In the early 1990s, there was a huge demand for skilled workers in the Philippines in Saudi Arabia for manual labor. In their struggle to feed the family and give their children proper education, Filipino parents would often remind them " Learn hard and get a good job "Shortly thereafter, they believed that working abroad would help the Philippines alleviate poverty and thus began the Philippine Workers Abroad (OFW) trend. People began to see particularly huge improvements from OFW families and the government continues to praise them as Modern Hero Of the Philippines. With the latest economic factors aggravating the living conditions of the masses, Filipino parents would now remind their children of the same phrase … with a little tweet – " Learn hard and get a good job abroad . "
One of the most promising countries to work overseas is about 1500 miles southwest of Philippines – Malaysia. Their workforce often requires a huge number of personnel where Filipinos usually compete with workers from countries like India, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
However, they still want to work in Malaysia for a variety of reasons that our country, the Philippines, does not adequately provide or allows to be reached by hard work and determination. As one of the employees who previously worked in our hometown, traveling abroad sounds like a fairly natural response that brings a solution to this issue. However, no matter what occupation you do or what skill you have, many of the things here can make you say "yes, that's exactly why I went abroad! "
So without further consideration, here are the top ten reasons why it's better to work in Malaysia compared to the Philippines:
10. Different culture
Once you set foot on a foreign territory, you'll notice that everything you put your eyes on is different from home. You may suddenly notice women wearing Muslim scarves Known as Celebration . Also, when you wander around malls that you are so used to when you were in the Philippines, you will notice that there are specific Prayer rooms On several floors they call Surau , Which we are not used to because we belong to another culture.
Humans, in general, are curious creatures and we as Filipinos do not shy away from this behavior. We tend to be confined to these different perspectives including the very differences in religion and celebrations. Moreover, as millennials, we embrace change so much that we love to live Outside the norm And share our experiences on social media.
As such, we adhere to these cultural standards, respect them and, if possible, A meeting in between Because we have a duty to go to church every Sunday and spread the word of God. And whatever you do, believe me, they will also respect what you believe in.
9. More opportunities
Although Malaysia is a developing country like the Philippines, the work here opens the gateway to countless opportunities. In our country, it's probably hard to get a job even if you have the most impressive resume in town. However, in Malaysia you can get a call for an interview within an hour provided you have the right skills and experience that an agency or foreign minister needs.
If you have plans To advance your career (Especially in IT or engineering), working in Malaysia is a boost to your hard earned certificate because many times HR takes into account dealing with your foreign bosses. It is also a huge benefit for a candidate to have experience in managing excellent working relationships with foreign clients.
Also, if you have other destinations for life events like Immigrant to First World Countries Like Australia, Canada or New Zealand, document processing you need is relatively easy, faster and safer in Malaysia. Although you need to return home to collect documents for the long list of immigration requirements, it's still best to do this & # 39; In Malaysia because you have the advantage, right financially?
8. Delicious cuisine
I & # 39; I've been hanging out in Malaysia for 6 months now as of writing and I have to say it out loud that Malaysian cuisine, in the simplest sense, is Incomparable . No matter how i'm " Eating "(No, that's not what you think – I mean it as foodless at home) While I live here, still every Malaysian dish I try to completely soothe my passion and satisfy my gut, though I go to the bathroom (because I can't handle some Spicy dishes).
Due to the different cooking traditions and customs of the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia – Malaysians, Chinese and Native Americans – Malaysian cuisine is so infused with a wealth of spices that make the foods so high-quality than those in the home. The popular everyday food you come across here in Malaysia is Nasi to Mac , Mi Gurang , Randang or Beck Cot Tha And how hot Tea trick aside.
For all of them, everyone cheap . Lank Freide in the photo costs around RM 6.70. With a huge plate and lots of dishes on the side, you won't be able to get this kind of food for P80 in the Philippines unless you live in the province. Even with GST (Tax and Services) Recently applied this year, you can still eat in the budget by buying wet markets and cooking it yourself. That way, you can eat even cheaper and cook Philippine food the way you want.
7. Improving lifestyle
Once you get here to Malaysia, we will automatically be called a foreigner or exile . If your work does not have free accommodation, you will have no choice but to rent rooms in condominiums or landed estates. Often, rental rates in major countries such as Kuala Lumpur and Selangor turn out to be larger than usual.
However, housing units in Malaysia are usually equipped with air conditioning, automatic washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters and induction ovens which will usually make your life easier. If you only live in the Philippines with electric fan and cold water, then your lifestyle in Malaysia will definitely improve.
If you choose the right place, you can gain access to others A fascinating lifestyle Like going to the gym, shopping in the malls or maybe swimming in shared pools. Whatever your job is, I promise you that your life will be better, if not a little better then, but still better than it used to be at home, probably with your parents.
6. Easy drive back to my hometown
With cheap airlines flying and the accessibility of Asian countries to the world, it was very easy to book tickets online and fly back home. Tourists and backpackers from all over the world easily fly back and forth every day to Malaysia including our OFWs ( Workers in the Philippines overseas ).
If OFW becomes so starved that she wants to be with her daughter during the school or ceremony 7th birthday, she can simply hit the keys on sites like AirAsia or CebuPacific, book flights and board the plane on the date of travel to see her children. With flight discounts lasting every month, she can certainly drive back home and still be on a budget thus a win-win situation for all of the OFW in Malaysia. Furthermore, less than four hours return to the Philippines, so it's not so much trouble.
However, if your work restricts you from leaving the country (probably to home helpers), you can still contact them through social messaging apps like Whatsapp (very common in Malaysia) or messenger and video calls via Skype.
