Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MH370 - Where are 'our Arab friends'?

A friend in need is a friend indeed!

Di Mana Bantuan Negara Arab, Di Mana Kesatuan Ummah?

By Norman Fernandez

More than twenty countries are assisting Malaysia in the search and rescue operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370. That includes "infidel countries" like Australia and United States who have sent aircrafts and ships to search for the missing aircraft.

But, we have yet to hear of any offer of assistance from the Arab countries. There is an eerie silence from all the Muslim Middle-East countries to help Malaysia in the spirit of the ummah.

Surely these countries have available to them planes and ships which can join in the search. But, so far there is hardly a whimper from them. (Only Iran a non Arab and Shiah country offered to help us)

Muslim or not, these Arab countries cannot be dependend or be relied upon especially in times of need. Anyway, this is not surprising.

Remember, when the tsunami struck Aceh on 26.12.2004 which culminated in more than a quarter million of the population losing their lives, the first to rush in with help was Malaysia as always and western countries.

Despite Aceh being called the Corridor of Mecca, the Arab countries for long period during and post tsunami were indifferent and ambivalent in providing help. If help came it was much later and after much criticism. Even then in comparison to the assistance given by the 'infidel' West to Muslim Aceh, the Arab countries contribution amounted to a mere tokenism.

Again, it was the same when on 30.09.2009 Padang in Indonesia was struck by a devastating earthquake which destroyed almost the whole of Padang. Despite the destruction and the loss of lives, once again it was Malaysia who as usual can be relied on and the infidel west coming to the aid of the Muslims.

The Arab countries as always acted more as bystanders and were unmoved by the suffering of their fellow Muslim brethren. To the Arabs, the people of Padang maybe Muslims but they not being Arabs do not extract the fellowship of the ummah. Thus, we did not see the Arabs countries rushing to aid the earthquake victims.

Yet, Malaysia bends backward for the Arabs and the Arab countries. We are their annointed spokesman and defenders. We carry their torch.. Malaysia is the spokesman on issues affecting the Arabs. See the Palestinian issue. The warring factions cannot even unite.

The Arab countries having vested interest gives support to one faction while alienating the other.Similarly, while Malaysia to score brownie points appeases Muslim countries by having no ties whatsoever with Israel and declaring Israel as a sworn enemy, many Arab countries in contrast have trade relationships and quiet relationships with Israel. Does one really believe Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have a cordial relationship? Dig deeper and you will be surprised. Really, should we bother to stand in unity with the Arabs when the Arabs take Malaysia as fools?

So, as the search for MH370 enters the second week, let us all remember who has come to Malaysia's aid and never let it be forgotten that the Arab countries stood by and watched.

In Malaysia's greatest time of need the spirit of the Ummah was forgotten.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Faces of MH370



Published on Mar 25, 2014



Adorable Two Year Old Wang Moheng Was The Youngest Passenger On MH370- 25 MARCH 2014


Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Faces of MH370







Published on Mar 10, 2014
5:42 PM
















The fate of 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board Malaysia
Airlines flight MH370 remains unknown, as the search for the missing
aircraft continues. About two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese. Other nationalities included 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans. We look at the faces of MH370, and their stories.






The Hu family


Three-year-old Hu Siwan is the apple of her parents' eyes - judging by her mum Zhang Na's Weibo microblogging site.


Ms Zhang, 34, often updates her site with photos of Siwan and her
doting father - Hu Xiaoning, 34, with affectionate postings like "Daddy,
Pan Pan (Siwan's nickname) is so blissful to have you!" and "Let us
live together, happily ever after!". The family of three live in
Beijing.


-- PHOTO: WEIBO



The top engineers


Penang-born
engineer Guan Huajin, 34, who was on her way to Beijing on a business
trip, is one of 20 employees (12 Malaysians and eight from China) of
Austin-based technology company Freescale Semiconductor, most of them
top engineers.


Their presence has sparked conspiracy theories that they used
"electronic warfare weaponry" to "hide" the plane and made it invisible
to radars, reported The Epoch Times. Ms Guan is married with two
children, aged four and one-and-a-half years, and they live in Kuala
Lumpur.


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



The long distance lover


He
is a boy from Inner Mongolia, studying in Britain, while she is a girl
from Malaysia. But no distance could keep 26-year-old Yue Wenchao away
from his girlfriend, known only as Jessie.


He had just visited her in Kuala Lumpur and posted photos of him
eating the premium Mao Shan Wang durian. In one of his last posts on
March 7, he wrote next to a photo of her "See u in Beijing!". But his
flight MH370 never arrived in the capital city of China.


