Monday, 25 September 2017

Can we have better highways at no extra costs?

There are these stories by Bernama, which made me curious,

14.5 Mln Contributors May Lose Out If EPF Sells Plus


which was published five days ago, and


which was published yesterday.

The first one quoted some analysts without naming them and the other one quoted Sekijang MP Anuar Manap. Hmmmm....hardly authoritative, if you asked me.

I think Bernama could had done better with their stories if they were meant for PLUS to remain under the control of UEM/Khazanah and EPF instead of being taken over by Maju Holdings as proposed.

Nonetheless, this is also a story by Bernama a week ago as published by Malaysian Reserve, but it goes the other way around,


That one quoting the loud Tourism and Culture Minister DS Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

excerpts;

Mohamed Nazri, who is also an a Umno Supreme Council member, said the federal government had to fork out compensation of about RM900 million to avoid a toll increase, as this would burden highway users following the concession agreement signed by the previous leadership.
“We have to crack our heads every time we (the Cabinet members) discuss on raising the toll rate. If we do not allow the highway concessionaires to increase toll, the federal government will have to pay RM900 million.
“As such, I fully support such proposal because we will not have to pay the RM900 million and almost RM1 billion could be saved for the benefit of the public,” he told reporters after launching the Keretapi Sarong 2017 #SayangMalaysia programme in Kuala Lumpur.

Okay, Nazri seemed quite rationale on this one.

PLUS said they have not increased toll rates for the past 10 years, but if I understand Nazri correctly, that's because the government paid quite a lot of compensation for it not to do so.

Well, government's money is our money, so actually going by such logics, we are paying extra to PLUS even though it has not increased the toll rates.

Then there's this story a few days ago,


It was an interview with Maju Holdings boss Tan Sri Abu Sahid Mohamed.

excerpts,

“We haven’t discussed anything and they’re already saying no. Why are they so reluctant to meet me?” asked Abu Sahid when met by The Mole yesterday evening.
Insisting that his proposal was credible, Abu Sahid said it was drafted by renown international boutique investment bank, Evercore Partners.
He is also baffled by negative public feedback over the proposal, despite him guaranteeing a 20-year-long no toll hike for all highways under PLUS.
“Malaysians cry foul whenever toll rates are increased but when I told them I can guarantee a static toll rate for 20 years some also protest.
“It can be done. Evercore had done the maths and they told me that it is still profitable to operate the highways even if I do not raise the rates for 20 years,” stated Abu Sahid.
One concern echoed by the detractors is that it would deprive the 14.5 million EPF contributors a steady stream of dividend income.
Concurring that the contention may be valid, Abu Sahid however argued that the amount of annual dividend that EPF contributors has been getting from its RM400 million earnings from PLUS is only RM28 per contributor.
Abu Sahid said the proposal offers EPF and Khazanah a RM2 billion payment in cash each and that the amount paid to EPF will enable its contributors to enjoy a one-off RM142 dividend.
I have to admit that Abu Sahid's offer and explaination of the proposed deal seemed quite impressive.

I was also told by someone who knows about the offer that Maju Holdings even offered to instal lights throughout all the highway stretches.

And all this without a toll hike or compensation from the government for the next 20 years.

Imagine driving from the Tuas toll in Johor to Bukit Kayu Hitam toll in Kedah at night with the highway all lit up.

No more dark and lonely drive.

No more pontianak highway hitch hiker stories to worry about.


Okay, I know, some of you may think it's all ridiculous and Abu Sahid was only bullshitting about this.

But really, could someone care to explain why this cannot be done.

I mean, could someone from Khazanah, UEM or EPF officially rebut Abu Sahid's offer.

Explain to us why all that can't be done without the public having to pay more when they use the highways.

Personally, I do prefer for the highways to be under government's control like how it is now, but I also would like to know why the rakyat could not get a better deal for the highways as offered by Abu Sahid and his company.

Okay, I met Abu Sahid once and he did seems to be a bit eccentric  and quite loud just like Nazri who supported his offer.

That's probably because he's from Muar.

Muar people tend to be like that.

The rest of us other Johoreans tend to see Muarians to be like that.

Don't know why though.

They are just "different".

But still, the offer he made does sounds quite good.

If it's for the good of rakyat and country, I think we should at least discuss about it.

If it turned out to be just bullshit, then we should be properly told why is that so.

It's only fair, I think.

So, how about it Khazanah, UEM, EPF? Can explain? You all can offer us rakyat a better deal or not?

Sunday, 24 September 2017

A missed memorable event

Woke up quite early and did some work.

After that I thought of writing something quite serious here.

It's about people being rude to their elders like what happened to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and then to former Pribumi Bersatu vice president Datuk Hamidah Osman.

But then just now I suddenly felt very lazy.

Don't know why but I have been feeling like this over the past few days.

One moment I felt that something is important, the next I can't be bothered with it anymore.

Well, what to do....it's like that lah.

Anyway, I think I just want to make a small complaint instead.

Yesterday evening I was with my friend and her kids when we decided to attend the closing ceremony of the Asean Para Games at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

We wanted to lend our support because we had been hearing that attendance for the event had been poor.

