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Overseas Assignment 2005: Top 5 Reasons for Ghana, West Africa


Malaysia and Ghana (in West Africa) gained their independence from the British in the same year, 1957 but Malaysia have somehow leaped Ghana in development by almost 20 years since then. Image source: Financial Times

I was in Ghana last year for almost 5 months and for those who might be traveling there, there are top 5 reasons why it is difficult for Malaysian to stay in Ghana, West Africa

1. There is no 24 hours “kedai mamak” (which means there are no teh tarik and roti canai and most shops closed by 9.00 pm, quite boring!)
2. There are no movie theaters (at least at TGV standard but luckily they have satellite TV stations – similar to our Astro)
3. There is no hypermarket or malls (but have plenty of sundry shops, biggest is 2 storey but sufficient for our daily needs – Maggi Tomato & Panasonic batteries are imported from Malaysia. Ya, Malaysia boleh!)
4. There is an 8 hours difference between Malaysia and Ghana (Tired of getting phone calls from the office at 2.00 am Ghana time – 9.00 am Malaysian time)
5. Cost of living is too high – almost everything is too expensive (a typical nasi goreng biasa cost RM20.00 when it is only RM1.50 at my local mamak stall)
On the brighter side:-

1. They have Proton cars! (Saw a few in Ghana, surprisingly, still in good condition)

2. There are Indian & Chinese restaurants serving very familiar Malaysian dishes (like mee soup, chapatti, chinese tea, etc)

3. The weather is similar to Cameron Highland (no so cooling as it used to be but still more cooling than KL)

4. There are fast food restaurant serving fried chicken, burgers and pizzas (the fried chicken & burgers are actually taste better and in bigger portions in Ghana)

5. People are generally friendly and polite (at least there is no snatch thieves and Malaysian are generally treated as VIPs)
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