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His photo is below.
Martin’s mother and sister both suffered serious injuries.
Martin is one of three fatal victims of yesterday’s horrific terror attack, in which twin bombs, apparently laced with ball bearings, exploded near the finish line of the marathon. More than 140 people suffered injuries, including many who lost limbs.
This is one of the worst tragedies that has happened to the world of sports (well beside all the doping incidents)
I woke up to my twitter timeline filled with a hashtag that says #PRAYFORBOSTON and #BOSTONMARATHON then I read the next word BOMBING !
I was shocked and kinda angry thinking it was some cruel joke, but as I scroll to the earlier tweets by all my followers and following, I was devastated and sad, seeing more and more of it and my trending says ##PrayForBoston, #BostonBombing #Boston #BostonMarathon all this words feels like a knife being stabbed.
I ask my self why ? WHY would anyone want to do this to a sporting event? what is their motive in doing so? Sports is the only way where people of all colors and race unite with no prejudice but with full of pride and sense of belonging. This is the first time I am watching the video and it fills me with sadness.
A movement is sweeping across social media – to show our support, we are wearing our race shirt tomorrow/ or wear the Boston color which is Blue and Yellow when we you lace up your shoes for your run, Run because you can, Run because you choose to see the good in the world instead of the ugliness. Run to let the bad guys know they will never win. Run, Remember Reflect and Pray.
Let the the world know, we stand with our runners, colunteers, medic, supporters, race directors and anyone else who is part of this great passion.Lets rally together because at the end of the day, we are runners. It’s what we do, RUN FOR BOSTON !!
The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by the U.S. city of Boston, Massachusetts, on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. It is one of five World Marathon Majors. If you like to know the Five Marathon Majors are as listed below; (more…)
Not sure if you guys know Edison Chen? LOL.. who doesnt, he was the one acted in Batman where he ushered Bruce Wayne into the tower in Hong Kong. He was the one created such big news on his naked photos with all the celebrity and models in HK. So with all that bad rep, he tried to be good.. He signed up for the Hong Kong Marathon that was held on the 5th of February 2012
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Written by Major (Rtd) D.Swami
Friday, 26 November 2010
Centre for Policy Initiatives
Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi remarked that non-Malays shun a military career because they lacked patriotism. His sense of history and of the contributions of the Chinese, Indians and our brothers from East Malaysia towards the sovereignty of Malaysia leaves something to be desired. Zahid’s is a racist and bigoted view, pure and simple.
I’ve previously blogged about the winners of valour awards, not including those who had laid down their lives, are maimed, and not forgetting the non-Malay police officers.
I guess when the Chinese and Indians were bleeding and dying for this country, Zahid might just have been a dirty glint in his father’s eyes. I am not insulting this dull fellow, just that this shallow-minded individual needs some input regarding who was the first Malaysian to be awarded the Pingat Gagah Berani. He was a Chinese! Sergeant Chong Yong Chin PGB of the First Federation Regiment.
Dey Zahid, I suppose you did not know that. Insults have to be politely reciprocated with civility, I am doing just that.
Did you not know who was the first recipient of the Pingat Gagah Berani in the Congo? That person too was a Chinese, Lieutenant Lee Ah Pow PGB, read about how shoddily he was treated too! It had to take Brigadier R.S. Noronha of the Indian army (during a UN peacekeeping mission in Congo) to recommend him for an award. Lt Lee had shown exemplary courage and tremendous restraint under fire, yet his own Malaysian high command overlooked his valour.
There was another young Chinese officer, Lt David Fu Chee Meng, who too was awarded the PGB at the Battle of Tanah Hitam.
So those guys were not patriotic enough for you? Here is my favourite, someone I know personally, Sergeant Choo Woh Soon PGB, my wife’s uncle. The short guy in the centre of the photo is Sergeant Choo Woh Soon PGB. This guy, patriotic enough for you?
How about this Indian officer and Chinese soldier dying together to save your sorry butt from the commies? Captain Shanmuganathan PGB and 207770 Ranger Mat Isa bin Hassan PGB, do not be deceived by the name Mat Isa, he was a Chinese.
How about this Indian officer who laid down his life at the ripe old age of 24? Captain Mohana Chandran al Velayuthan (200402) Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa. Not patriotic enough for you? Here is another Indian who got the PGB, Second Lieutenant Panir Chellvum a/l Velaithan PGB. Still not patriotic enough for you?
M’sian soldiers burn cross
How about this where a sorry excuse for an officer caused the death of 13 Italian airmen in the Congo. The Malay Major had shirked his responsibilities of providing the airmen with protection, placed them in danger by ordering them to be brought to the mess and allowed them to be captured by the rebels. The Major then further disgraced himself by ordering all the officers and men at the mess to surrender their weapons to the rebels who had surrounded them, which they did sheepishly. Malaysia’s name had to be salvaged in this incident by Second Lieutenants N.H. Siebel PGB and Captain Maurice Lam PGB, notice their names, they were non-Malays.
