Tuesday, 15 September 2009

A darn right "brilliant" idea

Oh dear, oh no, oh dear, oh no.

Have we in Penang also caught the dreadful Malacca virus? Has it become that contagious? Oops, I forgot. Silly me. I mustn't mention that "honorable" name without getting permission first. But who cares? Way back on 5 July 2007, the chief minister of Malacca forbade people from using the name of the state without first seeking permission from their state government. It was a preposterous suggestion without any merit. It's just made the Malacca chief minister a big laughing stock.

But now, I'm very ashamed that Penang has also decreed that nobody - businesses or individuals - can also use this state's name unless permission has been sort from the state government. The excuse? "There had been complaints of the word being used in functions, events and magazines which had nothing to do with the state government."

Let me say it again: IT IS A PREPOSTEROUS SUGGESTION and I'm feeling very indignant over the very idea of it! You cannot prevent anyone from using the state's name. This brilliant idea will be like thousands others that will die a natural death. I assure you.

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There....I've said it many times here and I will continue to mention and use the name of my beloved state. Anyone going to stop me?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who is stopping you from doing so? I guess we need to see things in this perspective. For instance, assuming you run a publication. It is known as Penang Inner Secrets and clearly the book's name tells inner secrets. What if the book contains inner secrets that are of sex and pornography? So what do you make out of this? If you wish to use Penang all the time in the blog, go ahead - who is stopping you. I believe you should also understand that in Malaysia, there is a federal agency and a state agency. Assuming, Penang Global tourism runs state events and the federal decides to change its name to Penang Tourism Council.Damm confusing isn't it?

Quah, Seng-Sun said...

You are darn right. Nobody is stopping me. So that just goes to show that it was, is and will be a preposterous idea.

stephen said...

So it looks like the hawkers might have to get permission if they want to call their food Penang Hokkien Mee or Penang Mee Goreng or Penang Rojak as the gahmen might want to check if contains ingredients prejudicial to the good name of the state.
I suppose too that if you need to write a autobiographical book about penang and call yourself penang boy, they might have to vet you and your book!!
Wonders never cease- I did tell you not to wish for something right?!!