So, my friend and her two children joined me on the drive to the stadium all the way from Klang.

Unfortunately, as we approached the stadium we kept being stopped by the policemen at several entrances of the stadium compound.

They directed us to go to another location to park the car.

Not being very familiar with the area, we ended up getting lost and since the kids were getting restless after a while, we gave up trying to find the designated car park.

Well, so much for trying to show support for the para athletes.

But then again I guess the stadium was already full that we were having difficulties even to park the car.


Still, I wish they could had made that easier for us.

It would have been memorable for us if we had made it to the stadium yesterday.

I have been inside the National Stadium just once and that was during the Commonwealth Games in 1998. I was still a kid at that time.

Even more memorable it would had been for my friend as one of her kids is with autism.

The boy would have loved it.

Well, what to do.

Tak ada rezeki....as they said.

Maybe next time.

Still...it was a bit sad.

Putting a song here to cheer myself up,


That's the favourite song of my friend's son who is with autism.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

About not giving a flying fuck

Yesterday, my blogging captain Rocky asked,

KJ merajuk lagi?

It's actually about KJ's Instagram status of "Can't give a flying f anymore".

I checked just now and it's still there.

I think KJ is not really sulking, but instead just fed-up with something.

It's normal actually.

I got fed-up too sometimes.

Yes, sometimes I also felt that I can't give a flying fuck anymore.

I don't blame KJ if he feels like that from time to time.

After all, he has to work along with this type of people all the time,


I would have really gave up a long time ago if I'm in his position.

In fact, the last time I quit my job was because I had to work with some extremely obnoxious people .

Just look at what happened last weekend when they hyped up that super important press conference.

So stupid.

Then arrogant some more.

Urghhh!!!

Anyway, maybe KJ was not even fed up at all.

Maybe he was just being funny.

He may just put his status like that to match his Instagram profile picture


Honestly, he really looks like he can't give much of any kind of fuck anymore....flying, walking or swimming.

Even if he wants to, I don't think there will be any taker with him looking like that.

He really looks like a Rohingya refugee in that picture.

KJ, change la the picture.

It's your worst, okay.

And while you are at it, change the status too la.

You are making a lot of people anxious with that one..

Anyway, I also checked KJ's tweeter account.

It's still very much alive, especially with news of the Asean paralympic games.

Looks like KJ is still working, which is good.

Seriously, I don't think KJ will quit on anything.

After all, he had gone so far on his own to survive in Umno after his father-in-law left the PM office.

I doubt he's going to throw all that away.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Doctors said IRB was unfair to call them cheats (updated)

UPDATES

This is the latest on this issue,

IRB chief denies labelling doctors as tax dodgers


ORIGINAL POST

The other day, the Inland Revenue Board sorts of officially made it that doctors are the worst cheats in the country,

Doctors make up the bulk of tax dodgers: IRB 


Quite harsh, I think.

Did all those doctors intentionally try not to pay their taxes properly?

Anyway, I think this news would have been cheered especially by lawyers.

Suddenly they are no longer the worst when it comes to cheating people.

Yup, doctors are the worst, according to IRB.

A neurosurgeon hard at work saving life. The guy is my good friend who helps out at a government hospital. He almost quit doing that after being accused of cheating his taxes.
I think the accountants probably cheered too.

Well, I don't really know what to say, okay.

I have never been directly cheated by doctors, but I did lose quite a huge sum of money in the past because of some evil lawyers and accountants misled me (at a fee) to invest in some stupid shares and property purchases.

Anyway, let's be fair and hear what the doctors have to say about all these.

The following is a statement by President of Association of Specialists in Private Medical Practice Malaysia Dr Sng Kim Hock in relation to the matter,

“The Association of Specialists in Private Medical Practice Malaysia (ASPMPM) is deeply concerned and wishes to express its regret over the allegations made by the Chief Executive Officer of the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) Datuk Sabin Samitah that “Doctors make up the bulk of tax dodgers” which were published by the Sun Daily in an article entitled “Doctors make up the bulk of tax dodgers: IRB” on 17.9.2017.

We wish to clarify that over the past four decades, specialists in private medical practice in Malaysia have been advised by their respective accountants, many of whom are retired senior IRB officers and directors to file their taxes under ‘Sendirian Berhad (Sdn Bhd).

However, on 9.9.2016, IRB issued a ruling stating that services provided by specialists in private medical practice are no longer deemed taxable under ‘Sendirian Berhad’, but as a personal income.

This ruling will affect the income of specialists for three years, 2013-2015, and imposes a penalty of 15%.

Prior to the issuance of the said ruling, ASPMP and the MMA had a number of meetings with IRB. 

The outcome of those meetings were that all specialists with their accountants, need to do a self-audit which is based on the new ruling and resubmit their tax returns which includes a calculation of the said penalty, by 15.12.2016, failing which, IRB would impose a penalty of 45% or more.

That led to a massive exercise by many of the 3000 over specialists affected, which led to a collection of RM400 million, as revealed by the IRB CEO in another article published on the Utusan Malaysia online portal on 15.4.2017 entitled “Helah Doktor Pakar”.

It was therefore with much regret that we read the disconcerting statements published in the afore said articles that implied that all specialists in private medical practice in Malaysia are cheats.