How about the time in Bosnia where soldiers desecrated a Catholic Cross? Again the situation was salvaged by the non-Malays. For posterity I have another link here about how the then Defence Minister Najib Razak excused the burning of Croation Catholic cross by two Malaysian UN peacekeepers stationed in Bosnia-Herzegovina as “unintentional”.I will not even talk about the vandalising of the Hoba meteorite in Namibia. Here is another Indian, who after serving a total of 29 years in both the police force and the army is denied his pension. The reason being he did not attend the weapons course and tactics course. What weapons and tactics course, when he and his men wiped out the remnants of the enemy in Selangor. What would his unshaved instructors teach him? Read about him, Captain Courageous aka Mukhtiar Singh s/o Sodagar Singh. In any other army in the world today, they would have cited Mukhtiar Singh for courage and piled honours on him without any questions asked. Unfortunately he is an Indian in Malaysia, get that Zahid?
Here is a picture of an all Chinese group of Kinta Valley Homeguards who fought the Malayan Communist Party. More pictures here.
The problem with people like Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is he does not know about people like these Chinese and Indians who were willing to die for Malaysia unconditionally. They only wanted to be treated fairly. The current situation is like “some people are more equal than others”.
East M’sians discriminated against
People like Zahid are wind bags, full of foul air and all empty talk.
If you notice the minorities were significant in numbers in the forces when Malaysia was in danger, from the Japanese occupation of Malaya, the Emergency, Confrontation and the subsequent Emergency until the cessation of hostilities by the Malayan Communist Party.
Remember the Communist Party of Malaya did not surrender. It was a treaty for the cessation of hostilities. Freeing our Great Leader to push his agenda of Ketuanan Melayu, subsequently his achievements were … I shall just cite one, i.e. the amazing statement that Anwar Ibrahim socked himself in the left eye to gain public sympathy and give the police a bad name. Mahathir could not do many of the things he has done if the Malayan Communist Party was on the warpath as it would increase their numbers. Zahid, being an ardent fan of this old goat, is still playing to the gallery.
Soldiers who have served, the non-Malays, know what it is to be discriminated against because of their race and religion. Even the Bumiputras of Sabah and Sarawak are discriminated against, as most of them are Christians. While at this, being an ex-soldier and all, I have seen many East Malaysian officers serving in combat units. Why did not any one of them make it to General? Not good enough?
Look at how brave, loyal and patriotic they are. See in the archives for the records I’ve compiled. After seeing the results of the Sibu ‘buy elections’, where the BN lost, I guess they saw the writing on the wall and recently promoted an Iban officer to become the first Iban who made it to General, Stephen Mundaw, in September this year. Anyway that is peanuts, East Malaysians should demand and expect at least a 4-star General from amongst the Ibans, whose bodies have been littered across the battle fields in Malaysia. Their courage and ferocity in battle is unmatched.
Lack of promotion prospects
After having served many years and plodding along, being bypassed by juniors and incompetents, there are so many grievances. There is not enough space to write it all at one go. Is it not heart wrenching? You expect patriotism to burn brightly in the hearts of the non-Malays when our children are discriminated by virtue of race and religion? Treat everyone equally on a level playing field and you will not need to ask for the non-Malays to defend this country. The numbers would be so huge that you would have to send most of them back.
In the military, the non-Malay is ridden like a horse, for the greater benefit of the majority. No rewards, when it comes to promotions and benefits … they forget you. You know about the old race horse, that it runs until it drops dead or is put out to pasture. Most non-Malays make it to the rank of Major, I am sure you have heard this before, about the infamous glass ceiling. That is the rank you have to be happy with.
You are not promoted on merit. I know of guys who can barely speak English but become Generals. During my time all the courses were in English. Ask the ex and serving non-Malays about the subtle hints to convert. They do not even respect your faith by suggesting that. If they’re always hinting to you that you should convert, it means they look down on you.
Religious and racial discrimination go hand in hand.
I have also had the privilege of seeing a General’s knees tremble, when he stepped out of my Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) as I helped him down. This was after an exchange of fire. I was the escort commander and he was riding in my IFV in Somalia. A hundred non-Malays would, without hesitation and asking questions, charge a hill of 10,000 enemies to defend their country, Malaysia, if you treated them and their offspring as Malaysians and not as dhimmis and second-class citizens.
