The Thais have the wai. The Japanese and Koreans, the bow. The Malays, the salam. The Indians, the namaste. The Chinese, the nod.
What then is a Malaysian greeting? Our tourism practitioners have their own style. A hand placed diagonally across the chest, with palms pointing towards the right (or is it the left) shoulder. But they're the only ones doing it. Nobody outside the hospitality industry practises it.
Is there any way we can amalgamate all three gestures; the salam, namaste and nod into a graceful and meaningful one? Maybe if Tourism Malaysia comes up with a contest offering a national car as top prize, some pretty good ideas may come up.
Here's a short piece on greetings around the world.