Since the govt is so concerned about "gwailo opinion", maybe it should listen to this guy:
While Malaysia fiddles, its opportunities are running dry
Michael Backman in The Age
In this column, he blasts Malaysia's grossly inflated sense of its place in the world, its preoccupation with Malay vs. Chinese wealth, its wasteful megaprojects, and other missed opportunities. He concludes the column with a memorable phrase:
That's not Malaysia "boleh", that's Malaysia "bodoh" (stupid).
Malaysia Bodoh! I can't think of a more appropriate slogan for this country.
In case the link disappears, a few copies of the column have been posted on Usenet. Try searching Google Groups for "Malaysia fiddles" (with the quotes).