Friday, March 30, 2012

Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri kita?

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There is a popular Malay proverb “hujan emas di negeri orang, hutan batu di negeri kita, baik lagi negeri kita”. What it basically means is although the grass may seem greener in other countries, our country is always better.

At the latest count, I have travelled to 20 countries. United States (2x), Australia (1x), UK (many times, lived there off and on for 3 years), Netherlands (2x), Belgium (1x), Italy (6x), Switzerland (1x), India (2x), Bangladesh (3x), Nepal (2x), China (1x), United Arab Emirates (1x), Brunei (4x), Singapore (at least 5x), Indonesia (at least 10x), Thailand (at least 10x), Cambodia (2x), Myamnar (1x) and Vietnam (1x). Heck, I have even been to Kelantan a number of times.   [3x means 3 times, in case you are wondering]

So do I agree with the above proverb?

Malaysia has its fair share of problems. The constant racial and ethnic bickering, unfair policies, existence of large number of stupid people especially in the political sphere, bad drivers, corruption, imbecilic media, filthy toilets, religious freaks, cows living in condos, politicians with terrible hairstyles, snatch thieves, etc, etc.

My grandparents were labourers – breaking their backs in the early 1900’s to merely survive in this country. Life was very hard. They only had 2 or 3 years of schooling. But they managed to put their children (my parents) to school. My father has told me how difficult his life was in the 1950’s and 1960’s [note : just because the Brits were here, does not mean life was good]. Although the family had barely enough to eat and he had to walk miles to school, his life was better than those of his parents. Disease (TB, malaria, etc) was prevalent. My father completed Form 5 but did not have money to further his studies. Of course, my life (now, not during my childhood) is a lot of more comfortable than that of my parents. I even have a blog J. And I expect the life of my children to be even more comfortable (note : my son’s primary school is organizing a trip to Japan end of the year and he wants to go WTF??).

I have a very simplistic view of life. Having experienced first-hand how life is in so many other countries (every country has its ups and downs), I am convinced that this is the country is good for me. Yes, public transport is better in Singapore but I cannot stand the kiasuic Singaporeans. Yes, Switzerland is nice and clean but nobody does good teh tarik or nasi lemak there. UK ? yikes, if not for the Indians and Chinese, the kwailos will still be eating boiled potatoes. There is no tax in Brunei, but then there is no life there either. India? The superb biryani and voluptuous women are quickly offset by the corruption, pollution, and Indian politics (and you thought politics in Malaysia was bad). One smart-ass was arguing in his blog that life in Indonesia was getting better and we soon shall be exporting maids to that country. If you believe that sort of shit, then you should really move to Indonesia where almost 30 million people still live on less than RM 120 a month. Don’t even think of moving to the Middle East – yes, the money may be good but the Arabs will treat you and all other non-Arabs like dirt.

Sometimes this is what happens when you think the grass is greener on the other side


Yes, I will continue to bitch in this blog about the bad things in Malaysia. Rest assured that I will not hesitate to whack dumb Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or creed, as I have done frequently (just read the last two posts). I will continue to criticize the government and opposition parties for all the stupid things they do.

But I must equivocally state here that this is the country that I love. This is the country that I will always live, retire and eventually die in. Most of my friends are here. My favourite mamak shop is here. My barber who charges me only RM 10 is here. My 75-old neighbour who calls me "uncle" (WTF?) is here. My friend who cooks for me the killer lamb rendang lives here. My cat lives here. No other country has AlleyCats, toyol and pontianaks. No other country has keropok lekor and ais krim potong. No other country has Nicol David and maggi mee goring. My entire social genetic make-up is a result of my living in this country. I cannot and will not move anywhere else. And I will do what I can to make this country better.

“Hujan emas di negeri orang, hutan batu di negeri kita, baik lagi negeri kita”. Setuju 100%.


