Want to get married in Malaysia?

KUALA LUMPUR: Want to get married in Malaysia? Don’t become a journalist.

A recent survey found that media professionals, along with those in advertising, public relations and marketing, are considered the “last resort” when it comes to spousal candidates.

The survey, by market research and consultant group Synovate Sdn Bhd, also included entertainers, actors and musicians at the bottom of the heap.

The company interviewed more than 1,000 men and women, between the ages 15 and 64, from all income levels for the survey, which sought to “uncover attitudes and perceptions of Malaysians towards professions, careers and jobs”.

Educators, including teachers and professors, seem to have it good in the love department with 36 per cent approval from respondents, followed by doctors and nurses (29 per cent).

Synovate marketing and communications manager Varian Ignatius said the survey indicated that Malaysians “are somewhat careful” when it comes to selecting a life partner, placing a premium on trustworthiness and good moral values.

The findings also show that 75 per cent of Malaysians admitted that the profession of their potential and future partner is important.

“They also admitted that the most important characteristics that make a profession admirable are those that help people with their health and education.”

Varian said similar surveys carried out in other countries found that doctors and nurses were most sought after as marriage partners in France, the United States and Brazil, while 37 per cent of respondents in China preferred teachers and professors.

On salary scales, the survey revealed that some 33 per cent of Malaysians believed that corporate figures such as chief executive officers, top business executives, bankers and accountants were paid too much for their work.

Inversely, 44 per cent of the respondents felt that people with trade skills, such as plumbers, carpenters, builders and mechanics, do not earn enough.

“Malaysians tend to view trade work as hard work which is physically demanding and time-consuming. They believe that such demands require higher monetary rewards.”

Varian said the survey showed that 85 per cent of Malaysians were proud of their professions and also felt their parents’ views of their jobs were important.

“It is exceedingly important to have a good job in Malaysia. It is perceived to reflect your social status and a high status improves your lot in life — and that of your family.”

Varian noted that the family institution in Malaysia was generally tight-knit, making it normal for parents’ views to figure prominently throughout people’s lives.

— this survey was conducted among Malaysians. THANK GOD the world is not made up of malaysians. aye caramba, i’m turning into an SPG right now! and tonight, i’m going to tikam the Green Card Lottery again!


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