The Yes You Can Minister
Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, The Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Minister (have you wondered sometimes at that last bit of his portfolio? What the fuck does it mean?) made a statement about coping with the high cost of living in urban centres yesterday. One pf the things he said was,
"Earning RM3,000 a month should be manageable if folks living in cities cut down on overheads such as Astro and cars." He also said, "...having cars could be a burden owing to the high cost of maintenance."
This prompted at least 1 Malaysian to comment......
"My dear Minister: to some people having a car is not a luxury. Those that live deep inside low-cost-housing areas where buses dont go; they scrimp and save to buy a kancil so they can send their kids to school and eke out a meagre living...This is just ONE of the things that is not quite right with your statement on the cost of living in KL."
You can read the full Star story of this minister who needs a reality check HERE
And if you are a resident of Kuala Lumpur this next bit of ministerial wisdom might tempt you to want to kick him in the balls. Hard.
"This city is liveable for those earning RM3,000 a month, provided they do not live in luxurious places."
Sure you can. If you are single. If you don't need to send money home to support parents and siblings. If you don't need a car because the LRT stops right at your doorstep and your office. If you don't mind living in one of those places that the YB says you can rent for RM124 a month. If you don't need any form of entertainment. Ya you can.