I could continue shellacking Ahmad Zahid until the cows come home but it is us who are to be blamed. He is the MP for Bagan Datuk, Perak. Those of us who continue supporting MCA and the MIC, are actually getting him elected year in, year out. Your votes have made him arrogant. If you notice his majority is actually shrinking. So the strongest message for the Defence Minister would be to boot this racist Umno supremacist out of Parliament in the next general elections. Never forget.
This article, first published Nov 12, is taken from the blog Seventh Rangers (Mech) and reproduced here with the author’s permission and some minor editing by CPI.
I think I have posted this before saying that if you are a Singapore registered car driving into the Highway of 1Malaysia,
you are definitely to be booked. I am still right till proven wrong,Guess what, today as I was heading up north to celebrate
my mum's bday at Malacca, dad wanted to have a short getaway from home town, so he suggested malacca as the central
area. So as I was driving down the highway of the gifted, and knowing their celebration *Hari Raya is close by,
as a Malaysian we would understand that there is most certain to be road block everyday till Raya.
So cautiously driving, keeping the speed limit at 100km to 110km, even knowing that there is a speed excess buffer of 10km,
I still drive within the 100km mark. Drivers from the opposite direction was already warning that there is an ambush/operation
going on, so I was even more keen to prove my theory wrong.
After about 20km down, there was this road block as predicted, and this police officer asked me to move to the
side cautioning that I had done a boo boo, but before he did that he had to go through a list of cars that had been
over the speed limit. I could see his face that my number was for sure not in there, he had the face like WTH!?
Foreign car never speed? I could see it in his eyes that after he saw a young guy behind the wheel of a big car,
he saw $$$$. That's why he had a pause before confidently asking me over. (Too bad he didn't know I am local)
Pulled over by this officer called Encik ARI, never bothered to even look at his badge number,
he greeted me happily and he thinks he is going to get some $$$$, asked for my driving license and ID.
Now why would u wan to see my ID, if its a traffic offence?
So this is what happened.......
Me: so what is the problem sir?
OFF: you drover way pass 128km, 10km before.
Me: are u sure? I was watching my meter all the while.
OFF: yes I am sure if not why would ur car number be here, ( mistake #1:yeah right, its not you who takes down the number, it was the guy up front)
Me: oh ok if u say so. Then book me.
OFF: *keeps quiet, holding my I'd pretending to write
Me: so are you done?
OFF: open up ur window behind (mistake #2: if ur stopping me for speeding offence, why need to go to my stuff?, obviously he is trying to find fault)
OFF: You LOCAL? (Duh, isn't that obvious, ur holding my ID) and he went silent again.
Me: sir even my GPS logs my speed of the car
OFF: WAT u have this? This is against the law (he quoted under Akta kommunikasi this is illegal)
mistake #3 you are just trying to find fault here, telling me that this item is a speed detector, and even claims he has one, (am sure he don't even knw what he is holding)
OFF: didn't u see the papers 3 days ago
Me: Sir, do I look like I would be able to obtain the local papers. (he looked stunned)
*officer looking pissed, hands me my ID, and license, tells me that the ticket will be sent to my hse Mistake #4: you were busy going through
all my stuff and talking to me, u didn't even write down my details how are u going to do that?
Mistake #5: you are suppose to issue the summon on the spot and not say it will be sent over, if it can be sent over they don't need to station you guys
If any of u police are reading this, the next time round, I am going to make a documentary out of this to prove that my theory is correct.
So please if you guys are there to protect and serve I would gladly pay my fine, but if u catch me and say that I had speed on the highway which I
really had not done so. You better make sure you have the evidence.
This guy sure did not have everything, All he wanted is to have a better life but instead..well read on, I really feel sorry for him, and only at age 42, what does it take for one to earn a decent living while some spends a few thousand in a few hours on drinks at a nightclub. God Bless everyone and I hope the fella that had use him for construction will be brought to justice , and if not how can you life a life knowing that you thrown a the poor chap body into the drain ! you will have your penance served !
dumped like a dog next to Changi drain
By Elysa Chen and R Nirmala
YOU wouldn’t have heard of Mr Chelladurai Lenin (below), 42, though
He is typical of the faceless illegal foreign labourers who sneak
He had no papers, no rights, and no union to protect his interests.
All he had was hope.
But that, too, has been dashed.
There was no dignity in his life of hiding and no dignity in death.
His body was dumped by the side of a road – left to rot, after 10
A man in his 50s had hired him for contract jobs.
Mr Chelladurai fell from scaffolding at a construction site on March
His body was then left on the pavement along Upper Changi Road East.
It was found at 9.40pm that day.
