Last Saturday I appeared with 3 other actors on the front page of Options, the magazine that comes with The Edge each week. It was a fashion feature! Now that in itself should surprise many people who know my sartorially challenged nature. Anyway, there we were in the surrounds of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre looking all spiffy in our designer togs. And they were the latest season of designer fashion for men. Big brand names. Armani. Zegna. Hugo Boss. I didn't think much about the whole thing after the photos were taken. Until I saw the story in print in the magazine. What caught my attention was the price tags attached to each of the pieces we wore. My suit was priced at RM3,399. The shirt was RM699 and the pair of rather uncomfortable jeans were RM999.
Almost RM5,000 for 3 pieces of clothing???!!!
Yesterday, I went for lunch at a hawker center that's just opened up near where I live. A Chinese place that looked like any hawker centre in the city. I ordered a pork noodle soup. It came. The stall owner held out her hand for "four Ringgit fifty sen!" What?! For a bit of beehoon, 2 slices of pork and some pork spare parts?
RM4.50 for a bowl of pork noodles???!!! Yup.
It is not cheap to live in this city anymore. Not that it ever has been. But thing are getting worse.
Okay, I know what you are thinking...
Niamah!!! The whole judicial system seems to be collapsing, the Auditor-General has exposed monumental mismanagement of public funds to the tune of billions of Ringgit, racial polarisation is unchecked... and this baarger complains about a RM4 bowl of pork noodles!!!
I have always believed that it is the little things that make the difference to the big picture.
My pork noodle soup which used to cost RM2.50 is now RM4.50
My children's school uniforms cost 25% of my monthly salary.
I need to save up for a month before I can afford to go to the pub with my friends.
I know I can never afford to send my children to private colleges and universities.
My toll charges to and from work each day now totals RM8!
The cost of taking my family out for some R&R is at least RM100++
The cost of my pork noodle soup has increased by 35%. My salary increase last year was 5.3%
...and the list goes on.
The cost of just EXISTING.
It is the little things that matter to the majority. It is the little things that make the majority mad. Pissed off.
It is the majority that changes governments.
PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS
GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF THEIR PEOPLE
(V For Vendetta - Alan Moore)