Bukit Bintang not Patpong Bangkok
The Star Malaysia Newspaper 26th November 2006
Adapted-commented by Malaysia My Second Home November 30, 2006
Datuk Mohd Said seems to be on a personal marketing campaign with the idea that
"any news is good news"… :
- A few months ago this MP of Jasin Malaysia told Customs officials to overlook a consignment belonging to his company’s Malaysian business client that was seized for exceeding the size limit.
- Now he is quoted to have said by his Middle-Eastern friends that Malaysia sex activities are better than in Thailand… Also makes you wonder what kind of "friends" this MP is dealing with
This is really causing the hard working Malaysian women amongst us a really bad name as if we can be bought easily for money: how a Male Chauvenist Pig can do more harm in 1 sentence than what 1 country builds up in 50 years!
Reaction of Malaysia Tourism Minister in Malaysia Newspaper The Star 26th November:
KOTA BARU: Malaysians and not foreigners are confused as to how Malaysia is being promoted overseas, said Tourism Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
"Our marketing and promotion campaigns overseas depict Malaysia as a family-orientated tourism destination." However, we do offer clean and moderate forms of entertainment such as karaoke or nightclubs, he said after attending the annual tourism industry awards night here. He said that most foreigners knew what to expect and explore in Malaysia, but Malaysians were the ones who were confused.
Tengku Adnan was commenting on a statement by Jasin MP Datuk Mohd Said Yusof who likened Bukit Bintang to sex areas such as Patpong in Bangkok. Mohd Said was quoted as saying that the Middle-Eastern friends he met recently told him that the sex activities made Malaysia better than Thailand.
Tengku Adnan said Malaysians must understand the country’s tourism and not misinterpret activities regarded as clean entertainment. He said that along Bukit Bintang there were Kuala Lumpur massage parlours, eateries, nightclubs, restaurants and foot reflexology services, all of which were clean and legal. Nevertheless, he noted that vice activities did exist in isolated areas, but it was the job of the local authorities and police to combat such social ills.
He said the ministry’s main role was to promote and generate growth in tourism. He also said that retailing was a strong component of the tourism industry and it was unfair to brand Bukit Bintang as another Patpong. He said it was important Malaysians understand the need to support clean entertainment for tourists to enjoy their evenings during the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign. We cannot go around branding everything which resemble entertainment as sinful or illicit. Many Arab tourists also want to find a place to relax and chat. We need to provide such facilities for them.
Tengku Adnan also announced that a premier astronaut exhibition would be held at the Subang airport next year.
Most tourists that are on a Malayasia vacation in Kuala Lumpur, will surely visit Bukit Bintang. Bukit Bintang is one of the most famous high quality, high prized and branded streets in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia money rolls in Bukit Bintang. Tourism in Malaysia’s Bukit Bintang focuses on tourists with a big wallet providing goods that are world-renowned. This is not a street to find Malaysia sex workers in bikinis like you can find them in the erotic areas from Thailand like Phuket or Patpong Bangkok. This is a street that offer your Malaysia vacation the highest density of extremely good shopping malls (old but thriving Sungei Wang Plaza is a must: an immense amount of shopping lots in 1 building) next to each other in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Also it lies in the center of well known Malaysia hotels like Prince Hotel Kuala Lumpur and The Regent Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Massage
It would be hypocritical to say that there are no Kuala Lumpur Massage centers, yet they are controlled by the police and again give what the Tourism Malaysia Minister calls "clean entertainment". Bukit Bintang is a place where you will see high fashioned dressed Malaysian men and Malaysian women sipping a coffee in Starbucks Coffee.. Malaysian clothing here as far from skimpy! I said Malaysian woman sipping, not Malaysian girls stripping! No flickering red lights, no bikinis and no Gogo bars. At most a grumpy looking man handing out Malaysia business cards to foreign tourists for one of the Kuala Lumpur massage outlets.
And the food massage outlets in Bukit Bintang are exactly what they say: massage of the tired feet that have been walking with shopping bags in the warm streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Mohd Said vision is not 2020
Mohd Said should go and see an eye doctor to get a 20/20 vision again: so he can see that oversized goods should be declared by customs. So he can visit Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang and see for himself what is happening there and what is not. No Malaysian girls here in bikini’s, it’s already hard to find Malaysian girls in bikinis on the Malaysian beaches.
And when you are in Kota Baru: how can you comment on Kuala Lumpur based "on what you hear from your friends"? Wouldn’t you see first in stead of speaking out blindly? What excuse do you have by saying: "but it is not me who says that, they are my friends who said so…".
And if paid Malaysia sex is more plentiful and better than in Thailand, wouldn’t the first thing to do is making sure it doesn’t happen anymore? In stead of starting to promote it ???
Visit Malaysia 2007
Tourism in Malaysia is one of the big Malaysia money makers. Malaysia Tourism is now in the midst of a world wide campaign to promote Malaysia as THE country to visit. In 2007 Malaysia will be 50 years independent and with Malaysia’s 3 different cultures in 1 country, Malaysia truly is Asia.
So what is this Mohd Said trying to do with his personal Malaysia sex campaign? How will the country Malaysia benefit from this? Selling sex is illegal in Malaysia, so whenever you manage to have sex for money, that money will go in the pockets of crime, not in the pocket of Malaysia as a country so it wont be Malaysia money. This is attracting the wrong people spending in the wrong places!
On top of that: how many wives will feel happy if their hubby goes on a business trip to Malaysia, if Kuala Lumpur will be named in 1 sentence like Patpong Bangkok? How would they feel if their hubbies stay in the renowned Kuala Lumpur Hotels nearby Bukit Bintang?
Malaysia is a young democracy ruled by 1 strong hand for almost half of its independent years. Now with the new Malaysian Prime Minister : people start slowly but surely to speak their mind. But please: if you have something to say: back it up with facts and as we say in Malaysia: "don’t simply say say".