With Malaysia, it’s always about cable”.
‘Cable’ in this context is in reference to individuals inside a certain organization assisting someone who is requesting help or admission. They are implying that it’s easier for someone to succeed or be accepted (into a company) in Malaysia if they know someone of power from the inside, rather than for their own talents and skills.
I don’t think there should be issue khianat negara or such BS.
If you’re not appreciated in your own country, they’ll simply find other place/country where their idea/talent/hardwork is much more appreciated.
Well if money is the point of “being indebted”, it can be paid back. https://t.co/bGdb1yYVAm
— アリス (@Fikry____) June 14, 2021
The individual above explains that “betraying the country” is not the issue, but rather the point of being appreciated (getting paid your worth) in your own country for your talents and skills.
Why settle for lesser pay in Malaysia when you can earn more elsewhere?
Don’t tell me you’d settle for 3k per month in Malaysia when you can get 10k per month elsewhere. https://t.co/LtZPkUx9OC
— Phavinram (@phavin11) June 14, 2021
This Malaysian even shared their experience studying overseas.
Nope. Studied 3 years in the UK, Geology. Sponsored by the gov under JPA. Ended up balik Malaysia kerja Speedmart for the first 6 months and guess who to blame?
Who sponsor banyak2 and then offer no job? Pembaziran duit rakyat je hantar ke luar negara then balik kerja pon takdak. https://t.co/oTLMQ1xNKF
— 오민정 (@acapspears) June 13, 2021
“Studied 3 years in the UK, Geology. Sponsored by the gov under JPA. Ended up coming back to Malaysia to work at Speedmart for the first 6 months and guess who to blame? Who sponsors so much but offers no job? A waste of taxpayers money to send students abroad only to come back to Malaysia with no jobs.”
So it appears that the locals have spoken up. Do you think leaving the country for better opportunities is considered a betrayal?
*Cover Image Credits: Unsplash mkjr_ Twitter @projekhitam