Trouble in Hong Kong…

an outsider's perspective of hong kong

do not go gentle into that good night

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over a starbucks green tea frappaccino

as i was waiting to board my flight back to hk at lcct ( the other airport next to klia), a realization suddenly hit me. airasia – malaysia’s budget airlines is doing my country so much good. when i look at middle class and to some extend even lower middle  class families who are now traveling, i know change will come.

when you travel, you come home a different person. i am so happy to say that with affordable flights, many malaysians are now going to china. seeing china’s unprecedented growth is nothing short of a miracle that you have to see it to believe it. when malaysians see that type of change, we will ask ourselves – if china can do it, why are we dragging our feet?

the  reality in malaysia is – life hasn’t become better since the asian financial crisis; we have actually become more inward looking and the pegging of the ringgit had stopped foreign investments.after the unpegging, we have trouble attracting them back. as a result to that, malaysians have to tolerate substandard products offered by ” local conglomerates”.

whenever i go home, i hear the same people complaining about the government and over the past few years; what i have seen happening is that – these people have grown older and yet are still complaining about the same issues.the fire in their eyes have gone dimmer, they are moving past their prime age, they know what is wrong but they don’t know how to change.

my brother recently asked me if he should move – i said yes, just to see the world from somewhere else. you may be richer, you may be poorer but give yourself the option.

i will you the number one thing that saddens me the most – wasted youth.

i have a cousin who is studying environmental science. what is the likelihood of her finding work in malaysia? i won’t say it is difficult but look at china last year. they surpassed the us in terms of investments on renewable energy. it doesn’t take a lot of sense to connect the dots.

go to where the opportunities are. my aunty said to me,” we are old, too old for change”.

i have a friend whose family left south korea in the 70s for brazil. his parents worked in a textile factory. one day, his mother said, i gotta give my kids an education – let’s go the us.

i don’t have to tell you that my friend is now very successful.

my dear malaysian friends, i came to hong kong without anything. i just wanted a better life for myself. i am terrible person to say this – it takes a lot of time to change a country so deep rooted in its errors. if you decide to stay, make it the best decision possible if not go somewhere else. but be sure it’s not a life lived in vain.

we are very special people – we speak at least three languages and we are culturally sensitive because we live amongst so many groups of people.

i’d like to share with you my all time favorite poetry by dylan thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


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  1. “i have a cousin who is studying environmental science. what is the likelihood of her finding work in malaysia”.

    I like this article generally, but I’d like to say that this is where your argument has gone wrong 🙂 Malaysia needs someone like your cousin for sustainable businesses to run. She has a bright future because :

    a) Malaysia is in focus for new FDIs and also many MNCs have gone into sustainable business practices. Just check out P&G’s focus on this and you will be amazed how far an FMCG company will go to protect the earth, while not sacrificing profitability. All this requires knowledgeable and passionate people to drive and champion. Why should we deny someone like your cousin to be that person before she can even start and try ? 🙂

    b) the demand for environmental science graduates is small, just like any other vocation such as IT and agriculture , but it does not mean that it will not grow. She can venture into NGO work, MNC’s OSHA Dept or even work for research houses. She can lecture and teach the younger generation about a greener earth.

    c) businesses and countries are looking at such short-terms when it comes to investing back to the earth. If only we have more people who understand what the environment needs, we will have half the problems faced with climate change today.


    June 24, 2010 at 9:07 am

    • Dear friend,

      Thank you for your comment and for telling me I’m wrong. I like it when people tell me I’m wrong. 1 of my mentors always tell me becareful when people agree with u because when everyone is agreeing on the same things no one is thinking hard enough. I can tell u that Malaysia needs all the brains in the world because we have been bleeding from years of brain drain. I believe mycousin could make a difference. All I want to say when you leave a country and go to a progressive society you are opening your self up to working with other better and more talented people. I
      not here to tell people what’s wrong and not wrong. All I’m here to do is to remind people to be the best version of themselves.

      Again thank you for your criticism. I can learn a lot from you.


      June 24, 2010 at 10:00 am

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