A post by Amran Ariffin (A Malaysian who migrated to Perth 2 years ago)

This was posted by Amran Ariffin on his Facebook timeline on the first day of 2017. A frank and honest account of his experience living in Australia. With his knowledge, I share his post on my Timeline as well.

I wish he and his family all the happiness wherever in the world they are living.

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Amran Ariffin with Aimi Zulaikha Amran and 5 others.

· January 1 at 1:30am ·

The Latest Arrival: Looking back at my 24 months in Australia

In a land of immigrants, one was not an alien but simply the latest arrival - Rudolf Arnheim

First, a confession; I miss Malaysia every single day especially those mouth-watering flavorful fat-laden cholesterol-busting artery-clogging local food available from every corner of the street at any time of the day. Food here is generally tasteless and national dish is Fish and Chip, enough said!

We moved to Perth on 27 December 2014 with eyes wide open and no friend, family or job. The only thing we have is hope for better future for our three kids; Aimi, Nadya and Adam. I must say this was one of the most gut-wrenching decisions I had ever made in my life. It didn’t feel that way at all when I first put in my permanent residency application after the 2013 General Election. I didn’t even feel tinge of sadness when we broached this idea in late 2012. However, the actual move left us in turmoil. We were granted Permanent Residence status on 6 December 2013. I kept finding excuses not to move and keep convincing myself that there is nothing wrong with Malaysia. Even though the only reason we decided to leave is we couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for Malaysia. UMNO is corrupted by power and sadly, it doesn’t take power to corrupt the fragmented opposition. I must give credit to my wife; Faz who actually made me sat and booked our one-way-ticket to Perth. This is the very first lesson you learn when you plan to emigrate or moving abroad, everyone in the family especially your better half must fully supported your plan or your migration is doomed before you even pack your bags.

The actual move is no less emotional or strenuous than the act of buying one way tickets to the place which will be our new home for unforeseeable future. Deciding what to bring and what to leave behind was not easy as it seemed. As a simple man, I hate clutter and decided to just bring only essential clothing and personal items. However, my definition of personal belongings is very much different from my wife’s. For women, everything is personal including dining table. So here a lot of compromise and cajoling took place. We finally agreed on the items to be shipped and I managed to keep it to minimum. It is very important at this stage to have mover with international experience, credential and presence in your destination port. Most people made mistakes by engaging the cheapest mover and saddled with a lot of problems claiming the belonging from custom because Australia has unbelievably strict custom and quarantine procedures in place. That is the second lesson to keep in mind for shipping your belonging abroad, don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Choose your mover carefully.

The actual moving day is the most emotional of all. Up to this point, we were basically keeping our migration plan to really close family members and trusted friends. The reason was we don’t want to hear a lot of negativity or unwanted “noise” from people around us. It is so easy for anyone to open his/her big mouth just because talk is cheap and opinion is free. Even for average Malaysians who never live outside their Malaysia’s Tempurung, these people seems to know more about Australia than those who are actually frequent travelers there or at least study extensively about Australia preparing for migration. These people will want you to have second thought about your plan and doubt yourselves on your success. So it is very important for you to keep your migration plan to people that are supportive of your plan. Keep all the negatives thought away and keep all the negative people at bay. Saying goodbyes to your loved ones at the airport is not for the faint-hearted. You’ll have to keep it short and simple and keep reminding yourself why you are leaving in the first place.

We arrived in summer. The sky is bluer. The sun is brighter. The air is fresher. Less people, more trees. Less cars, more bicycles. Less buildings, more parks. Perth is quiet, in fact, very quiet.

The first six months here just feel like a breeze. Everything is new. Everything is weird. Everything is exciting. Even the simplest act like driving requires adjustment. Language, yes English is our second language but Australian slang is something else altogether. The kids’ school was totally new. New friends are exciting, multi-coloured and multi-cultured. New classrooms are so small that can only occupy maximum to 25 students and that is the only class for every level of age. Each class is handled by a single teacher who is teaching students all the subjects with the exception of Music and Physical Education. Students and teachers interact freely with each other. Class teacher understand our kids’ strengths and weaknesses by being with them all day long and throughout all subjects. So there is no labelling on kids. The teachers will just evaluate the students on his/her merit and not with some presumption. In Malaysia, with one teacher teaching one subject, students are judged on how good they are based on that subject. For example, my eldest Aimi is very good in Science subjects and she excels in it. However she dislikes numbers hence are not doing well in Mathematics and not paying attention in class during this subject. In Malaysia, she will be labelled as problem maker by her Math teacher. However, her class teacher was simply telling us that she is not interested in Math and we need to encourage her more to love this subject. In the extreme case scenario, the teacher will be telling the parents that their offspring should just concentrate on vocational/technical, music or sports because are not just academically-inclined. In Malaysia, everyone is judged on their exam results and parents define success as having straights As in their examinations. We are glad that we have the opportunity to remove our kids from that pressure cooker environment.

