Well, at least here in Tronoh where my campus is located, the locals, though are not very well educated, respect the fact that not ALL Chinese students can speak Mandarin or Cantonese/Hokkien/Hakka. Thus, not only have the hawkers here taken the trouble to provide an English-translated menu for the Chinese illiterate students, they have also taken the initiative to understand some English themselves.
With such a positive learning attitude as displayed by the locals here "in the middle of nowhere", it has actually helped them made more business. Also, with such a positive learning attitude as displayed by the locals here "in the middle of nowhere", I'm actually quite surprised that there are people in big cities like Penang reprimanding others for using English, and in quite a rude manner, too.
This inferiority complex, I hope, will gradually wear off.