Hard to believe a year has passed since my visit. We visited during the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence from the British.
Despite all the brouhaha then, our visit was low-key. The last time I visited was around 11 years ago. Penang, my birthplace, is so different from what I remember.
Due to the traffic congestion, many of the streets have been made one-way.
We stopped in on the usual tourist hotspots like Penang’s Snake Temple. For different reasons my wife and kids found this to be hair-raising, terrifying yet memorable. Watch my short video clip then tell me if my wife’s terror was justified.
Bear in mind, there is no barricade between the audience and the “King.” The only “safety” are the two handlers. The audience was seated about 3 feet away from this 7 foot long King Cobra.
Like most Malaysians who now live abroad by choice, I felt a tinge of nostalgia for how things were when we were growing up.
Across the board, blatant racial discrimination policies of the then prime minister Mahathir Mohammad continues today.
Under prime minister Badawi, the division and latest election losses signal a major change may be underway.
Except the present government is an equal opportunity shyster. Just as corrupt as the previous one.
I was actually enjoying my visit until I read what Mahathir had to say about the brain drain that his racial discrimination policy caused.
He actually had the chutzpah, cojones, gall and audacity to suggest that developed nations should compensate countries like Malaysia for educating the “brains” which they stole.
But I’ll leave that impotent greedy old man to his idiotic ramblings.