September 27, 2022

Within the early 90s, there was an enormous demand for Filipino expert staff in Saudi Arabia for handbook labor. With their wrestle to feed the household and provides their youngsters a correct training, Filipino dad and mom would usually remind them to “research arduous and get a great job.” Quickly after, it was believed that working overseas would assist Filipinos alleviate poverty thus the Abroad Filipino Employee (OFW) pattern began. Folks then began to see big enhancements particularly from OFW households and authorities retains praising them because the fashionable hero of the Philippines. With the current financial elements that aggravates the residing situations of the plenty, Filipino dad and mom would now remind their youngsters the identical phrase… with slightly tweak – “research arduous and get a great job overseas.

Some of the promising international locations to work overseas is positioned roughly 1500 miles southwest of the Philippines – the Malaysia. Their labor pressure usually calls for a doubtlessly big quantity for manpower the place Filipino staff usually wage competitors with laborers from neighboring international locations akin to India, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

Nonetheless, they nonetheless wish to work in Malaysia as a consequence of quite a lot of causes which our nation, the Philippines, doesn’t adequately present or makes it not possible to succeed in by sheer arduous work and willpower. As a kind of workers who beforehand labored in our hometown, going overseas appears like a reasonably pure response that brings answer to this difficulty. Nonetheless, it doesn’t matter what occupation you do or what talent set you’ve, most of the issues right here would possibly make you say “Sure, that is precisely the explanation I’ve gone overseas!”

So with out additional ado, listed below are the highest ten the explanation why it is higher to work in Malaysia in comparison with Philippines:

10. Totally different tradition

When you step foot on a international land, you may discover that the whole lot you lay your eyes on is totally different from dwelling. It’s possible you’ll all of the sudden take note of the ladies sporting Muslim scarfs generally known as hijab. Additionally, whenever you’re roaming the shops that you just’re so used to whenever you have been in Philippines, you may observe that there are particular prayer rooms in some flooring that they name surau, which we’re not accustomed as a result of we belong in a special tradition.

People, on the whole, are curious beings and we as Filipinos, don’t stray away from that conduct. We are typically fascinated with these divergent views together with the mere variations in faith and celebrations. Furthermore, as millenials, we embrace change a lot that we like residing out-of-the-norm and share our experiences in social media.

As such, we abide to those cultural requirements, respect them and if doable, meet-in-between since we’ve an obligation to go to Church each Sunday and unfold the phrase of God. And no matter you do, imagine me, they are going to respect what you imagine as properly.

9. Extra alternatives

Though Malaysia is a creating nation like Philippines, working right here opens the gate to numerous alternatives. In our dwelling nation, it’s evidently arduous to get a job even you probably have essentially the most spectacular resume on the town. Nonetheless, in Malaysia, you will get a name for an interview in an hour supplied that you’ve the correct expertise and expertise that the international company or headhunter wants.

You probably have plans for furthering your profession (particularly in IT or engineering discipline), working in Malaysia is a lift in your hard-earned credential since HR usually takes into consideration the way you take care of your international bosses. It is also an enormous plus for a candidate to have the expertise of managing excellent work relationships with international shoppers.

Additionally, you probably have different life occasion objectives like immigrating to first-world international locations akin to Australia, Canada or New Zealand, processing the paperwork you want is comparatively simpler, sooner and safer in Malaysia. Though it’s essential to return dwelling to assemble papers for the prolonged checklist of immigration necessities, nonetheless its higher to ‘simply get it accomplished’ in Malaysia as a result of you’ve the sting, financially proper?

8. Scrumptious delicacies

I am turning 6 months now in Malaysia as of the time of writing and I’ve to say it out loud that Malaysian delicacies, within the easiest sense, is incomparable. Irrespective of how I grow to be “foodsick” (no it isn’t what you assume – I imply it as lacking meals again dwelling) whereas residing right here, nonetheless each Malaysian dish I strive fully satiates my craving and satisfies my tummy albeit going to bathrooms (as a result of I can’t deal with some spicy dishes).

As a result of totally different cooking traditions and practices from the three important ethnic teams in Malaysia – Malays, Chinese language and Indians – Malaysian delicacies are a lot imbued with quite a lot of spices that makes meals so significantly better than those at dwelling. The favored on a regular basis meals you encounter right here in Malaysia are Nasi Lemak, Mi Goreng, Rendang or Bak Kut Teh and a few sizzling Teh Tarik on the facet.

