There are certain topics that are sure to ruffle some feathers when it’s brought up, and no other topic that proves this point better than politics, especially when state elections are drawing closer.
A coffee shop in Kedah recently garnered much attention online after a customer placed a sign barring other customers from engaging in conversations about politics at the premises.
Kedah kopitiam has sign banning talk about politics
This rather unusual sign was sighted at a kopitiam named Shi Gong Coffee Shop located in Alor Setar, where it wrote: ‘This shop strictly forbids discussions about politics.’
Naturally, this sparked a reaction from netizens, who were amused to see the sign being placed at the coffee shop.
Some agreed with the move, saying that talk about politics often destroys friendships and leaves a sour taste in the mouths of those involved.
A netizen joked that the coffee shop owner had probably lost to a customer during a debate about the country’s political affairs and placed the sign as a form of retaliation.
Owner: ‘Sign was placed by a customer’
A reporter from China Press later went to the coffee shop to find out the story behind the sign, where it was revealed by the owner surnamed Chen (transliteration).
According to Chen, the sign was sparked by an instance where a sharp disagreement arose between two customers while discussing about politics.
“After they left, they returned with the sign two hours later. They initially wanted to stick two of it, but I suggested using one only.
“Many customers have approached me for clarification about the sign and I assured them that they could still talk about politics as there are no restrictions on it,” he said.
Chen added that he wanted to remove the sign much earlier but kept forgetting as he was often busy with work.
He also said that shortly after photos of the sign went viral online, his staff proceeded to tear it down immediately.
What do you think of the sign? Should it be placed in the first place? Let us know in the comments!