What do you think of Malaysia’s image?

I went to Malaysia before I really knew anything about its image so while I’ve written about Malaysia before this is probably the first time I realized that people may think of the country as unsafe or oppessive:

Malaysia’s image abroad has taken a bashing in recent years. The crime rate is often blamed, but it has also been marred by controversies over moral policing and religious disputes.

Andy Davidson, an expatriate who has lived in Malaysia for more than 20 years, told The Straits Times that there is some paranoia in the West concerning Muslim countries.

It does not help that Malaysia keeps making international news for cases like that of Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, who was ordered to be caned for drinking beer.

The quote comes from this Malaysian article that is speculating on reasons for the decline in MM2H applicants.

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