The gov't wants you to spend more time with your family

Opinion  |  S Thayaparan
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"In Sabah, we have our own unique entertainment and culture, which may be different from Kuala Lumpur and we have our own plans."

– Deputy Sabah Chief Minister Christina Liew

COMMENT | In enforcing the 1am closing time for entertainment outlets as contained in their licences, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said it would serve "as a reminder to those in Kuala Lumpur to spend more time and money with their families rather than at entertainment outlets."

Really? The Pakatan Harapan government cannot ratify an international treaty like the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd), but it has no problem telling Malaysians how to spend their money? Who they should spend their time with? I mean, what do people do with their families at 1am in the morning anyway? What does Khalid do with his family at that time?

Apparently, entertainment outlets have a very lax attitude when it comes to enforcing this clause in their licence. And who could blame them? Even when the economy is bad, people are partying like there is no tomorrow. Mind you, some people believe that the only way to party is to party like there's no tomorrow. But I digress.

Sabah meanwhile, has pooh-poohed the idea. When asked, Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew said: "I don't think we have to worry too much about the (proposal), considering what we have here."

I have no idea what Sabah has there, but I really like it whatever it is. In the quote that opens this piece, Liew said that Sabah has a culture different from Kuala Lumpur. I wonder what this cultural difference is. Not to mention, don’t the people of Sabah want to spend more time with their families?

What exactly is going on here? Khalid claimed that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall had received complaints about noise and other disturbances. But does anyone really believe this? I mean I am sure there would have been complaints from certain areas which would necessitate...

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