The submissions of our tax returns are made upon the advice of our accountants, as well as certified tax agents and consultants, all of whom were approved by IRB prior to the said ruling. 

The allegations made are accordingly incorrect and unfair and we cannot allow such allegations to continue to be raised against specialists in private medical practice in Malaysia without taking the necessary steps to protect our reputation.

Moving forward, we wish to state that our doctors work hard for their earnings and should be allowed an opportunity to address any incorrect allegations. 

We also wish to take this opportunity to urge both the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia to help clear the good name of doctors.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Important press conference...fine, whatever (updated)

UPDATES

Those who hyped this one up are complete morons.

That's all I want to say. Thank you.

ORIGINAL POST

According to NST,

Najib to make important announcement at PC today


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is scheduled to hold a Press conference today at the Umno headquarters, Putra World Trade Centre.
The conference would be at held on the 39th floor of Menara Dato Onn at 4.45pm.
All Umno supreme council members are expected to be present, while Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s working visit to Perlis will be cut short.
It is learnt that Najib, who is also Umno president is expected to make an important announcement at the press conference.
All Umno menteris besar and chief ministers are expected to be there.

A friend asked me just now,

"Dissolution of parliament?"

Honestly, I don't think so.

I don't feel that BN is fully prepared yet for that.

But my friend insisted that this must be "it".

"Otherwise it's going to be an overkill, the way it was hyped up," he said.

Maybe so.

I told him just to wait for the scheduled press conference a few hours from now.

Nothing to get so excited about.

If it's going to be the GE, so be it.

Polling day, we just go and vote.

This country is still a democracy, I think, so, we should be glad and just follow the due process.

And that's about it.

Then my friend forwarded me these other predictions about the PC,

Could be a major revamp in Umno involving :
- Shafie Apdal of Sabah coming back
- Promoting Hishammuddin
- Sidelining Zahid
- Changes at state chief level

Quite interesting predictions.

But really, let's just wait and be calm.

It could probably be nothing. Maybe just some extra BR1M allocations or something.

On the tahfiz tragedy twist

Latest report on the tahfiz tragedy ;

Youths arrested, mocking remarks motive behind tahfiz fire


excerpts;

“They comprised school leavers and dropouts living around Datuk Keramat area,” he said.
He said all of them have been remanded for seven days from today and investigations would be done under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and Section 435 for mischief by fire.
Amar Singh said six of the youths were tested positive for drugs and two had previous criminal records for rioting and vehicle theft.
Looks like the whole tragedy has taken quite a dramatic twist.

Honestly, I'm quite lost for words.

So many questions now in my head.

What were the kids thinking when they did it?

Was it because of the drugs they took?

What had the tahfiz students said to them that made them did it?

Did they really mean to kill those other kids?

Whatever it is, for me, this is a sign that something is really wrong with our society.

I feel that collectively, we failed to raise our kids properly that some of them ended up doing what those kids did.

Yes, I believe that we are all at fault on this.

I know, most of you all probably disagree with that, thinking, what does it got anything to do with the rest of us.

Well, I'm talking about us as a society.

We, as a whole, failed on this one.

Those kids, who died and those who allegedly caused their death shouldn't end up like that if we are a better society.

We need to be a society with better values if we don't want this sorts of tragedy to happen again.

As for those arrested kids, if they are indeed guilty of the crime, then I hope our justice system will be just with them.

Hang them all? No, I don't believe that 's the solution.

These are kids, after all.

Remember, we are also to be blamed as a society which produced such kids.

We need to do better than that, and learn from this tragedy.

For one thing, we need to do more for our youths so that this country may have a better future.


Anyway, despite this latest development, I still stand on what I wrote about.

Tahfiz and other religious schools need to be brought to mainstream education system


Friday, 15 September 2017

A bit more on the tahfiz tragedy

I thought I was being harsh with my tahfiz posting yesterday

Tahfiz and other religious schools need to be brought to mainstream education system


but this one, which I received from my uncle via Wassap just now, is much more direct to the point. I don't know who wrote it, but I agree with it.

Hari ini kita dikejutkan pula dengan tragedi kebakaran di Darul Qur'an Iftifaqiyah di Dato Keramat yang meragut nyawa 24 orang, iaitu 22 murid dan 2 guru, manakala 20 orang lebih dilapurkan cedera parah, dan ramai lagi yang masih terperangkap.

Ini bukan kali pertama kejadian seperti ini berlaku di sekolah agama persendirian, tak kira lah apa benda nama pun, Darul Qur'an ke, Madrasah ke, Pondok ke, Ma'ad Tahfiz ke.... diikuti oleh nama-nama dalam bahasa Arab yang kadang-kadang nak sebut pun susah sampai berbelit lidah... Al itu lah, Al ini lah, tinggal lagi Madrasah Al-Butoh dan Ma'ad Al-Fantat je yang belum ada.

Marah ke..? Ya, memang aku marah.... Bukan sebab kebakaran itu saja, tapi banyak sebab lain yang menyebabkan aku marah dengan sekolah agama persendirian ni.... Cakap memang senang, dah takdir, nama pun kemalangan..... butoh pak hang..! Itu cakap orang Qadariyah yang beriman dengan Qada' dan Qadha dengan cara yang salah...!

