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Friday, September 28, 2007

The little things

The Incredible Shrinking Ringgit

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.

Niamah!!!


PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS
GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF THEIR PEOPLE

(V For Vendetta - Alan Moore)

44 comments:

NurL said...

mm.. i think u better appreciate the RM4.50 pork noodle, with the govment now so desparately closing down pig farms with all kind of excuses, soon u will have to pay RM6, RM8 or RM10 for it.. or worse, no more pork noodle...

Anonymous said...

main reason for the inflation rate is the quantum leap in petrol prices. niamah, this is a net oil exporter nation and the government said it cant afford to subsidise fuel cost anymore. but it can throw away RM4.6 billion to line the pockets of the UMNO treasurer and his gang of thieves (including MP from Bintulu and MCA fellas). it can throw away another RM6.75 billion on non-working patrol vessels to line the pockets of some UMNO fellas. It can throw away hundreds of millions in the form of commission payment in connection with the purchases of defence weapons to some UMNO fellas. It can afford to buy tachnical books at 250 times of the market value and the culprits are still free. The shit list of abuses go on and on and the government tells you to change your lifestyle to minimise the impact from inflation. Meantime, the PM and his entourage enjoys his new airplane and numerous holidays all over the world yearly, the wifes of Ministers can fly to Europe purely for a shopping spree..NIAMAH, I should be in politics ( and of course with the right party to have a chance of screwing the public).

Anonymous said...

and we are all screwed.. sigh.

FA said...

Another thing,

Make cars so bloody expensive by imposing all sorts of crazy assed taxes, but alternative public transportation is shit.

It's like forcing us to choose between chicken shit and elephant shit. Both also shit, it's whether you want a LOT of shit, or less shit. :(

Anonymous said...

Actually who really suffers more when the price of basic necessity increases?

We are living in a time where everything is going wrong but powers that be claims everything is alright. The room smells of rotten stench but they claim it to be smelling of roses. Our minds have been affected by our mediocre education system which have been deteriorating as time passes.

Look at our society nowadays, people would rather spend money sending their children to tuition classes but do not even bother to buckle them up when they drive, thus risking their lives. We have become a selfish society, a society driven by one god, MONEY.

I am not surprised by the 5000 bucks clothing, heck people even pay 100 grand for a watch. And all of us are busy chasing this dream of owning this luxurious life or perhaps something close to it. We spend money on our children for tuition but do we instill any moral values in them? I know some do but the majority don't. When i go out for a jog, i pass by a house in my neighbourhood where the kids there are throwing stones at me having fun. This kids are 5-6 yrs old, i don't blame them because their parents didn't educate them correctly.

Drive on the road and you can see numerous people chatting away on their hand phone, driving recklessly, beating the red light, etc. We know its against the law but we still do it. And with our children in our car who do you think they learn from? Everyone of us should take some time to reflect what is really wrong and it has to start with ourselves. We have to admit wrong whenever we make mistakes and teach this kind of values to our children.

The powers that be are currently in power because of us. The Majority of us voted them in. The next time we will be voting, just think really hard, will the current powers that be benefit us in the long run? They have been in power for half a century now, what are our achievements and where are we headed? Think beyond just our lifetime. Will our future generations look back at us and curse us for our actions?

I know some might think i'm talking cock but do you honestly think there will be major changes if there is a change in the powers that be if we don't look within ourselves for changes? Changes have to happen in parallel. When the time comes, i hope everyone will vote wisely but the time has come for everyone to reflect and make that change within ourselves for the benefit of our children. Think less pollution, helping each other and avoiding wastages.

crazyant said...

The situation is definitely getting worse. I mean when you compare someone working in Singapore and someone in Malaysia, say they both earn 3000 bucks in their own respective currency, the fler from Singapore will be able to stretch his salary further because everything is half price there. Books cost about $15; CDs = $18 each; Colgate = $3 etc... And the bloody morons a.k.a. government say everything is fine? Phack Lah... I mean fuck lah!

pah nur said...