To high all of it off, they’re all low-cost. The Fried Nasi Lemak within the image prices round RM 6.70. With an enormous plate and plenty of servings on the facet, you can not get this sort of meals for P80 within the Philippines besides if you happen to dwell within the provincial space. Even with the GST (Items and Providers Tax) newly applied this yr, you possibly can nonetheless eat on a funds by shopping for from moist markets and cooking it your self. That method, you possibly can eat at a good cheaper value AND can cook dinner Filipino meals the way in which you need it.

7. Improved life-style

When you arrive right here in Malaysia, you may robotically be known as a foreigner or expatriate. In case your work doesn’t have free lodging, you may haven’t any selection however to lease rooms on condominiums or on landed estates. Oftentimes, rental charge at main states like Kuala Lumpur and Selangor seems to be increased than the same old.

Nonetheless, housing models in Malaysia are often geared up with aircon, computerized washing machines, fridges, water heater and induction cookers which can largely make your life a bit simpler. If you’re residing within the Philippines with simply an electrical fan and chilly water, then your life-style in Malaysia will certainly get higher.

If you happen to select your home proper, you possibly can have entry to different partaking life akin to going to gyms, purchasing at malls or perhaps swimming at condominium swimming pools. No matter your job is, I promise you, your life might be higher, if not a bit then barely higher, however will nonetheless be higher than it was again dwelling, in all probability along with your dad and mom.

6. Straightforward journey again to hometown

With the growth of low-cost airways and the accessibility of Asian international locations to the world, it has now been very straightforward to guide tickets on-line and fly again dwelling. Vacationers and backpackers from all components of the world simply fly backwards and forwards on a regular basis to Malaysia together with our very personal OFWs (Abroad Filipino Staff).

If an OFW turns into so homesick that she needs to be along with her daughter through the faculty awarding ceremony or on her seventh birthday, she will be able to simply hit the keys on web sites like AirAsia or CebuPacific, guide flights and board the aircraft on the journey date to see her youngsters. With flight reductions ongoing each month, she will be able to positively journey again dwelling and nonetheless be in funds thus a win-win state of affairs for each OFWs in Malaysia. Furthermore, it is lower than 4 hours going again to Philippines so it isn’t that a lot of a trouble.

Nonetheless, in case your work partially restricts you from leaving the nation (in all probability for home helpers), you possibly can nonetheless contact them via social messaging apps like Whatsapp (quite common in Malaysia) or Messenger and video name via Skype.

5. Vacationer vacation spot

As Malaysia strives to dwell as much as their tourism model – Malaysia Actually Asia – and stay a robust contender as High 2 within the World Tourism Rankings on Asia’s high vacation spot, it has all the time been included on each traveler’s guidelines of essentially the most needed journey locations. As a Filipino, can attest to the great thing about Malaysia and its superior vacationer points of interest as I’ve seen it firsthand.

If you happen to’re free on weekends, you possibly can all the time journey to well-known vacationer locations like Petronas Towers, Genting Highlands or the Petaling Avenue simply via trains and buses. You can even journey a bit farther to locations like Melaka or Penang particularly on lengthy holidays because it’s absolutely an extended drive from town however I promise it is positively value it. You needn’t to go taxi if you do not know the place they’re positioned since you possibly can totally navigate Malaysia, particularly Kuala Lumpur, via net mapping providers akin to Google Maps.

However, if you’re unsure the place to go, you possibly can browse TripAdvisor OR you possibly can browse right here at Roumery since I might be posting journey guides in Malaysia quickly sufficient. Keep tuned for extra updates!

4. Low value of residing

Some economists use a extra digestible alternate charge idea known as the Big Mac Index to enact a world commonplace in measuring Buying Energy Parity. In layman’s time period, it may be used to gauge, though not precisely, the price of residing in a sure nation. If base charge is USD, then Malaysia’s foreign money, the Ringgit, is undervalued at 63% per the talked about index. Thus, it implies that the Massive Mac in McDonalds Malaysia is cheaper than many of the international locations therefore it has low value of residing.

Nonetheless, you needn’t seek the advice of an knowledgeable to measure the price of residing since we do it ourselves robotically with out figuring out it. Typically for first time OFWs, they all the time convert Ringgit to Pesos each time they purchase one thing and conclude from their on a regular basis groceries if Malaysia is usually cheaper than in Philippines.