5. A tourist destination
Because Malaysia aims to meet their tourism brand – Malaysia is really Asian – And to remain a strong contender as the top 2 in world tourism ranking in Asia's premier destination, it is always included in the entire list of travelers visiting the most popular travel destinations. As a Filipino, one can attest to the beauty of Malaysia and its amazing tourist attractions as I saw it first hand.
If you are free on weekends, you can always travel to famous tourist destinations such as Patronas Towers, Ganting Lift or Petling Street easily by trains and buses. You can also travel a little further to places like Malka or Penang especially on long holidays as it is obviously a long drive from the city, but I promise it is well worth it. You do not need to take a taxi if you do not know where they are located because you can navigate in Malaysia, especially in Kuala Lumpur, through site mapping services such as Google Maps.
On the other hand, if you are unsure of where to go, you can browse TripAdvisor or you can browse the Rwari here as I will be posting travel guides in Malaysia soon. Stay tuned for more updates!
4. Low cost of living
Some economists use a more digestible exchange rate theory called the Big Mac Index to enact a global standard in measuring purchasing power. In layman's terms it can be used to estimate the cost of living in a particular country, though not accurately. If the base rate is a dollar, then Malaysia's currency, the ringgit, is not estimated at 63% according to the index mentioned. Hence, the Big Mac in McDonald's Malaysia is cheaper than most countries and hence has a low cost of living.
However, you do not need to consult an expert to measure the cost of living as we do it ourselves automatically Without knowing it . Often for the first time OFWs, they always convert Ringgit to Pesos whenever they buy something and sum up their daily necessities if Malaysia is usually cheaper than the Philippines.
In my opinion, food and transport are generally cheaper in Malaysia, because oil is one of Malaysia's ace cards for its economic growth. Rental housing is higher in urban areas but most of the time in the major suburbs. In general, Malaysia still retains a Low cost of living (If outside of Kuala Lumpur) versus the Philippines, or Singapore for that matter.
3. Faster Internet
According to this chart, you will see that in 2014, Malaysia has a 5.5 Mbps internet speed index while in the Philippines a 3.6 Mbps internet speed index. If you read Filipino, you can agree and testify Not true . This is one of the reasons I worked in Malaysia – because they have faster internet than the Philippines.
I was in the Philippines in 2014. The average plan for home DSL (or WiMax) through any telecom company was Up to 1-2 megabits per second As posted and it was consistently not even gained at least 500 Kbps download speed even at 14 PM after midnight (which is 100 Kbps than usual). Also, they had no optical fiber network until recently when the PLDT Fibr was introduced. Price ranges P1000 to P1500 (RM 222 to RM 333) for this type of program. As I heard, new programs are already moving forward There are data hats According to the networks & # 39; Fair Use Policy.
Here in Malaysia, you can book for 10 megabits per second A program that will go up efficiently after midnight (about 20 megabits per second) and is consistent in the morning. It is already connected to the fiber network located in the shared house (or on a landed house) and can only move from RM 100 to RM 150 . Moreover, it is unlimited with No hat And can be cut off (albeit with a minimum two-year bond) once you leave the country. If you look at the comparison, Malaysia is still leading the Internet race compared to the Philippines in this regard.
2. Better transportation
If you worked in Metro Manila like me, it is likely that you have ridden the MRT once, or every day or depending on where you come from, you must first switch from LRT station. There are already many stories on the internet that describe their suffering on the way to travel on these trains every day. I wouldn't describe it here anymore, but let me tell you Very stressful , Takes a long time and Not sure Go to work by MRT every day.
In Malaysia, the rail infrastructure consists of interconnected passenger train service, high-speed transit service, one-way service and airport train service. Traveling by train is Not stressful Because it is easy to buy tokens from card machines instead of waiting for a long queue, Doesn't take time Because trains arrive faster than you think Sure Because there are security guards in every waiting area on the train and the locals are very disciplined because the theft does not seem to exist at the train stations.
As one of my wise friends said, "a developed country is a country where the rich use public transport."
1. Higher wages
Certainly, the main reason you might want to work abroad is and always has been Of money . Even if you have the above nine reasons, if the salary discussed during the contract signing is not as you expected, working overseas may not be possible.
Sometimes, if you are in a desperate situation, you are willing to accept the job offer abroad regardless of salary. On the other hand, your co-workers would often advise you that if you take another job, your applying salary should be double what you are at the moment. , Part of the reason I took the job overseas is Lower income tax In Malaysia (about 5 to 10% per month depends on wages) compared to the Philippines (about 32% per month). It also helps that when you refer to Philippine news, you will see that there are often reports of graft and corruption allegations to your politicians who use the taxes that most Filipinos pay.
But in all aspects, the salary must also meet your expectations as it is the main reason why you want to work abroad, right? As an IT consultant and with calls from some Filipino colleagues here in Malaysia, the salary will always be Higher Than you earn in the Philippines. Since most of us are contractual, it is true that agencies have pay standards based on your work experience and skill. It's also true that some agencies give higher pay than usual, but usually it falls to your negotiating skills even though you can trade a bit more because of the unstable Malaysian currency (there, I gave you one tip – good luck!)
These are the main reasons to consider when you want to work abroad in Malaysia. There is always a demand for expatriate jobs, but recently there have been raids on illegal workers so Please be careful Who or which agencies do you trust (especially those who are seeking ineligible placement fees). However, there is news about hiring a freeze for incoming foreign workers in Malaysia, so if you are ready, then by all means, go and apply for a job here in Malaysia. for life!