The ads promoting "Malaysia: Truly Asia" aim to welcome visitors with a warm smile to a prosperous and modern nation, so the taxi fleet branded "the worst in the world" can come as a bit of a shock.
Even the locals are not spared the shabby service of unkempt and hostile drivers behind the wheels of decrepit vehicles who refuse to use the meter, overcharge and pick-and-choose which destinations they will travel to.
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I have to admit that I found the taxis in China worse, except for Beijing. And like in Australia many taxi drivers in Malaysia could do with a bath and deodorant. When we visit Malaysia my Malaysian in-laws hide ol'whitey me away until they have haggled a suitable fare.
Had to laugh about one taxi ride from Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown area to Bukit Bintang. The taxi driver refused to use the meter so we haggled a fare. We then got stuck for a while thanks to a protest march and his price ended up lower than the meter reading!