Malaysia may not be a powerhouse in Asian chess but they do have a lively local chess community. They host, for instance, a well-attended annual chess festival and an online Yahoo Group devoted to Malaysian chess is also very active. Yet to date, the country has so far failed to produce a grandmaster. All hopes are on a certain international master Mas Hafizul.
Quah Seng Sun quotes Mas: "Chess fascinates me like no other game and the fact that there are no grandmasters in Malaysia gives me the impetus to be our first grandmaster."