Saturday, July 28, 2018

Well Done Malaysia!

Wall Street Journal

    I moved to  Malaysia immediately after my retirement  and lived there for about seven years before returning to the United States four years ago.  I enjoyed living there except for the constant heat and humidity which was almost unbearable.  The reason I moved to Malaysia was to be with my same sex partner, who is now my husband.  As soon as same sex marriages were made legal in the US we visited the US to be married and the following year we moved there to live permanently.  My partner now is a US citizen.

    While living in Malaysia we had to keep our marriage secret, only telling a few close friends, as homosexuality is a crime in this predominantly Muslim country.  I really loved the Malaysian people and most of the culture, but I really hated the government with a passion.  Because I was living in the country on a guest visa I dared not say anything critical of the government.  I wrote a blog called Retired in Malaysia, in which I described my life there, but I had to be very careful not to say anything negative about the government.  Since I was so used to the freedom of speech, which I enjoyed so much in the United States, but really took for granted, it was difficult for me to keep my mouth shut.  Malaysia is a Muslim majority country and it is a punishable offense to say anything that could remotely be considered to be putting Islam or even the government, in a negative light.  Prime Minster Najib, was a member of a political party that had controlled the government since Malaysia gained its independence from Great Britain over 50 years ago. He skillfully remained in power by jailing his opposition on trumped up charges, controlling the media, paying bribes and holding rigged elections.  I remember during one election he had rented seven or eight 747 jumbo jets to bring planeloads of Nepalese, who were given 24 hour citizenship and a small cash payment, to rural areas to vote for Najib!  There were also numerous incidents during elections when his ruling party was in danger of losing, a sudden power loss occurred and in the end his party won by a landslide as "new" ballots were deliverd by the army under cover of darkness.

    Satellite television, radio and newspapers were owned by the ruling party and contained no positive mention of the opposition parties.  Opposition parties did exist but their means of sharing their messages with the public were severely hampered by their inability to advertise in the mass media.  Naturally opposition parties turned to social media and the internet to spread their message.
The government tried to ban social media to prevent this, but they were not very successful. The rural poor and uneducated were paid to vote for the ruling party, but with the spread of the internet into rural areas the government began to lose support.  The Prime Minister and his wife were embroiled in numerous corruption scandals and lived luxurious lifestyles. while the majority of the population was living in near poverty. In May of this year the citizens of Malaysia said enough! Enough to Najib's lying, his family making money from the his position and his corrupt lifestyle!  He and his political party were dealt an astounding defeat!  He and his wife are now under arrest for their crimes.

   Sound familiar?   Even though my husband and I are now living in the US, we were both exceedingly happy to see his fall from power and Malaysia returned to the people!  Another reason I was so happy was that this gave me some hope that here in this country we could do the same and drive this corrupt, lying, criminal, little dictator Trump from power and restore the US back to ALL American citizens!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Do You Live in Malaysia. or Have You Lived in Malaysia and Decided to Leave?

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    Since I have not lived in Malaysia for about 3 years now I do not update this blog on a regular basis, even though I pay for and maintain the site.  I have friends, both expats and locals, who still live in Malaysia.  I also have friends who have left Malaysia to live someplace else.  My husband is Malaysian and now lives here with me, as this marriage would not be recognized in Malaysia.  I still read the news from Malaysia and I am kept up to date on the happenings there, either good or bad.  I can see that many things have changed in Malaysia. Some may say that the changes are not always for the good.

    Because I do not personally update my blog on a regular basis I have decided to open it up to guest blogging, at the behest of friends living there or from there.  If anyone, expat or not, who either lives there or who has moved away, would like to contribute their thoughts, feelings or experiences on living in or leaving Malaysia, I welcome you to write a guest post to be published here on the blog.  I only ask that it be honest and in good taste.  You can either contact me by email or leave a comment here.  I will simply take your article and post it under a separate post.  I would prefer you use your name instead of posting as anonymous.  You can include your photo if you wish.  I do not want any commercial posts, unless you are willing to pay for it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

An Update from Brockport, New York.

Christmas 2016

    It's been exactly 3 years since Kevin and I left Penang to live in the US and a lot has happened. Since moving here we have purchased a new home that has a pool and plenty of room. We also added 2 new additions to the family, Cato and Lucky, Cattle Dog brother and sister.

Lucky and Cato


Perhaps the biggest nes since we have moved is with Kevin. He has been attending the State University of New York Genesee Community College since January of 2015. He has earned a spot on either the Dean's List or the President's List for every semester. He is due to graduate in May of this year and has been accepted to Rochester Institute of Technology, one of the top ranking Universities in the country. Because of his academic achievements he has basically been given a free ride! Not bad for someone who was not given a chance for an education in Malaysia!

Kevin continues to enjoy the cold and snowy winters and gardening and the pool in the summer. Since we live in the suburbs of Rochester, NY we get to enjoy the wildlife and scenery of the area.

Niagara Falls
 Letchworth State Park
Kevin and Lucky in the Pool.

This winter.

Kevin and Cato

Since last January Kevin's niece Yuki has been living with us while she is studying at the same college as Kevin. After her graduation she plans to transfer to a 4 year university to study art.
As for me I continue to enjoy retirement, our dogs, our Chameleon, Ulysses, my marine fish tank and our Quaker parrot Blue.

I'll try to update this blog on occasion if there are any new developments. Thank you to everyone who visits this blog and enjoy your travels!