Friday, December 01, 2006

Say Good-bye To Malacca.

You'd better go to Malacca and snap lots of pictures before they put up the tower they say will re-position Malacca as a historical destination in the tourist map.

I don't know what those guys must have smoked or drank that made them decide among themselves to build a revolving tower maybe higher than KL Tower. They must have been drinking or smoking some powerful stuff that they say to one another; oh well, what the heck, let's build a damned bloody tower even higher than the one they've got in Shanghai. That way we can bring more tourists to Malacca, afterall who'd want to go to Paris to watch that short tower? Ha ha ha drink up boys, and smoke up fellas. Hey, bring those cute little things in short skirts and heavy make-up down here.

You know as well as I do that you can't make an important decision under such a circumstances when your mind isn't quite right, when all you can see is a blur vision of women in short skirts giggling like rats, when the room is reeked in whisky or German beer, when cigarette or marijuana smoke filled up every nook and corner of a private room booked and paid for with someone else's money. The last thing in a man's mind when he's in this situation is history. He won't care a penny for history. It has nothing to do with him. All he cares about is to think of a project, get the government to approve it, and since they are the law and the government you can bet your left ear that approval can be given even before the concept drawing is even submitted or discussed. And things will move pretty quick from there. Award the contract to your friends and start building as fast you can, over charge the materials, labour, consultancy, pen, paper, computer and everything under the sun, get the money and think of another useless project with a design so outrageous even a drunk monkey with stomach ache can come up with something nicer.

But darn oh darn! Those boys from the museum have to go dig in the ground and discoverd what is believed to be part of the wall built by the Portuguese. So they've got a 2-week stopwork order but a small thing like this won't stop them from pushing the project through. Afterall, everything has been booked and ready to be delivered, things like expensive cars, marble floors for the house, expensive furniture, holiday abroad, swimming pool. The money runs into millions so there's plenty where it came from for those girls in short skirts and vintage wines. Good life this business with the government, ain't that right, boys?. Hey wait the minute, we are the government, ha hahhh hah. Drink up boys, smoke up!

History? What history? Oh don't worry about it, we'll mention Hang Tuah. Bad publicity in the press? Oh don't worry about it, ask MoneyPenny to book me a flight to Mecca to do the Umrah. Two weeks there will give us a good image as pious Muslims, whatever that means.

Ha hahh hah.


Blogger nadya said...

they should just leave melacca alone! apa melaka they way it is..

6:39 PM  
Anonymous zwanzo said...

you mean i have to change the url from things bergen back to this one? ok - pronto! and yes..text done. kak teh

8:02 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

sorry - the above is moi.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought you were from a city in Norway!

Kak Teh,
You confused me by your many pseudonymns!

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This must be screwed up agenda of vision 2020!

7:23 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Nadya: I love Malacca, Nadya. Actually I discovered the uniqueness of Malacca quite recently. I saw your photos of your trip on that famous train in Sabah. I'm going.

Zwanzo: There's a Wan there somewhere, and there's Za something in there. Hmm, this looks very familiar. Wonder who this is, hmmm,,,

Kak Teh: I thought so.

Wonda: Used to work alongside Norwegians during my heyday. I like their attitude towards life, danger and hardship.

Dr Roza: I read in the news today that they've decided to abandon the tower project at the proposed site but will instead re-locate to a site they have yet to identify. It's gonna be worse. They've got money in their mind and nothing is gonna stop them. So much for the so-called ministry of heritage. You can't hide your real colors too long I guess.

12:40 PM  
Blogger nadya said...

u should berg. recommended. this year if u can squeeze ur time.

somewhere next year..,they gonna stop the service for a while to fix the landasan. 1-2 years. the kepala keretapi n the 5 gerabak will be display kt sutera harbour resort,sampai landasan baru siap.

i love melaka so much, i spend my weekends during my 2 years stay (university time) wondering along the old town n road taking pictures and enjoy sightseeing the old building, stopping by at the kopitian hidden in between the tiny road.. a regular visit to orang utan house and the old nyonya museams n antic's shop.. and portugese sattlement.

so much to tell n share bout melaka.

3:12 PM  
Blogger NBB said...

there is one thing that i hate about melaka. the narrow one way road.other than that, semua ok dah. tak payah tokok tambah lagi.

12:03 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Nadya: I think I've explored every corner of Malacca the last couple of weeks. Thought of relocating in Jasin or thereabout but changed my mind at the last minute.

Send my regards to your dad, ma'am.

Dr Nurul: If only they can re-route the traffic and leave some of the areas strictly for pedestrians, I think it would be great. But then again, Malaysians are not famous for walking, they prefer to park their car right next to a cashier when out shopping for a toothpaste, or a bar of soap.

5:52 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Melaka....a very historical city and state. And every day history is being made( not necessary good).

We have lots of hungry jokers in Melaka to look after our welfare. Along the way these jokers began to fill up their pockets and bank accounts.

Kalau bukan kerana kawin orang Melaka and the love for cincalok Melaka is definitely not a first choice for me..

These jokers are all around. The budding ones are waiting in line.

6:01 PM  

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