Monyet King and members of the Monyets & Yaks Team holding the Jalur Gemilang at the Everest Base Camp (South), 21 March 2011






21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Travelling has always been an eye opener and to better appreciate things that we have back home. Travelling also makes you appreciate/depreciate(?) your travel companion, getting to know them for what they really are. Since retirement, I have my 14 year-old as constant travelling companion. What came out from an innocent 14 year-old concludes it all. "Our KLIA service is 100x better than what these people are calling themselves international service". Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu dinegeri sendiri......

oceangirl said...

I share the same sentiments.

lordapes said...

Love this post. Two of the WTFs made me laugh. Haha.

STEEST said...

The grass is only greener on the other side if you don't tend to the grass on this side.

You are doing a good job!!!

Monyet King said...

Anon 11:15 AM
I have been to many, many airports. As much as KLIA sucks, it is still way better than most airports in the world.

Monyet King said...

Oceangirl
I expect this from you :)

Monyet King said...

Lordapes
My grandfather never flew in his life. My father first flew in an aeroplane when he was 55 years old. I first flew when I was 22 years old. My kids flew when they were 2 years old.

Monyet King said...

Steets
Very well said. "The grass is only greener on the other side if you don't tend to the grass on this side". I like.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Your Royal Monyetness,
Confusion reigns in my household though. One half of the family is true blue Malaysian but the other half is true blue Aussies. But we all love kerpok lekor. So, how lah??? BTW, the killer lamb rendang must use only Aussie lamb. purrr....meow!

semuanya OK kot said...

Those who think some of these "developed" counries are great should try living there for a month or so - not as tourists but in one place. Then, look into their wider double standards, both there and when they deal with Malaysia, e.g. bringing in poisonous products and polluting indistries. Some of the most dangerous countries are the most inocent-seeming ones. Squeaky-clean Switzerland and Belgium in some ways represent the heartland of capitalism which is wrecking the planet.

Learn to disect propaganda, both foreign and domestic.

Monyet King said...

Cat,
If one half is Malaysia, the other half is Aussie, then the best place to stay would be somewhere in between, i.e. Papua New Guinea. he he he
Thanks for the lamb rendang

Monyet King said...

SOK
Agreed, especially the last sentence.

Anonymous said...

Treat EVERYONE fairly, we have a PERFECT country here!

Anonymous said...

Sire,

If I may ask, was that Mozart's violin concerto in C minor playing in the background throughout?

As much as I would like to have traveled to Switzerland as many times as your majesty (was it 6 or 8x?), your sentiments are much appreciated sire. Unfortunately, it is lost on most of your subjects.

All hail Proboscis, King of the monkeys.

Monyet King said...

Anon 5:55 PM
TQ for your kind words. While the message may be lost on some, I would like to think that many of my subjects are on the same page.

Proboscis, the king of monkeys ? I don't know. I am sure if the Orang Utans would be too happy about this.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you. Malaysia is not perfect, but this imperfectness that gives Malaysia the colors, vibes and strains that makes this country tanah tumpah darahku..I can't decide where I would die, as its Allah's decision but I pray that it would be in Malaysia. Hujan batu di Malaysia, hujan emas di mana2, Malaysia tetap di hati.

hani said...

Yeah, I totally agree with you. Been to Singapore many times and while I appreciate the cleanliness and the general feeling of safety, I find the overall attitude of the people there to be awful..and heaven forbid if they find out you're a M'sian...depa jeling kat kita!!!!

Anonymous said...

we, Malaysian work in KUWAIT- first Q came to all of us( 38's Malaysian all together )cow;- masih sempat diperbaiki- bertemu dgn orang Iraq!!- bagaimana nk makmurkan Iraq semula?.. no way- no more people like Sadaam anymore- only people like him can control iraqi-- mmg keras, tp effective-

Blogditor said...

:)

So who are you, again?

Sarclover said...

LOVE!

:)

Pat said...

I so agree with you about this! No matter where I go, and how wonderful it's been to be there - I am always so very happy to come home. It's got the greenest grass, ever, for me :)