You see, Australia and Malaysia are two extremely different countries. I know, because I was raised in Malaysia, and had my tertiary education in Australia. Being there for many years now, I realize there are some Australian living styles and culture that will never blend in Malaysia. I would say the same goes vice versa.
Allow me to illustrate.
In Australia, you go up the bus, you say hi to the driver, same as you leave the bus, you say thanks or cheers or bye. You meet someone in the park, random people at all, you say hi, and nothing wrong to spark a conversation spot on. You smile wherever you go. Walk up to the cashier at any stores, they will greet you like their friends and talk to you in a way that you feel like you are the most auspicious person in the world.
In Malaysia, you go up the bus, you say hi to the driver, everyone will blardy stare at you one kind, and if you say thanks or bye leaving the bus, people will label you insane. If you are an incredibly sexy girl jogging in the park and saying hi and spark a conversation with a random guy, high chances you will get raped in the end, because the guy will most probably think you are leading him on and wanting to have sex. If you smile, at anywhere at all, you smile alone. And if you ever tried being nice and chatty with the cashier at any place, you will feel sudden rush of coldness as if the temperature dropped to minus 35 degrees and hear a growl of hungry lion if you are unlucky enough.
The list can go on in other terms, even politically and many more. Nevertheless, all this can so clearly be observed on the roads.
In Australia, cars will stop if anyone, or anything, I reiterate, anyone, or anything at all crossing the road. Pedestrians have such respect, and I genuinely admire the courtesy and very pleasing attitude of the road users in Australia.
And so you ask: What happens if a Malaysian tries to be an Australian?
Same thing that happens to cats and dogs in Kuching. Sadly.
Poor mate. Some things will just never make it in Malaysia. NEVER. No wonder Kenny Sia (click) wants to return to Perth.
Tags: Malaysian, Australian, Birds, courtesy