-- PHOTO: WEIBO



Artist chasing her dream
Peers
of her age may be taking it easy, but Madam An Wenlan, 65, pursued her
new found passion - painting - with the zest of a teenager.


The former nurse
started to take painting seriously in 2010, after she was rudely
prohibited from taking photographs of a peony painting hanging in a
restaurant in Hangzhou. She swore that she would one day paint something
just as beautiful.



She
may be a late bloomer in Chinese painting, but it didn't take long for
her to catch up, reported Apple Daily Hong Kong. After a few years of
hard work, she made a name for herself with her realistic portrayal of
flowers like peony and plum blossom.



She was among a
group of 24 Chinese artists on board MH370. They were in Kuala Lumpur to
attend an art exhibition themed "Chinese Dream: Red and Green
Paintings". Other artists include famous calligrapher Liu Rusheng, 77,
and Mr Dong Guowei, 48, who is the chairman of Artists Association of
Lishui county in Nanjing.



-- PHOTO: WEIBO



Two-year-old's overseas outing


It
was possibly the first overseas trip for Wang Moheng, who is just shy
of his second birthday. He was on a family vacation to Malaysia with his
parents and grandparents to escape Beijing’s smoggy skies.


"They said to other parents at our day-care centre: 'We're getting
away from the bad air in Beijing for a while'," Ms Xie Yongzhen, whose
son has been a playmate of Moheng, told The New York Times.


Mr Wang Rui, Moheng’s father, worked in the Beijing office of Boston
Consulting Group, an American company. The boy's mother, Ms Jiao Weiwei,
worked at a Chinese software company. Her parents were also on the
plane.


Other families from the day-care centre had joined the Wangs on the trip, but returned on different flights, said Ms Xie.


Their parting words to Moheng’s family in Kuala Lumpur: "See you in smoggy Beijing."


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



Teenage lovers heading to school


French
teenagers Hadrien Wattrelos, 17, and Zhao Yan, 18, were heading for
school in Beijing. They had enrolled themselves in the Lycee Francais
International de Pekin, also known as the French School, said reports.


A photograph of the teenage couple was posted on Wattrelo's college
page on July 29, 2013, accompanied by the words "Je t'aime" ("I love
you"). Zhao responded: "Haaaaaa mon amour, trooooop mignon" ("Ha my
love, too cute").


Two other passengers on the flight, Laurence Wattrelos, 52, and Ambre
Wattrelos, 14, were believed to be Wattrelos' mother and sister.


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



Couple on vacation


Malaysian
couple Norliakmar Hamid, 33, and Razahan Zamani, 24, were on their way
to Beijing for a holiday to celebrate their two-year wedding
anniversary.


Ms Norliakmar's brother, Mr Mohd Lokman Hamid, 31, said he learnt
that the couple were on the flight from her Facebook status posted late
last Friday. He told Malaysia's Bernama news agency: "I know they had
been planning to go to Beijing for a holiday, especially after she
suffered a miscarriage.


"I just hope that my sister and brother-in-law, as well as other passengers on board the aircraft, are safe."


-- PHOTO: AFP



Young parents on a romantic getaway


Canadians Bai Xiaomo, 37, and Muktesh Mukherjee, 42, were heading back to Beijing after a romantic beach getaway to Vietnam.


The couple, who have two young children who were not on the flight,
have been living in Beijing where Ms Bai studied at Beijing Foreign
Studies University.


Mr Mukherjee is listed as vice-president of China operations for
Xcoal Energy and Resources, a position he had held since May 2012,
according to his LinkedIn profile.


"Still adjusting to life in the Middle Kingdom", said a message on
his Twitter page. Indian newspaper The Telegraph identified him as a
grandson of former steel and mines minister Mohan Kumaramangalam, who
served in the Indira Gandhi Cabinet.


The couple took frequent beach vacations in South-east Asia, often
with their two sons. The younger one, Miles, turns three years old in
May, reported the New York Times. Ms Bai's Facebook page has photographs
of the boys playing in the snow outside their apartment last month. She
wrote: "The first snowfall of this winter!!!" The boys lie outside
smiling. They are making snow angels."


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



Doting grandparents who love travelling


Two
Australian couples, Catherine and Robert Lawton and Rodney and Mary
Burrows, from Brisbane, had been travelling on the flight together.


"Dad phoned this morning and said 'Bobby's plane's missing',"’ Mr
Lawton's brother David told Australian paper, The Courier-Mail. "I
couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it. We just want to know
where it is, where the plane's come down, if there's anything left."


The brother's wife Rhonda said: "Cathy's last comment on Facebook was 'Off to China'."


