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.