Thursday, August 16, 2012
welcome home? and Project IC
Been avoiding posting on Malaysian politics for a long time but since I will be back later this year for a couple of weeks ... here's a link below that brings up some old information a friend shared with me over 10 years ago .. now updated in a nicely written piece.
I am a Malaysian citizen with New Zealand PR status. What is sad is that often I feel more welcome in NZ with my PR than in Malaysia.
I feel this way whenever I arrive at the KLIA and Auckland airports immigration counters respectively.
Even with my Malaysian passport and using the auto-gate at KLIA, I cannot avoid noticing the poor way many immigration officers treat non Malay looking Malaysian passport holders who for one reason or another do not use the auto gates ... Ok, maybe these have just been coincidences but have been my impressions ...
But when I arrive at AKL airport, the atmosphere is so different despite my having to queue up at the long non NZ passport lines. The officer will check my passport, look at my PR sticker and say with a smile something like "welcome home" ...
I am crossing my fingers and hoping that when I arrive back in Malaysia, I will experience (as I pass through airport immigration) a "welcome home."