Saturday, October 6, 2007

Malay Is A Proud Race

Malaysians, like any other races, are proud of their country, their past, their economic success. As everyone knows, there has always been a rivalry between the Malays and the Chinese in Malaysia. There are policies of the land that the Chinese feel that they are second-class citizens. Unsurprisingly, Malays support this claim because for them it is the only way to overcome traditional dominance. Malays live in rural areas while the Chinese rule in the business environment in the urban areas.

Shaking of hands in Malaysia is necessary for business meetings and social events. This is done before and after the meeting takes place. If you greet a woman or an older person, nodding or rendering a slight bow is a must. If engaged in this scenario, you have to introduce people who have higher ranks or older people first, women before men. Guests and tourists should greet Malay men with a nod and a smile. For the Malay men, this compensates the warm accomodation they give to all visitors.


  1. they are warm people. the malays. ive encountered one, and no doubt, he was so accommodating to me.

  2. even in malaysia, machismo is still very visible up to the present..

  3. That is something I must remember because I shall definitely have use of it in the future.

  4. Tammy ValenzuelaMay 4, 2009 at 12:28 AM

    it is already innate in humans, especially men, that they claim superiority over and above anything.