Stranger In A Foreign Land? Expats In Malaysia

Many reasons exist to move outside of your native country. From some who want to retire in their ancestors’ homeland to just finding a more inviting culture, people have as many individual reasons as there may be expatriates.

Still, others move to find better work opportunities, to perform specialized work (such as missionaries or to serve in the Peace Corps) while others simply need a change of pace. There are special issues and challenges faced only by expats that they all basically can share with one another.

When Your Homeland Follows You To Your New Home
Voting rights may get complicated, but still, be extended to citizens who have simply re-settled elsewhere. After all, everyone is a citizen of some nation, and when you move, you usually take those rights and privileges with you. It means you also have the honor of continuing tax obligations in many cases to pay to your homeland. Yet, largely, these two issues depend on their homeland’s rules, and their specific situation.

Moving For Work
Many move to Malaysia for a job or to join their significant other when they get a job in Malaysia. Expats collectively seem to take great joy in the Malaysian culture, loving the experience of this multi-cultural nation for one.

It’s not just the multiple religions and cultures  that come together that fascinates expats, but all the geography of Malaysia as a Southeast Asian country as well. The world-classi-WFNC6Xn-XL-298x186 urban center that Kuala Lumpur has become intrigues expats. For other expats, the island life is how the transplants have decided to exist in Malaysia.

Issues Facing Non-Muslim Expats
While Malaysia has been celebrated for its diversity, in recent years, what can be described as Sharia law has been rearing its head in Malaysian society and government. While one could cite this combined with an inkling of hudud law, such as stoning and lobbing off of hands for making legal missteps, it is not foreign compared to Malaysia over the past 30 years. In fact, the place has become much friendlier and more open to the world as a whole, so it could be mostly hypersensitivity throughout the rest of the world and international media based on events happening throughout the rest of the world.

Language A Reflection Of Malaysia’s Melting Pot
The good news is that Malay slang continues to mix various Chinese dialects, Malay, Tamil, and English in an interesting mix of words and phrases very much “Malaysian”. It helps to get abreast of the lingo and learn some key phrases prior to stepping foot in Malaysia. It is an enjoyable way to intermingle with other expats from other countries and the locals alike. epf-298x186

Food is as diverse and delicious as you could expect in a multicultural nation such as this one. One of the top dishes is nasi lemak, which is rice that has been steamed in coconut milk along with pandan leaves for a very rich taste.  As the national dish, it is served with hard boiled eggs, peanuts, cucumber slices, Ikan Bilis along with sambal.

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