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Kulim assemblyman invites tourism minister to Langkawi: I’ll be wearing shorts and buying him beer

Sep 19, 2023

ALOR STAR: National Gerakan youth chief Wong Chia Zhen has offered Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing an “all-expense paid trip” to Langkawi.

This, said Wong, was meant to help clear the air over the perception that non-Muslim tourists to the holiday destination found it difficult “to wear shorts or buy beer” due to the island’s restrictions on alcohol.

Wong, who is Kulim assemblyman and Kedah Human Resources, Chinese, Indian and Siamese Communities exco chairman, said he would be interested in meeting with Tiong to discuss a collaboration between the state and federal government.

Wong said should Tiong accept the invitation, he would be wearing shorts as they tour the island.

“Not just that, I am more than willing to provide any suitable beer according to your (Tiong’s) preference. I believe our discussions will be productive and successful.

“I also kindly request that you consider bringing along any non-Muslim staff who may face dress code issues, particularly in the incident you mentioned in Parliament, where a seller refused to sell alcoholic beverages to them,” he said in a Facebook post today.

During the debate on the 12th Malaysia Plan mid-term review in the Dewan Rakyat today, a brief commotion broke out when Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah (PN-Langkawi) questioned why the island was excluded as one of the stops in this year’s Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL).

In a heated exchange, Tiong told Mohd Suhaimi that even non-Muslim tourists found it difficult to wear shorts or buy alcohol on the island due to restrictions imposed by security personnel.

He said Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor has to explain the restrictions.

In response, Mohd Suhaimi argued that this was not the appropriate way to address the issue of wearing shorts and questioned its relevance to the LTdL.




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