Kamu tak fikir ke, pasal apa selama ini hanya madrasah, pondok, ma'ad dan pusat tahfiz persendirian yang terbakar...? Sebab ustaz-ustaz yang mengendalikan sekolah agama itu mengambil mudah tentang ciri-ciri keselamatan... Bangunan tidak ikut spesifikasi....! Sistem pendawaian elektrik macam mana...? Kawalan api macam mana..? Asrama macam mana...? Bilik tempat belajar macam mana..? Tandas macam mana..? Dapur macam mana...? Semua itu tak lulus lah...! Bangunan tak ada CF...! Itu belum cerita bab kebersihan lagi...!

Seperti kejadian yang berlaku hari ini... Kebakaran bermula di pintu utama.... Murid-murid terperangkap.... Pintu belakang tak ada...! Tingkap tak boleh buka...! Alat pemadam api tak ada...! Macam ini kamu kata takdir Allah...? Fuck you...!

Bila berlaku macam ni, mulalah kutip derma kilat, konon nak membantu Darul Qur'an yang ditimpa musibah... lancau...! Nak bantu taukeh agama tu buat apa...? Yang jadi mangsa ialah budak-budak...! Yang terkorban bukannya taukeh agama tu...! Ingat duit derma boleh kembalikan nyawa murid-murid ke...?

Taukeh tu dah kaya.... Boleh dikatakan semua pengusaha sekolah agama persendirian pakai kereta mewah, rumah besar, bini lebiih dari satu..... Kerana ibubapa yang hantar anak belajar di sekolah persendirian semuanya orang senang, orang banyak duit.... Tetapi yang hidup dha'if ialah budak-budak tu....!

Sepatutnya pihak kerajaan kena tegas dalam soal ini.... Pedagang agama yang tak cukup duit, tak payah nak wat gatal batu pelir nak bukak perusahaan sekolah agama...! Tak ada faedah pun...! Sekarang ni kalau makan di mana-mana restoren di sekitar Lembah Klang, bersepah-sepah peminta sedekah yang terdiri dari pelajar pusat tahfiz, darul qur'an, madrasah, ma'ad duk ganggu orang tengah makan....  Ini ke yang Islam suruh...? Bila tanya dari tahfiz mana...? Dari Kedah lah, dari Perlis lah, dari Perak lah..... Habis kau datang mintak sedekah tiap-tiap malam kat KL, bila masa kau belajar...? Terus lari, pergi ke meja lain pulak.... Begini ke imej Islam yang kita nak tonjolkan dalam negara yang berbilang agama...? Orang bukan Islam pun nampak lah, budak-budak yang berpakaian agama kerja minta sedekah ke hulu ke hilir, ustaz-ustaz pulak pakai kereta mewah dan hidup gaya mewah.... Apa ni...?

Benda ni bukan wajib pun....! Cuba kira dah berapa tahun pondok-pondok agama persendirian ini beroperasi, berapa pusat tahfiz yang ada di seluruh negara, setiap tahu berapa orang yang menamatkan pengajian.... di mana mereka sekarang...? Mana...? Setiap bulan puasa, surau-surau dan masjid-masjid upah lepasan ma'ah tahfiz suruh jadi imam solat tarawih... AJK suaru masjid upah orang Thailand jugak...!!!!

Dan kalau ya pun pelajar tahfiz di sini yang diambil jadi imam solat tarawih, setakat itu saja ke...? Habiskan masa bertahun-tahun belajar di pondok, setakat nak jadi imam solat tarawih saja...?    

Eh, untuk nak jadi orang Islam yang baik, silibus matapelajaran Pengetahuan Agama Islam di sekolah kebangsaan dan sekolah menengah kebangsaan dah cukup lah.... Orang-orang yang jadi tokoh agamawan sekarang, hampir semuanya berasal dari sekolah kebangsaan dan sekolah menengah kebangsaan saja.... Paling alim pun, masuk sekolah menengah agama kerajaan, orang panggil sekolah Arab... Itu saja....! Mereka ambil SPM juga, cuma kalau sekolah menengah biasa ada aliran Sains, aliran Sastera, Aliran Perdagangan, yang sekolah Arab ada aliran Agama.... Bila dah habis SPM, ada yang melanjutkan pelajaran dalam bidang konvensional macam budak sekolah menengah jugak, ada juga yang ambil jurusan profesional, dan yang nak sambung dalam bidang agama melanjutkan pelajaran ke Mesir, Jordan, Madinah..... Yang masuk sekolah agama persendirian, di mana mereka...?

Cuba tanya Mufti Perlis sekarang, dia sekolah mana dulu...? Kolej Islam Klang, sekolah asrama penuh... Pelajar Kolej Islam Klang pun belajar macam budak sekolah asrama penuh lain jugak.... Yang aliran sains ambik jugak subjek fizik, kimia, biologi bagai..... Tak payah masuk darul itu ini, ma'ad itu ini, tahfiz itu ini, pun...!