For my part, meals and transportation are typically cheaper in Malaysia since oil is one in every of Malaysia’s ace card for its financial progress. Unit leases are increased in city areas however largely regular on the outskirts of the main cities. Basically, Malaysia nonetheless maintains a low value of residing (if exterior Kuala Lumpur) in comparison with Philippines, or Singapore for that matter.

3. Quicker web

Based on this chart, you may see that in yr 2014, Malaysia has an Web Velocity Index of 5.5 Mbps whereas Philippines has an Web Velocity Index of three.6 Mbps. If you’re a Filipino reader, you possibly can agree and attest that that is not true. This is likely one of the the explanation why I labored in Malaysia – as a result of they’ve sooner Web than the Philippines.

I used to be within the Philippines on the yr 2014. The typical plan for a house DSL (or WiMax) via any telco provider was as much as 1-2 Mbps as marketed and it had been persistently not even gaining at the very least 500 Kbps obtain velocity even at 2 pm after midnight (to which 100 Kbps is the same old). Additionally they did not have fiber optic community till not too long ago when PLDT Fibr has been launched. The value ranged from P1000 to P1500 (RM 222 to RM 333) for this sort of plan. As I’ve heard, new plans shifting ahead already have information caps in keeping with the networks’ Truthful Utilization Coverage.

Right here in Malaysia, you possibly can order for a 10 Mbps plan that effectively exceeds after midnight (round 20 Mbps) and is constant within the morning. That is already linked to the Fiber Community laid out on the condominium (or on landed home) and may vary solely from RM 100 to RM 150. Furthermore, it’s limitless with no cap and might be disconnected (though with minimal 2 yrs bond) when you’re leaving the nation. If you happen to’ll take a look at the comparability, Malaysia remains to be main the Web race in comparison with the Philippines on this side.

2. Higher transportation

You probably have labored in Metro Manila like I did, likelihood is you have in all probability rode the MRT as soon as, or on a regular basis OR relying on the place you are coming it’s essential to interchange from the LRT station first. There are already many tales within the Web describing their distress on commuting via these trains on a regular basis. I’d not describe it right here anymore however let me inform you that it’s very disturbing, time-consuming and unsafe to go to work by MRT on a regular basis.

In Malaysia, the railway infrastructure consists of interconnected commuter rail service, speedy transit service, monorail service and airport rail hyperlink service. Commuting via prepare is not disturbing since it is simple to purchase tokens from ticketing machines as a substitute of ready for lengthy queue, not time-consuming since trains arrive sooner than you assume and protected since there are stationed guards on each prepare ready space and locals are very disciplined that stealing is seemingly nonexistent on prepare stations.

As one in every of my sensible colleague mentioned, “A developed nation is one by which wealthy folks use public transport”.

1. Larger wage

Undoubtedly, the highest motive it’s possible you’ll wish to work overseas is and has all the time been cash. Even you probably have the 9 causes above, if the wage mentioned through the contract signing is just not what you anticipated, then working overseas will not be doable.

Generally, if you’re in a determined state of affairs, you may settle for the job provide overseas whatever the wage. However, your work colleagues would usually advise you that if you happen to’ll take one other job, your asking wage ought to positive be twice of what you are having presently. Nonetheless, for me, a part of the explanation I took the work overseas is the decrease revenue tax in Malaysia (round 5 to 10% per 30 days relying on the wage) in comparison with Philippines (roughly 32% per 30 days). It additionally helps that whenever you tune in to Philippines information, you may see that there are sometimes reviews on allegations of graft and corruption to your personal politicians utilizing the taxes that majority of the Filipinos pay.

However in all elements, the wage should additionally attain your expectation because it’s the principle motive you wish to work overseas proper? As an IT advisor and with conversations from a few of my Filipino colleagues right here in Malaysia, the wage will all the time be increased than what you earn within the Philippines. Since most of us are contractual, it’s true that companies have wage requirements relying in your work expertise and skillset. It is also true that some companies give the next wage than the same old but it surely often falls all the way down to your negotiation expertise though you possibly can barter a bit extra due to the unstable Malaysian foreign money (there, I gave you one tip – good luck!)

These are the highest causes to contemplate whenever you wish to work overseas in Malaysia. There may be all the time a job demand for expatriates however not too long ago there had been raids on unlawful staff so please watch out on who or what companies you belief to (particularly these asking for hefty placement charges). Nonetheless, there are information of freeze hiring for incoming international staff in Malaysia so if you happen to’re prepared then by all means go apply and work overseas right here in Malaysia. Cheers!