Thursday, June 27, 2013

Jonker Walk Shut-down

The Kwong Wah Daily newspaper first broke the news on Monday that the Malacca state executive council meeting on June 12 had decreed that Jonker Walk, the historic city’s popular weekend night market be closed.

"Now, we see most of the Malacca residents fully supporting DAP over MCA candidates, who have been serving them. Hence, we decided to cancel the night market and we hope they will be happy," the daily quoted Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron as saying.

It is another way of saying that Idris had wanted to punish Chinese voters because they gave their backing to DAP and not MCA in GE13. And so he pushed for that decision on Jonker Walk and which the DAP had described as a form of political retaliation.

Certainly, this was a ruling that was audacious, rash and foolhardy. It even caused MCA to become dumbstruck for a while until Chua Soi Lek made some whimpering noises in the background. Tourism Minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz disputed the decision as well and for good measure, he added that he had nothing personal against the Chinese. Sigh, why must it always be the Chinese who gets fingered?

Anyway, the Chinese community wondered out loud if Petaling Street is next and that maybe after that, the fascists in UMNO might also prohibit the Lunar New Year celebration. This is likely to snowball into embargos for Christmas (since Christians voted against BN) and Deepavali (the same goes for the Indians) and goodness knows what else!

Of course the story has since taken on different twists and turns but thanks to Idris, the Chinese and generally, the non-Malays will be even more riled, rattled and raging!

Yesterday, I was at Shah’s Village Hotel in Lorong Sultan, Petaling Jaya for the MIMPJ Toastmasters meeting. I had accepted an invitation from Rosliza Mohd Said to be the General Evaluator. And I relished the meeting because it was engaging, entertaining and enjoyable. An 8 over 10 score.

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