Aku dari dulu lagi, cukup tak setuju hantar anak masuk ke pusat tahfiz lah, pondok lah, madrasah lah.... Dulu masa anak saya kecik, isteri pernah tanya, tak nak hantar ke pusat tahfiz ke...? Saya tanya balik, untuk apa...? You tell me why we should send our boy to the private religious school...? For what purpose...? (Bini aku tak boleh jawab, bukan sebab dia tak reti cakap orang putih, tapi sebab dia pun tak tahu untuk apa hantar anak ke pondok dan pusat tahfiz).

Masa anak nak masuk tadika, aku tak bagi anak masuk Pasti, walaupun masa tu aku wala'un tegar.... Aku tak percaya, bagi aku tak ada faedah pun.

Eh, untuk nak jadi orang islam yang baik, yang patuh kepada perintah Allah dan Rasul, dan meninggalkan larangan Allah dan Rasul, untuk kenal dosa-pahala, untuk tahu mana halal mana haram, untuk beribadat kepada Allah, untuk memahami rukun iman dan rukun Islam, tidak semestinya kena mengaji banyak.... mengaji sikit tapi faham agama jauh lebih baik dari mengaji banyak tapi tak faham-faham...! Sama jugak, amalan yang sedikit tapi menurut sunnah nabi jauh lebih baik dari amalan yang banyak tapi penuh dengan bid'ah.

JIka Allah berkehendak untuk memberi kebaikan kepada seseorang, yang pertama Allah bagi dia mudah faham agama.... Syurga Allah bukan diciptakan untuk orang yang banyak ilmu, tetapi untuk orang yang patuh kepada perintah-Nya dan meninggalkan larangan-Nya.

Sekarang kita boleh tengok sendiri depan mata.... Orang yang berlagak seperti ulamak, semuanya terbukti menjual agama untuk kemewahan dunia.

Akhir kalam, Nabi SAW bersabda : " yassiru wala tu’assiru" Maksudnya : “Permudahkanlah dan janganlah engkau menyusahkan."

Orang yang tak masuk sekolah agama mudah faham hadis ni, tapi orang yang masuk sekolah agama, ustaz dia tukar maksud hadis itu menjadi kata pujangga : Islam itu mudah tetapi jangan kamu memudahkan.... nampak..?

Pengetua Darul Qur'an yang terbakar menganggap 25 orang yang terkorban mati syahid....?

Kita ucapkan takziah kepada keluarga mangsa... Orang yang beriman itu apabila ditimpa musibah mereka mengucapkan innalillahi wa'inna ilaihi raji'un....  Dan kita berdoa kepada Allah semoga semua mangsa mendapat keampunan dan rahmat-Nya.... Allahumaghfirlahum warhamhum wa'afihim wa'fu'anhum.

Tetapi samada mereka itu syahid atau tidak, bukan bergantung kepada anggapan pengetua.... Itu urusan Allah.

Pengetua tak payah lah cakap banyak.... Sepatutnya kamu yang bertanggungjawab menyebabkan kematian mereka... Jangan senang-senang nak lepas tanggungjawab dengan mengatakan pelajar dan warden yang terkorban itu mati syahid.


The three brothers who were among those killed in the fire yesterday
Sorry that you all have to read it in mostly Malay as I purposely didn't translate it.

It's the best way to deliver such a message.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Rafizi simply hantam on income tax, Eric See-To needs to do his job better

A friend complained to me just now about PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli getting it all wrong about the income tax issue.

"He simply hantam the figures lah," my friend said.

"And the BN people are not answering him properly. They even confirmed Rafizi's nonsense," he added

My friend was referring to this tit-for-tat between Rafizi and BN strategic communication (BNSC) deputy director Datuk Eric See-To.

Rafizi challenges See-To to debate on tax collections


First, Rafizi's claims which my friend said were all wrong,

excerpts.

Previously, Rafizi said that from RM60.3 billion in 2010, income tax collection was estimated to have reached RM112.3 billion in 2017, according to data obtained from the Treasury.

He also claimed that there was a drastic decline in personal income tax collections by the government even though the economy was developing.
“Personal income tax collection in 2012 was RM51,288 million but it went down in 2016 to RM27,566 million.

Then, this was Eric See-To's which my friend said failed to address Rafizi's wrong statistics,

excerpts,
On Aug 31, See-To took issue with the Pandan MP’s decision to compare the tax collections in Malaysia in 2010 to Australia’s tax collection average growth of 5.3% during the same period.
Rafizi, he said, failed to state that the GDP growth of Australia was just 2.7% during that period, which meant that tax collections had also outpaced economic growth there.
“Australia’s example shows that income tax collections outpacing economic growth is not unusual.”

So, I checked from the Inland Revenue Board figures, and this is what I found,

Please click on image to see it better

Yup, I think my friend is right. Rafizi got all the figures wrong.

My friend is also right about Eric See-To failing to point it out to Rafizi, which in a way confirming the wrong stuff told by Rafizi.

I hope Rafizi can stop doing these sorts of monkey business of quoting the wrong statistics just to win over the rakyat's support. It's unethical, okay.

And I think Eric See-To and his team should do their job more diligently. I heard they were paid quite well. So, don't la do a sloppy job.