Dear Patrick,
I hate to burst the bubble but even the KLCC public WC cost as much of your bowl of mee. I cannot comprehend why a foetid sinkhole should cost so much. Is it because graduates are cleaning it, so they have to pay them more labour charges? Or perhaps they use filtered water for washing? Not that peeing into the bowl gives us more relieve to the bladder.

And do you notice that healthy food cost more. I just dont get it. Less cholestrol, no preservatives, no added sugar and the price will be higher than when they contain all these delicious but detrimental-to-health food. Less ingredients inside means should charge less mey...It's like deja vous at the mamak stall whereby everytime they silap kira, it will always cost more and never less.
That is why i prefer to cook. Might as well eat maggie mee (which now cost rm1.20 by the way!!!), since we're going to end up eating monosodium glutamide (ajinomoto lar) in the outside food anyway.

How many times have the oil price gone up you tell me? I often wonder in a fraction moment of hope, when the hawkers serve me super oily food,(like banjir minyak like that) that the oil price may have gone down. But all in vain and the baaaager would have probably charge extra for the extra oil anyway.

Automatically, (just like when there is a new road, there is the impending toll), when the oil price goes up, everything goes up. The only thing that would probably stay down would be someone's you-know-what when they cannot afford the new Viagra price.

Niamaaaaah!!!

john said...

i work in europe. frankly, my homeland, malaysia is a shopping paradise for me and many others holding the euro or usd.

1 euro for 1 bowl of pork noodles. It sell for 6 euro here, made by vietnamese and not taste good.

5 euro for a jacket in sungai wang. it sell for at least 20 euro in carrefour france.

2 euro for a mc d meal. it's 5 euro here.

50 euros for 4 boxes of contact lenses. it's 50 euros for 1 boxe here.

On the other side
20 euros for a vin in Malaysia. it's only 2.5 euro here.

every coin have 2 sides. we can see difficulties and we can see opportunty. And we can turn our disadvantages to be our advantages...

pah nur said...

The answer to why malaysians have become kiasu lies in our education system. The education system stresses on paper qualifications, less emphasis on the spiritual development. Perhaps if we were to make Civics Education as an exam subject, then perhaps a pregnant lady in public transportation may stand a better chance of getting someone to give up their seat for her.

As a malay saying would go,"melentur buluh biar dari rebong". We send our rebongs into the pot and cook them instead. Look at how heavy the school children's bags are!! Then we send them for tuition after school. The time they spend at school and tuition , plus the time the parents spend away from home, working, results in less quality time spent amongst family to ensure good family bonding. It's a form of negligence if you ask me.

Why can't we have more teachers at school so that the teacher:student ratio is less. Our kids maximise learning at school and come back home to be happy children. That is just what they are, children. Let's not take away their childhood from them and let them just spend time playing, whereby they can expand their imagination while doing so. Do you know that children have 3times more better imagination that adults? It's us adults that kill their imagination and creativity by burdening them with homework. A team of experts from Australia did a research some time back and came to the conclusion that the time malaysian kids spent doing their homework do not carry any significance to their mental developement. What do our champion menteri Pendidikan did? He brushed off the statement by saying it had work for our people, this existing education system. Obviously he was not thinking globally. Let's all be a katak and sit bawah tempurung. Kids overseas go out to the park to catch as many creatures they can and bring back to describe them in class. My dotter, at the age of 7years old, could not tell whether a creature was a cow or a goat, because it looked the same size in the book. But of course we need to teach the kids to be careful not to bring back snakes should sometime in the future, this education style be adapted to the malaysian scene.


As for unity. Here's my suggestion. Kill the sekolah kebangsaan, tamil, cina and dll (whatever dll means anyways....) and form one school with one languange, say English, or bahasa malaysia (it's as good as english anyway since 3/4 of the vocab comes from english language...). Then, let everyone especially the malays choose other languages like Tamil, Mandarin,French (we're eating french fries, why not learn french). It doesn't kill to know more than one language, nor will make you any less of what you are, be it malay, chinese or indian or dll.