Another aspect that I need to touch when it comes to education system here is, behavioral development is being placed before academic development. Kids in Kindy (5 years) and Pre-Primary (6 years) are not expected to read and write. However, they are expected to build positive characters such as teamwork, courteous, polite, trustworthy and honest. Kids were taught to learn basic etiquette such as such as saying “good morning”, “thank you”, “please”, “welcome”, “how are you” at every available opportunity. They were taught not be afraid to ask question if they do not understand certain things. They were asked to pack away their toys after the play session finished. Talking about play, going to school here is equivalent to going to playground. Kids really enjoy going to school here. No pressure of trying to keep up with the mini Joneses. Everybody is doing thing at his/her own pace. No grade is given. No streaming of classes between good students and “bad” students. Teachers treat children with respect and not even once we heard any screaming or shouting coming from the classrooms. All in all, for our kids, moving to Australia is a breeze.

However, I can’t say the same thing for us, adults.

First, we struggle with employment or rather unemployment. We chose Perth for a very simple reason, mining boom. As a real estate agent, you want to be in the hot market and nothing is hotter than Perth in 2012 when we were doing our pre-migration research. Based on our simple research, all else is pointing towards Melbourne except for property market. However between 2012 when we did our research and 2015 when we actually settled down here, the situation couldn’t be any contrasting than Rosmah’s big hair and Wan Azizah’s flat tudung. The mining boom ends and Perth’s property market cools off substantially. For the first three months I decided to work for a residential property builder in Perth. The main reason is for me to understand the property market and the costs associated with building a residential property in Perth. If they were favorable, I would like to try my hand in a small scale property development. To my surprise and amazement, on average the builders in Perth are only making between 2-5% net profits. On the other hand, no developer in Malaysia will undertake any project for less than 20% profit. So, development is too risky for me. Next, I move to what I know best, selling properties. I managed to close deals here and there but the volume of closing is below my average. Maybe it is time to explore something new.

On the other hand, my wife couldn’t secure any job after two years here. Hundreds of resume were sent yet she didn’t even receive any reply for interview much less any job offer. We were perplexed with the lack of job opportunities here. However, after speaking to few newcomers here, our situation is far from unique. Most of the new migrants will be able to find any job within the first two years of moving here. Most end up taking menial odd jobs as cleaners, delivery person, waitress or general helper just to get by. The government essentially is not doing anything to address this issue. And it is puzzling to say the least when right wing politicians in their unabashed rhetoric are blaming migrants for taking away locals’ jobs. I mean, c’mon you can keep your low skilled job, we are not interested! With the general slowdown of economy due to the end of mining boom, the situation can only get worse in 2017. We believe new migrants need to have substantial saving to survive here and ultimately we have to create our own economy and jobs since no one is going to help you irregardless of your qualification and command of English which are better than some locals. The fact of the matter is, Perth is a very closed small economy based on “who-you-know” and “old-boy-club” for any job opportunity. If you feel nepotism and cronyism is bad in Malaysia, wait till you start looking for job in Perth. And the only reason I secure my job is because I work on commission only job. If not, I’ll end up in the same boat as my wife.

Another challenge here is relatively high cost of living in Perth compared to other capital cities in Australia. We were shocked to discover that Perth has the highest cost of living among the Australia’s capital cities. We have the most expensive coffee in Australia. The most expensive pint of beer (I’m glad Islam prohibits alcohol). The most expensive for eating out. The most expensive for simple pleasure like movie. Yesterday, we just spent AUD90 for a family of 5 to watch “Star Wars: Rogue One”. The most expensive for public transport and car ownership costs. And the list goes on and on. It came as a surprise because Perth is considered as the least developed capital and the nearest to Asia where all the cheap goodies came from. However, I was blinded by the fact that, Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world. Also the entire Western Australia despite being the largest state consists of only 2 million occupants, just slightly more than in South Australia which is mainly covered in forest and desert. These factors led all the main suppliers to send their exported goods to the Eastern States and then only the local distributors will send this to Perth via road. Even coffee which is mainly supplied by Indonesia took this longer route to Perth. This makes your wallet thin in no time in Perth.