Tahfiz and other religious schools need to be brought to mainstream education system

This is very sad.

23 students, two wardens killed in fire at tahfiz school


These tahfiz schools are of late seemed to be making news for all the wrong reasons.

Students died in traffic accidents. Student beaten to death. Student caught molesting younger student.

I think the authorities need to do something about them.

As noted in the report,

excerpts ;

The fire and rescue department had previously raised concerns about fire safety measures at especially unregistered and private religious schools.
There are 519 tahfiz schools registered across the country as of April, but many more are believed to be unregistered. 
How can there be unregistered schools of any kind allowed in this country?

It's just not right.

When a tragedy struck like this morning, it should be an alarm bell for the authorities to realise that something is terribly wrong with those schools.

I think they need to check on all these schools and make sure that they adhere to the laws so that the students well being are properly taken care of.

The authorities need to make sure of the students' safety and that they are provided with proper living condition.

They also need to check on what kind of education that the students are getting. We don't want the children to be thought the wrong things, especially about Islam.

If things are not right, they must close down those schools.

The same goes with all those sekolah pondok.

I know, the government may be accused of these and those for it, including being unIslamic, but it has to be firm on this.

We should not let these sorts of nonsense to continue just because those schools are supposedly religious.

Anyway, what's wrong with having those schools registered and regulated properly?

I know, some would say "sudah takdir" that those students and others died in the fire this morning, but I don't believe that Allah wants us to do nothing about it.

As for the parents, why can't they send their children to proper schools?

I may sound quite unIslamic here, but I have to say that I really don't understand why there are parents who wanted their children to make memorising the Quran the sole education of their children.

Some said it helps parents to get to paradise in the after life if they have a child who memorise the Quran, but can't they get there by being good people on their own?

Those young children should be allowed to make their own choices in life. That's my opinion on it.

Of course, if the child himself/herself chose to be a hafiz, then okay lah, but the parents must choose schools that have proper living condition and syllabus.

Don't la put the child in an unregistered school where all sorts of things can go wrong.

At least, if the schools are registered, the authorities can check on them and make sure the children studying there are alright.

A lot of people talked so much about the Chinese schools being bad for these and those, but I think the problems of Islamic religious schools are even more important to be addressed.

The tahfiz school in KL where tragedy struck this morning

A Chinese independent school in KL

At least, I never heard of unregistered Chinese schools, and them burning down killing their students.

For the poor children and others who perished in the fire this morning, Alfatehah.  Condolences to their families and love ones.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Rambling on a boring Saturday

A very quiet day.

Surfed the net for interesting new stories but can't find any.

Except maybe the storm approaching southern US.

But that's far away from here.

The rest seemed the same as usual.

Boring stuff.

Anyway, some of my friends were not very comfortable with my last post about masseuses and prostitutes.

One of them even scolded me.

"Why la you tell people you go massage. People may think you are not a good person. It will affect your credibility," he said.

I was like...huh, what's so wrong about going for a massage.

I did it all the time whenever I felt like it.

I don't see anything wrong with it.

Sometimes I even go for massage when I'm travelling overseas.

The best I had was in Shanghai. It was a medicinal massage for lower back.

The first time I went for a massage was with my mother.

She used to take me and my dad for a massage at a place called Si Fu in Bangsar.


The masseuses were locals, mostly from Sabah.

They were very good.

So, really, it's no big deal actually.

I think people tend to jump to conclusion about certain things.

By the way, I'm writing this blog not to show people how intelligent, credible or even how moral I am.

I'm not that type of bloggers, okay.

I'm just writing what I experienced and read as well as giving a bit of my opinion on them.

So, it doesn't matter what people think of me.

If they like to read my blog, they are welcomed to it.

But if they don't like it because they think this and that about me, then they just don't have to read it and waste their time.

Some thought I'm campaigning for certain quarters, but really I'm not.

Well, not anymore.

I'm strictly writing on a personal basis now.

Really. It's like that for me now.

What is right is right. What is wrong is wrong.

If I don't know about things, I would say I don't know about them.

Plain and simple.

By the way, who do you think may want to pay me for writing this whimsical post anyway.

Not even BN want to waste their money on a stupid blog like mine.

It doesn't even have charts, graphs and all the fancy statistics.

Several prominent BN bloggers even said that my blog is devoid of facts and useless.

Really. That's what they said.

And they were right in that sense.

As I said, I only write what I experienced and read as well as giving a bit of my opinion on them.

That's about it.

Yes, theirs are superior blogs, and mine is a useless blog.

I got no problem saying that.

That's because I can manage my ego quite well.

I'm not even trying to become like them.

In fact, I don't want to be like them.

I'm just happy being the way I am.

Eh, enough lah. I'm rambling too much pulak.

Really boring day with nothing much happening.

Listen to this song lah ya,


Cheers.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Thai oil massage

I went for a massage yesterday.

Have to because I felt that all my muscles were very tight.

Maybe because of work stress.

It was a Thai oil massage.


Very nice.

The masseuse was Lita, a 26-year-old lady from Bangkok.

She's very good at her work and was quite strong despite only weighing 46kg.

Lita can speak a bit of English, so I had a conversation with her as she did her work.

