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These expats would not say so if they were paid with Malaysian salary scheme

If you were paid five to ten times than a local holding the same position, I will say any place on earth is a heaven.

Malaysia, more than just a place to work
By ELAN PERUMAL

ASTRO Supersport anchor and executive producer Jason Dasey and fellow Australian Abbas Saad, who is the channel’s inhouse pundit, are both enjoying every bit of their life working in Malaysia.

Both Dasey and Abbas feel that Malaysia is more than just a working destination.

The people, food, tropical climate and the passionate football fans are contributing factors to the Australians’ pleasant stay here.

“I have always enjoyed Malaysia and have fond memories of the fans while playing football here,” said Abbas, who played for Singapore and Johor in the Malaysian League between 1990 and 1995.

Great time: Dasey (left) and Abbas feel that Malaysia is more than just a country where they are working.

The former Australian national team player said Malaysia had plenty in terms of football to offer him then and now.

While working as a pundit for Astro Supersport for the past one year, Abbas said he had a lot of opportunity to get involved in football.

Work aside, the man who had broken the hearts of many state teams in Malaysia with his goal-scoring prowess said football was inseparable from his life.

“I have an A licence for coaching and I have been doing some coaching work at an international school here.

“One day, I hope to become the coach of a state team like Selangor or Kuala Lumpur.

“I also keep myself fit by playing six-a-side football in the Expat League once a week,’’ said Abbas, who lives with his wife and two sons in Mont Kiara, Damansara.

Unlike Dasey, who loves to eat spicy food, the 44-year-old Abbas said he was more of a pasta man.

“Chicken and mutton briyani are my favourite local delights, I also eat stuff like roti canai and other food that is not too spicy,” he said.

Dasey, 47, who lives with his wife and 17-month-old baby in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur, said he could be spotted at a jogging track around Desa Waterpark in the mornings, at least four times a week.

After working for two years in Malaysia, he said he fell in love with the country, especially its people.

He added that Malaysians had welcomed him with open arms when he first arrived here.

“I heard a lot about the Malaysian people from Abbas and I must say I have met so many wonderful people and I feel very much at home here,’’ said Dasey, who is the host for several football programmes including the Barclays Premier League (BPL) live coverage on weekends, 4-4-2 and Bola@Mamak shows.

Dasey said he spent his free time taking his family around the Klang Valley and the Bird Park in Kuala Lumpur was his favourite destination for relaxation with the family.

He said he enjoyed eating spicy vegetarian food with the exception of fish.

“I have no problem eating pedas stuff,” Jason, who can speak a smattering of Bahasa Malaysia, said.

According to him, he had learnt Bahasa Indonesia while in school and, therefore, it was not too difficult to pick up Bahasa Malaysia.

He said he had been in the media industry for some 20 years and was hired by Astro to produce its own football programmes.

“When I first arrived here, Astro did not have its own football programmes and now we have a few already,” he said.

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