He had died from a fractured skull and bleeding in his head,
For the last decade, Mr Chelladurai’s wife, Madam Kunjathammal, who
It was a five-minute call made on a mobile phone. Mr Chelladurai had
That phone call, 10 years ago, was the last time she heard his voice
enough that it will cause this, but I had no choice I was stuck when
driving from SLE, so I had to battle it out, as usual I would be
tailgating closely enough so no cars would be able to come in, then while waiting in the line I had my car on Neutral, and it slipped me
when the lights turn green, this Probation driver was kind enough to
hold their hand out and wanted to cut in, so mistake 1. was that my
car was in N if not I would have not even let her pass, so In she came,
and wow .. conveniently another car tailgated her an wanted to ram in
his way, TYPICAL uncle, gave a WTF look to them and I tailgated close
enough so that he can’t even move in. Sorry to say I have better
tailgating skills than U! but that probation driver takes the cake ! I
WAS SO MAD that she started giving ppl way to cut into the lane ! I WAS
LIKE WTF !!! I was holding the fort and come this A-hole giving way?
she looked back at her rear view mirror and she know I was pointing at
her, in the end I took the last lane and sped off. I am blogging this
is not about the probation girl, but its about those F-up drivers that
dont wait in line an just conveniently cuts in the que, what give you
the right to do that?
ok Singaporean drivers dont be mad at me for saying this, but I can say that you guys sure have tons of LOUSY drivers despite getting your driver license is like graduating from Harvard with DISTINCTION. I am not saying everyone is lousy but there is a sure lot of them driving around. If not why would website like this come about
Parking Idiots . Com (this website is about idiot people who can’t park their cars
STOMP (i know many is familiar with this website, yes there is a fair share of all this there)
So you can see that actually people are frustrated with drivers like this, why can’t you all just follow the rules at the checkpoint. If LTA could do something it would be good, just place a camera and fine those idiots for cutting lane. if not why even bother hiring so many of them but controlling traffic from the front, what happens at the back? you guys dont even care.
I always tell my friends that in Malaysia yes drivers are equally bad but when they crash, they crash hard and lose their life, but in Singapore, turn on the morning radio and you will hear plentiful of accidents daily on the road. Try tuning into KL city radio and see if you can hear 5 traffic accident a day? I won’t be surprised you wont. Anyway as saying this again, its not to compare how a good driver people are, just that this problem at the Woodland checkpoint need to be address to, there are just to many monkeys not following the rule PLEASE DO something about it .. pretty pleaseeeee…
seriously doubt their ability to tackle problems to resolve foreigners
to enjoy the fuel subsidy. I have a few ideas which will definitely
curb the fuel subsidy, but hey they already have a great few nuts
sitting up in the sky thinking of all the ways to curb foreigners.
People in their own world never think holistically when curbing one
problem, They only think of the 2 steps but not till the end of the
I would foresee a huge mess this coming May, anyway do
enjoy the article written by Tan Poh KHeng on the latest topic on the
tip of most SINGAPOREAN tongue:
By TAN POH KHENG
Come May 2010, make sure you have your MyKad with you when you visit
petrol stations to top up the tank (editor’s note: MyKad is Malaysia’s
smart identity card).
Because without the smart card, you will not get a drop of petrol even if you have cash or credit.
I have no idea whether we’ll also need to swipe our MyKad to buy sugar, cooking oil and the like in the future.
Somehow, the Malaysian government may be the only one in this world
that needs to verify a buyer’s identity before he fills up his petrol
This reminds me of communism, where the people needed to show their
identification before buying a loaf of bread. But then that was an era
At a time when the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
members and China are opening up their markets for one another, showing
proof of identity for purchase of petrol seems backward.
I cannot fathom whether the move is supposed to show off MyKad’s
multiple functions or to stop foreigners from buying cheap petrol here.
If the former, then we should rightly feel proud as a pocket-sized MyKad can accomodate at least eight different functions.
Any data, from personal particulars to whether the cardholder is
suffering from sexually transmitted diseases as well as his wealth and
other private details, will be unreservedly exposed with a MyKad reader.
But privacy remains of secondary importance. Worse still, there is no product assurance on the extremely vulnerable MyKad chips.
Imagine you are in a hurry for work, school, or some business
meeting, but you’re stuck with an empty tank in a petrol station. All
because the MyKad reader refuses to accept your identification.
Such a possibility is very real. The National Registration
Department (JPN) has urged the public to replace their chips if they’re
There would be chaos if half the country’s population rush to JPN to replace their MyKad just to fill up their petrol tanks.
If the new policy is a counter-measure against foreign car owners
who have exploited loopholes in the earlier policy of allowing
foreign-registered vehicles to fill up their petrol tanks with a
maximum of 20 litres of petrol, then by all measures it is a very poor
Foreign vehicles, especially those from Singapore, have brought much
bigger economic benefits to this country than the profits they have
sneaked away from our petrol allowances.