Racism is a waste of time. It will always be there if we refuse to decipher that all human are the same basically. Racism is a tool for politicians to devide and rule. Had God wanted only one race to rule the surface of the earth, why bother creating many. Imagine what brilliant human species , with its genetic variety would be produced if men were to intermarry amongst races..
I remember a phrase from Calvin and Hobbes,"The reason why we have not seen any other intelligent lifeform yet is because they are intelligent enough to stay away from us!!"

CP Waterman said...

"I know I can never afford to send my children to private colleges and universities."
----------------
Just imagine how many of us are also in the same freightening boat!Yet that what's his name our foreign minister who appeared in the HARD TALK interview still thinks that we Chinese are loaded with money!He is sick in the head!!!!!
No wonder you give your blog such name & end your posting each time with that too. I now fully understand & appreciate.

Anonymous said...

The Govt. tries to paint a rosy picture of net growth by fooling us with their CPI of 1.5% vs. GDP growth of 5 - 6%. The CPI is of course manipulated with a basket that is no longer relevant or reflective of a modern urban economy, and the reality is inflation is running a lot higher than 5%. We are hit by the multiplier effect of a currency that is weak, pegged to a sinking ship called the US$, and increasing international commodity prices.
Big whoopie when the Ringgit appreciates against the US$ - it's all relative, but the reality is something is very wrong when the Ringgit has depreciated even against the Thai Baht! So, everything is getting more expensive b'coz in nominal terms our ringgit buys far less than it used to.
Now, when you factor in the losses and depletion of our Nation's reserves through the plundering and abuses perpetrated by the BN Govt. - just the Auditor-General's Report and the PKFZ debacle of the past months speaks for itself, and the social and economic distortions brought about by the Never Ending Policy, is there any wonder our currency continues to slide?
So..., if we take Thailand as an example, they had a change of a government - and their currency is stronger! Worth a ponder!

Seaqueen said...

I agree with Nurl. Soon, eating pork noodle's going to be an expensive delicacy when there's less supply.

Nicholas said...

Reminds me of this place that just opened up beside my home along with some (ugly) furniture shops. (Who in this day and age paints buildings yellow, red and green?)

The pork mee there is also expensive. However the worst part isn't that it costs rm4.50. If it was the most tasty pork mee in town, rm 4.50 would be worth paying. But no. The worst part is paying rm 4.50 for noodles in hot water. :P

Anyway, for some odd reason, the meals there are bad (rice, noodles etc) but the junkfood (BBQ chicken wings, Ikan Bakar etc) is pretty ok...

Ramani said...

majority makes nothing over here in malaysia. we always want to make noise over everything, but when it comes to decision making, we prefer our noise not to be heard at all.

as usual, we suck at it. so what's left? we're just give others a chance to step on us.

everything has gone up and how do you explain that? "oh, the government gave 35% pay rise for civil servants whaaat..so our price also go up laah". to add on to that misery, a cup of water over here in seremban costs 50 cents. i wouldn't be shocked to see bars and pubs serving them with a premium price in the near future.

pah nur said...

You just can predict when election is coming. More like a prophecy really. First, comes the wage increment of civil servants.(that's where the votes lie). This time around, 35% increment as incentive for them to finish the job they were suppose to have done at the old pay rate. If you're looking for a screw, don't go to the sex worker, just go do some errants that involves the civil department. You will definitely get screwed!!!!

Then, there will be "riots" by opposition parties. In a flash,faster than Flash Gordon, the entire police nation will be at the riot scene. It's bizarre how they actually manage to get to a crime scene on time, normally they turn up 30minutes after an actual burglary take place. Turn out, half the police force just happened to be having some major kursus at the same place where the riots happened. Hmm...serendipity? More like a bad jodoh really ( wrong person turning up at the right time). I use to score in additional maths and this Probability can be performed using merely mental calculation.

