‘Win’ that came with too many strings attached

  • Letters
  • Sunday, 29 Feb 2004

I HAVE had enough of many advertising gimmicks, and I will not let this one go without any fuss or complaint.  

I received a phone call congratulating me for winning a free stay at a hotel in Kuantan, Lumut or Kuala Lumpur. It seems my name was selected during a lucky draw at the customer counter at the recent MAS Travel Fair in MidValley. I was glad to receive such good news and wanted to make arrangements for this free stay to be sent to me. 

But, the spokesperson of the hotel told me that there were terms and conditions. I had to pick up this “voucher” personally. What’s more, my husband had to accompany me. And then, we had to go through a 45-minute presentation.  

I know all this too well. It’s another one of those holiday and time-sharing schemes. Don’t get me wrong; I have no objection to their method of promoting their hotels. What makes me really furious is that they had the nerve to make it sound as though I had won something. To me, winning is something complimentary, with no strings attached – definitely no terms and conditions. 

Instead of making me feel good about “winning” something, I feel cheated. 



Subang Jaya, Selangor  

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