Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I don't know man ... these can be disastrous times for us all, or it could be a very comical one. Seriously. What the hell is actually happened? Why are we here like this? Why are we losing our focus on making this country the best that it can be? Why are we focusing instead on a power struggle that never should have happened? Wheres our business deals with other nations? Wheres our developing industries? Wheres our bright children overseas?
Methinks its a case of the tail wagging the dog. We are given the old switcheroo. We are being made to look this way when the real shit is going down somewhere else. We are being distracted from something else. Something else like ... the economy? The budget? The price of living? Whatever it is it sucks. These people suck. Useless buncha no gooders. Idiots.
Monday, July 7, 2008
"Ray Lewis resigned tonight as deputy mayor of London amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour and financial irregularities.
Mr Lewis, who was put in charge of leading the capital's policy of youth crime, said he had stepped down in the face of an "avalanche" of allegations against him..."Interesting isnt it? How politicians from other countries take their own political life by performing the political sepukku aka harakiri when theres even a hint of irregularities by firstly, apologizing to their public, secondly stand by their missus with a sorry look on their faces and thirdly, stepping down within the same 24 hours of the surfacing of the allegations citing the need to protect party / government image and reputation. Mind you its not even a direct charge, or anything more serious than a mere allegation and off they go.
The positive outcome of this are:
a. a proper investigation can now be carried out;
b. maintenance of the party / body / organization's dignity and integrity;
c. if they are innocent, they will endear to the general public; and
d. the understanding that life goes on. With or without you.
But not so with our own breed of politicos. If you notice, they'd do everything (except maybe balance themselves on a unicycle on top of a wire over a 10 feet high raging fire) to maintain their seat and position. Its almost as if they're very own flesh and soul are entwined, burned and symbiotically joined with their political career; that the moment they step down from their position their bodies will slump to the ground and their spirits go wafting up to the clouds lost forever amidst commercial planes and the odd seagull.
They'd come up with a million and one excuses, officially known as "reasons" as to why they should remain where they are; they'd fight tooth and nail to stay on the seat to maintain at the top, to maintain the giddy height of power.
And its embarrassing. Not just for us, but for everyone else especially themselves. Do they really believe that if they step down all allegations are justified? Have they not heard the legal axiom that all are innocent until proven guilty? Or have they no faith in due process (regardless of which era they belong to)?
My question of the day is: Have they no self respect? No dignity? No conscience? No sense of malu-ness?
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
But hang on.
I dont give a pharck. About all this. I really dont.
All this fandango about conspiracies, about innocence, about pride, about getting to the truth, about not repeating the same trick made 10 years ago blah blah blah yadayadayadayda ...
Its all crap.
Its all a distraction; a diversion from the real pain in the arse (note the pun) which is the painful truth: INCREASE IN COST OF LIVING. Which, to sum it up consists of:
a. increase in cost of RICE, the very basic food staple of ASIANS;
b. increase in cost of PETROL, the very blood of businesses;
c. increase in ELECTRICITY rates, the very soul of industry.
A major english language paper spent 12 PAGES from page ONE TO TWELVE on covering the GREAT BACKSIDE SAGA. And much later, on page 16, a semi-small column on a suggestion from the Member of Parliament from Jerlun on how to deal with the increase in oil prices, by having governments of countries deal directly with each other to overcome the real impact of artificial pricing of oil by futures speculators.
Am I alone or has everyone else gone mad? I'd rather not know the outcome of someone's backside, as I'd rather know that the government is doing something REALISTIC and SOON in IMPLEMENTING STEPS TO REDUCE THE RISING COSTS OF LIVING, INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE PUCKERED EXIT HOLE OF SOME DEFACTO SOMETHING OR OTHER.
My question for the day is: has everyone gone mad? Or is everyone suddenly gone soft in the head?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
My question for the day is: why the bloody hell is the govt. keeping quiet on this? If it really is going to come to pass that we can no longer use credit cards, then why are they not making some kind of reassuring remarks? Are they really leaving us to the wolves? Or at least to the creditors ... are we, the rakyat, really so detestable that we are treated this way? What the hell is really going on here?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
a. hospitality industry: if away meetings in hotels and resorts are cancelled, wont it mean that the hotels and resorts will be losing a hefty chunk of their income? Which will have the effect of last revenue and over-staffing?
b. food industry: having lost their hotel and resort customers they wont be ordering that much food from their suppliers who in turn will reduce the production capacity.
c. transport industry: since all travels within and outside the country will reduced that means this industry too will be losing a chunk of their revenue which for all these years have been coming in like clockwork.
What would be good instead is to just not cut costs thereby creating a devastating ripple effect for everybody in this country from bus drivers to tofu cake makers, is for everyone to have a pay increase of between 30 - 50%. That way all of us (or those of us who are getting a monthly income) can afford to buy things, drive around and maintain the economic machinery. Now is not the time for collective cost cutting, now is the time for collective spending of goods and services. We need to churn the goods and services industry, we should be able to buy houses, go on holidays, watch movies, eat at restaurants and dance at discos! Our income and our lifestyle must be increased to the same level of the burgeoning costs.
