Take 2 Panadols and see me next week. Ok, that will be 14% more than you paid the last time. Please.
No it isn't a spelling error. I got these couple of stories to share with you from today's edition of The Sun.
1Malaysia. What's it mean? How does it work? Where does it start? I am sure that a lot of us have asked these questions since Najib launched that slogan and started sticking his index finger up our...(okay I shall spare you the details). But the good folks of Penang have come out to show the rest of us what 1Malaysia is really about. Working together for the common good.
The front page of the Sun today carries the story of how Penang folks want to buy over Penang Port. I am sure that you know that recently the Federal government decided to 'sell' the port to Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary who already owns other ports in the country and whose debt levels have often been cited as being a danger sign for the country's economy.
The people of Penang are taking positive steps to keep Penang Port in Penang hands. The Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce has announced that it wants to buy the entire stake from Seaport Terminal (Johor) Sdn Bhd which was selected by the federal government to take the port private.
Chamber president Tan Kok Ping also announced that the effort, to ensure that the port is developed and managed sustainably, was "to give something back to the people of Penang". And what's best of all, the bid to buy back from Syed Mokhtar will be by a consortium comprising the state Malay and Indian chambers of commerce as well as the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturer. 1Malaysia in action. All communities coming together for the common good.
But I guess it won't go down very smoothly with Putrajaya. Eh? How can, man? These Penang baargers too much la. Bring out the Perkasa goons! Fire up the race and religion battle-wagon.
We wait to see the games begin. Again. But thank you, Penang. For doing what we should all be doing. Working together for the country we call home.
The slightly not so good news on the front page of The Sun today is the report that very soon going to see a doctor is going to cost more. Up to 14% more the report says. Well, as a working slob I expect such things to happen. But what I find that I cannot stomach is that every time prices of stuff go up in Malaysia there will be one moron (that we elected, by the way) who will tell us that compared to other countries we are better off. The "better than Ghana" syndrome. This time, with the impending doctors' fees increase, it falls to Health Minister, Liow Tiong Lai (again!) to make the moronic statement.
"Compared to other countries in the world, the fees our doctors are getting are far lower," he said.
Well, pardon me all over the fucking place Liow. But compared to other countries in the world we also get paid shit for our work. Can you move for us to pay our doctors fees with shit? Thank you.