Malaysia is the country that I choose for the study project for this class. This is because Malaysia is my home country, so I can relate to it very much. There are three major ethnicity in this country: Chinese, Indians and Malaysians. This is why 99 percent of Malaysians speak at least three languages. Languages in Malaysia includes English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, Teow Chew, and more. Most of the time Malaysians add “la or lah” at the end of every sentence when they speak. People make fun of me about this when I communicate with my classmates or peers. However, I am still working to improve this. I must admit I am one of the Malaysian-born Chinese who has this speaking problem.
Beautiful Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia. From Malaysia, it is just a very distant flight to Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. Because of this, Malaysia is the fastest developing country in the industrial world. Malaysia is also one the largest rubber exporters in the world. This is mainly because of the tropical weather there. Malaysia just like other countries, practices business with a legal environment, company registration, licenses, permits and taxation. However, Malaysia has a policy that specifically supports Malaysian (Bumiputera) with education, business, scholarships, housing, and more. Bumiputera will enjoy these benefits while Chinese and Indian don’t, unless they have converted to Islam. This is something I dislike the most there.
Meetings in the work environment operate just like in most standard corporate offices, with a meeting invitation sent ahead of time. Meetings start with a greeting and then dive into the main points. However, for friends and family meetings, no appointment is needed. Sometimes people just show up at your door. The way Malaysians greet people is slightly different: they use their both hands lightly touch each other and greet softly. Chinese use handshakes followed by a little bow to show respect to each other. Indians, besides handshakes, also shake their heads as well. In fact, Indians use lots of gestures when communicating with others. Malaysians love karaoke on Friday night. This is mainly popular with the younger generation. Those who have family, will have movie night or dine out with their loved ones during the weekend, though Malaysians aren’t allowed to drink alcohol due to their religion believe.
It’s Thursday afternoon and weekend is around the corner. We were invited to enjoy bite size dessert. Oh my! I wish I am hungry enough to taste all of them. Again, those are just too pretty to eat. I tried the layer chocolate cake and tarts. There were so good. Of course, with beer on my hand. Just can’t eat too much…
We are in fall season since 9/23 but somehow the weather temperature still in 80 degrees though. What is going on with the weather. Anyway, I am looking for cooler weather so that I can put on my fall clothing and boots. Because is my fall season of all. Are you?