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Monday, August 02, 2010

An artist's impression of the new RM800million Istana Negara. The real thing looks even more mind-boggling.


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Hi. This is Patrick Teoh. I drove past the site of the new Istana Negara last evening. Well okay la I might have driven past it before but I never knew what it was until yesterday. The place is HUMONGOUS! It’s like acres of land. The buildings going up look like they go on forever. I tried to mentally compare it to Buckingham Palace in London and from photos I’ve seen of the USA’s White House. They pale in comparison I think. Surely another entry for the Malaysian Book Of Records. Of course the next thing that popped into my mind was WAFFOR ah? Then I thought okay la the Brits only have one old queen to house but we have ….how many?.....nine I think. So need a bigger house lor. Right or not?

But my 10 year-old daughter Laura asked the embarrassing question which I must admit I couldn’t answer. When I told her what the gigantic building site was she asked why it was necessary to build a new istana. “The old one is good.” And when I told her that it was going to cost RM800 million or more she asked rather innocently why the Chinese Government type school she goes to couldn’t get money to build a new canteen while 800 million is spent on a new palace?

I am ashamed to admit that we drove the rest of our journey in total silence.

Niamah!!!

37 comments:

Catching Spiders said...

such a big palace, must have a lot of spider species to catch.

don't play play with Msians. We gonna have a tourist attractions ala Buckingham Palace. I'm gonaa sign up as marching change of guards.

Msia truly Asian rich nation that will never go bankcrupt.

peiseh said...

The Government and the Rakyat should be proud of the new majestic palace, are we?
The palace will worth its each piece of golden tiles draped if the Rakyat have found their own homes. Their roofs over their heads. Not some cardboard squatters. It utterly vulgar to have a golden palace with acres of land if some where along Banting, or some far off Kulim or Baling kampung where folks still draws water from wells and uses ataps to fabricate roofs, and candles as reading lights.
So, I hope by the time our King moves in with his consorts, we would have done some Rakyat some good deeds..

LibangLibu said...

Tuan Patrick,

dont forget la, cousins, 2nd cousins, 5th cousins, aunties, grammas, cronies.. everybody lah!

m'sia boleh!!

yet we still struggle to house the poor.

hy said...

LOL. Careful Mr Patrick, not to disagree but this might get u into seditious crap.......

Anonymous said...

Tell Laura why ...because it is a 'CHINESE government & NOT a 1-malaysia school ' ma :)

Judas said...

Hi Patrick,

Not sure if you've seen this, but here's a short clip by Malaysiakini that's related to the wasteful Istana project:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMMk1yy-C1s

Anonymous said...

This country has SO MANY POORS living in squalid 'homes' - (not fit to call home, but do not know what word choice to use). Yet the EXTRAVAGANTS and OPULENT SPENDING ON THIS. IS IT NECESSARY!

History tells us with these things happening in a country it means the people are not 'loved'.

Yet we have numerous hypocrisies of those who appear SO SYMPATHETIC to the poor!

ralfie said...

spend till you drop. Is that not our government's motto?

Anonymous said...

Ahh Patrick,

We all have to thank the ex-PM Mahathir for creating everything huge and totally useless in Bolehland. Just like the civil service.

The Istana has to be humongous so that the Istana administration can create more jobs for the unemployed graduates from the local universities. Dunno what jobs would suit them but surely an istana this huge will require plenty of clueless peons running around from one end to the other doing fcuk all. Saiful will certainly be on the top list of the recruitment since he is rather good in serving tea and coffee while holding in all the "juicy" Anwar evidence in his bum hole.

We still do not know what is the annual maintenance cost for this monstrous monument and the istana's highly qualified peons and tea servers. I suggest you advise/guide your daughter to earn an equally massive annual income so that she can continue to pay her income tax to pay off cost of building this humongous istana for many years to come.

GOSTAN said...

Why do we need such a huge istana ground?Compared to the present one,this new one is about 9 times bigger!Even the present one is considered small,but there is no neccessity to increase it 9 times larger!Why?Why? Tell Me Why?

Anonymous said...

Children must be told the facts. School canteen never mind, only for children but palace is for kings and his consorts and concubines. More importantly, the king is a malay and for that reason alone, you cannot question their action as they are your tuan (super tuan in the case of kinds).

So what if they want to build a palace? Got money to spend then spend la. Not happy then go to malay medium school and if still not happy then go to China.

I think this is what you will find out if you go to kamunting la.

Anonymous said...

Cos everything is about corruption.

Anonymous said...

Mlaysia is benchmarking with the Brunei palace. Must be on par-lah!!!