My question of the day is: is there a plan?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
My question of the day is: are people getting crazier? Or is this a new form of evil? Or is the world too stifling for the normal person to just carry on with the simple business of living? But trust me, we will be reading more and more of weird crimes being committed. Only because the stress of everyday life is getting to us. Not to mention the stress of coping with rising costs, making ends meet and to just get a bowl of rice going on. This is just the beginning...
Sunday, June 15, 2008
"The Government is looking at adopting a system whereby motorists can buy a fixed amount of subsidised fuel each month and pay for the rest at market rate. Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the system includes providing Malaysian motorists with a special card for buying subsidised fuel. “We are still looking into this system as certain infrastructure would be required for the subsidised fuel cards to be used,” he said, adding that the RM625 cash rebate for motorists was the best and fastest approach the Government could take to cushion the recent 41% hike in fuel prices."
Note the key words here:
a. "Government is looking at ..."
b. "We are still looking into ..."
This is really a good idea actually as it will contribute towards easing the burden of the rising costs of living and breathing in this land. However, I do have an issue. As the key words will show, my issue is the lack of PLANNING. Thats right.
Wouldnt it have been more prudent, less scary, more insightful and busload more intelligent if they, the powers that be, had PLANNED all these fandangled new ideas BEFORE dropping the bad news on our heads? It would have acted like the proverbial ky jelly before the plunge. Bad news is bad news, thats life, but it would have made a world of difference if there were established and well thought of plans made to the public before a major step such as the petrol price increase was implemented.
Now its just all damage control isnt it? Controlling the damage its doing to the image of the powers that be. Trying to win our hearts? Try PLANNING in advance a bit.
My question of the day then is: with the rising costs of living, it would be obvious that not only will the current populace be digging deep into their savings but will also be digging deeper into debt; what will the future be for the people now when they retire in 15 years time? Is there a plan for the people in the 50s to prepare for their retirement age? Its not enough to go around telling us that we must change our lifestyle AND keep something aside for our old age, because telling IS NOT helping and IS NOT doing. Telling is just reminding. Or nagging. Are there plans to deal with this issue? As this unanswered debts will be a burden for our children's generation. Or will the plan come AFTER the FACT?
But we're not big with planning are we? Look at all the housing estates in this country; they build it big and proud, but they forget to include practical-sized roads, exits, parking spaces etc. So we end up in a perpetual state of repairs and roadwords and piling traffic situations. What is it about us and planning? Honestly.
I guess we're all free spirits prancing about being creative at the last minute ... hoho ...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Our Tun is in the papers again. He is 83 years old and alone to fend of massive attacks by the powers that be. And yet, he seems to be taking it in his stride. Explaining each and every slings and arrows with a certain calmness and glaring intelligence. And I tend to agree with him when he mentioned in his blog that the claim by the judge about his 'veiled threats' is a respite / decoy taking away the attention from the shocking oil hike. I suppose to the powers that be, our Tun is a convenient distraction / scape goat. But they tend to forget, this distraction can bite back. And from what we've last seen, he has teeth. Sharp ones. Kudos to our Tun for his bravery and tenacity in putting forth what is most needed by us Malaysians in these troubled (and troubling) times.
My questions for the day is, therefore: why are we so jumbled up? Why are we not listening to reason? Why cant we use out little grey cells to see what is and what is not? Why are we so delusional?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
My question for the day is ... IS THIS ANOTHER DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO PLUG IN THE FAST MULTIPLYING HOLES OF BAD ECONOMIC PLANNING?
Nowadays it seems that 'decide now talk later' approach is the only approach. Like the proverbial 'seeking to dig a hole in the ground when you have the sudden urge to shit'. I see horrible lack of planning and a whole lotta excuses and funny aftermath decisions. Like the petrol hike for example. Wouldnt it have been more simpler, more logical and better all around for the rakyats to:
a. have been given ample time to know when the actual price increase was going to be;
b. to have been part of an intelligent plan where the prices of BASIC ITEMS TO LIVE such as RICE, PETROL and ELECTRICITY are not hiked up SUDDENLY at THE SAME TIME;
c. to be better prepared in terms of short and long term financial planning.
At the end of the day, the powers that be are ill equipped to deal with every day crisis. Of course we know the whole world is undergoing massive economic instability, with the rising cost of oil etc etc. But that does not mean we should just fall off our feet and roll over. At least do something which is not lalang-like, you know?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Ah yes which brings us to this current predicament ... the petrol pump price push ... petrol users have been slapped with a generous 41% increase, whereas diesel users have been smacked with a 67% increase...
I mean honestly. Are they really that ... simple? They're on the mend right now, trying hard to win back the hearts of the people. "I know!" they cry, "Lets: raise the price of our basic staple diet. Lets throw in petrol and ... wait for it, electricity tariffs!"
Sometimes I tend to believe its their way of punishing the people for not allowing them the two thirds majority.
So the question of the day is:
Are chimps in suits really running the show?