WHOSE spiteful and vindictive idea was it to charge foreigners nearly four times as much as Malaysians to ride the new train up Penang Hill?
Just stop and think. What about all the Bangladeshi, Indonesian and Nepali workers here doing jobs for low pay that Malaysians don’t want to do.
This effectively cuts them off from a trip up Penang Hill on their day off. Is this Malaysian hospitality? A nice return for their contributions to the Malaysian economy!
How about the budget travellers who have worked and saved from Australia, Britain, the US, Japan etc. to travel around Asia and are staying in budget guest houses around Chulia Street? RM30 is more than the cost of a room in a budget hotel. This will provide a lot of negative word of mouth publicity for Penang.
And what about the elderly foreigners who have made Penang their home? Nice to think we are only welcome here for our wallets.
What’s next, a surcharge on nasi kandar and char koay teow?