HOW TO GET AHEAD: Working Abroad ... Kuala Lumpur - It pays to have experience in the city where greying baldies are highly prized

’Kuala Lumpur is an incredibly attractive city. Parts of it are very old while others are extraordinarily new,’ says Colin Robinson, regional development director for Carat Asia Pacific. ’The Petronas Towers may be the tallest building in the world, but the country has successfully retained a sense of its own history and identity.

’Kuala Lumpur is an incredibly attractive city. Parts of it are

very old while others are extraordinarily new,’ says Colin Robinson,

regional development director for Carat Asia Pacific. ’The Petronas

Towers may be the tallest building in the world, but the country has

successfully retained a sense of its own history and identity.



’The people have great charm, but this is Asia and, unsurprisingly,

there are many cultural differences. Business relationships are built up

over many years, so you can’t barge in and expect them to buy something

just because it worked in Europe.



’In Asia generally, and Malaysia in particular, they revere experience.

So if your hair’s grey or you don’t have much of it - or both, like me -

they treat you like a guru. It’s a bit daunting at first, but you get

used to it.



’English is mainly used for business here so there aren’t the same

linguistic problems that I’ve encountered in other markets. You’re also

within easy striking distance of Japan, India and Australia, and Bali is

close enough for the weekend.



’You can eat at hotel restaurants like the Ritz Carlton or, at the other

end of the scale, join the locals at one of the thousands of hawkers’

stalls, where you’d be hard pressed to spend pounds 15 on a meal for two

- and that includes three litres of beer. It’s hot - never less than 30

degrees - and humid. And when it rains, it really pisses down.’



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