Then rest assured, the petrol price will not be up....yet... This refrain however will be lifted immediately after election and the BN wins. Then you go..niaaaamaaaaah....(again)

My prediction will be that the election will be sometime during Haj season whereby in states like Terengganu (forget Kelantan, you need a passport soon to get there), and Kedah, 30% of the population go for pilgrimage. Well, that's politics right?

Yes people....election is around the corner.....
My prof at the uni said it best.
"Opposition also hantu. BN also hantu. Our job however is to determine which hantu can get the job done"
Frankly, we need a fresh face like Barick Obama is to the US. Any candidates who want to do this dirty job???

DareDevil8 said...

i want a clean government elected by the people and for the people.if u want better days ahead please vote wisely.this country is being plundered and there will be nothing left for your children soon.
this is a plea for the future generation!

Anonymous said...

we might as well just cancel the use of that RM1 note as it no longer holds any value. If those working class people are hanging on to dear life with monthly salary, just think about like the students who are supposed to be the next leader in the country. every day is a battle of survival as we try to be smart in spending money but also need to eat. in terms of food, we no longer go for the delicious one. instead its a chase to find the cheapest. The fact that the food might taste like plastic or loaded with MSG i not a problem. we can swallow anything as long as th need is fulfilled.

mind you, studying requires us to buy books (imported ones of course), pay for our hostel fees (which high amount led to clogged toilets and filthy rooms), buying materials for any assignments and presentation (which is fun but the prices keep going up and up). so what is there left for us to just enjoy a nice delicious meal?

sure, we got our parents but they got their own version of the problem. going through day by day is already a tough affair, a request for extra money from us can disrupt everything they are budgeting. i'm writing this from my own account. don't ever think that us, children do not fight the urge of holding back the tears when we see how hard our parents working their ass off just to give us some extra allowance.

i might lack the knowledge in this arena but it is as if the govt thinks that everyone is rich and luxurious (yep, that's us, the citizen). the salary raise they gave barely made any impact. from what i can see, my parents still stay up late at night figuring out a way to find more money for the family and my siblings have learnt to be content with the average: no vacation, less new stuff for hari raya, no more toys, etc. and this comes from a middle-class working family. what about those single mothers whom I read to be receveing monthly support from the Welfare for about RM90. heck, what are they going to eat with that?

Anonymous said...

Indeed it's way too expensive to exist in Malaysia - KL in particular. I came back to visit for 2 months last year and end up spending more than I do in UK. I stayed with my brother by the way. Things are so expensive and from what I heard from my brother, if you do not have a monthly household income of RM18,000 - you can't survive. Mortgage, hire-purchase, school fee, uniform, food etc. I thought I'll do food shopping once a week since I stayed for free, it cost me RM600 a go for 6 adults and 2 children. That's not even with fish and meat. Another RM150 a week spending at the wet market for meat and fish. Like you say, makan cost RM4.50 compared to before I left 10 years ago is only RM1.50 and Nasi Campur is only RM2.00 with fish some more .... Aiyah ... I thought stay in UK better at least if I cough a bit, I don't have to pay RM25 to see a doctor to tell me to drink lots of water and prescribe something like paracetamol. Anybody want to come to UK and sell proper Malaysian food?

Melvin Mah said...

I remembered that Anwar Ibrahim said in his talk yesterday at the forum is that the standard of living in Singapore is indeed 5 times better than Malaysia. Before the Asian financial crisis, we used to be among the top economic nations in Asia.

Because of the corruption and politics, we are now starting to lose out to other nations. Life is not like before where I get to eat a big bowl of kuey tiau soup at Old Town Ipoh for the price of $2.50. That was back in 1993. If now, you are paying around $3.20 plus one bowl.

Just imagine how much can you save if there are no economical problems that hit Malaysia? The ringgit is still weak, people had to pay out more for one USD, more for an Euro and a lot for a UK pound!