Inconveniences experienced at petrol pumps will only drive them away.
If we do this merely to stamp cross-border smuggling activities,
then the anti-smuggling squads should work a lot harder to check their
activities instead of transferring the hassles to motorists across the
It is necessary for us to prevent foreigners from enjoying our
petrol allowances, but not to spend huge sums of money acquiring MyKad
readers and inconvenience motorists.
I have been known to betray my country for working in another by my friends, but its a tough decision as life is not as easy as it is back home, and now amidst the chaos of food pricing that recently went up, I think I made the right choice by choosing another country to work in, All this chaos is started by mainly the staple food which we call RICE in Asian country, where Singapore and Malaysia is making a big commotion about it, from where I heard the rice in Msia went up as high as RM59 a bag of 15kg? This is insane; think about those people that are earning peanuts for the family, how can they live? and if the price of rice increased so will food prices overall as they will piggy ride and take advantage on the escalation of all this as the government has no policy to stop them over the price increase, for all you guys know the price of that roti canai you guys wolf down everyday will cost you easily RM1.50/pc and then the economy rice that you eat will be come a luxury item for people who eats them daily, I even heard from my favourite chicken rice uncle, he told me that the price of his chicken rice will increase to RM4 bucks a plate, if not he would be making a lost. Its a killer I tell you.. It’s the end. Its better to ravage the back alley for scrapes of leftover thrown away by people, if I am lucky if people do even throw leftover food, food now is like gold, and gold is a commodity, speaking of commodity, I remember now why I have been typing my thoughts on this blog today, its about the recent FUEL HIKE!!!
I totally DISAGREE with the move of the government or so call the decision of PAKLAH to agree on such a thing, I am a supporter of yours, and yet you do this to me, I have lost faith in your leadership to be honest, I believed in you when you said your dreams on the Ninth Malaysian plan and its future shape, My friends disbelief in your leadership at first but yet I defended you, but now looks like the table has really turned, and I hope for now a new government would come in, ONLY IF THEY ARE TRANSPARENT about the monies that are being used to REALLY ENSURE ITS going to the right SUBSIDY, some may ask, what do I know about politics or yet what do I know about the Malaysia law, yes its true, I do not follow the politics yet I do not know much about the laws and rules in Malaysia but yet I am a citizen of them and this is my view, if you don’t listen to the citizens logic then its not what I call a country, its what I call a Jungle LAW ! back up your logics of raising the fuel by statistics and not the crap of using Asia country as a gauge among other countries, it does not justify the movement of this by saying that its time to increase the fuel, the fuel price have been increasing drastically when the Fuel in America hit a high last year, ever since then the increase in petrol has never came down but always up, this is really taking a toll on people who live in Malaysia, Do justify the spending of the government please, if you show that the amount of money being used for what, I will truly salute you !! Take for instance ( I AM NOT RACIST) but using this as a example, a mosque being built in Malaysia, where does the fund comes from ? Is it being donated like how a Church was built? Or temple? Bear in mind I do not know that any temple nor church in Malaysia that is being subsidies by the government to be built. Take it into consideration, if its coming out of the tax payers money, then shouldn’t we be seeing super huge temple, or mega church like in the USA ? TAX payers are what should be given back to the community, where all equals can be enjoyed, like using it to SUBSIDIES the highway toll or building bigger and better general hospital, where the needy needs it most, I know its not fair to judge the government like this as they do not show any statistic of figures, but it’s the truth the GOVERNMENT DO NOT HAVE PAPERS TO SHOW WHERE IS THE SPENDING HAVE GONE,
There was this once where I need to do my thesis, I went to a government body to ask for statistic on the TAK NAK campaign, I was made to go round and round from one department to another, and yet the end I was given no answer on a simple question, you wont believe what answer came out from their mouth (I will not reveal as you guys will be furious to know that the TAK NAK campaign is a failure and only a waste of the (RM50million budget) tax payers money.
What about the Angkasawan? The astro”nut” that was sent to space? So what did he achieve? What was the result of sending that guy on a holiday to the moon? Was the research that was so important to blow the millions on him sending him there and now sending another one? Please justify the results by showing what have the money of the tax payer been used to good use. It you can then please do not even use the tax payers money for this. If its a landmark you want then built it like the Petronas Twin tower, IT DID MADE A NAME in MALAYSIA history of being the tallest tower in the world, that’s what I call money well spent, Malaysia names up in history books and record books, did the guy’s name put a dent on history? I don’t think so, more like a dent in our wallets. Inflation is going up as much as 5% many say exceeding, many people have commented on the fuel hike recently and its negativity towards the government is not pretty.