According to friends, the Lawtons were kindly neighbours and doting
grandparents who enjoyed travelling. Similar things were being said of
the Burrows.


Mr Burrows' friends said he planned the Beijing trip after he was
retrenched from his job. Ms Mandy Watt, a neighbour of the Burrows,
said: "This was their time, they were all about the kids. The kids had
moved on… they're all successful, all happy. This was their time."


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



Young diplomat who was supposed to set off earlier


Mr
Mohamad Sofuan Ismail, 33, a diplomatic officer with Malaysia's
Ministry of International Trade and Industry, was heading to Beijing to
start a three-year stint. He was supposed to leave for the Chinese
capital last month, but the move was postponed to last Friday.


His father, Mr Ibrahim Abdul Razak, 75, said he regretted his son's
decision to accept the posting. "I can't do anything now but pray," he
said.


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



Engineer starting his dream job


Mechanical
engineer Paul Weeks, 39, was travelling en route to Mongolia for his
first shift as part of a fly-in-fly-out job for a mining and
construction company, a job he was excited about.


Originally from New Zealand, he lives in Perth's north-eastern
suburbs with his wife and their two young sons, aged three years old and
10 months.


"I'm taking it minute by minute," his wife Danica told reporters in
Perth. "I can't think beyond the minute. I've got two young kids, and I
have a three-year-old asking, 'When is daddy going to Skype?'"


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



IBM employee who followed his father’s footsteps


Mr Philip Wood, 50, was the only American adult on board MH370. The other two Americans were children.


The IBM employee was living in Kuala Lumpur, where the flight
originated. Mr Woods, who previously lived in Beijing, has two sons in
Texas. He had followed the footsteps of his father Aubrey Wood by
joining IBM.


"We're all sticking together," his father told The New York Times. "What can you do? What can you say?"


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



Father's pride and joy


Petronas
marketing manager Puspanathan Subramaniam, 34, travelled frequently for
work. But when he was about to set off to Beijing on a business trip
last Friday, his children cried and asked him not to go.


"My grandchildren acted weirdly and did not want my son to leave the
house," his father Subramaniam Gurusamy (right), 59, told the New
Straits Times.


He said two of his grandchildren hugged his son's legs and cried, not
wanting their father to leave the house. "He nearly cancelled his
flight but I told him to go ahead," he said, adding that the family had
to rush to the airport because they were running late. "How I wish we
did not make it and he missed the flight."


His final words to his father before boarding MH370: "I'll be back in
a week. Then we can cut cake together for sister's birthday, appa
(father in Tamil)."


-- PHOTO: HANDOUT



Pilot who built flight simulator at home


Mr
Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, captain of MH370, enjoyed flying the Boeing 777
so much that he spent his days off tinkering with a flight simulator of
the plane that he had set up at home.


He had always wanted to become a pilot and joined the national carrier in 1981.


"He was an aviation tech geek. You could ask him anything and he
would help you. That is the kind of guy he is," a Malaysia Airlines
co-pilot, who had flown with him in the past, told Reuters.


Another pilot who knew Mr Zaharie for 20 years added: "We used to
tease him. We would ask him, why are you bringing your work home."


His passion for aviation went beyond the Boeing 777. Other photos
posted by him on Facebook showed he was an avid collector of
remote-controlled miniature aircraft, including a lightweight
twin-engined helicopter.


-- PHOTO: FACEBOOK



The big brother in the family


Co-pilot
Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, was a dear big brother at home, said his younger
brother Afiq, 20, who was still trying to come to terms with the news.


"This is just heartbreaking," Mr Afiq told Malaysian newspaper New
Sunday Times. "I do not know what to tell you. I am not doing okay."


Mr Afiq described his brother, the eldest of five siblings, as
responsible, kind and warm. He was still hoping for the best for his
brother, a Langkawi Aerospace Flying Academy graduate. But as the
situation grew grimmer on Sunday night, he tweeted: "I'm coming to find
you, even if it takes all night."


-- PHOTO: INSTAGRAM



Crew on the ill-fated flight


A collage of the 12 crew members of MH370 - with the message "Please come back", which made its rounds online. (Clockwise,
from top left) MAS crew member Tan Ser Kuin, co-pilot Fariq Abdul
Hamid, pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, flight steward Mohd Hazrin "Rain"
Mohamed Hasnan, flight stewardess Foong Wai Yeung, flight stewardess Ng
Yar Chien, chief stewardess Goh Sock Lay, chief steward Andrew Nari,
in-flight supervisor Patrick Francis Gomes, flight steward Junaidi Mohd
Kassim, leading steward Wan Swaid Wan Ismail and flight steward David
Tan Sze Hiang.



