I’m British and I live in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. I’ve lived here since 1994 and before Malaysia I lived in Bahrain, Oman, France and the UK. I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world for both work and pleasure.
Most people who come here fall in love with the country and I am no exception. Malaysia is a blessed country with extensive natural resources, including oil, tin, coal, fish and of course farmed resources such as oil palm and rubber, as well as the most valuable resource of all, water. Plus coffee, cocoa, pepper, tropical fruits and an abundance of fish off its hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches.
It is a cultural melting pot that is evolving at a breathtaking pace. But its greatest resource is its people. If Malaysians can cope with the pace of change, Malaysia will have a role to play in a world at which Asia is the heart. I feel privileged to be here to witness this evolution.
I’m married to my long suffering and breathtakingly beautiful, intelligent and tolerant Malaysian wife and we have 3 children and a dog, cat and rabbit.
I also have a vested interest in the future success of Malaysia because my children are growing up as Malaysians. I may not be able to vote but I have the skills to help Malaysian firms move from OEM to OBM, a move they must make to flourish in the new economy. Furthermore, technology gives me a platform to contribute.
I enjoy Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, humour and combative conversation, preferably, but not always, in that order!
Do I miss anything about England? Yes, undoubtedly the summer. Edith Wharton sums it up best: Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Disclaimer, one other thing, all the articles on this site are without prejudice.
Marcus Osborne, Kuala Lumpur, March 2016.