The world has gone upside down, with black becoming white.

Anonymous said...

Even a bowl of prawn mee here cost me RM4.80 =.= what's in the soup? tiger prawn? ...or dragon prawn? Better stick to (the also-price-increasing) maggi mee..

chris said...

This blog is something that all Malaysians need to read. Comments by Pah Nur reflects how Malaysians are faring internationally, and we're nowhere near better off. To beh frank, the media is just a puppet used by politicians to try and "explain" the reasons for new increases on taxes and oil prices. It is all friggin BULLSHIT

The sad part is, regardless of how many people vote against BN, too few people realize how the real situation is. This blog is as i have to note again, CRUCIAL in getting Malaysians to open up their minds to the big picture. I'm studying in college, and heck, i'm disgusted most of my friends who have now reached voting age dont even know the political structure and many of the new implementations of "policies". Just ask them who they're gonna vote for its.. "lazy lah". Then who is gonna win? "BN LAH DUH!" WHAT THE FISH?

-chris, 19

team bsg said...

since you have said it then right on ! when will you be the new " V " ? or where is he when we need him ?

kress said...

hmmm 4.50 seems to be the standard nowadays.. even your normal run of the mill char kuey teow costs 4 bucks and the portions are getting smaller too.. =(

pah nur said...

You know what. I just realized, that if don't be too careful with my mouth, i may just end up in ISA (oooooooooohhhhhhhh) sometime soon. But i guess i dont mind the time off work, since i only take mc once a year ( that too told by my boss to get lost) and i hardly get to go on leave. It could be good for me. Having free food and getting my brains picked may be a good experience after all...You never know...

Elween said...

that's why my dad always complaint ( i think most of us complaints too): "prices up, but gaji still the same." so pathetic...

Anonymous said...

and Toll Velu just slipped in meakly that toll is going up by 10% next year!

Anonymous said...

Is there still a 'dollar' note in Malaysia meh?

Anonymous said...

What to do... All of you need to fund the multi billion project of the e-solutions for the PDRM to be implemented soon.

Solutions which can be delivered at 50% of the total cost is being marked up to ensure "profit sharing".

Mathematically, all of us stands a chance but we need to take the risks and work together for the sake of future - eradicate corruption but must be willing to suffer short term. We have a little over 200 seats in Parliament. UMNO only has slightly less than 50%. The rest are dreams. Can it be reality ?

EastMalaysianInKL said...

Come, come, move to East Malaysia. Cost of living here is not that much cheaper, but at least we have no tolled roads (that I'm aware of), and you can live so near your office that you can go home for lunch everyday, and maybe even sneak in a quick nap before its time to go back to the office.

If you want to live even cheaper you can join the illegal immigrants and build your own squatter house on government land. If they chase you away they have to provide you with alternate housing like low cost flat (since you're a Malaysian citizen), or compensate you financially. At least that way you'll get a share of that mismanaged public funds.

Maverick SM said...

Patrick,

There are many who earns between 1k to 2k a month. They are the ones that are suffering from the shrinking ringgit.

DareDevil8 said...

another sandiwara yesterday

mr.samy said toll will escalate by 10%
dpm said it has to be discussed in the cabinet and malaysian has to be protected from high cost of living

obviously the election is near,this is the usual KGB/CIA good guy ,bad guy theatrical play.hiah mr.samy gets all the bad role nowadays,i guess he is on the verge of retiring and is deemed dispensable

NIAMAH

asuk said...

Compare the situations of two workers. One lives in Malaysia, earns RM2000/month and spends the money in Malaysia. Another lives in the much industrialised Singapore, earns S2000/month and spends the money in Singapore. Who will find it easier to live with their monthly income? Who will enjoy a better standard of living? The Singaporean worker of course. Why is that so? Well, just compare the quality, academic and moral, of the cabinet ministers of the two countries and you will find the answer.

So don't listen to the BN bullshit that our cost of living is among the lowest in this region.

