Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009, a year to look forward to

Too many people have said 2009 will be bad.
The economy is going to get worse, they said.
A lot of people fear for their jobs, though most people who do have not been working.
I say, 2009 is THE YEAR.
2008 was exciting, but I say 2009 will blow your mind.
To me, judgement comes from experience, and great judgement comes from bad experience.
I have a brother who's experiencing financial difficulties. He's been in that situation for the past 10 years. That means he has not recovered from 1998, the Asian financial crisis. For his sake, I hope he has learnt his lesson.
But until he does, I think he will be stuck in the same situation.
You see, only when you go through the bad, you will treasure what is the good. You will be thankful for what you have.
I hope all Malaysians will learn from their experience in 2008, and those who do not, no worries, 2009 will be a good teacher for you.
Only thing is, be prepared to PAY.
I wish everyone peace and love.
I hope Malaysia grows to be a better country, helped by Malaysians, regardless of their roots, who have matured in temperament and thought.
To all of you, Happy New Year and all the best in 2009!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A heck of a year

It's coming to the end of the year soon.
Time flies when you're having fun.
2008 was fun. The people of Malaysia, well, half of them, showed they actually had their eyes wide open, ears ready to listen and with enough brain power to process information properly.
These people voted for Pakatan Rakyat.
The other half were AFRAID. They were INTIMIDATED. They were MISLED.
I am not saying all PR representatives are good. In the absence of independence between the Judiciary, Legislative and the Executive, we need a good check and balance system in place. That is why PR's presence in Parliament needs to be expanded.
When Pakatan Rakyat takes over the government, it is NOT necessary to support BN just because BN becomes the Opposition. But they will make a good Opposition.
And that is what we need. To keep the Government TRANSPARENT.
Another reminder to our Members of Parliament, STOP PLAYING TRUANT!
We will watching your attendance record for next year's Parliament sessions.
WE are paying YOUR SALARY! And we will take you out if you do not justify your election.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Only the poor die young in Malaysia

Can't believe the government almost let go of the IJN, or National Heart Institute to be privatised. The standard of healthcare in Malaysia is already bad.
Nowadays, only the rich can afford to be sick in Malaysia.
The best example is my wife's story. She has IgA, which is a kidney condition that could be fatal if not monitored properly. During a routine scan, a growth in the liver was detected. She went through several appointments in the same hospital, which gave a 50-50 diagnosis of cancer.
To remove the tumor, the hospital quoted me 40k. Actually, it wasn't a financial problem as she was covered under my company's policy. However, I did not like the way the surgeon was pushing for her to do the op the NEXT DAY. I asked for time to get a second opinion.
I was lucky. My cousin knew this hepatologist in Hospital Selayang, which is our National Liver Center. After the standard screenings, they had a conclusion. To go for the op. I trusted them.
The surgery was successful. I never knew the human liver was the size of both your hands knuckled up together.
I have also given up eating chicken liver after they showed me her liver in a container.
I am not saying all private practitioners are money-mongering pimps.
However, I do know of one specialist in a private hospital based in Subang with an art collection worth in the millions. No, he was not born with a silver spoon. He got that money from his practice.
So, what is the meaning of the Hippocrates Oath? Or should it be Hypocritic Oath?
DOCTORS, did you want to be a doctor to HELP or to be RICH?
I wanted to be a neuro-surgeon when I was young. This was after my mother passed away from liver cancer. I had the worst feelings when my wife was diagnosed.
I can imagine my feelings amplified and repeated throughout hospitals everywhere here in Malaysia as people find out they are very ill.
I did not become a doctor, but I promised myself that I will give the opportunity to my sons to become doctors.
God-willing, if I have the funds and they DO become doctors, I will build a hospital for them and their colleagues to cure the poor.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Did you ask to be born in Malaysia?

