Minimalism in Malaysia is Lonely

I’ve looked left and right. Being a minimalist in Malaysia can feel pretty lonely.

Let’s look at Facebook, the nearest (right on your phone!) place of more diverse demographic if you compare to other Social Media platforms. A group named Minimalist Life Asia – Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesian and Beyond has 300++ members, pretty impressive but that already includes at least three countries. Minimalist Living in Malaysia has 38 members, and I’m the 39th yeay!

Another Facebook page – Minimalist Malaysia has 500++ likes.

The numbers are ‘minimalist’ themselves and I come to realise that minimalism is not really something trendy as opposed to duCk scarves, the Dukun movie, and currently most talked PRU (Pilihan Raya Umum, national election voting that will happen on 9th May). None of them are comparable to each other, I know.

But my point is, we are not as well-known as the minimalists in Japan, the United States, and Thailand. I can accept that, I don’t need to be well-known all the time, right?

Maybe our society does not really understand what minimalism lifestyle is, yet.

The elder generation might view this differently. Without knowing the minimalism concept, our fathers already lead a simple life. Most probably they just had no choice, life was hard back then.

They have a pair of shoes and a pair of slippers that they won’t replace or add until those pairs are really worn out. Though perhaps, this is only the case before many malls and supermarkets are built here, on the land of our beautiful country. Or before the online shopping is as easy as going to the toilet.

Feeling the urge – fill your toilet bowl, flush.

Feeling the urge – add to cart, check out.

Whereas being a minimalist is not easy, and not as sexy as having all patterns and colors of the latest Neelofar Hijab, Bokitta or again, the dUck scarves.

Don’t get me wrong, you can buy a dUck scarf and still be a minimalist. Own an iPhone X and still be a minimalist. Own a car and still be a minimalist. Have four kids and still be a minimalist, and err two wives and still be a minimalist.

Kidding.

I’ll try to write a separate post on what qualifies you to be a minimalist but first, look at this quote;

It’s quite simple: to be a minimalist you must live with less than 100 things, you can’t own a car or a home or a television, you can’t have a career, you must live in exotic hard-to-pronounce places all over the world, you must start a blog, you can’t have children, and you must be a young white male from a privileged background.( What Is Minimalism? by The Minimalists)

They were also joking, don’t take that seriously. Go read the post!

Apart from the Facebook groups and page, I went to search ‘minimalism in Malaysia’ on the internet. Most of the results brought me to the topics like minimalist home decor, fashion and also website design. Not really the things I’m looking for.

However, I did find few interesting articles worth my time.

So, while I’m looking for a minimalist friend who blog/write, suck at/don’t have a career, also single (in Malaysia) to hang out and write with me, you guys can hang on and read these:-

2 Replies to “Minimalism in Malaysia is Lonely”

  1. Do you think minimalism correlates with ‘kesederhanaan’? I want to live as a minimalist but the clothes I wear are not quite minimal in price even though they are plain and not colourful.

    1. I think it does correlate, but the price of the item is not really the key as long as it is reasonable. The colors are also not the main thing.

      For example, it’s better to have one quality (but more expensive) shoes than having 10 pairs of just-OK cheaper shoes you ended up not really wearing. However, how much you’re willing to pay for your possession is still subjective to whether you can afford it or not.

      Practically, if you talk about clothes – for me, it’s ok and it’s good to buy expensive quality clothes no matter what the colors/design are as long as they spark joy, what you enjoy wearing and suit your personality. They key is with the quantity – for example, I have just enough clothes to be worn in 1-2 weeks cycle. Other than that, are just excess. Something I don’t wear for more than 6 months definitely have to go. (just my personal guideline)

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