AFTER the Heineken and Carlsberg controversy receded, today another copy of a government approval for a well-known household appliances company has circulated online.
Senheng Electric is itself a household name as far as your household electronics are concerned, the approval for it to recommence its e-commerce section of business, thus some consumers would have welcomed the resumption of their services, albeit only by means online transactions.
Malaysia is, after all, still under a Movement Control Order (MCO) that began on March 18 and its second phase to end on April 14. Under the MCO only essential services such as food and health are allowed to operate.
However, more than a few eyebrows were raised by the fact that it was the Transport Minister’s office which provided that approval, addressed to Senheng’s managing director Lim Kim Heng and signed not by Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong, but his senior private secretary Wong Lih Yen!
Just where the connection lies is up to Wee or his office to explain, but coming at a time when such approvals are being closely monitored following the Beer-gate controversy, netizens are bound to feast on the ensuing debate this has triggered.
The government yesterday revoked approvals for breweries Heineken Malaysia and Carlsberg Malaysia to recommence operations after the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs had provided approvals on April 4, following public fury over the matter, especially with a Malay Muslim government at the helm.