Afterall we are both oil producing countries with lots of money to spend.

Anonymous said...

Does your Laura tau rm 800 juta =
800,000,000.00 ringgits !!??
Has she learned the difference between ' digits & numbers ' ??
(x-smi teacher)

Anonymous said...

The authorities have never ever ever got their priorities correct. What's important to them is really irrelevant to all of us 'golongan marhaein.' I share your feelings about not being able to answer your daughter's question. How about we ask the question to YAB PM? OKlah maybe not him but Datuk Seri Idris Jala. Common sense tells us that if we are close to bankruptcy, we don't go out and slurge on luxuries. We stop spending unnecessarily. We closely guard our money and try to improve the situation an avoid becoming bankrupt. Sadly, based on our govt's way of doing things and their rationale behind it, common sense is uncommon enough..

Anonymous said...

How can UMNO cronies get millions if they don't waste billions of rakyat's money?

- wira

Anonymous said...

A fool and his money is soon parted.---- or is it somebody else money.

Ah! Bro Pat, our fathers should have been pirates, then we could be enjoying this lifestyle today. Honest hard work doesn't pay, does it Bro Pat ?!

The biggest, the longest, the thickest, the deepest .....ahhhhhh.Malaysia bolehesttt !1

Niamhest! Linlaubuestest!! Makengkauestestest!!!

Mavericko said...

RM800 juta is chicken feed lah. PM's Office spend RM4 Billions anually lah... Niamah X 4,000,000,000!!!

Anonymous said...

We all know that it doesn't really cost RM800M. It's probably just about 10% of it; while the rest of the 90% are taken by you-know-who. Let's not forget about the maintenance cost needed for this.
But then again, what is RM800M compared to all other pigshit expenditures and money cheated from us?

Anonymous said...

This is the first time I read your Blog. Although it is quite entertaining with your tongue-in-cheek sarcasm, however, I find your foul language over-powering - like the pungent smell of the durian.

No wonder a whole generation of wacko-wacki youngsters ranging from teenagers to ay-lau-beh-tua (can grow old but cannot grow up) people like you, simply call names.

Hope your children don't worship you Patrick.

new fart said...

Anon 3:41...sorry you feel this way lah. Actually what said or swore is quite mild by today's standard, unless of course to a dinosaur like thou. Hey, what's wrong for a man to let loose a french word or two to let off steam, huh? Perhaps church is a better place for you to visit instead of here. Amen! Niamah!!!

new fart said...

Sorry ah Patrick, for using your blog to tell off asshole like anon3:41. Tak boleh tahan lah! Maaf!

Anonymous said...

Dear bro Pat

I was looking at the photo again and I said to myself..."This bloody Pat is having me on again. He has put up a foto of the Vatican City and call it a palace..." Shit!.... I almost got caught.

Try another one bro Pat ! The only thing you forgot in your deception was the missing Cross. You could have fooled me.


Tiuu laey. NIAMAHHHHH

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 3.41pm,

I suggest that this should be your first and last time visiting Patrick's blog since you are too much of a puritan. This is Patrick's blog and he can do and write what he pleases.

Please visit a religious blog or start your own blog devoid of foul language to satisfy your fine moral upbringing. And by the way, there is nothing pungent about the smell of durian unless you have became too westernized for your own good.

Niamah to you!

Anonymous said...

You know, I know where the money comes from and used in which place !!!

No more niamah !!!

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 3.41pm

I am sorry you stumbled onto the Blog. Sometimes refined language cannot convey the true feelings one has, no matter what spin any language expert wants to put on it. A "fucking idiot" conveys a different meaning to just a "bloody idiot"

I don't find Pat's "bad" language over-powering. Maybe I was brought up in a different environment under different circumstances but I am certainly a very refined gentleman when in very refined company !

Basically what I am saying is, one's language might have to suit one's circumstances, that is, one might have to call a spade a spade.

No hard feelings, it's just the opinion of another "ay-lau-beh-tua".

Anonymous said...

Can anyone while looking at the foto hear "Amazing Grace" being sung followed by "Going Home" ?

If you can't, go to U-Tube to hear it.I would normally shed a tear but in this case I would laugh until my pants fall off.

Heykemah....tiuuu

Anonymous said...

There are allegations that Jho Low may be acting as a front man for Umno-BN cronies to launder siphoned public funds. Given his close association with senior Umno personalities, and the sordid 'tradition' of cronyism in Malaysia, this is a distinct possibility that warrants closer scrutiny.