She started as a masseuse three years ago but only came here recently.

Still single, she's supporting her elderly parents and younger school-going siblings.

She used to work in a factory but the pay was not good enough.

Life was tough, she said.

I asked why she came to KL for work.

"Bangkok pay little, KL more," she replied.

Her customers were mostly men.

I asked whether they were good to her.

"Men all same. All naughty. I ok. They pay," she replied with a giggle.

"You give them sex?" I can't help but to ask.

"No sex. Special massage only. Pay extra," she said and laughed.

Well, at least she's not saying she's prostituting herself.

Many do so though.

All those women came here from Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, China etc.

Then there were those from Russia, Uzbekistan and such.

I do wonder what made them take the trouble to come all the way here to earn a living in such an awful profession.

I mean, everyone seemed to say that their countries are nowadays better than Malaysia.

China, for instance, is overtaking US as the world leading economy.

How come then there were those who came here peddling sex.

If not sex, then they massage our feet for a fee.

Rather nice feeling though having someone from a world leading economy massaging my feet.

Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and even Philippines were all said to be overtaking us in terms of economy, yet some of their women are here  doing that sorts of jobs.

How come?

When I think about it, it does make me wonder why people said our country is so bad going to worse.

You don't go to a worse country than yours to offer sex for money or to earn a living massaging the people who were supposed to be worse off than you.

You go to a better place for that, I think.

Let's say I'm to be a masseuse and have to work overseas to earn a better income, I think I prefer to work in London or Paris.

I don't think I want to do such a job in one of those failed states in the Middle East or Africa.

Well, I think I'll only believe all those talks about our country going to the dogs when all the foreign prostitutes are no longer here.

Or if I have to go to a kampung mak andam for a massage because all the Thai and China spas were closed down because the economy is so very bad.

Let's not even talk about the millions of foreign workers, legal and illegal, who cari makan here, okay.

Well, I know, some of you all think I'm going crazy writing this post about masseuses and prostitutes, but really guys, doesn't it all made sense to you all?

Anyway, since the Thai oil massage I had yesterday was so good, I'm putting here a Thai song for you all.


A bit violent here and there but the rest are quite okay, right?

Typical Thai love story. They slap each other quite a lot, I guess. Kena tampar sampai jatuh jambatan.....hahaha

Cheers.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

What if Kim Jong Un is a Muslim and Rohingya people are from China

Imagine that Kim Jong Un is a Muslim and North Korea is an Islamic country.

And they have this,


complete with nuclear warheads and hydrogen bombs.

Well, I don't think chubby face Kim would ever get to that point in the first place if he's Muslim.

America would had bombed him out with the rest of North Korea back to the pre-dinosaur age even before he could say "annyeonghaseyo".

I'm quite sure China, Russia and the rest of the gang would not say a word.

That's my thought when I read all those news about the current tension in the Korean peninsular.

Poor America, this time they can't simply smack Kim like they did to all those Arabs.

Good for Kim that he only threaten to nuke mainland US rather than use his nuclear missiles to wipe out Israel like all those Arabs would have done if they have such an arsenal.

Otherwise, I think America would had bombed North Korea, irregardless of Chinese or Russian protests.

You see, Israel is actually mightier than America. It can order the super power around.

Really, that's how it is between Israel and America.

Anyway, Kim and his country are indeed quite a bit of nuisance.

We had our own little trouble with them just a while back when Kim's brother Kim Jong Nam was assassinated James Bond-style at KLIA a few months back.

There were quite a bit of fuss at that time.

Now it's rather quite quiet and probably things were back to normal.

Except for that incident, Malaysia is actually quite pally with North Korea.

We have been good to everyone.

Even to funny countries like North Korea.

I'm okay with that, though. As long as they didn't disturb us, why disturb them, right?

Hopefully Kim and gang will not one day aim their missiles at us.

That would be terribly rude of them.

Anyway, on another matter, things seemed to be getting worse with the Rohingya people of late.

They got kicked around quite badly and more were driven out off their homes in Myanmar over the past weeks.

So much with Myanmar's Noble Peace Price winner Aun Sang Su Kyi being in power there now.

Myanmar really shouldn't treat those people like that.

It's a real case of ethnic cleansing and should be treated as such.

Too bad for the Rohingya people that the world seemed a bit slow to react to their plight.

Maybe that's because they are Muslims or maybe it's because of their skin colour.

If they are European with blonde hair and blue eyes, maybe the world would have reacted faster.

Okay, the Bosnians are European but the world was quite slow too when they were slaughtered by the Serbs in the 1980s.

But then again, they are Muslims.

Rohingya's case is worse. They are Muslims and not Europeans.

Well, that aside, I think we Malaysians do have the right to say something about the plight of the Rohingya people.

That's because we are hosting hundreds of thousands of them who fled to this country.

Really.

It's not because they are Muslims, okay, but because we can't be hosting them forever here.

If suddenly a few hundred thousand people in China were prosecuted and they flee here, we should protest to China too, despite the refugees being non-Muslims.

And of course we have to help the poor prosecuted people from China too.

In the meantime, we should pressure their government to take them back and treat them better.

I think that's what our government is doing about the plight of the Rohingya people.

