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Privileges Being A Malaysian

The other day when I hang out with friends, a friend asked “If you’re given a choice to choose, which country do you want to be born in your next life?” Without hesitation, I answered “Malaysia.” 


I agreed that Malaysia is not a perfect country, but the truth is there is no perfect country in the world. It’s all giving and taking. If you take a step back to look at the good sides of the country, you’ll realise how lucky you are to be a Malaysian. 


Below are some privileges of being a Malaysian. 


We have a strong bond between diverse cultures


Our unique culture and sense of togetherness is the trademark of Malaysia. It is precious that different races can come together as one and live peacefully. We are taught to appreciate cultural diversity and respect one another regardless of race or religion. 


We embrace diversity while retaining the culture, language, and identity of all ethnicities and yet still being united as one. Each festival, such as Thaipusam, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Hari Gawai, and more, is celebrated vibrantly by all the races in Malaysia. People often invite friends from all races to their open houses to celebrate their festival together. This doesn’t only make the celebration merrier, it also helps to strengthen our bond with one another. 


Festivities aren’t the only time that unites us. On any ordinary day, you can see people from all walks of life sitting together at the mamak stall to catch a sports match. 


We can enjoy the myriad of food


One of the reasons that I couldn’t leave Malaysia is the food. The diversity of food is one of Malaysia’s highlights. You will never get bored with Malaysia’s food because there are so plenty of choices! 


From having roti canai for breakfast to chicken rice for lunch, followed by the aromatic nasi lemak for dinner, we never fail to impress the people with fairly cheap yet delicious food.


Every region has its famous delights like the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol, Ipoh’s Taugeh Chicken Rice, Kelantan’s Nasi Kerabu, and Sarawak’s Mee Kolok. Wherever you are in the country, you can simply hit the road and go food hunting or cafe-hopping around the clock. 


We are pampered with the breathtaking scenery


Besides food, we are also known for the breathtaking scenery. In almost every article about nature and wildlife, Malaysia has never failed to be one of the top countries for its mesmerising views and fantastic vacation spots. 


Doesn’t matter if you’re an adventurer who loves hiking or diving, there are so many stunning mountains and magnificent coral reefs in Malaysia. Malaysia is home to the famous Mount Kinabalu and many pristine beaches, such as the magnificent Pulau Tioman and Pulau Redang, as well as beautifully sculptured landscapes such as the Danum Valley of Sabah. 


We are relatively safe from natural disasters


We are located in a geologically stable region that is free from earthquakes, volcanic activities, and strong winds such as tropical cyclones which periodically affect some of our neighboring countries. Malaysia lies geographically just outside the “Pacific Ring of Fire”. Hence, we are free from volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. 


We are welcomed by many countries


Our passport is so useful that it enables us to enter 179 countries without the need to apply for a visa. We are ranked No.13 on the Henley Passport Index 2022, only after Japan, Singapore, and South Korea among all Asian countries. This makes the Malaysian passport one of the most desirable passports in the world with a very high mobility score. 


There are so many reasons to be proud of being a Malaysian. Let’s celebrate our Malaysia Day with joy and gratitude, cherish the beauty of Malaysia, and cheers to many more years of being Malaysian.


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