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Just been on holiday to Malaysia. Saw this billboard on a roadside in Penang.

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There was actually quite a bit of construction happening on Penang itself. Is the lure of owning an iconic piece of London so strong that Malaysians will invest in the UK before their home country?

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Just been on holiday to Malaysia. Saw this billboard on a roadside in Penang.

Malaysia Battersea.JPG

There was actually quite a bit of construction happening on Penang itself. Is the lure of owning an iconic piece of London so strong that Malaysians will invest in the UK before their home country?

There is plenty of real Malaysian money coming into the UK but this is dwarfed by Chinese and Singapore money. However, this billboard is slightly mis-leading since the battersea power project is actually being developed by a Malaysian company. So think of this one as a special case and just a company drumming up some interest in their home market. Also, notice how the sign is in English? They aren't exactly targeting regular Malays!! Hope you had a nice holiday, we went to Sabah, KL and Langkawi in march and had a brilliant time!

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There is plenty of real Malaysian money coming into the UK but this is dwarfed by Chinese and Singapore money. However, this billboard is slightly mis-leading since the battersea power project is actually being developed by a Malaysian company. So think of this one as a special case and just a company drumming up some interest in their home market. Also, notice how the sign is in English? They aren't exactly targeting regular Malays!! Hope you had a nice holiday, we went to Sabah, KL and Langkawi in march and had a brilliant time!

Good point. It would make sense to word it in English though as in Malaysia its a business language and widely spoken among the educated and affluent. Malays who could afford to invest would all speak English.

I had a look at the website.

http://www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk/sales-centres/

They have sales offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, too.

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I suspect a lot of Malaysian money is actually Chinese money since that ethnic group dominates business there (ethnic Malays have traditionally dominated government and politics).

English used to be widely taught and spoken - it was the medium of instruction above a certain level of education for decades. That's slowly changing though as the Government there wants Malay to become the default language. That doesn't please everyone - especially some of those in smaller ethnic groups.

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