Having drinks with my buddies last night. One remark, "We are so blessed to be in this country"
Couldn't be better? Yes, it could be but
1. The average person has a proper roof over their head
2. The man in the street has enough to eat, or with some of the buffet lines I've seen, too much to eat.
3. One in 3 Malaysians have their own mode of transport so that they don't need to rely on the decrepit public transport system.
4. The country has an unique employment rate of 115%, thanks to the 15% of our population consisting of foreign workers, which means everyone can support themselves AND afford to hire foreign labor too.
5. We don't have problems like strikes (Europe) , riots (Greece) and natural disasters (ok, forget Bukit Antarabangsa, that's a man-made one despite whatever our idiot Ministers say).
So what's the problem, right?
Why is there any cause to complaint at all?
I have 2 houses, 2 cars, a wife who hasn't managed to bankrupt me with her shopping, 2 beautiful boys with a third child on the way (God, please, a girl), a good job with a great company and enough time to play golf and for occasional drinks too.
I should be rejoicing for all to see.
Our authorities tell us our crime rate is lower than most countries. Yes, thanks, the first month I moved to my house, our car CD player got stolen and the darn thiefs broke the car window to get to it. So I should be thankful I don't live in Zimbabwe?
They also tell us that foreigners flock to Malaysia as their choice of study. Ok, these people have 1. no schools in their war-torn country and 2. not enough money to get an actual quality education in a proper institution elsewhere, ok? There's no surprise that our country's ranking has slid in the International Science and Math.
My cousins used to tell me that they (both doctors) didn't want to come back to Malaysia, no thanks to zero meritocracy in our civil service. They would complaint about racism and UMNO's policies etc.
I stopped this argument with one question.
No? You didn't have any choice. Oh, some people I'm sure would love to be born in the US, UK or Australia. That's why they migrated there.
So, either you start fighting the slime of evil in this country or get the hell out of it.
Some people have no choice. They can't afford to migrate. But they love to complaint. My previous post refers to them as "The People".
You sure didn't ask to be born in Malaysia, but you sure as hell can do something about making this good country a great country.
You can start TODAY.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Malaysians, the enemy of Malaysia

The people who run the Malaysian governement are simply taking advantage of the multitude of people (including some of my own relatives!) who refuse to think, learn, discuss issues, and behave in a respectable manner.

Who is really the enemy of Malaysia?

Is it the people who propagate corruption in the government?
I say the primary enemy of every nation is that horde of non-thinking fools we refer to as "The People".

The People want to advocate transparency, but they refuse to discuss our government policies and how it might be the cause of hatred and chaos among the various races.

The People want to vote, but they refuse to learn about our government system or seriously discuss which candidates have shown leadership abilities.

The People want to pass judgement on immigrants, crime and the economy, but they refuse to learn about or discuss any of the issues.

The primary enemy of Malaysia is my friends, my relatives, my neighbors, and most of your colleagues, relatives, and neighbors.

The Kuala Trengganu by-election is coming. I hope that all of you, my fellow Malaysians, WAKE UP and smell the STINK of CORRUPTION in the government.
Don't forget, these are the same people who told you it's ok to use YOUR MONEY to buy Mercedez Benzes for their own personal use. RM 3.4 million of YOUR MONEY!
They also believed you were STUPID enough to believe that it costs 50k to maintain a Proton Perdana.
They believed they could CON you into the myth that Benzes are cheaper to maintain than a local car.

Fortunately, we have a couple of citizens who keep watch for the rest of The People.

On the mountains of truth, you can never climb in vain; either you reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Friday, December 05, 2008

One man's meat, the people's poison

There is an issue where Mukriz Mahathir, currently contesting for the post of UMNO Youth Chief, has commented that the vernacular school system is to blame for racial divide.
The comment is totally uncalled for, and it demonstrates exactly why UMNO is the MAIN CAUSE of racial anxiety in this country.
He may be pretending not to understand, and if he really does not understand the following fact, then he is truly stupid.
To the Chinese community, one's education is paramount.
For tens of centuries, officials in China or their government servants were appraised based on their level of education. How one performed in the annual examinations was a reflection of their knowledge, maturity and language/communication skills.
Transfer that belief to our country and it becomes an even bigger issue. The Chinese know that for a person to achieve higher education, they have to outperform the rest in order to qualify for the local universities. This is not by choice. There are plenty of Chinese families who cannot afford to send their children to overseas institutions.
Therefore, you will see that year after year, the top scorers in SPM and STPM are mostly from Chinese schools. They know that if they are not the best performers, they are nothing.
Some smart non-Chinese parents have sent their children to Chinese schools. They know that even though some of the Chinese schools are not government funded, but because the Chinese believe so much in education, these schools will have the best finances, resources and the most dedicated teachers.
The forward-minded parents who sent their children to Chinese schools 20-30 years ago have benefited from their children, especially those who went into trade with Mainland Chinese counterparts before the economic boom of the 90s.
Malaysia has a mixed population with Chinese and Indians. The 2 countries with the biggest populations are China and India, with Malaysia located strategically in the middle. China has already boomed, with India on the way too.
When our trade grows with these 2 countries, our entire country benefits.
If UMNO still wishes to be so introverted, let them be. There doesn't seem to be a week going by without anyone from that party making a dumb decision or comment.
Perhaps the latest incident of sacking a gentleman like Zaid Ibrahim is a blessing for him, to be liberated of racist and greedy politicians waiting for their chance to pillage our country.
Thank you, UMNO, for killing yourself slowly.
I suppose the only problem is that the people of Malaysia have to wait too long to take you out to the crematorium in 2013.
Allow me to end with a quote from a man who started Barack Obama's journey:

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)