I for one would be fuming mad to know that these subsidies will definitely not be going into the so called buying food security, such as importing of rice, cooking oil and bread, BREAD? Don’t we harvest our own wheat? We don’t buy bread we MAKE EM!! Don’t you mean flour? Its sending a spiral economy downturn, KLSE is going to be taking a batting as consumer and entrepreneur are holding back on the outcome of the future. Let’s not go into the stock exchange but take a look at how a person earning RM3000 which most people in Malaysia do can live off with it. I gotten this from a email and yet to come out with my own, as this RM3000 is for a family of 4 husband and wife with two kids. Check it out, It totally doesn’t make sense, you do the math,
Can A Family Man With Salary RM3,000 Survive In Malaysia …!
Can a family man with SalaryRM3,000survive in Malaysia
Let’s do some simple calculations here.
In Malaysia , the average family income isRM3,000 /month
(where father works, mother doesn’t).
I understand there are many families whose
monthly income does not reach RM3,000,
but, to make things simple,
let’s take RM3,000as the figure. Ok lah, right?
Okay, let’s start rolling with a family which has
Papa, Mama, 1 daughter and 1 son. Ngam-ngam ….
Electricity and water bill: RM100
(No air-con, No home theatre, No water heater … ok?)
Phone bill ( Telekom): RM100
Meals for a happy family: RM775
(3 meals on RM25/day, RM25 for 4 persons…?)
Papa makan / teh-tarik during working hrs: RM155
(RM5/day, RM5 … can eat what?)
Car repayment: RM400
(A proton saga aeroback, 7 yrs repayment)
Petrol (living in city, traffic-jam):RM300
(go to work, bring son to school,
only can afford one car running)
(kids, wife and myself)
House repayment: RM750
(low cost housing repayment for 30 yrs,
retired still have to work to pay!)
(got that cheap meh? i don’t think so)
Older children pocket money @ school: RM20
(RM1/day, eat bread?)
School fees: RM30
School books and etc: RM100
(always got extra to pay in school)
Younger children milk powder: RM50
(cannot have the DHA, BHA, PHA one, expensive)
(shampoo, rice, sauce, toilet paper)
Oh wait!!! I have to stop here, so…
no movie @ cinema,
cannot KFC, (must boycott because charge non bumi government tax)
cannot go Park walk during weekend (petrol now lagi expensive),
no chit chat on phone with grandparents, and etc…
Let’s use a calculator to total up… WALAO EH! Shit!RM3,610already…
EPF belum potong, income tax lagi……..oledi RM3,610 ….
How to survive lah tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian ???
Our Deputy Prime Minister asked us to change lifestyle?
How to change? Don’t eat? Don’t work? Don’t send children to school and study?
Besides that, I believe in Malaysia population, there are millions of rakyat Malaysia which still don’t earn RM3,000/month!!!
and recently to quote paklah "Malaysia is set to hike its pump prices as part of a subsidy reform package to curb government spending on fuel subsidies, estimated at 56 billion ringgit (17.5 billion US dollars) this year"
if you want to curb government spending please look internally before putting the burden on the society. If there were 3rd party auditor to audit the government spending like how a whopping price of RM9 for a screwdriver set which last time there was a article publish I am not very clear of this but i rmember it somehow, definitly the auditors will be shocked to see where all the tax payers money will go to, I feel sad and burden about this move. I hope there will be a conclusion to all this move by our PM.
In connection to my previous post about MAT REMPIT ! there was this article that Bryan sent to me that really OUTRAGED ME! I was actually neutral to the fact that i even said to leave this guys alone and they shall not harm you, what has happen in the recent wake of all these IDIOTS have really outraged me!
backtrack to the article that i quoted on the other professions that these rempits have. In that same article they the rempit’s said that they do not have a track to go to and perform their fruit bearing (YA RIGHT) activities and thats why they ram and speed those cheap bikes of theirs on the road (even my bicycle can buy two of their bikes). This is the article but its in Malay, i will translate it paragraph by paragraph !
Azeez: Bina litar lumba untuk Mat Rempit
Putera Umno akan berunding dengan Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (KBS) untuk membina litar lumba untuk Mat Rempit di setiap daerah di seluruh negara, kata ketuanya, Datuk Abdul Azeez Rahim
(Putera Umno will negotiate with the Ministry of sports to build race track for Mat Rempits in each state in Malaysia (EACH STATE) says DAtUK ABDUL AZEEZ RAHIM) what the hell is he thinking
Beliau berkata, pihaknya akan meminta kementerian tersebut menggunakan peruntukan dari program Rakan Muda bagi membina litar lumba tersebut secepat mungkin.