Another negative aspect of Perth or Western Australia in general is, the people are very closed minded. We are making huge mistake in assuming that Whites generally are open minded and open to multi-culturalism like Americans even in the small town of Madison, Wisconsin where we studied from 1995 to 1997. No, not here. People are generally very conservative in their daily life and outlook. Newcomers are viewed with suspicion. One of my earlier memories was my landlady who are originally from Hungary warned us not to trust any Aussie. This is surprising for us considering she is also white and making Perth her home for the past 30 years. After living here for 24 months, we slowly understand what she was trying to warn us against. In general, people here not as warm or as embracing as Americans. They might give you a “good morning” here and there or their favorite, “how are you going?”. However there is no real warmness in their behavior toward us. As my ex-landlady warned me, they are very good at faking it. As a Muslim, we are also facing challenges from relentless right wing attack on Islam and general ignorance from public on our religion. My wife, who is wearing hijab feel uncomfortable whenever she is out. One more that one occasions, she received dirty look and unwarranted stares. We can only hope and pray that we can see beyond skin colors and hijab.

When we moved here two years ago, we are fully aware this is not going to be bed of roses. We still believe so. However, we sincerely believe good things will come to those who wait. Sooner or later we are going to break down all the barriers and move forward. Today as I watch the sunset of 2016 with friends and family, I can’t wait for the sun to rise again tomorrow. For tomorrow is going to be a new and better day for all of us.

2017 Here We Come and May The Force Be With Us!

Amran Ariffin
Bedford, Western Australia
December 31, 2016
9.54pm

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Amirah Alias Mohd It's a very long post. I shall reread it again. Btw, I ate a superlicious burger at Burger Lab on your behalf. Bahaha. Happy New Year!

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Amran Ariffin This is supposed to be published somewhere but now I couldn't remember who asked me to write this hehehehe

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Juraime Musak best wishes in 2017 to u & family bro

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Amran Ariffin Thanks bro!

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WArisan Hazrin Well said bro. I believed 2017 will be better for you. Hopefully for us as well.

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Amran Ariffin Thanks bro!

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Peter Ling Mate, you will make it. I failed once in 2001 before I made a second attempt in 2005. From there on, I never look back anymore

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Amran Ariffin Thanks Pete

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Peter Ling Call me for a coffee anytime before 7/1/17 and let's have some meaningful sharing. I believe I will never regret what I did, so should you

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Peter Ling Perseverance is the anwser

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Amran Ariffin Yup!

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Jahabar Sadiq All the best bro. Your books await you. And may your lives get better as the years go by.

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Amran Ariffin Thanks boss. I need TMI back for this article to be published :) Happy new year bro!

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Jahabar Sadiq Hahahahahaha

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Found this..

 

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Amran Ariffin Thanks. That was the first article published in a book. Mana dapat buku? Hehe

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Amran Ariffin Yup. Cheers

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Dwen Muhammad Redzwan Very good summary bro..I'm sure it was never easy to make this move..good things certainly will come to those who wait and persevere..all the best and have a prosperous and rewarding New Year ahead for you and family! Cheers and kipidup mate!

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Amran Ariffin Thanks mate!

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S. Jamal Al-Idrus All things considered, I believe you made the right decision. All the best, bro. But I'm sure you'll not only subsist, but prosper given time. Happy New Year and a better 2017 for you and your family 😎

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Amran Ariffin Thanks bro. Warmest regards to UC.

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Previndran Singhe brother i wish i have the guts like you

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Amran Ariffin Thanks bro!

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Previndran Singhe please send my best to ur missus and the family

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Amran Ariffin Done!

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Joe Zain Aku mampu migrate ke langkawi je... wakakakaSee Translation

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Amran Ariffin Hahaha! Kau dtg je sini sebulan dua heheheSee Translation

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Joe Zain Aku nak migrate ke Kashmir bela kambing bole.. hahahaSee Translation

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Mohamad Kamil Bin Nizam It may not be fair to judge the locals based on my stay in BNE for only 1 1/2 years but I do feel the same treatment as what u have experience. The first week after our arrival, I was confronted by a statement from a local car dealer that Asians came t...See More

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Amran Ariffin Thanks bro & thanks for introducing good people like Nasir Embee to me.

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Mohamad Kamil Bin Nizam No worries bro. After all that is the least I could do for my former roommate :-)

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Ng Seksan it is a privilege to share some food n the sunset with u today Amran Ariffin

may 2017 be fill with opportunities, health n fulfillment for u your lovely family

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Amran Ariffin We share more than that, didn't we? Hahaha! Cu tomorrow for the great send off!!!

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Mohamad Sazali Samjis All the best bro !!!