You must be nuts if you still vote for the same bunch of dropouts in the next election. Niamah!!!

Mandeep Gill said...

In Indonesia~

Indomie = 34 sen/ packet

Crappy insane angkot trasportation
= RM 1.60/ day (4 times- can go
back 4 lunch)

Two weeks shopping = RM 60 (bread, eggs, sardin, sausages, NUTELLA (fuckin expensive)

Hostel (Hot water, internet, TV, laundry, RICE) = rm 350/ month

Allowance/ month = RM 1 000

Stationary, notes, occasional fastfood (mcds once in 2 weeks, sanitary RM 75/month

Considering i'm in this crazy pharm course where there's no time for anything but exams, labs and assignments; no outings, adding air asia cheap prices, constantly going through duty free to go n come back, (liquor and ciggies...mwahaahaa) money = SAVED. BIG TIME.

P.S. Bandung = shopping hub too. everythings just cheap.

Conclusion: saving money for bali during sem break is easy. You just have to put up with trash, funky local language, seriously fucked up public transport, and no social activities outside student activities (student activities fucking rock) and you can forget the glitters of KL's indulgences.

Yeah, its so really awesome.
Speaking of looking at ourselves, people should really look into the hype the indonesians (DO NOT CALL THEM INDONS OR THEY WILL PMS ON U)
are making about the way we treat maids and the workers.

i dunno wtf is goin on tho but its BIG here.

duckie said...

good stuff. pat, i caught one of your plays way back when. anw, just dropping by to say hi. hi. love the v for vendetta quote.

Alex said...

I'm working in Europe too, and I agree with the earlier comments about the currency exchange difference. It's true that we're paying more here sometimes for same the things we could get in Malaysia. If you're paying RM4.50 for a bowl of noodles with 'limited' ingredients, trust me, it's happening here too but perhaps 4.50Euro, with volume and ingredients that will fill up a typical large european guy. So that's equivalent to RM21.50 if you wish to convert, but that's irrelevant in most ways. But what's important is that, at least in Europe, you get what you are paying for. Say if I am going to Zara and get a leather jacket here, I am paying 200Euro, but in Malaysia I'll probably be paying RM800-900. I mean, what is the average monthly income for a Malaysian professional who's just got 3-5 years experience? RM3-4k? And that jacket alone would take 27% of the monthly salary, whereas here...same case, but you're getting 2-3k Euros after tax, you're only spending 10% of your monthly salary for the same article. Then again, who needs leather jacket in Malaysia other than bikers who own Harleys right?
But we all know how the story goes when they say it's much cheaper for the Europeans to spend holidays in Malaysia, but not the other way round. The system pretty much ensures that the majority of the Malaysians will remain in Malaysia, because they can't afford to go anywhere else. It is a very subtle suppression, and I am sure most people will feel it, and those who can't take it and with a little bit more luck that others would have the opportunity to breakfree, explore elsewhere, and leading a better life. Sadly though, the system is also creating a society filled with frustrated people who are unable breakfree, and at the same time motivating people to leave... people who love the country...leaving!!! What good does it really do?

-I love my country, but my country doesn't love me- (John Ng,1998)

Alex said...

I'm working in Europe too, and I agree with the earlier comments about the currency exchange difference. It's true that we're paying more here sometimes for same the things we could get in Malaysia. If you're paying RM4.50 for a bowl of noodles with 'limited' ingredients, trust me, it's happening here too but perhaps 4.50Euro, with volume and ingredients that will fill up a typical large european guy. So that's equivalent to RM21.50 if you wish to convert, but that's irrelevant in most ways. But what's important is that, at least in Europe, you get what you are paying for. Say if I am going to Zara and get a leather jacket here, I am paying 200Euro, but in Malaysia I'll probably be paying RM800-900. I mean, what is the average monthly income for a Malaysian professional who's just got 3-5 years experience? RM3-4k? And that jacket alone would take 27% of the monthly salary, whereas here...same case, but you're getting 2-3k Euros after tax, you're only spending 10% of your monthly salary for the same article. Then again, who needs leather jacket in Malaysia other than bikers who own Harleys right?
But we all know how the story goes when they say it's much cheaper for the Europeans to spend holidays in Malaysia, but not the other way round. The system pretty much ensures that the majority of the Malaysians will remain in Malaysia, because they can't afford to go anywhere else. It is a very subtle suppression, and I am sure most people will feel it, and those who can't take it and with a little bit more luck that others would have the opportunity to breakfree, explore elsewhere, and leading a better life. Sadly though, the system is also creating a society filled with frustrated people who are unable breakfree, and at the same time motivating people to leave... people who love the country...leaving!!! What good does it really do?

