How to bring Malaysia to Jamie’s Italian: Have dinner with Malaysian entrepreneurs

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Put twenty high-ranking business people from Malaysia, ten Malaysian-students and one English woman into an Italian Restaurant. Quintessentially it’s the whole country in one building, but officially it’s called a ‘networking event’. The University had organised this dinner to give students a chance to make contacts with the business group who were visiting the Cotswolds area from Malaysia.

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Food, pictures and conversations were plentiful. An air of nostalgia casually drifted in the air. It reminded me of times when I used to hangout at the mamak (an outdoor food-court that runs 24/7) with my friends, except we all suited up, dressed to the nines and having dinner with a lot of datuks (the Malaysian equivalent of aristocratic titles). We even received business cards if some us are brave to contact them in our free time. It was honestly a big shock and warm surprise to see how easy-going and approachable these highly ranked business people were to us, the students.

There was advice given out: some about the business; some about growing up. The importance of working in a western society once university is over, and how to bring it back in Malaysia and merge it with the cultural mind-set of my home country. It’s not something revelatory to me as a university student, but in all honesty, it was very refreshing to hear from these individuals who are dealing in high-pressure businesses back home a daily basis.

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Consequently, I should point out, that these people were a mixture of Chinese, Malays and Indians. There was no sense of hostility that would rival between ethnic groups in America and UK, and as one datuk pointed out: If only problems in Malaysia were solved with food…

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I agree. Food is a universal problem solver. And selfies too!

You can read more on the official story of their visit here.

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