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Azmil Tayeb Nice write up, bro! Yup, I can totally relate with the experience of racism and xenophobia. Canberra is an isolated kampung as well though not as ceruk as Perth. Happy New Year to you, Faz and the kids. Lemme know when you're back in Msia, esp Penang. Or maybe I'll visit you in Perth one of these days and we ride around town on your Brommie.

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Amran Ariffin Thanks bro. Anytime bro anytime! Happy new year bro!

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Lavin RY Best wishes for 2017 Amran Ariffin. Your post was very robust and hope all your wishes and aspirations for you and your family come through. Cheers

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Amran Ariffin Thanks bro. How's your campaign shaping up?

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Lavin RY Its coming along well. Time is flying

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Badh Asfaani 👍👍👍

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Chuen Ooi Happy New Year, Bro & Your Family!

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Amran Ariffin Thanks boss! Same to you & loved ones: ps: Keep your "thing" intact heheheh

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Izan Tahir Happy new year dear Amran.

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Amran Ariffin Thanks Izan Tahir. Looking forward to our Butter Chicken date soon :)

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Yee Weng Chiang happy new year to you and family...;)

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Amran Ariffin Thanks

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Cbd Adrian Wang Bro, wish you have a fruitful year in 2017.

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Mashruddin Nawawi Panjangnya tapi menarik!See Translation

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Amran Ariffin

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KindergartenSee Original

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Terry Wong Stay strong & persevere, bro. We, as parents will always sacrifice for our kid's future. Best wishes to you and your family. May 2017 be a better year for all of you. Happy New Year.

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Amran Ariffin Bro. Happy new year!

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Julie Mohamed Very well written mere!

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Elis S. Mokhtar Happy new year to you and your family.. your story is the biggest inspiration 💪💪💪💪

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Amran Ariffin Thanks. Bigger than Bunga Telur? Hehehe.

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Elis S. Mokhtar Hahahhaha of course.. termasuk sekali bunga telur hahahha.. another 23 mins to new year from Netherlands 😂😂😂See Translation

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Ken Soong Wish you well and a happy new year my friend!

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Jenny Roszaini Razek Yan Amran Ariffin Kak jenny doa 2017 will be better for you. Insya Allah. A guy like u with a supportive wife like Faz, success will be with you sooner. Amiin.

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Leong Sook Ping Happy new year Amran. Wish you and family a very Happy n fruitful year ahead. Totally get the story u hv written n the sacrifices u hv made for d better future of yr family. Persevere kawan. U can do it.

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Hussein Abdul Hamid Good write up....pinjam for my blog to share with others...but I will probably break it up into sections and post it over a period of time as it is too long for many to read at one go..tqs.

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Calvin Teh A well written of the reality life in Australia... there is no perfect place in this world, as long as you enjoy every wonderful day in this world, who cares which country you are residing except Malaysia

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Adelina Iskandar Thanks for sharing this. Hugs and kisses to everyone. Salam kat Faz. And i do like yr dining table in Perth 💚💛

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Es Tung I'm glad i have known you Amran Ariffin. It gives me this little hope that there are still nice people out there who can think beyond creed and skin colour. Only regret is that the country had lost a fine son of the soil who can help make this nation great again.

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Aries Iskandar Muhammed terbaik la boh...tp flat white tetap dop sedak...hahahaSee Translation

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Farhad Omar Keep focused and maintain your bearings. Australian cities are made up of migrants and thus the constituents tend to be mistrusting at first. On the other hand if you travel beyond the city borders and meet others they tend to be warmer and friendlier. The farming and pastoral folk are warm and accepting. Australia has lots to offer.

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Amran Ariffin Thanks for your warm replies. Pls share far & wide. Cheers!

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Nasir Embee Bro Amran Ariffin, your story pretty much the same like us. Your words like "if the other half do not give full support and encouragement, things wouldn't just happened" is so true....

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Nasharuddin Zainal All the best bro. Gambatte kudasaiSee Translation

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Zaim Durulaman Selamat tahun baru dan selamat berusahaSee Translation

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Tengku Mohd Adzhair penulis novel rupenye... x sker !See Translation

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Zafuan Yazoo Yahaya Be strong and persevere Bro. You're doing right

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Kenny Teng Selamat Tahun Baru, semoga sejahtera selalu.... penulisan yang menarik dibaca. ( selalunya saya jarang baca cerita panjang panjang kat FB) ha ha.See Translation

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Hasnah Jalaludin Well written, my brother! An eye-opener indeed..In Shaa Allah, we'll come and visit one day..