-- PHOTO: TWITTER



Come home, daddy


A
short but heart-breaking message from the daughter of a crew member of
MH370. Some have identified the crew member as chief steward Andrew
Nari, who is a fan of classic rock bands like Pink Floyd and Dire
Straits.


-- PHOTO: TWITTER





 

RIP MH370

Monday, March 24, 2014

"'MH370 has been lost & there are no survivors' sa..." on YouTube

'MH370 has been lost & there are no survivors' sa…: http://youtu.be/Glo5K8mQZmA

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, Press statement on MH370 24/3/2014

PM STATEMENT ON MH370 – 24/03/14
 
This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370's flight path.
 
Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.
 
This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
 
We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.
 
Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.

RIP MH370

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Inspirational Short Film - Hari Raya



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Powerful Motivational Video
Two special children build a beautiful
relationship based on genuine care and understanding. On the eve of Hari
Raya, these orphans, Ahmad and Fizi embark on a journey and encounter
many challenges along the way. Through their perseverance and
determination, they overcome all odds to fulfill their obligation of
unconditional love.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Chinese participation in the police force | Free Malaysia Today

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2014/03/17/chinese-participation-in-the-police-force/

ECGMA says: My late-Dad who passed away in Feb1996 was with the Malaysian Police Force. As a young lad freshed out of Senior Cambridge, he joined the Malaysian police force but in his days, his superiors were Mat Sallehs ie. British. It was good then. My dad retired as Superintendent of Police, fairly high ranking in those days but that position was high as he could go as a Chinese Malaysian. When I completed my secondary education, I too wanted to follow my dad's footsteps but he discouraged me from joining the force as the culture of the force has changed much and biased toward the 'sons and daughters of the soil', bumiputra. From his own experiences, he saw first hand promotions of younger and inexperienced Malay officers rising above him. He opted for early retirement. He loved his job but unfortunately the blatant biasness was too hard to swallow. Since my return after living and working overseas for many years, I had the opportunity to meet a handful of ex-Police officers who left the Force. You don't have to second guess the reasons for their leaving and you have to be a bloody fool to not guess correctly what race they are not!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tomnod - the online search party looking for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

Some 2.3 million people are taking part in a crowdsourcing appeal to find missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Carmen Fishwick speaks to the people giving up their time for free to hunt for evidence of the missing plane Thirteen countries, 57 ships and 48 aircraft are currently looking for Ma...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/14/tomnod-online-search-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh370

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Article: MH370: life on hold for brother of missing Malaysia Airlines passenger

Relatives endure seven days of false hopes, unsubstantiated rumours and shocks as they wait for news of loved ones When he first heard the disturbing news that a Malaysia Airlines plane had vanished, he wondered why the company had waited so long before announcing it had lost contact. It seemed l...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/15/mh370-life-hold-brother-missing-passenger

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Was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Redirected to Diego Garcia? | Cabal Times

ECGMA says: The 'conspiracy theories' do stretch one's imagination! Read on, a lengthy writeup:
http://www.cabaltimes.com/2014/03/12/ma370-redirected-to-diego-garcia/

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dedication to MH370 - "Westlife - Home"

ECGMA says: Come home, MH370, return home.

Westlife - Home: http://youtu.be/DuFHaVJpcr4

Pray For Hope MH370 - Song by Arul & Jay



Missing MH370: Message of hope on YouTube video clip

Published on Mar 13, 2014



A hope song for #MH370 in Thamizh [ தமிழ் ] language.

Malaysia
Airlines Flight 370 was a scheduled passenger flight from Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China. On 8 March 2014, the Boeing
777-200ER aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines disappeared in flight,
with 227 passengers of 15 nationalities and 12 crew members on board,
following its last contact with air traffic control less than an hour
after take-off.

Song credits:
Composer : Jay
Lyrics : Arul
Lead Vocals : Jay & Arul
Additional Vocals : Odyssey Vocal & Music Training Centre Students
Video Cuts : Kumanan & Nagen

Special Thanks to
Prof. Dr. Kader Ibrahim
Mutamil Selvan
Ravi Gopal
Vijayarani Selappa
Shankar Kumar
& Seven Hills Production Sdn. Bhd.

Lyrics Translation in English:

Colourful birds that expand your wings to fly..
Tell us if you see our flight in the sky..

Like dipping moon with the rise of the dawn..
Where you hiding your self? Please come back..
Come to clear the tears of your loved ones!

Colourful birds that expand your wings to fly..
Tell us if you see our flight in the sky..

Come to clear the tears of your loved ones!

