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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Janji TIDAK ditepati

Najib mouths the words. The mainstream media parrot them. Election bunting carry them right into our faces. Every day. Everywhere.  JANJI DITEPATI! Really? My wife doesn't think so...

I have never been very interested in politics but I feel very strongly these days to exercise my right to choose who I want to represent me in parliament.  This is something I have to get off my chest.

Security - I remember growing up in SS2 PJ at a time when kids in my neighbourhood could come and rattle on my gate to call me out to play.  My mother didn't allow my brothers and I to play on the streets çoz she thought it was too dangerous.  Not because she was afraid we would get abducted but because she didn't think we knew enough about road safety to play on the street safely.  However, we could play badminton in our compound, using our house gate as the "net".  My children have never known a day in their life when housing developments did not have security guard posts, whether they were gated community or recently put in with makeshift tents and a chair for the guard.  Now, it's not safe for our kids to play outside the house without supervision.

I remember playing outside my school gate when waiting for my school bus to arrive.  My schoolmates and I would play "catching", jumping across the school drain and going across the road to the Hindu temple opposite the school to catch fish in the big drain next to it.  My children's primary school has parent volunteers who sit at the guard post at the front of the school (guards during my time was on duty only at night!) to make sure children are safe.

People's confidence in the police force is at rock bottom.  When my wallet and phone was stolen from my shop a couple of years ago, reporting the incident at the police station felt futile.  They wanted to know if I installed CCTV, and basically told me to forget about finding my things.  The Rakyat has taken their own safety into their own hands by installing guard posts, developers are building gated community and confidence in the police force at all time low.  Therefore, janji keselamatan tidak ditepati!

Education -  My father was late in registering me for Std 1.  He wanted to send me to Assunta Primary School but because he was late, I was sent to SRK Jalan Selangor, which is located behind Assunta Primary School.  SJS had always played second fiddle to Assunta, perceived as the better school.  However, I remember my primary school years with fondness.  We had dedicated teachers like Miss Angela Wong, Mrs Naidu, and Puan Halimah who taught us well.  Miss Angela Wong encouraged us to read and I developed my love for reading, thanks to her.  Then I was sent to SMK Taman SEA, then known as a gangster school.  However, I also enjoyed quality education although I couldn't understand why we had 6 different principals in 5 years of my studies.  My schoolmates have gone on to become very successful in their chosen field.  

Now, more and more parents are sending their children to Chinese primary school (as have I), even though we do not read nor write Mandarin.  Chinese schools are still seen as better compared to sekolah kebangsaan.  I hear horror stories from my friends who send their children to sekolah kebangsaan.  Of teachers who don't turn up çoz they have gone to some "kursus" or other.  Teachers who brainwash children with their beliefs.  More and more private schools have opened.  Parents are forking out good money to send their children to private schools and international schools to provide their children with better education.

And what is with the textbooks?  In the BM workbook for lower primary, students are asked to write out the root word (kata dasar) for words like pembangunan, etc but they hadn't been taught what was the root word in the first place!  When my kids were working on their workbook and they get stumped, I have told them to check their textbook for answer and guess what?  The textbooks do not provide the answer.  The workbooks do not seem to complement the textbooks.  Someone has lost the plot somewhere.  And I've not even mentioned tertiary education yet!  So, janji pelajaran tidak ditepati

Essentials - Remember when haze made the news?  Air quality index was reported in the newspaper.  The Rakyat were advised not to burn their garden refuse.  People wore mask, school activities were cancelled.  Now, the haze has become a part of our lives.  Some days are ok, we can still see blue skies, some days we see a haze of grey but life goes on.  

My mother used to filter the water in our house.  With some gauze, a square piece of muslin and rubber band.  Just in case, she said.  Now, our postage stamp size garden has big ass water filters.  When we first moved into our condo in Ampang, I couldn't understand why our clothes had orange stains on them.  Put the clothes in to wash, the clothes came back out with orange stains.  For the first time in my life, I installed a filter to filter water that goes into the washing machine!  Water filtration is big business, whether it's the RM20 plastic ones sold in hypermarkets or the big ass ones that cost thousands.  Rakyat taking matters in their own hands again.  Over the years, we are paying more for bad quality water.  So, has our quality of life improved?  Janji tidak ditepati

Healthcare - In 1984, my father had a bad fall which broke his hip bone.  As he was diabetic, his hip took some time to heal.  He was hospitalized in UH and when in hospital, he had a minor heart attack and was later diagnosed with kidney failure.  My father experienced top notch health care from doctors and nurses in UH.  UH was very strict with visiting hours.  Family members were not encouraged to stay, in order not to disrupt the doctors and nurses' duty. We paid minimal sum for his healthcare as his medical cost was subsidized. 

