Firecrackers. Can or not?
The Star today reported that 44 Chinese associations have applied for permission from the Home Ministry to light fire-crackers and sing festive songs at public places right up to Chap Goh Meh for the Chinese New Year celebrations. First of all I never knew that Home Ministry approval was required for the singing of festive songs. Since when? Secondly, has the Home Ministry admitted defeat in its efforts to ban fire-crackers for any festival because they endanger lives? Every year we read about Malaysians, both adults and children losing life and limb from playing with fire-crackers and other illegal fireworks which have been banned for years. The ban has obviously been totally ineffective judging from what we can HEAR during Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali and sometimes even Christmas. And now they are CONSIDERING applications to use fire-crackers? Very strange indeed. Political strategy ahead of elections? Or admission of defeat in an ill-administered ban? What you think?
I went to see a dermatologist in a private hospital this morning. The consultation with the doctor lasted a total of 49 seconds. With the prescribed medication the visit cost me RM219!!! At this rate my 'high-income' salary of RM3,000 a month ain't going to go very far. Of course, I could have gone to a government hospital and waited my turn for the better part of the day. But if I did that I would probably lose opportunities to work and earn that RM3,000 to become a high-income Malaysian. That's life in Bolehland.
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