Why does it not seem like he grew up there exactly? You know not everyone is priviliged enough to choose where to live and if he doesn't feel a dire need to live somewhere else, why even think about moving?
Just because you feel like Europe is a better place to live in than Malaysia doesn't make it better.
I myself know that there are countries out there where life might be better than here, but I wouldn't ever move out, mainly for the reason that I feel like this is my home, and I don't want to abandon it. Even if it would be terrible here, I would rather try to make it better than to run away.