I'm cool with that.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Maybe Malaysians need to rest less

I think this comment from a previous post deserves to be highlighted,

September Public Holidays and Weekend Rest Day List :

Aug 31 (Thu) National Day
Sept 1 (Fri) Hari Raya Haji
Sept 2 (Sat)
Sept 3 (Sun)
Sept 4 (Mon) SEA Games Victory Special Holiday
Sept 9 (Sat) Agong's Birthday
Sept 10(Sun)
Sept 11(Mon) Replacement for Agong's Birthday
Sept 16(Sat)
Sept 17(Sun)
Sept 18(Mon) Replacement for Malaysia Day
Sept 22(Fri) Awal Muharram
Sept 23(Sat)
Sept 24(Sun)
Sept 30(Sat)

The whole September 30 days, after deducting weekends and public holidays, a total of 14 days off, only 16 work days.

[ A constant complain from a lot of companies...even with so many public holidays and rest days, the number of employees applying for Emergency Leave and MCs are high and a common happenings, with a fair number not turning up for work with NO notice or even calling in to inform...ini biasa la in our land of the leisurely :) ]

Thanks commentator JJ.

Think about it guys.

We do rest a lot, okay.

All that despite so many of us complaining about the supposed hard life these days.

For a bunch of hard pressed people, we don't seemed to complain too much about resting a lot.

Anyway, sometimes I do wonder if all those public holidays are really necessary.

Over the period of this one month, we have six public holidays.

Compare them with the number of public holidays in Singapore.


Click at this link please,

Singapore Public Holidays 2017 - Ministry of Manpower


They only have 11 for the whole of this year.

Well, click on this for,

Public Holidays in Malaysia in 2017


That doesn't include special impromptu holidays like in Johor when the JDT team won some sorts of football tournament a few years back.

You can read about it here,


Guess, that's just the way things are in this country.

I don't think we can change it anyway because people will jump up and down if we want to cut down on the number of holidays.

Many will be up in arms on racial and religious sensitivities, okay.

Anyway, if I may suggest, why don't we make it that certain holidays are only the rest days of those who are really connected with the occasions which warrant them.

Raya only for Muslims, CNY only for Chinese, Deepavali only for Hindus, Christmas only for Christians, etc etc etc.

Those not really affected have to go to work.

How about that?

For one thing, we can reduce the congestion at the highways during those festive seasons.

I know, some of you all may ask, How about celebrating together gather?

I think, those really celebrating those occasions will appreciate it more if the rest of us can stay at work instead of joining the balik kampung rush and causing traffic jams and such.

Anyway, I don't think we need to shut down the entire workforce for holidays such as Awal Muharram, Wesak and Thaipusam.

Let's just the Muslims take the day off for Awal Muharram,  Buddhists for Wesak and Hindus for Thaipusam.

As for the special holidays....I think if JDT wins a tournament, let the players, coaches, manager, team owners etc etc have a holiday. The rest of Johor should continue work as usual.

Same goes with the other states.

Well, in conjunction with this restful public holidays month of September, here's a song,


Friday, 1 September 2017

Doing our bit for Malaysia

I read Rocky's latest posting today,

Malaysia no hope?

and was reminded of this post I wrote on March 20 2014


I believe that most of us do love our country.

Students and teachers of Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK) Chung Hwa made history when they paraded a 626m long Jalur Gemilang, in Kota Baru recently
Despite our complaints and unhappiness, we want to do the right thing for Malaysia.

Maybe our ways of showing our love for our country were different, but still we want the best for it.

As for those who forsake this country, I think they did so more due to personal reasons and not because things are so bad here that they were forced to leave.

There were many who left but later came back.

I have a friend who migrated to Australia but returned after she suffered chronic spinal ailment which costs for treatment over there were too expensive.

Others came back just because they missed the life here.

My mother's sisters live and work in Singapore, but they are still Malaysians.

One of them was married there and her children are Singaporeans.

Still, despite living a completely Singaporean life, my aunt loves Malaysia very much.

She cheers for Malaysia in her Facebook postings whenever our athletes participated in sporting events. She's a big fan of Lee Chong Wei.

Of course, she loves Singapore too.

It's after all the country of her husband and children.

As for us here, sometimes we got angry with what's happening in the country, but most of us still want to do the right thing for it.

Deep inside we know this country of ours is not so bad.

Most of us are like that.

It's not perfect, of course, but it's much better than most others.

The truth is that, despite our complaints, most of us still want to contribute in making this country a better place.

Remember that private neurosurgeon I highlighted in this post,

Doctors are criminals?  

Yes, the one who said he didn't want to help out at the government hospital anymore because the Inland Revenue Board people are giving him a hard time.

At that time he was angry. He even contemplated taking up an offer to work in beautiful Maldives.

Apparently he's okay now and is back doing his volunteer work.

He tried to sound reluctant but I know he loves doing his bit of national service.

This is my Wassap conversation with him the other day.


Yup, sometimes we thought that this country is so fucked up, but actually it's not and we still love it and want to do the right thing for it.

I think it's a bit like having a cranky boyfriend or girlfriend whom we love so much.

End of the day, we still love and want the best for him/her.