In the late 90's, my mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer.   The best oncology ward was in GHKL.  My mother went through a hysterectomy and subsequently radiotherapy.  Then she suffered from intestinal adhesion which resulted in rapid weight loss as she couldn't eat properly.  She received treatment in GHKL and UH.  The conditions in GHKL was appalling! I witnessed with my own eyes an elderly lady sleeping in her own pee next to my mother's bed.  The stain on the mattress had gone brownish, so she must have soiled herself for some time but none of the nurses bothered to change her sheets.  Family members were expected to stick around to assist the nurses in caring for the patients.  Or at least have a maid there 24-7 to do the bathing and cleaning.  I was late visiting my mother one day.  When I got to the the ward, my mother was not there.  She was brought to the bathroom to shower but was forgotten!!  I found my mother shivering in the bathroom but was too weak to dress herself to get back to her bed.  

UH was not much better.  Taking my mother for treatment in the UH meant arriving early to get a number to see the doctor, waiting to see the doctor and then spend the rest of the day at the pharmacy to get medicine.  At that time, UH was going through a revamp.  The private section of the hospital was being built and the UH was being upgraded.  Externally, the hospital was upgraded but health care quality had gone down.  In the 10+ years since my father received treatment, government healthcare had deteriorated.  We tried private hospital too, which resulted in RM30,000 spent on a surgery and almost losing my mother at the operating table.  Quality healthcare janji tidak ditepati

Let's not even get started on finances.  Our money buys less these days in spite of what our politicians try to tell us.  Giving out BR1M and whatever 1M "financial aid" is just covering a gangrenous wound with a plaster. In the 80's. Malaysia was one of the Asian dragons, comparable with Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore.  Now, we are being compared with African countries.  On top of rising food cost, we are paying security fees (have to pay the security guards ma), install water filter, set up broadband at home to keep up with real news and not what the government want us to read in the newspaper, increased electricity bill and private school fees for our children.  Financial janji tidak ditepati

So far, security, education, medical care, quality of life, finances tidak ditepati.  What the fuck is BN talking about then?  If there are still people who still thinks that BN should govern, please tell me why!

- Min Chan



zipppp said...

I for one will not vote for bn.

Mr Bojangles said...

But quality of life has improved for Najib and gang, no?
His wife can afford million dollar handbags that can change depending on the time of day. The Mahathir's son can buy beer conglomorate and throw in a couple of bugatti's and daimlers as change. His garage is bigger than the houses of 70% of the population. I could go on ad nauseam. But you get the message.

I'm glad your dad got good treatment at the UN in 1984. But my experience was heartrendingly different as we lost a dear family member to that outfit.

The ICU was like a sat market, with folks going in and out with no control. Just put on the gown hanging on the peg that had been previously used about a 100 times. Crows used to sit on the window ledge just behind patients. Intravenous feeding tubes were often coated inside with some kind of muck. Again I could go on adN. In fact I think there was a move by some British Medical body that certified medical standards that threatened to withdraw recognition unless the UM bucked up. The response to that was "we'll set up our own standards" ala the Buy British Last sentiments paraded by you know who.

So I think the rot started circa mid 80's - about the time Mr M became rampant.

You are right about janjis not being tepati.
Edu is bad, so we send for tuition. Water quality hopeless, so filter away. Polis asleep, so set up own security pondoks. People here think they are high-class, calling themselves gated communities. I call them ghetto communities, seeing the third rate systems in place to keep us safe.

So, yes. Anyone voting for the current regime, needs to have his head checked. Dogs perform better.

monsterball said...

5th May will be the judgement day.
Come rain or shine...on the 6th will be thew beginning of a new lifestyle....or continue to carry balls for a living.
Que Sera Sera

adrian said...

Hi Patrick

So! The election is coming up. The Romans had it all figured out long ago:

"Bread and Circuses” (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement.

In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered “palliative.”

Juvenal decried it as a simplistic motivation of common people. - Wikipedia

Lord Jim said...

The thing with this Umno led government is that it has out grown its ability to govern so much so it has grown horns on its head. People want change not because the government is good but on the contrary they totally screwed up the country. People have been behaving like robots for the last 50 odd year always voting them in. No longer the case now as more as more people realise umno shenanigans. The internet plays a big role in this yearn for change. Its time for CHANGE!

Asmah said...

While as PM, Dr M covertly fostered his racist policies, doing enormous damage to the nation and creating racial polarisation and hatred. Now that he is out of it, he openly declares himself a bigot and confessed racist on ntv7 interview, similar to the KKK with its white supremacist message. His sons have become rich behind the coat tails of his warped policies. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing who has been able to deceive the nation for so long. His abuse of power while in office is legendary. No wonder he sends presents in the name of the nation to Mugabe, another crook and dictator pretending to be the champion of African rights. To date, his only success is ruining the country with hyper inflation, lawlessness and fostering a police state.

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