Thursday, January 9, 2014

Putrajaya's Version of Hard Rock Cafe

There has been much talk about Hard Rock Café setting up shop in Putrajaya – in addition to outlets in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Malacca. I am looking forward to this because this establishment will be very different from the Hard Rock Cafés I am familiar with. 

Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, the federal territories minister is not objecting to HRC in the country’s administrative capital as long as it is alcohol- and sleaze-free. 

He brought me to my senses. I realize now that I have sinned. All this while whenever I drop in at a HRC, I have been guzzling beers and rocking to loud music that the minister referred to “as indecent and provocative performances”. 

I must return to being virtuous. I must be good. And therefore, I agree with Tengku Adnan that HRC stop serving alcohol and have Nasyid (Islamic) groups stage live performances instead. 

It is time to abandon my Mephistophelian lifestyle and turn over a new leaf. No more wine, beers, and liquor. Drink only coffee and tea. No more deafening music that seduces me and makes me stray from the path of righteousness. Listen only to devotional songs. 

And while we are at it, why not have the other HRCs to similarly provide “clean entertainment”? But I wonder if entertainment and hospitality mogul Syed Yusof will get upset since he owns the business interests in the Hard Rock Café franchise in this country. 

Anyway, Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) has decided that there will not be a Hard Rock Café in Putrajaya – so what to do? I will have to continue my wicked ways! Sigh!

I was in Brickfields for the MIA Toastmasters meeting yesterday evening. I delivered my CC speech titled “Batman and the Hulk”. I was also the Table Topics Evaluator. A good meeting even if attendance was sparse. I would give this meeting a score of 6.5 over 10. 

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