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Peter Ling When I first came to this country, racism was at it worst. Things have changed heaps - it has changed for the better. Unlike Malaysia. It takes time to adjust. Have faith, my friends, Australians are more open minded and this is where our future is

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Nor Azila Epy new year to all of you... Hugs & kisses to kids😘... Life will always be better for sure....

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Rahman Abdullah Stay!!! Don't go back!

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Amran Ariffin Akmal Eirfan Apa khabar? Happy New Year bro!See Translation

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Azmil Farid Zabir You will feel more at home once you talk (or try to sound like),walk, play, eat, god forbid pray like the locals. Assimilation bro. Once you assimilate you become "native".

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Md Adam Md Akil Comprehensive summary and very interesting story. Tq for sharing the experience. 😊

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Fadzil Amin Byk points yg sgt menarik. Walaupun aku byk juga tak paham tapi keseluruhannya amat menarik. Bab education tu lebih menarik. Tq bro. Boleh buat buku ni. Harap tuan haji Amran Ariffin tabah!See Translation

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Sumarlina Andriati semoga dimurahkan & dipermudahkan rezeki sllu utk 2017 dan juga thn2 hari2 yg dtg... aameen... take care faz, amran, aimi, nadya & adam. tq.See Translation

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Shyful Azizi Abdul Rahman Thankx bro.. article menarik.. seriously, u really can write..

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Asrul Hadi Selamat tahun baru abg yang... Semoga Allah s.w.t senantiasa memberikan yang terbaik utk abg yang sekeluarga... 2017 pasti lebih baik insyaaAllah..See Translation

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Liza FS Happy New Year guys! A good write up indeed. May this year bring more barakah for us all 😊

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Siti Hajar Abdullah I'll continue my reading..too long
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Gerard Kho Well done on booking that 1 way ticket!

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Choi Kok Yew A good book. I really enjoyed it tq

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Ariff Sukimin Well written Amran Ariffin. You are a very strong and determined person. Sy doakan Allah beri kekuatan pada tuan sekeluarga di Perth. Amin.See Translation

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Fahrezal Ghazali Happy New Year to you and family! Still remember hosting you all before departure. Perservere, dear friend. Insya Allah, thing will get better as time goes by.

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Abdul Samad Ahmad Assalamualaikum. Farhad Omar our mutual FB friend. Not sure if we had bumped into each other here...very interesting write up. We arrived here Apr2013 and have had similar experiences and findings...cant add much or offer encouragement macam orang lama...See More

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Susan Lowe brilliant! well said Amran! Best wishes to you and your family.(P.S. I think we are nicer, over here!) SILNZ!

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Anis H. Hassan Great write up bro. Happy New Year to you & family. Hope things will turn out better this year.

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Shahrir Mohd Salleh May 2017 be prosperous to us all....Happy New Year Mere n Faz....

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Lann Mohamad Semoga 2017 menjadi tahun yg lebih gemilang utk abe Amran AriffinSee Translation

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Wan Hamka Wan Shamsudin Mohon izin utk share. Tq.See Translation

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Muhd Jauhar Azmi Moga dimudahkan ursan i. AllahSee Translation

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Mohd Shukran Ismail May 2017 brings better days Bro

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Mohamad Shahrir Ali Juraime Musak Aries Iskandar Muhammed Haidar Toha... Kalau mcm ni, jom migrate ke Las Vegas je lah... Kensel perth..See Translation

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Ken Soong i wonder how much better will our kids be growing up in australia rather than in malaysia. yes, malaysian teachers may seem a little too harsh or judgmental or critical towards the kids. but in the west they have gone to the other extreme, esp in the a...See More

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Tze-Kirk Lee Hv always enjoyed reading your reflections! There's always a push-pull factor wherever we go...most importantly is dat u r making the very best of it!!
Ps: Cikgu Inggeris kat SAS tentu bangga dgn mu! :)

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Ken Soong hey thanks, haha... Saya budak yang selalu ponteng tu lah. Samadian also yeah?

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Ken Soong okok you were writing to Amran. Get t! hahaha...

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Aida Othman Amazing journey!!!

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Pearly Teo Quite true coz before u go migrating, do all yr homework, remember nothing is free, they dont recognise yr certs or degrees only if ur australian grads so looking for a job b4 going is useless better studying again n get aussie certs instead. Then u mi...See More

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Syaliza Omar Statement made by Pearly is totally true. I have been living in NZ for 4.5 years, studying and working with them, and what I can say is all those greetings and smile which make most Malaysians puzzling 'wow' because we dont practice that in Malaysia is...See More

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Izuhan Rahimi Klass..Mere nih..

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