I’ll be returning to Malaysia for good next year… And that decision’s final!

After thinking everything through and writing pages upon pages of projections and plans, I’ve decided that I’ll be returning to Malaysia by the end of March next year. Unless something of significance happened before I return home, that decision’s final. I’ll be finishing my studies by the end of February 2010 and will probably attend my graduation sometime in May (if I do attend that is).

So, why the change of heart? Probably beause I feel that applying and waiting for PR just takes too long. A friend of mine took 8 months before he received a green light from the Australian Government while others still haven’t received any news yet. Plus, to look for jobs after that will take even longer. There’s just too much uncertainty involved. Time is of the essence for me, so I don’t think I’ll be gambling away my time.

I also think that the prospect of breaking into business is much higher in Malaysia, albeit all the red tape.

Upon returning to Malaysia, I plan to work for a few months, and then put full concentration on my flight training (if I still unable to land any airline sponsorship). My money’s on Malaysian Flying Academy (MFA) at the moment.

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I want to be a pilot, thus the reason why I want to stay in Australia.

One of the deciding factors of whether I’ll be returning to Malaysia or staying in Australia is this. Which will give me a much better chance in pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. This entry is with the assumption that I can’t get into any cadet pilot programs.

Here’s the situation. In Malaysia, it’ll cost me around RM250,000 for a 2-year-plus CPL + ATPL program. In Australia, it’ll cost me around AUD80,000 for the same program, plus the Flying Instructors’ course.

Imagine if I save a couple of thousand per month (if I’m lucky) in either countries and in their respective currencies, how long will it take? Earning AUD4,000 and save till AUD80,000 seems to be much closer than earning RM4,000 (again if I’m lucky) and saving for RM250,000.

If there’s a way for me to do my flying licence in Malaysia within the next couple of years, then I’ll gladly return to Malaysia, that’s for sure. However, I’m still figuring out that “one” way.

I’m still aiming for the cadet pilot programs though… God I hope I’ll get accepted into one. I don’t think anybody else is more obsessed (in a good way of course) about this than myself.

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What’s deterring me from staying in Australia

Previously, I wrote about the reasons that could potentially lead me to stay in Australia.

Now, I’ll list out some reasons that might bring me home to Malaysia.

1. I predict that it’ll be hard for me to get a job

The economy is pretty bad here. Many companies are laying off their workers. On top of that, I am pretty academically challenged (i.e. my academic results are not that great). So, I predict that it’ll be hard for me to get a job here. Also, to get a permanent good-paying job in Australia, you need the Permanent Residency status. To apply for PR, you have to spend a few thousand dollars. If I won’t be able to secure myself a job, spending a few thousand dollars would be a waste of resources, no?

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What’s deterring me from returning to Malaysia

Here’s another one for the ‘Australia or Malaysia?’ series.

This time, I’ll lay out the reasons that could potentially deter me from returning to Malaysia.

1. Spending Power

It is in my opinion that by staying in Australia, I have greater spending power than if I had gone back to Malaysia. Indeed, in certain areas, things are more expensive here in Australia (like rent, insurance, property prices), but generally, I dare say that you’ll be able to spend more in Australia.

Let’s assume that if I work in Australia, my starting pay is AUD4,000 and also assume that if I work in Malaysia, my starting pay is RM4,000 (which I think is hard to get anyway).

Now, let’s compare the prices of some ‘luxury’ goods (I’ll compare the prices of necessities in my future post). In this instance, we’ll look at a few items. Here they are.

– Toyota Yaris ($20,000 in Australia and $107,000 in Malaysia)
– Nikon D300 SLR Camera ($2260 in Australia and $4650 in Malaysia)
– Nikon 18-200mm Camera Lens ($1029 in Australia and $2685 in Malaysia)
– Nokia E71 ($575 in Australia and $1000++ in Malaysia)

Why am I comparing ‘luxury’ items? Well, once in a while, I will be purchasing these goods right? When that time comes, my spending power will be more in Australia.

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