Monday, August 22, 2005

What, Malaysia?

Being on the Internet, oftentimes I get a lot of people asking me where I'm from. When I reply Malaysia, more often than not, I get a "cool", "I see", "hmm", response and then the inevitable will follow, "where's that"/"where's Malaysia"? And I would have to say "It's above Singapore". I mean what gives? Singapore is way many times smaller than Malaysia, but I always have to refer to Singapore in order for people to acknowledge where my country is placed.

In fact, Singapore was a part of Malaysia before they broke off to be an independant country in August 7, 1965. 2 days later it was recognised as an independant nation on August 9, 1965 which is also Singapore's National Day.

So, again the question is what gives? What has made Singapore into a country that is so well known compared to Malaysia? The answer probably lies in economics. Singapore rapidly developed into a very successful free-market economy compared to Malaysia.

So what is Malaysia doing? Well, there were notable efforts involved, such as the Petronas Twin Towers which once was THE most tallest building in the world (unseated by Taipei 101 tower in 2003), and also bringing the world of F1 racing into Malaysia by hosting races here, and all of these efforts began with the Visit Malaysia Year in 1990, if I'm not mistaken.

In spite of all these, yet people still don't seem to recognise where Malaysia is. Sometimes worse, WHAT Malaysia is. I guess I'll just have to live with the fact that Malaysia turns out to be that way. ;P