Friday, December 14, 2007

Washington Post has paid insert on Malaysia

Today, Dec. 14, The Washington Post continued the series of paid advertisements from countries of the developing world with a section on Malaysia. For a while, Malaysia had the world's tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers, site of a climatic scene from the 1999 Fox film Entrapment.

Malaysia has a reputation of being a more progressive Islamic country, but the use of Sharia law has still proved nettlesome with many domestic issues. Like all countries, it has tried to remain vigilant against Al Qaeda, which reportedly met there in early 2001 planning the attacks. Generally, Malaysia has a reputation of being easier to visit than some Arab states (except UAE), and is in some ways less socially conservative than modern Singapore, which is a separate city-state.

In the 1990s, computer software vendors liked to send instructors to Far Eastern countries like Malaysia. I had an instructor in IDMS ADSO in 1994 who had spent a couple years in Kuala Lumpur. An entrepreneur who ran ISP services for me from 1997 to 2001 had a lot of clients in Malaysia.

Malaysia is actually a federation of thirteen states (like our original thirteen colonies) and used to be called "Malay States."

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