MALAYSIANS who have been overseas, I'm sure, have heard all the good and interesting stories about how people from New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, United States and Japan, for example, drive or how well they conduct themselves in traffic and how nice it is to drive in those countries.
PRESIDENT Barack Obama's visit to Malaysia this weekend is clearly a momentous one. It provides an opportunity for Malaysia-United States relations to enter a new era of mutual understanding and friendship. This is especially true in the context of enhancing trade links. The timing is significant. The global economy is set to get better moving forward and, seemingly, the US economy has shown remarkable signs of improvement, especially in the first quarter of this year. Growth projection for this year, at 2.7 per cent, is better than last year and judging from the Conference Board Leading Economic Index, which measures the outlook of the economy for the next three to six months, a bright picture for the second half of the year for the US economy seems a possibility.
BEING a polite society, Malaysians have always welcomed guests from all over the world. This can be traced back to the history of Malacca or Tanah Melayu when we welcomed merchants from Arabia, China and India.
THE National Anti-Drug Agency stated recently that many deadly "imported" designer drugs have found their way into global markets including Malaysia.
MUCH has been said about road accidents here. Opinions and suggestions have been given.
THE current water shortage situation and frequent cuts in supply must surely be getting on everybody's nerves by now.
IT has been 47 years since the last sitting president of the United States visited Malaysia. That was in 1966 and the American president then was Lyndon B. Johnson.
I REFER to your report on "8 men held for rioting at Perak football match" (NST, April 17).
IT was a Saturday, a day when shopping complexes impose the "no plastic bags" rule.
THE letter "What we say should help, not harm" (NST, Feb 17) was enlightening.