Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Do I Need to Ask the State Government's Permission if I Want to Call Myself a Penang Kia (Son of Penang)?

Those wanting to use the word “Penang” for functions, events, publications and other purposes must first get permission from the state government, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Tuesday.

He said there had been complaints of the word being used in functions, events and magazines which had nothing to do with the state government.

I agree that the state government should not be implicated in events, functions or publications which claimed to be supported by the administration when there was no approval.

But anyone is allowed to use the word, 'Penang', because it is a name of a location or a state. The use of the word 'Penang' is not the sole prerogative or right of the state government.

I hope the Chief Minister is made aware that there are better ways to monitor the use of the state government or related logos by organisers and publishers than trying to control the use of the word 'Penang'.

It is not uncommon for restaurants and food stalls outside of the state to use the word 'Penang' to promote their business. It is actually good for the state tourism. Afterall, Penang is known as a food haven.


jshin said...


Anonymous said...

We would like to ask the Chief Minister why should he make the name of his state exclusive when through common usage it has gained so much popularity in our daily life. We have Penang Laksa, Penang Popiah, Penang Char Kwai Teow, Penang.... Why try to change social acceptance and make life difficult when there is an application to be submitted before the word can be prefixed on anything.

Anonymous said...

So easy to suggest "better way" to do things, but you must understand this DAP blockhead needs grey matter in his head da

niamah said...

"....Those wanting to use the word “Penang” for functions, events, publications and other purposes must first get permission from the state government, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Tuesday..."

Is LGE saying all the Penang Char Kway Teow, Penang Curry Laksa, Penang, Penang Lobak, etc hawker stalls must now get licence from LGE??


Lee Cheng Hoe said...

Should I change my blog name since I am using www.penangfengshui.blogspot.com since day 1??

Anonymous said...

This is a silly idea from LGE.Could he be misquoted. Hope our PM will not tell LGE to get his permission to use the word 'Malaysia' or 1Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

I just ate Penang Char Kuei Tiow prepared by Bangla in KLCC. This is serious crime man, in KL some more. OMG.

Anonymous said...

Haha, has LGE lost his marbles or what!? So, does every hawker need to apply to LGE to put up the sign Penang Laksa, Penang Char Koay Teow, Penang Nyonya Koay, Penang Hokkien Char, Penang Mee Yoke, Penang Tau Sar Pneah, etc? How about a Penang LaSallians Old Boys Association? Or a Penang Trisha Association? Or a Penang Beer Drinkers' Club?
LGE, I still support Pakatan and you, but go f%$# if you think you want us to ask for your permission to use the word Penang. Penang belongs to all Penangites, not the Penang state government!!!!
I hearby name my house as Penang House! And I will name my next dog Penang Boy/Girl/Bitch!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, talking about Penang food, nowadays there are so much fakes, esp in KL/PJ. They have "Penang" char koay teow (as pointed out by somebody, fried by Bangla or Indon or Burmese) fried WITHOUT lard and pork fritters, and no lap cheong. Man, this is an insult to Penang char koay teow. Maybe somebody can publish a Penang food guide that give ratings on authenticity of all these "Penang" food found in the Klang Valley! Yeah anyway about LGE, let's not be too hard on this chap. We can give him a good beating on this "Penang" word, but other than that he has done a much better job than that spineless chicken from that now totally irrelevant party.

Anonymous said...

Hello Malaysians, Let LGE explain clearly. Maybe you guys miss the point or the media reported incorrectly.

Relax. Selamat Hari raya folks.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Penang CM. There shouldn't be a discriminate use of the Brand name "PENANG'.There should be CONTROL.

In S'pore there is restriction on the use of the word SINGAPORE,TUMASEK,NATIONAL,etc by any Company or Organisation.

The brand name "PENANG" should be Protected from abuse. Think of the long term implication; just like a web address.

Anonymous said...

pls use 'pinsen' or 'pinlongsu' !