I (Marie) just spent two months in Malaysia - a predominantly motorized country. Bikes are spotted here and there - both bright 'Rock Bikes' with golden spokes and bling-bling colours and oldschool cargobikes. However, not being a Western country is no excuse not to work for a stronger bicycle culture. As this signpost says: Just do it!
Also see our post on Oriental Cycle Chic at the sister blog.