I travel quite often to report news and also to produce documentaries on countries other than Malaysia. And, being a foreigner in these countries, I can never claim that I am an expert on their domestic issues. Call me a parachute journalist if you want. But it is impossible to understand a country and it’s people if you don’t live there for a certain period of time.
So the most common thing for me to do is to get myself a fixer, or a local guide, to help me out. They do more than just be a translator. They usually become the link between me and the country.