(he said, Putera Umno will support the given under the RAKAN MUDA program to build these tracks as soon as possible) i’ve never seen our pot holes on the road being fixed as fast
“Perkara ini perlu dipandang serius kerana selagi tidak ada litar, di manakah anak-anak muda itu mahu menunggang motosikal. Umpama pemain bolasepak, jika tidak ada padang, di mana mereka hendak bermain bola,”
(this serious matter should be looked into as because if there is no track built, where would these young lads ride their motorcycle, just like soccer, if there is no field where would they play soccer) Datuk. Soccer is a NATIONAL SPORTS so is MAT REMPITING ? how did in the world you get to your post ? i truly feel sad for a man of your status to be saying all this.
Beliau berkata, litar lumba yang akan dibina tidak semestinya bersaiz besar, memadai saiz kecil bagi menjimatkan kos pembinaan. Abdul Azeez berkata, mungkin ada sesetengah pihak yang memandang sinis terhadap usaha tersebut tetapi beliau optimis ia perlu dilakukan sebagai salah satu usaha membantu golongan Mat Rempit yang bermasalah.
(Azeez said, the track that are to be built doesn’t have to be big in size, but small in order to cut construction cost. there are people who will oppose this, but i am optimistic towards this is a way to help the Mat Rempit that is in trouble) I wouldnt mind if those track built is coming out from your POCKET and not from TAXES ! and why are we helping those idiots that is a nuinsense to society. This makes me ponder maybe your son is one of the Mat Rempits. the troubled people are the homeless, the poverty, and the sick
“Mana tahu pada suatu hari nanti akan lahir perlumba motosikal profesional yang mengharumkan nama negara di peringkat dunia terdiri daripada bekas Mat Rempit,” katanya lagi.
(who knows one of these days there would be a champion motorcyclist that would make the country proud) wow, i have not seen a champion WAU kite flyer yet, or even a top spinner in Malaysia let alone those idiots speeding down with only a few stunts up thier sleeves. (if you want to talk about spending money building stuff) build a world class sports school to nurture our ATHLETES of the state, track and field, cycling, swimming etc..etc) AND MAINTAIN the SPORTS SCHOOL !
Beliau berkata, mungkin untuk membentuk juara tidak lagi memerlukan perbelanjaan yang besar kerana Mat Rempit sudah mempunyai kemahiran dan keberanian.
(he also state that, maybe to build a champion you need not spend as much because these MAT REMPITS already have the skills and courage) i think its more of that they do not have the brains and the logics to think of their own safety.
“Apa yang perlu dilakukan ialah memberi peluang kepada mereka untuk kembali ke pangkal jalan kerana mencegah lebih baik dari mengunatinya,” jelasnya.
(what is being done is to give a chance to them(mat rempits) to become someone in to have a brighter future) I believe to be someone in JAIL !
Beliau berkata, adalah tidak wajar dengan satu dua insiden yang membabitkan Mat Rempit ini tidak bermakna semua mereka jahat dan terlibat dengan jenayah.
Katanya, masih ramai lagi Mat Rempit yang boleh menempa kejayaan jika mendapat bimbingan yang sewajarnya.
(Azeez said that, just because of a rotten apple does not mean that all these Mat rempit are criminals and are involves in crime. There are aplenty of MAt Rempit that would glorify themself if they were given the opportunity) if you say these what about those student that has gotten 10 – 15 straight A’s in school and applied for scholar ship and yet they do were not given one. this is not a transparent thing and it shows in this country, the chinese are marginalised as said by SM LEE. Why help those who does not want to be help and yet help those useless. People who shows bright future are not given the chance to support the country and yet sholarships are given by other country to take these bright and elite group. Arent you ashamed of yourself Malaysia. I AM !
“Putera Umno memberi peluang kepada Mat Rempit yang ingin kembali ke pangkal jalan tetapi dengan syarat sedia mematuhi syarat yang ditetapkan oleh pergerakan itu,” katanya lagi.
(the Putera Umno will give the chance to these Mat Rempit if they are willing to show that they would obey the rulethat has been set by them said Azeez) what rules are the Putera Umno going to set? that to win a championship mat rempit in the district of Ulu Sungai Petani? to modify their lousy bikes under the FIAA rule?
Oct 20, 06 12:07pm. Malaysiakini
I hope Datuk Azeez would rethink his position as the chief of Umno stating the likes of MAT REMPIT. think of developing the country with better tourism thus maintaining our hospitals, providing it with better equipments, better facilitys to the public and better access to other states with better highway that does jammed up and not waste the money on these low lifes.
ps: thinking the way kimberlycun says that getting a four wheeler and changing its number plate and ramming down all these guys is becoming a good idea now. (nah god said to leave those in desperation to their own will to search for a path to forgiveness as they can only help themself)
I refer to the letter by Paul Ooi of Colorado entitled Oil prices in
Malaysia still cheaper. I must say Ooi’s comparison of petrol prices in Malaysia and the US is not logical, to say the least. He implies that we Malaysians should not be so agitated over the recent hike in petrol prices because we are paying US$2 per gallon while the Americans, Japanese and Hong Kongites are paying US$2.35, US$3.50 and US$4.50 respectively.
