Trip Start Jan 08, 2004
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I am writing this from the airport about to leave Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am in the Low Cost Carrier airport which airlines such as Air Asia use. KL has a fairly new and quite nice International airport and that airport has good rail links into town and good facilities. The low cost version, not surprisingly I suppose, has very bad facilities and poor links into town. If anyone is going to use the low cost airlines that use this airport they need to be aware that an additional cost of at least 40 RM will be incurred due to the need to use taxis from this airport, and also much inconvenience.
Anyway, down to business so as I don't make this too long. During my 2 days in Malaysia I have found it to be expensive and dirty. Service here is terrible. When the Malays want to sell you something they will hassle you and drive you mad, but otherwise they will talk to their friends, on their phones, or do anything they can to ignore a customer and avoid work. Malays smoke a lot. Cough a lot. Spit a lot. Presumably many of them piss on the toilet seat a lot and many of them throw rubbish everywhere (unless it is just one very very busy individual doing all this). They do not smile a lot. Do push in queues a lot. No; an enormous amount. They lie and do their utmost to rip off foreign travellers. They are rude. They are terrible drivers. They are very self absorbed. They seem to have no idea about anyone else around them and hence the things like pushing in queues. They are loud.
Malaysia in its attempt to be a bizarre mix of a Westernized rich modern nation and a devout Middle Eastern Muslim nation has no time for manners, respect for others or politeness. I suspect just a short while ago, Malaysia was a relaxed, care-free, happy Asian nation with its own culture, but that was nowhere to be seen in KL on my short 2 day visit.
OK. That's enough. I feel mildly better now. I am sure what I have written is very politically incorrect. But the way many people here have acted has also been very incorrect. I am sure what I have written applies more to the large cities in Malaysia than it does to the smaller towns, and can definitely say it doesn't apply to Sarawak and Sabah anywhere near as much as it does to KL. The people in Sarawak and Sabah I have mainly found to be very nice and I would highly recommend those places are a travel destination, whilst I recommend avoiding KL. Oh, I also do believe that mainly Malays, as individuals are quite nice, but it is their mentality as a group that is disturbing. I have generalised and said they, when really I am just talking about a number of annoying individuals; but I have done so to express what it feels like being a visitor to Malaysia. As much as many Malay individuals may be angry at me for my comments, they should also be angry towards their own countrymen and the poor behaviour that makes Malaysia look so bad. It has come across as a country of self consumed rude individuals, as opposed to a society full of community minded polite people that I am growing very accustomed to just across the border.