In particular, his close association with the notoriously corrupt Taib Mahmud family should be enough to set alarm bells ringing.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous @ 8.01am,

I think you should re-read Patrick's caption that the photo posted is an artist impression of the new RM800 million palace, before you jump to the conclusion that the photo is of the vatican city sans the crosses.

However the main point is not how the RM800 million palace will look like (as if who the hell cares anyway) but why on earth would any government spend RM800 million (could be RM1.2 billion eventually) when there is already an existing palace in place and given the fact that RM800 million could be better channeled to education and health services for the malaysian citizens.

I bet that you are the type of person who would not mind building a new multi million house for yourself every few years if the money is not from your own pocket but from some other tax payers pockets, right?

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 11.31 am

I am very capable of reading what Pat has written and I fully understand what an artist's impression or idiot's impression or my impression means.

My impression is you have a very thick head and dumb and unable to see beyond what is written and I am certainly not jumping to conclusions as to your intellectual capacity.

In case you have not read Tolstoy, all a man needs is 6 by 4 so this potential multi-million dollar house of mine is more a projection from that puny mind of yours with a secret obsession for posession that you can't get rid of.

It's best you go back to school to get a bit more educated before trying to impress others with your main point or any other minor point.

You haven't seen the minaret on top of St Peter's Basilica have you ? Magnify Pat's foto and you will see it.

Anonymous said...

The main objective of MCA President Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek's new-fangled theory that Malaysia had been trapped for a decade as a middle-income nation because of "non-progressive" competition between UMNO and PAS is to pass-the-buck and disclaim MCA responsibility for the deplorable state of the Malaysian nation 53 years after Merdeka to the extent that one Cabinet Minister had warned that Malaysia could go backrupt in the year 2019!

stephen said...

This is true...Kids nowadays is very smart and their question is spot on.

RM800million for a new palace and I remember the star lately report the cut on subsidy last month save around RM750million.....

Anonymous said...

Mr Patrick teoh , I salute you for yr brave comment . Malaysia really really need more educated people like you to educate and let us know whatever is right or wrong from our absolute useless government... i miss you on the radio long long years ago at Radio 4 ! welcome back ! Keep Up the Good work !!!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Great post!! Enjoy reading about your Laura....More Malaysians should be like her....

Tuna Singh said...

A place for parasites and pirate progeny to paaartaaaaaaay... in total security and absolutely decadent luxury... paid for by the Malaysian taxpayer, the poor sod! (And to think some people can still get excited about being conferred a title :-D)

P.S. Anon @ 3:41pm, please stick your finger up your arse and sniff it for Jeezus.

Anonymous said...

Yes, RM800 may be too much to be spent on a palace.
But what the hell is a "Chinese Government type school"? I don't think that's a correct term.

Anonymous said...

It's 2011 and my people in SIMUNJAN SARAWAK, my kampung, KENIONG JAYA, like many kampungs there are still bathing in the river with no tap water. Electricity only recently. So much to do if only the government use only 1million to the village. Malaysia is a small country, if the rulers care to identify undeveloped and poor villages, donate just a million to each of the kampung, that would do wonders. I dont think the amount for this purpose would even come up to 800million. All these folks need are basic amenities. Whoever District Officers in charge should play their parts especially in organizing programs to pull out the young people from poverty. In rural areas, the responsibility should come not only from the school alone but also District Offices that can initiate the capital for this purpose. Sad to hear that 'help' comes only when there is Election. When I was home for Gawai to visit my grandparents, one of the rumah panjang folk told me that 'perintah' (government: the D.O) who won last election is very kind. So I asked what he/they have done for the village, "oh banyak...dia bagi baju, pinggan mangkuk, duit rm1500". So I asked again, "rm1500 untuk setiap family ke?". Replied:"untuk satu rumah panjang lah. 500 untuk bayar band boy datang main masa gawai night". I didn't want to know abt the 1k. Education can make the poor and villages SEE and the PEOPLE who sit up there who can do alot for kampung simple minded folks, are just there for show in the 'chart'. Maybe, they are simply afraid that these kampung folks would 'see' and know too much to let them feed on their ignorance. My dad was among the few in the kampung who realized the important of education. We were very poor. He worked hard. Planted pepper berries. Tapped the rubber. And he was sick since I was in standard 4. We didn't have the money to get him the best medical helped so he continued working hard til I was in my matriculation. He used the money on his children education instead of his own medication and he died before he could attend my graduation. I don't hate the government as I was among the lucky few from those villages' kids who made it. I'm just sad because the same government can do more for the rakyat with 800millions....

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