Well, now I know why New York seemed so friendly to me.
It appears that, in the very same fact finding mission of the Readers’ Digest, Kuala Lumpur was the third bottom on the friendliness stakes.
I can relate to that. I’ve tried to get on the Kommuter going south from KL Sentral, and simply let train after train go without me, rather than push my way on. I’ve had my car breakdown in the fast lane and be ignored [except for the irate hooting] while I fixed it myself.
When I first came to KL it was a different story, though. Thirty-seven years ago, it was a lovely place as far as courtesy went….
The funny thing is that the perception hasn’t changed to keep up with the reality. People still think of themselves as courteous Asians, respectful of elders, having an Asian gentleness that you don’t see in the West… Yeah, tell me about it. You’ll still find that in smaller towns and villages, but in KL? Nope, we should learn it from New York.