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View Poll Results: Would you rather live and work in TURKEY or MALAYSIA? If given a choice?
TURKEY 16 36.36%
MALAYSIA 28 63.64%
Voters: 44. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 10-12-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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Without a doubt, I easily select Malaysia without hesitation.

I don’t see the intrigue and appeal with Turkey.

I know plenty of people that had such disappointing visits with Istanbul Turkey, and the photos they have of Istanbul proved that with rather mediocre/bland, and vacant photos of Istanbul and some other parts of Turkey.

I had some of the worst encounters with Turkish people, and a lot of Turkish people appear kind of alienating/tense/hostile/distant.

The Malaysian people I encountered are so much better and a lot easier to connect with/easygoing/relaxed/friendly.

Malaysia appears more impressive and looks better in photos for scenery. I also simply enjoy Malaysia’s exact geographic location more than Turkey.

The quality of life, cities/towns, urban amenities, food, and culture appears at a higher level, finer, and more preferable in Malaysia compared to Turkey.

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Old 10-12-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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Malaysia seems like a lot better place, better food, better way of life, more interesting people & culture, plus I know many Malaysians, I have more in common with them than the Turks

Turkey doesnt seem likje a place I would want to live
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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Without a doubt, I easily select Malaysia without hesitation.

I don’t see the intrigue and appeal with Turkey.

I know plenty of people that had such disappointing visits with Istanbul Turkey, and the photos they have of Istanbul proved that with rather mediocre/bland, and vacant photos of Istanbul and some other parts of Turkey.

I had some of the worst encounters with Turkish people, and a lot of Turkish people appear kind of alienating/tense/hostile/distant.

The Malaysian people I encountered are so much better and a lot easier to connect with/easygoing/relaxed/friendly.

Malaysia appears more impressive and looks better in photos for scenery. I also simply enjoy Malaysia’s exact geographic location more than Turkey.

The quality of life, cities/towns, urban amenities, food, and culture appears at a higher level, finer, and more preferable in Malaysia compared to Turkey.
That is true and that was the best thing about the people in Malaysia. They were very friendly. However it is a bit easier for men to travel there than women, especially if they are travelling to the more conservative more predominant Muslim areas (EAst part of Malaysia). I been to Malaysia and not been to the east part yet with the tourists that have visited there they prefer the west part and I guess it is a lot more cosmopolitan and more liberal. Even I found Kuching in Borneo quite liberal for Malaysian standards and it looked like a majority of people were not even Muslim living there and even the surrounding areas. Not there was nothing wrong with the Muslims living there as they were quite friendly too.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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Without a doubt, I easily select Malaysia without hesitation.

I don’t see the intrigue and appeal with Turkey.

I know plenty of people that had such disappointing visits with Istanbul Turkey, and the photos they have of Istanbul proved that with rather mediocre/bland, and vacant photos of Istanbul and some other parts of Turkey.

I had some of the worst encounters with Turkish people, and a lot of Turkish people appear kind of alienating/tense/hostile/distant.

The Malaysian people I encountered are so much better and a lot easier to connect with/easygoing/relaxed/friendly.

Malaysia appears more impressive and looks better in photos for scenery. I also simply enjoy Malaysia’s exact geographic location more than Turkey.

The quality of life, cities/towns, urban amenities, food, and culture appears at a higher level, finer, and more preferable in Malaysia compared to Turkey.
Interesting, from what I've seen Istanbul looks absolutely fascinating. It's already one of my favourite cities in the world and I haven't even been there. Just so how much history. I really hope to go to Turkey. I've met some friendly Turks...Malaysians in general are friendly, yes, and less hassles/cons than in Thailand.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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Malay for the win.
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Old 06-06-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Göle, Turkey
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Turkey.
Turkish guys are hot
Nope I am not hot. Girls don't like me because I am not hot.
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:18 AM
 
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I would go with Malaysia any day of the week. Turkey is too unstable and Muslim for my blood
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:49 AM
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I would go with Malaysia any day of the week. Turkey is too unstable and Muslim for my blood
I don't find Malaysia interesting and find East Asian languages annoying to listen to on the other hand sadly as you pointed out Turkey is unstable and the religious extremism is unsettling. However I don't think Malaysia can compete with Turkish hospitality on the one to one level. According to my taste Turkey has some of the hottest women to look at.
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Old 06-09-2017, 12:22 AM
 
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There is a duty free island in Malaysia....liquor prices are still 30% higher than State run stores in Virginia. Turkey would be better to live on the cheap, but lately, Malaysia is accommodating to expats with money. I live in Chiang Mai, but would probably choose Phnom Penh over KL, but sanitation is far better in Thailand. Constantly getting tougher for young people to get long stay visas, that would be a big plus for Cambo..easy visa.
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:04 AM
 
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I have not been to Turkey and it is very intriguing. Istanbul and Antalya have long been on my list to visit. Have known a handful of Turkish folks who have continued to pique my interest.

But all of that said, Malaysia is a comfortable enough transition for me. I've spent over a year there on nearly a dozen visits in my life and I have some close family there. I noticed the OP asked about living AND working there which could make a difference. Work in Malaysia is generally low paying compared to the west. But in my case that wouldn't really matter so it's hard for me to imagine Turkey beating out Malaysia in this contest.
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