1.The bus station.
I was to take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Penang.I purchased a high end ticket that had a luxurious bus that said it would drop us in George Town.The ticket they gave me was not the same as the picture they showed me,no leather seats,no massage seat and no,it did not drop us off in George Town and I had to navigate my way to George town on my own.Basically, I was ripped off at the official registered bus park.
2.Negative stereotyping /Racism
a)Kuala Lumpur:I had heard from people that Malaysia is not the most friendly place,especially to Africans.Even with this I was like ,it cant be that bad.It was that bad and worse.First place/time I have heard someone refer to me as a Negro(And I have travelled to some random places)-at Puduraya/Pudu Sentral bus park.Negro isnt bad cause it actually means Black,but its how they said it which makes you know they were referring to me in a derogatory way.
b)Melaka:Oh and it didnt end there.While in Melaka,I went to visit a tourist site.At the end of my tour,I went to ask the receptionist a few questions-basically what I did not understand.First,I noticed she seemed scared if not wary to speak to me.I wanted that information clarified so I continued on and asked my questions.After a few minutes,she relaxed and answered my questions.There after,she asked me about Africa,life in Africa etc.As we spoke she then told me-Do not interact with the Africans here-keep away from them.I asked her why yet I am African? She informed me that generally,Malaysians do not like Africans,they are afraid of us,they believe that we are criminals ,doing drugs and prostitution-(Word for word). You should have seen my mouth hit the ground.She then goes on to tell me how at first she was wary to talk to me just because I am Black,and only spoke to me because she was at work.If we had met outside,she would not have spoken to me.I told her thats some crazy stereotyping and it is retrogressive in these global times.She then goes on to tell me that she is ok with me because I seem cool,and I am a tourist but basically all if not all the crime in Malaysia is by the Africans -Drugs, prostitution,theft etc.As I left,she again reminded me,keep away from the Africans or you will get into trouble.I LEFT WITH A BITTER TASTE IN MY MOUTH.
But on the other side,really, you Africans that are criminals ,do you see the kind of bad reputation you are giving to the honest,hardworking Black Africans?I use the word black because it seems these guys do not realize we also have white Africans,but its easier to Identify us cause of the colour of our skin.
c)Penang: Here,I ended up meeting and hanging out with a friend (met on previous travel).My friend is White(Now that we are using colour to describe people),and I can tell you,the stares we got hahahahaha I am shocked I didnt fall or my skin didnt change colour. Their looks,their stares,their eyes ,them elbowing each other said it-they thought I was his prostitute.Yes,one guy even had the guts to ask-*faint.* Malaysians,not every black woman walking with a white dude is his prostitute.We also work, make our money and it is this money that we then use to travel the world(My case).The last I checked,we are humans,and we are allowed to befriend and associate with other Human beings regardless of race.
3.My advice to the government-Educate,educate,educate your citizens.Educate them that humanity is humanity.We bleed like Malay people,our blood groups are the same and we breathe the same air.Blacks /Africans are no different from them apart from skin colour.Or better still,invite so many Africans to your country ,your citizens will have to interact with them at one time or another and realize we are similar than they think.