Spot the difference

Both George Town and Malacca have been acknowledged by Unesco as World Heritage Sites, but that’s where the similarity ends. Spot the difference between the plans for celebrations in these places as reported in The Star online today.



George Town to have 3-day celebration (updated)



GEORGE TOWN: Fireworks will light up the night sky at the Esplanade here on July 26 as Penangites celebrate George Town’s listing as a World Heritage Site.


A three-day celebration will be held within the historical enclave of the city, with cultural shows, free trishaw rides and clan jetties’ visits for tourists, flower mural painting and tree planting to commemorate the occasion.


Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Zainal Rahim Seman said Friday the council was allocating about RM150,000 for the celebration which would start on July 25.


On July 26, the Yang di-Pertua Negri (TYT) Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister will grace a cultural show at the Esplanade from 8.45pm to 11pm.


“There will be some fireworks display that night to commemorate the historic event and an acceptance of a declaration of George Town’s listing by the TYT. The whole event will be held in a very traditional setting,” Zainal told reporters after Friday’s full council meeting.


The three-day event will kick-start with thanksgiving prayers held at various places of worship…




Malacca to celebrate Unesco inscription over one month



MALACCA: The state will hold a month-long celebration next month to commemorate Malacca and George Town’s inscription as historical cities of the Straits of Malacca under Unesco’s World Heritage Sites (WHS).

Chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said that details of the event would be finalised by Wednesday and will include plans for the unveiling of a specially-designed archway to house the WHS plaque.


“We have tentatively chosen the entire month of August for the celebration.


“It is a historic occasion for all Malaccans and we want those living in the heritage zone area to actively participate in the festivities,” he told reporters here Friday after visiting the Warriors Mausoleum at Al ‘Azim Mosque.


Among the items to be included is a ceremony for Mohd Ali to receive the WHS plaque from a Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) representative from Paris, France. The plaque would later be embedded unto a specially-designed archway in the city.


“We have yet to decide to location of the arch or gateway and invite members of the public to give their opinion on the most appropriate site for it,” he said, adding that all proposals could be forwarded to him or to the State Secretary’s Office in Ayer Keroh.



11 Responses to “Spot the difference”

  1. 1 susan loone 12 July 2008 at 1:54 am

    why would they want an archway? how much would that cost? i spot the difference alright!

  2. 2 Huang Siew Hock 12 July 2008 at 8:03 am

    ” Spot the difference ” between the mentalites of the two States—Malacca and Penang — and you will see that the former wishes to splash State funds on the World Heritage sites ( Malacca and George Town ) celebration while the latter wishes to have a simple, meaningful one.

    1. Number of days : Malacca — 30 days; Penang—- 3 days.
    People have more important things to do than to go on a jolly good ride and at taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ expense.

    2. Funds: — Penang — RM150,000.00; Malacca — amount God knows !

    3. Price hike : Prices of goods and services have shot up in tandem with the petrol price hike; and here we have a BN Government ready to celebrate on a grand scale for one month!

    4. Examine their heads and see what is inside their brains—Penang and Malacca —- then you will see how money has been spent all these years!

    S.H. Huang

  3. 3 Bornfree 12 July 2008 at 8:18 am

    One state belongs to the federal gov’t and the other belongs to the opposition. Therefore as usual no money for the opposition state but 10% of celebration is good enough.

  4. 4 artic turban 12 July 2008 at 8:31 am

    more money-making scheme, PROJECKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK FOR CRONIES, SO RUSTAM HOW MUS, HOW MANY BILLION? taxpayers eat grass, rustam and cronies celebrate with (probably) champagne, oops haram kot, but that did not stop somebody from drinking and having a jolly good time at club havana, kan, so the people of Malacca celebrate for one month but eat grass and be jolly on empty stomachs. walla vote for morons some more, and he wants to make gerbang, is it going to be of marble?

  5. 5 Malik Imtiaz Sarwar 12 July 2008 at 10:46 am

    Brilliant post! Nearly fell off my chair laughing when I read it. Says it all, doesn’t it?

