Malaysia has transformed tremendously over the last 5 decades in terms of infrastructure developments. If one has a chronological view of Malaysia cities landscape over the last 5 decades, the only conclusion that can be made is that Malaysia has seen growth faster than a spreading cancer.
The labyrinth of cross-country highways are apparent and skyscrapers in major cities are common sight. If you are a first-time traveler to Malaysia and think that Malaysia cities such as Kuala Lumpur are just another south east Asian city, you are totally wrong. Kuala Lumpur is on par with famous cities like Singapore, Bangkok or even Hong Kong.
But is that the only reason why you need a map in Malaysia? No. Well like any other city, there are always two tales - the good and the bad. The former is obvious. You do not want to get lost while navigating through the maze of streets in the city. But what about the latter?
Unfortunately, Malaysia taxi drivers are also among the worst in the world. If you have to depend on public transportation especially taxi, be mentally strong and be prepared to argue with the taxi driver. In most cases, you will be over-charged simply because you are a foreigner. A foreigner is an easy target for taxi drivers in Malaysia as they know that most foreigners will oblige to the exorbitantly high fare that they charge.
Another common modus operandi by these unscrupulous taxi drivers are to 'take you for a ride' and quite literally. Yes, they would take the longer route to reach your destination and you would end up paying for the unnecessary ride. If you can afford it, the best way is to rent a car, get a map and find your way yourself. So, do you need a map while in Malaysia? Yes, you bet!