Friday, December 31, 2010

NST : Guide clueless and misinformed

Hi All readers,

The following excerpt are comments made against a Tourist Guide. In summary, do not think your guest have zero knowledge on Malaysia. Please make sure that you are well prepared in providing correct information.


Baffled Malaysian

RECENTLY, I went on a Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore cruise. While in Kuala Lumpur, our group, including foreign media members, was given a guided tour of the city.

We visited the Eye On Malaysia, MidValley Megamall and a chocolate wholesale outlet. We also had a sumptuous buffet lunch in Restoran Seri Melayu in Jalan Conlay which made the few hours spent in the city really worth it.

However, as a Malaysian, I was appalled by the guide who did not know the essentials of the country’s history.

We were told that Malaysia was never colonised except for the Straits Settlements. We were even told that Sabah and Sarawak once belonged to Indonesia before Malaysia got them “for free”!

Where on earth did the guide get such misconstrued information? He got me pondering about the education in this country. What type of history did he study? Are our tourist guides properly trained and assessed before they are given as licence to operate?