    Malik Imtiaz

  6. 6 jude 12 July 2008 at 11:10 am

    more reasons why these morons should be thrown out at the next elections.

  7. 7 Patek1472 12 July 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Jeyklls and Hydes in Malaysia. Are you?

    Malaysians in dilemma? So many events and news both real and unreal. Don’t know who to believe? Bombarded with too much spins. These are the quotes, we now hear.

    “Give up”, “Fed up”, “Wait and See”, “Lost interest”, “Headache”, “Cannot believe anyone”, “Who to believe ah?”, “Niamah”, “Pening kepala”, “Pening otak”, “Sudah lah”, “Pi mampus”, “Insyallah (God Willing)” or raise your palm and fist and put them together on National tv or or or or other blogs.

    Why? Because it depends on what you want to perceive and your bias toward your own race, color, religion, party, groups, interests, superiority or plain dumbness.

    That makes you something of a Jeykll and Hyde if you can’t differentiate between facts and fictions, good and evil, right and wrong, true or false. Too many Malaysians can’t decide now whether to become Jeykll or whether to become Hyde or when to become Jeykll or when to become Hyde.

    Think hard and search your conscience from deep within and “Viola” you can differenciate between Night from Day. Throw out bias towards race, creed, superiority, affiliations, religion and beliefs, greed, power, cronyism etc and then see whether some of the things happening around is right or wrong , true or false, evil or good, facts or fiction.

    1. Altantuya was killed and blown to bits. (Fact or Fiction).
    2. Sodomy is as evil as murder. (True or False).
    3. Anyone accused are innocent until proven guilty. (True or False).
    4. Statutory Declarations and Police reports can be made to fool people. (True/False).
    5. Anyman or woman will swear on his religion or beliefs to save his own skin. (True/False).
    6. Race superiority is needed to rule Malaysians. (Fact or Fiction).
    7. Religious superiority is needed to rule Malaysians. (Fact or Fiction).
    8. All poor people need to be helped by Government. (True or False).
    9. Corruption is a fact of life and should be tolerated. (Fact or Fiction).
    10. ISA is needed because prevention is better than cure. (Fact or Fiction).
    11. Free education is a right for all Malaysian children. (True or False).
    12. Free healthcare is a right of all Malaysians. (True/False).
    13. Free speech is a right of all Malaysians. (True/False).
    14. Freedom of religions and beliefs is a right of all Malaysians. (True/False).
    15. Liberty is a right of all Malaysians. (True/False).
    16. All Malaysians and the world can be converted to a single culture, religion, race in future. (Fact or Fiction).

    To be continued……


  8. 8 Not surprised 12 July 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I see no bloody reason why we have to wait until the next GE to discard these blood sucking morons with pea brains. Let us do it now, strike the iron while it is hot. Strike it as hard (hot) as you can, so they would never know what hit them, until their brains ( if they ever had any) get blown out ( no C4 here) from their freaking thick skulls. Take a hard look at these pretenders, in their black tie and coat and suits, projecting the image of godly shit caring for their fellow brethren but deep down tunnelling their way into the Fort Knox of ill gotten funds. What bloody hypocrisy! Repulsive indeed.

  9. 9 Antares 12 July 2008 at 3:20 pm

    The difference is: I’d rather visit Penang now and breathe the blast of fresh air Lim Guan Eng represents than get a whiff of that musty old BN reek that hangs over Malacca.

  10. 10 Lah 12 July 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Simple conclusion: Penang – prudent Government with the people at heart. Malacca – the CM is a moron who thinks there is no tomorrow. Perhaps it is true since the BN government will fall like cards very soon. The sad thing is that the people of Malacca suffer as a result of his stupidity.

  11. 11 Al 13 July 2008 at 11:20 am

    I wonder how much money has been allocated for Malacca’s month-long celebration? Oh well, the Malaccans voted for the BN so this is what they get.

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