Oh dear God, why you stay silent?
Whom you angry with?

Oh dear God..
Show your mercy for the safe return of them!
Show your mercy for the safe return of them!
Show your mercy for the safe return of them!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to interact with non-muslim course - sign up now!

America has the FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
Malaysia has too, the FBI - Federal Bomoh of Investigation
Now Malaysia offers a course in how to interact with non-muslim.
As a malay muslim, this Naser fella preferred the Chinese title of Xifu/Shifu/Sifu over Guru/Guro?

Malaysian Dream Outsmarts Muslim Dream In Malaysian Politics | Xifu Naser
http://xifunaser.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/malaysian-dream-outsmarts-muslim-dream-in-malaysian-politics/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Policing at Mont'Kiara leaves much to be desired | theSundaily

ECGMA says: Presently, I am living in Mont Kiara and I am familiar with the police station as mentioned. Nearly every other day I walk by this foresaken supposedly police station. You don't see anyone on most days and if you do, 1 or 2 unfit-looking coppers. What exactly do they do, really other than wasting taxpayers' money?

http://m.thesundaily.my/node/243357

Policing at Mont’Kiara leaves much to be desired

Posted on 5 March 2014 - 09:24pm

WE have lived in Mont'Kiara for 18 years and been happy to raise our three boys in local schools. It has not always been sunshine and laughter but we have felt reasonably secure. Not any more.

We have been aware of the rising levels of crime, but not on our doorstep.

On Sunday, our 14-year-old son rode his bike to his friend's condo where they would work on a school project. He arrived at 11.45am, took out his smartphone to tell his friend he had arrived and to ask him to let him in through the lobby.

Before he could get through a motorcycle raced up behind him, and his phone was snatched.

This happened near the police post almost opposite the International School and in full view of condo security and customers. No one helped. We went to the police station a 100m away from our home in Mont'Kiara to report the incident. We arrived to see a police corporal watching TV and waited for a few moments.

He glared at us and said, "yes, what do you want?" No smiles, no concern and no politeness.

We briefly outlined what had happened and told him we wanted to make a report. We were shocked at his response.

He asked: "Why? The phone has gone, so has he, so claim on the insurance."

I lost it a bit, I must admit. I had a young son who was still shocked, upset and shaking and now this response. I told him that he was the police and we were the victims of a crime.

I insisted that he make a report but he made such a fuss that we told him we would go to Bukit Aman. At Bukit Aman, we were told to go to Dang Wangi.

We did and thank God we found some real police officers. A female lance corporal, with others in support, did the job in a caring way that made our son feel better.

We went back to Mont'Kiara but no sooner had we arrived than a detective sergeant from Travers asked if we would go and see him. We did and he explained that they rarely caught these robbers directly but picked them up through stolen goods channels.

We went back to Mont'Kiara to relax and enjoy a drink at Starbucks. Oh no! Our eldest son had walked on ahead, he has a part time job at Starbucks while waiting for his SPM results. Just outside a crowded McDonalds he had been detained and interrogated by two young police officers.

We were furious.

The officers were surly and wouldn't back off. Neither would we. We told them to find some real criminals. Was that the end. Unfortunately, no.

Yesterday (Monday), we were at Starbucks again waiting for our son who had been robbed the day before to return from his Mandarin class.

He turned up shaken and worried. A motorcyclist had driven up behind him, stopped him, told him he was a policeman and interrogated him demanding to see his IC. The cop was not in uniform.

Our son was let go, but noticed that the cop went into the Mont'Kiara police station. We went and confronted the two policemen inside.

They were the same as the two who had stopped our eldest son the day before. We accused them of harassment and bullying young boys who would normally look to the police for protection. They explained that young boys were smashing and stealing cars. We told them the culprits were motorcyclists.

After awhile, they apologised, we shook hands and left. If this is adequate policing then the government had better redefine the words. Well, perhaps they have and that maybe the whole source of the problem.

Denis Hayes
Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, March 6, 2014

10 Things you Need to Know About Driving in Malaysia - ExpatGoMalaysia.com


ECGMA says: Something is really really wrong with Malaysian drivers (of both sexes). The Malaysian drivers' pysche (the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious) is all but screwed up....no, it's bloody screwed up!
Just take a look at the 2 MyV cars parked outside the parking bays. WTF?!?! Did the Malaysian heat fried their miniscule brains?
Fortunately not all Malaysians are inconsiderate, many I have met are well mannered, generous, compassionate people but unfortunately there are cockcroaches in existence not enough Shelltox can eradicate them.

10 Things you Need to Know About Driving in Malaysia - ExpatGoMalaysia.com