Thursday, October 23, 2008

Popular Searches: Political Situation In Malaysia

Ever since I wrote this, I realised that quite a number of people are Googling about it. Not my exact post I'm sure, but about the situation in general.

Since Malaysians live through it, I think I made a safe assumption that most, if not all, come from overseas.

So, are you here because you're checking whether it's safe to travel here?

Well, I say it is.

We're relatively peaceful people, and while we worry about the future of our government, we tend to let things run its course and just get back to our daily lives.

You might have come across stories about riots and protests. Well, we have our share of them, but they are usually confined to governmental areas or, in recent times, police stations. In addition, they aren't daily occurrences or even monthly ones, so the chances of you getting stuck in the middle of one is quite slim.

Nothing and no one will stop you from running away from it if you are anyway.

Rather than getting worried over all this, spend more time thinking of ways to reduce your chances of getting robbed, both legally and illegally.

Snatch theft is becoming more rampant here, especially in the Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur areas, so do be careful. Keep your passports in the hotel safe, and just bring along a certified true copy of it with you. Of course, it's best to have someone you know in the area to help you out if something goes wrong. Always have your embassy's number with you.

As for the legal version, you'll probably be on the recieving end more often if you're a very obvious tourist. As long as you're not in a shopping complex/building, barter. If there are no obvious pricetags around, barter even more. If you're shopping in Petaling Street, barter like your life depends on it. The seller might tell you that the pair of imitation Nikes you like cannot be sold for below RM80, but trust me, it can go as cheap as RM35, and they'll still make a profit. Also, as long as the goods are on the floor, barter. Most bargains are found that way. And no matter how honest that chinese woman seems to be, her so called genuine Louis Vuitton/Prada/Chanel/*insertbrandhere* that she is selling for less than 40% of the original price would be a FAKE. A bad fake even.

That's all from me now, and I hope that when you do make a trip down here, it'll be a great one.

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