For some, it is quite difficult to be separated from family and relatives but for me, I live independently since I was 12. Living in a hostel during those days made us tough and wise. Seniors are Lucifers and teachers are Archangels. Having bad seniors taught us about respect and multiracial teachers who showered us with good thoughts and love made us wiser. We need to respect the elders and love the young.
I was 21 when I first step on the Land of Long Clouds – New Zealand. Studying overseas might sound interesting but that is only for those with deep pocket. Mine was quite shallow. And there were holes too. So to have a proper bed for the night and refrigerator filled with food, I needed a job. Six months later, I became a cleaner, cleaning the city council buildings. My colleagues were Samoans, Kiwis, Indians and Somalians. Some of them were refugees seeking shelter and starting a new life in a new country. Others migrated there to have better living and earn some money for families back in the origin country. Looking at their background and having them as my fellow cleaners really give me a new perspective of being a foreign worker in a foreign country. If it was in Malaysia, I might be looked down upon while doing my job emptying the bins and cleaning the toilets. You might think you are invisible as people don’t really see you mopping the floor and wiping the glasses. But there in New Zealand, they already raise their hand once you are in their sight. The Kiwis even give complements. “So you’re the one wiping the glass doors. They look flawless. Cheers mate!” You are highly appreciated for being a cleaner in that building.
Malaysians are well known for their courteous. That is what our TV tell us. But in reality we are not. We rarely greet people, let alone foreigners. Some of us even treat the foreign workers as if they are a nuisance.Thus, I am now on a mission. To share love and respect toward others. One being does not value more than others as regardless our race and origin, we are all a person of dignity. We are all of the same value. We are one.