I live in Malaysia and it's easy to eat paleo if paleo = no rice, noodles, potatoes or bread. I order the regular restaurant food and ask for no rice/noodles/fries with it. You'll still be eating palm oil, salt and probably MSG. Be sure to ask if something is deep fried when you order it because a lot of food you wouldn't expect is deep fried here.
Acton, IMO Malay women are overweight because they aren't encouraged to exercise because it is 'unladylike.' Also, it must be horrible to exercise in 32C heat when you're covered from head to toe. Malay men aren't much healthier and they get more sun. Additionally, Malay cuisine is based on rice and deep-fried chicken which can't help (seriously, it's the main item on EVERY menu.)
I think I'm the only paleo person in Malaysia. It gets a bit lonely. Send me an email if you're coming here and we can hang out.