Ten points to consider before you migrate to the West...
BRIGHTER FUTURE in the WEST, SURE MEH…??? Ten Points to Consider Before You Migrate to the West… examines what the authors refer to as the west-means-best mentality (that started back in the days when Malaya was run by Westminster bureaucrats) that exerts its influence in almost all levels of decisions that Malaysians make. They have observed that when it comes to migration, almost all Malaysians would automatically and unquestioningly assume that the west is the best way to go. If it were true, or even mostly (and not completely) true, then the brothers wouldn’t have much to say. But it’s not. Hence, they wrote this book to point out a few things that you should carefully consider before booking your flight tickets. Or more critically, before getting all gung-ho and start burning your bridges!
Point Number One: The Malaysia and Southeast Asia we took for granted begins by examining how we (Malaysians) view ourselves, how such view came about and followed by a quick comparison of economic outlook between ASEAN member countries and OECD in the years to come.
Point Number Two: The west we don’t see on BBC sheds a light on how the mainstream news (dictated by western interests) is distorting our worldview.
Point Number Three: Past ascent and present decline of the West aims to remind readers that the downtrend in the West is happening faster than we care to admit and that, in Aldous Huxley’s words, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
Point Number Four: Governments aren’t our friends – anywhere explains why politicians no matter how well-intentioned they are, will always mess things up and eventually become the very problem they sought to address in the first place.
Point Number Five: What’s so sacred about democracy? points out the dangers of having an unquestioning blind faith in anything, especially when it comes to ideologies. As Bruce Lee has famously said, countless practitioners from various disciplines of martial art traditions have been ignorant of the fact that the founders of each and every style of the art actually started off with a hypothesis and yet their followers are treating them as the gospel truth.
Point Number Six: Second last thing first encourages readers to look within themselves to really see that many of our seemingly outward problems are actually manifested from within ourselves. The many things we have been so passionately and ambitiously chasing after are actually a result of our inadequate self-understanding and self-knowledge.
Point Number Seven: Be forward-looking Malaysians takes a look at how some of the most inspiring Malaysians are actually doing some very inspiring things in Malaysia. In their eyes, the country is one huge oyster of opportunities that too many other Malaysians love to bash and trash talk.
Point Number Eight: How to survive without having to migrate? takes a look at how Malaysians can solve some of the most pressing problems bothering them every day. Things like rising costs of living and the weakening Ringgit in relation to many foreign currencies.
Point Number Nine: You are your greatest enemy – not the government reminds readers to not get too engrossed with the wide-ranging problems that we read so much about in the media, be it mainstream or social. Ultimately, the things that defeat us are not those much-talked-about problems reported in the media but our very selves – nothing else.
Point Number Ten: Briefings from Melbourne offers some practical tips to Malaysians about what to expect if they intend to emigrate to the west. Readers can follow the Briefing from Melbourne series on YouTube to get the latest stories of how migrants are surviving and thriving in their adopted home country in the west.