Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Little Bit of Espionage and Paranoia in Penang

As I was on my way to visit my local pet shop I took a short cut through the Prima Tanjung shopping area. I passed by a new store selling infant and children's goods. I have noticed on other occasions hand made signs warning against loitering and solicitation. I believe the phrase they used was "no charities". Today I saw a new sign which caught my eye and really amused me. I had to take a photo of it. It read "COMPETITOR AND SPY ARE NOT WELCOME". CIA take notice. These signs really work. I can't recall ever seeing a customer in the store.


  1. Did they have anything priced at RM 007?

  2. This sign doesn't surprise me at all. The Chinese business community is paranoid about others taking their ideas (usually not their own) or finding out who their sources are.

    In our business we must import a lot of ingredients, as the local "middlemen" are reluctant to reveal a lot of details that are normally required for compliance with the various standards that we are audited against for product quality. Their usual argument is that they are worried about "spies" stealing their sources.