Offering an unapologetic public critique of the FIFA Soccer World Cup at the height of the collective frenzy of positive expectation, feel-good nationalism and general public excitement that now exists in our country is a risky thing to do. But it is a risk that needs to be taken precisely because, no matter what the context, myths always need to be separated from realities. In the case of the "greatest show on Earth", leaving aside the very real beauty and enjoyment of the game of soccer, the myth-making has created a situation akin to inhaling tik – a short-lived high/euphoria that obscures all reality, followed by a rapid, depressing "come down" back to that reality.
The Consumers Association of Penang today calls on the Commissioner of Tourism to immediately check whether license has been issued to the controversial Reggae chain of hostels in Penang and Kuala Lumpur and if registered, to charge the registered owner or proprietor for contravening the Tourism Industry Act 1992 and if not then to revoke their registration immediately. The Local Councils should also act against these hostels.
This call is made in view of the hostel’s announcement that the hostel does not accept bookings by Malaysian, Indian and Middle Eastern nationals. This is a new form of “Apartheid” and total discrimination against a selected group of people.
The Malaysian Education System does not need just a marginal review but a complete change from market-centered schooling to value-based and nature-centric education.
Several months have passed and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is still wondering who or what is responsible for the untimely deaths of the 14 pygmy elephants which died between December last year and January this year in a forest reserve in central Sabah.
It is hard to fathom why it has taken so long for the analysis to be revealed and only after several letters to editors from readers, came the revelation from the director of Sabah Wildlife Department that the histopathological analysis detected the presence of a caustic intoxicant.
CAP congratulates the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) for granting permits to the traders to set up canopies and carry out their business freely for Deepavali at Little India, Georgetown, Penang. In fact MPPP should turn Little India into a permanent vehicle-free-zone. This will enable people to walk around freely and safely while shopping. It will be a paradise for tourists and the government encourages that.