THE Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCeB), the organisers of Malaysia Tattoo Expo 2019, has put the country to shame by featuring semi-nude participants at the closed-door event held in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 29 to Dec 1.
The international event, with participants from 35 countries, was said to promote tourism in Malaysia but Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi claimed that MyCeB had breached the norms of morality and has since ordered an investigation.
Malaysia, which is endowed with a rich diversity of cultures and traditions, is a popular tourist destination.
MyCeB should have tapped on these resources to enhance its potential to draw more new arrivals. Instead, it resorted to showcase indecent activities bordering on yellow culture.
Such degrading showmanship is alien to our society which is built on high moral standards.
The licensing authorities must have smelt something amiss when MyCeB wanted to hold the event behind closed doors.
An event of this nature is usually held in public places and open to the general public.
The licensing authorities’ duty does not end with the issuance of the permit. It has a heavier responsibility of ensuring the terms and conditions of the licence are strictly adhered to.
The authorities should have followed up and revoked the licence for non-compliance of stipulated conditions, including forfeiting performance bond deposit.
The failure of the enforcement agencies reflects badly on the civil service administration.
Petaling Jaya, Selangor