Thursday, March 03, 2011
Almost the weekend stuff
This morning I woke up to some great news and some not so great news and some really shitty news in the newspapers which I still buy cos my domestic helper insists that they are great for keeping green vegetables fresh and crisp and she can also sell them to the "Old newspaper" man for a bit of pocket money. Wah! Damn long sentence right? Still grammatically correct or not, sir?
First the great news. Marina Mahathir and Sisters In Islam's leader Zainah Anwar have been listed among the 100 most inspiring people in the world! Yay!!! Congratulations, Marina and Zainah. We are so proud of you both. According to The Star article Marina was listed at #57 and Zainah was placed 7th. But of course being a Malaysian newspaper The Star is a bit short on correct details. It was an ALPHABETICAL list. Duh!
Now the not-so-great news. I read that Apple is about to launch the iPad2!!! My iPad is not even 3 months old. Baarger!!!
Okay, okay I am sure all you masochists out there are waiting to read what I have as the shitty stuff, right? Be warned though. It might make you throw up your lunch or breakfast. Or maybe not if you belong to the group of Malaysians who are always game for a good bargain. In whatever form.
On the front page of The Star and The Sun today it was announced that traffic offenders who have outstanding summonses have been given another extension by no less than the Minister of Home Affairs himself. The YB even announced that it was a CABINET decision! And you thought they would have much more important issues to discuss at cabinet meetings, right? Anyway, all those fuckers who got summonsed and didn't pay their fines are now going to get another grace period AND still be able to get a 50% discount! As you know, there are still 17.3 million of these summonses with people who broke the law and are getting away with it. And with a present some more. What pisses me off even more are some of the quotes from people interviewed by The Star.
One fler from Kepong said that he is very glad to have more time to pay his summonses which amounted to more than RM1,000! Another chappie said he paid RM800 to settle summonses 2 months ago and settled another RM800 worth before the deadline. But the fler who is most terror, revealed that he cannot afford to pay off all his summonses at once because they amounted to more than RM3,000 which was much more than his salary. Nobody, at any time, said anything about how the experience would make them pay closer attention to obeying traffic rules and laws in future. After all, why worry? Drive as fast as you like la. Park anywhere also can what. Red light ah? Just go through lor. Summons? Hiyah. Wait a while la. They sure give discount one. And so the rot keeps growing. And our YB's are telling us that their actions are because they are a people-friendly government. People First. Discounts Now! What happened to YOU BREAK THE LAW, YOU PAY THE PRICE. IN FULL!
Also ah, all this extension of payment period for traffic summonses also make me wonder if our government is RUNNING OUT OF MONEY!!! Scary isn't it? More scary is the question of what all this is teaching younger Malaysians. That it is alright to break the law?
Even more scary is the thought that maybe somebody is setting the system in place for those flers involved in the Teoh Beng Hock case, the PKFZ scandal, the Aminulrasyid shooting, Altantuya.......etc. etc. etc.
Okay, okay...with all that shitty stuff there is also something that is quite funny in The Star today. The story can be found on page N4 under the headline 'Kerdau growth 'not to win votes'. Development programmes take place all year round, says Liow"
Pahang MCA chief Liow Tiong Lai said that goodies are not handouts by BN to win votes. Okay. But then this is later reiterated by former MCA deputy prez Lim Ah Lek who said that the Chinese in Kerdau still remember the government's contribution to the community when it solved a problem involving a temple built on government land. Phwaaaar! Good innit? When did that contribution take place? 1983!!! So hilarious la. Maybe some loss in translation la. But it made me laugh. I wonder if the Chinese flers in Kerdau laugh or not? Well, to be fair, Liow said 'all year round' but he didn't mention WHICH year ma.