Diners at the free 1Malaysia dinner at Pulau Tikus market last night were somewhat surprised to see an unfamiliar brand of beer being served.
A closer look shows that the free beer is a Vietnamese brand, 3 Amigos.
A quick search on the Internet reveals that the beer is linked to San Miguel Brewing in Vietnam.
San Miguel Brewing is of course linked to San Miguel of Philippines, which in turn has a stake in Petron. Petron now has a presence in Malaysia.
These names should be very familiar to many Malaysians.
Meanwhile, lucky draw numbers were called but to be eligible to claim the prize, the winners were supposed to be wearing the 1Malaysia T-shirts. Some bright Penangites resorted to wearing a 1Malaysia T-shirt on top of their shirts. In the true spirit of solidarity, some of those who wore these T-shirts or had an extra one sportingly lent their T-shirts to those whose numbers were called but who didn’t have the T-shirts on. T-shirts were hastily worn by the grateful winners before they went up to claim their prizes.
A blog reader of mine who was carrying a can of beer asked another diner, “What does it taste like?”
“You have a can there,” the diner replied.
“I haven’t tasted it yet,” said the blog reader.
“Well, it’s free,” came the response, implying you can’t complain about the taste.
As for entertainment, apart from female dancers prancing around, a clown was spotted juggling balls to entertain the diners. Perhaps a suitable future candidate for a career in Malaysian politics?