do you know where you're going to?
It's Visit Malaysia Year and visitors are aplenty. And taxis are scarce. Public transportation is getting better but still has a way to go before it can be considered good. Back to the taxis. They fall into 2 camps, the ones that fleece you and the ones that have to live with the shame. A hotel concierge told me a story of a Taiwanese lady who was forced to pay a taxi RM400 for a 15 minute ride. Suffice it to say she was extremely distraught. Then there are the stories of Middle-Eastern visitors who haggle over the fare and try to get away with a near-free ride. Shocking. The honest taxi drivers can usually tell a story or two when you ask. When our foreign friends come to visit, we always tell them to insist on turning on the meter and being nice to the drivers. That way, the drivers have no excuse of cheating you for being a nasty passenger. I hate to see this happening. I live in a wonderful city and it's sad when visitors leave with a sour taste in their mouths.