-I love my country, but my country doesn't love me- (John Ng,1998)

Anonymous said...

i work in singapore and if i didnt work here, my parents would have died of starvation.

one mixed rice of two meat one vege is now RM5.30 in the suburbs! what would the price be in the city? its scary beyond belief.

patrick, i saw you @ a wedding at dalvey estate last year. if i knew you had this blog then, i would have come up to you and gave you a big high 5!

you, alongside RPK, Zorro, Jeff, Nat are true warriors of blogs!

keep on fighting!

kingtut said...

Patrick, I'm glad you brought this up. I am one of those "idiots" who decided to come back to Malaysia from Downunder and "stay and fight" (not that I know how to at this point in time). I find it so hard to live in Malaysia these days. Our purchasing power is so low that I actually find it straining, despite the fact that I was earning AUD previously. God Bless all of us in the midst of this type of economy.

kingtut said...

Patrick, I'm glad you brought this up. I am one of those "idiots" who decided to come back to Malaysia from Downunder and "stay and fight" (not that I know how to at this point in time). I find it so hard to live in Malaysia these days. Our purchasing power is so low that I actually find it straining, despite the fact that I was earning AUD previously. God Bless all of us in the midst of this type of economy.

Anonymous said...

pat, you'r our hero..

Anonymous said...

Pat, Other than BN, who should we vote for??!! U tell me? I dont see anybody else capable of screwing us better than BN la.. how la? I really want a change of government because currently there is no charity at all, just profit for the cronies while we citizens suffer!Please shed a light on who to vote as im 24, and this is the first time i will vote.heck i dont even know who to vote!

patrickteoh said...

Hi anonymous. I don't think that any one of us is under the illusion that the Opposition is going to solve our problems. Like I've said before they are in the same sorta shithole. Personally, what I've been doing and will continue to try to do is to deny the BN the 2/3's majority in Parliament. So that they get the message that they can no longer do what they like and that the Rakyat is watching and learning and demanding accountability and transparency which so far has been elusive with BN. I am sure that not many of us think that voting the BN OUT is going to be the way to go. No. I guess what I am trying to say is that we the people of this fine country has to come out and remind the 'managers' that that is exactly what they are. OUR managers and are accountable to US. And the way to do that is peacefully at the polls and take away their all powerful two-thirds majority. They will say that that will slow things down that Malaysia will be left behind if everything has to go through the due process. Personally, I prefer that. We will and can get there. We might be a little slower but we will ensure that we do it RIGHT.

Anonymous said...

3 CHEERS,
U r my man!

philcp said...

"I don't think that any one of us is under the illusion that the Opposition is going to solve our problems. Like I've said before they are in the same sorta shithole."

-- Can't agree more. Take the example of the time the Red Rocket joined forces with the Green Moon. C'mon, what the hell is that?

"Personally, what I've been doing and will continue to try to do is to deny the BN the 2/3's majority in Parliament. So that they get the message that they can no longer do what they like and that the Rakyat is watching and learning and demanding accountability and transparency which so far has been elusive with BN."

-- Here here to that... The government should learn not to take the people for granted. Enuff is enuff... We're all humans and we deserve to be living in a country where the leaders listen to our woes and start doing something about it.

Nuffnang