I am totally surprised that it did not occur to a well-traveled person like Ooi that Malaysians make much less than the people in the three places he named. Malaysia has a GDP per capita of US$10,400 while the United States, Japan and Hong Kong have a GDP per capita of US$41,800, US$30,400 and US$36,800 respectively. Now, is Ooi actually saying that someone who makes US$10,000 a year and pays US$2 for each gallon of petrol is better off than a person who makes US$40,000 a year but pays US$2.35 (a mere US$0.35 more) for each gallon of petrol? Doesn’t make that much sense, does it?
I’m tired of the usual banner of ‘oil prices in Malaysia are still
cheaper when compared to others’ every time price hikes take place. The government must think we Malaysians are a bunch of donkeys. The fact is, despite the mediocre education the government gives to most of us, we can actually do simp! le maths. If the government had really done its job all these decades, we would not be plagued by corruption and wastage and would be doing so much better in the income and purchasing power departments. The issue of oil subsidy would not even arise as we can then afford to pay for unsubsidised fuel.
The government also launches into elaborate explanations as to why we need to reduce subsidies for fuel and inject the salvaged money into ‘much needed’ development. But since the past four or five price hikes, our development has remained at that -’ much needed’. Can anybody honestly say that the public transportation system in our country has improved ever so tremendously so as to finally allow us to depend on it to get to work, to school, to the market, the court, the hospital, for meetings, etc?
Okay! , so we understand the pressing economic need to put our money in development, money which will otherwise be wasted away in fuel subsidies. Understanding, however, does not put food on our tables. Despite our comprehension of the economics of fuel subsidies, we still cannot make ends meet. I’m not against the idea of development. It’s just that for the past 18 months or so, petrol prices have increased about 40%, diesel prices about 100% and I have not had 1% of increase in my pay. How, pray tell, am I supposed to cope with this increase in the cost of living? The saying goes that by the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends. In my case, I was not even close to making the ends meet, and they have already moved the ends.
For the benefit of Ooi, I present the typical monthly expenses of a middle-income earner in Kuala Lumpur:
Salary: RM2,600 (after EPF ! and tax deductions)
Car loan: RM500
Study loan: RM200
Phone and Internet: RM150
Petrol (lives a distance away from KL to take advantage of lower house
rent) – new price: RM600
Salary left for food: RM490
No savings, no entertainment budget, no new clothing, not much to give the family. And when the time is up for car insurance and road tax, credit card debt is incurred.
Please don’t tell this person to take public transport. First of all,
public transport does not reach where he is living.
Secondly, I really would not dare to ask him to rely on the public transport to get to work and meetings on time. If he is a lawyer, then he definitely does not want to take public transport unless he doesn’t mind his cases being struck out by the court due to his late appearance.
If that is the life of a middle-income earner, my heart really goes out to the low-income earner.
I do not think Malaysians are being unreasonable about the hike in fuel prices. Trying to make ends meet and making sure the family has enough food is not unreasonable. Feeling desperate and angry wh! en price hikes takes away the ability to buy enough food for the family is not unreasonable.
Unreasonable is when one complains about having to buy less Gucci shoes.
Unreasonable is when one tells his countrymen to change their already marginalised lifestyles when he himself is driven around in luxury cars while living in mansions and having his petrol paid for by the rakyat’s taxmoney.
Unreasonable is when one tells people earning less than RM1,000 a month to tighten their already tight belts when he himself dines on the finest food in the finest ambience. (and it’s always the politicians giving out such ‘cheap’ talk-lah)
Coming back to Ooi, since he had so selflessly offered advice to spendthrift and inconsiderate petrol-gulping Malaysians to change their lifestyle, allow me to reciprocate his kindness. My advice to Ooi is to come back to Malaysia, make Malaysian ringgit and pay US$2 for a gallon of petrol. Ooi can also practise what he preaches about reviewing ‘our petrol consumption patterns’.
In saying this, Ooi joins Noor Yahaya Hamzah of New Zealand in admonishing Malaysians over their reluctance to walk or ride a bicycle instead of taking the car.
Notice how these people are always those who live outside Malaysia?
They give their patronising advice from their comfortable homes in First! World countries with First World incomes and comfortable climate. It would not be so easy to mete out such generous advice if you were living in a Third World developing nation with your Third World income and sweltering heat.