A conversation I had with mom. I told her, I want to move out of Malaysia to Melbourne or Perth.
She was shocked. She refused to accept what I said but when the tension was over, she asked me, for good?
“Yes. For good ma. (for now)”
Another shocker for her. She asked me why.
There were many reasons, but the biggest priority is the kids. I want them to grow in an environment where there are allowed to explore their potentials. In this country, we are limited by the syllabus. If you’re out of the line, teachers will smack you right in them. Making sure you obey the rule as if you’re a cadet in a military school.
Also, I don’t no longer think this country is safe. Back in the 80s and 90s, I remembered wandering off the streets and playgrounds, from one taman to another. I came back when it’s getting dark or I got hungry. I believe our kids and future generation are robbed of this freedom. I dare not leave my kids alone to the park.
Mom asked, what my career would be like.
“Anything would do ma. But I guess it’s about time for me explore other worlds, to improve ourselves, to get out of the comfort zone.”, I replied.
Clearly, she was showing signs of disapproval. She’s not liking what she’s hearing. And the conversation ended.
I told her this, because when the time comes, I am leaving. And I really hope my parents understands my decision. As the famous Malay saying, “Jangan jadi katak di bawah tempurung.”