“I admit that I do feel lonely without them but I have to accept my fate that I am here to work because it is my responsibility as a father, a leader for my family.”
“I’ve been working in Malaysia since 1989. I think that you haven’t even born yet when I arrived in Malaysia for the first time. My family is still in Indonesia and sometimes I admit that I do feel lonely without them but I have to accept my fate that I am here to work because it is my responsibility as a father, a leader for my family. My wife always prays for me to get a good and tolerable employer. Praise to God, I have been working for a long time in the field of construction and never get a bad employer. Luckily, my employer understands the needs of his workers and even send us all to school to learn the foundation of construction for safety. Many other colleagues are also working for the well-being of their family.
I have 6 children and 5 of them already graduated from university and started to work. One of them is working in the bank under Syariah section and another one works as a Doctor. I am very proud of their achievement and waiting for the youngest one to graduate. He is studying in a medical course and wants to be like his eldest brother. I’m still working until now because I don’t want to burden all my children. I am collecting my own pension and saving some money to do pilgrimage in the year 2025. I will continue to work until my youngest child graduate from university and as long as I am still able to wake up in the morning, I will continue working. My advice to Indonesian friends in Malaysia, if you focus on your first intention which is to find money for your family, God will always be there to help us.”
Pak Tansid, 64 years old, Surabaya