Saturday, February 28, 2009

Just regular issues..

I'm back in KL, but for just two days. It has been nearly 6 weeks of mobiling for work. Tiring, experience-gaining, competency-building, brain-wrenching, yes, very much close the aspiration of the company for young employees I suppose, haha. Oh well, I'm still alive, so yup, no reason of complaining. I love my job!

I can say for the past 1 week, I have not really flipped through the papers with much interest. Nothing that captured my attention of digging deeper into. Politics? Well, if the news is about resolving the current political disputes here and there, it would sound nice, but it seems that the political turmoil will continue to ride on the big waves. What more the misconducts of the two politicians? I'm loathed. Even though if eventually the reports may be untrue, I would still be loathed. As a result, I will usually skip the few front pages and look for the "letters from readers" column. Issues in the society. Worth reading.

Well, I don't mean to be ignorant. It's just that I am frustrated; which I am sure I am not alone to feel this. Everyday, sensational news on political problems take the centre stage. Or to be exact, MORAL issues of the politicians. Perhaps, there are more reports on immorality of the politicians to be revealed soon. Especially when it is time to lobby for votes to get a position.

Right now, there is rarely a report from the investment experts that Malaysia is able to endure the economic crisis. In times like this, I am convinced that many of us Malaysians are facing financial difficulties even more than ever. Retrenchments, VSS, and whatever more HR-related cost savings will just add pikes to the burdened economic scenario. No money, no spending. No spending, no money movement. No money movement, no encouragement on businesses. No business, raging downfall of KLSE. Falling of KLSE, our currency will be worsen..

Last two days, The MIX Breakfast topic was on "how do you Malaysians deal with the current economic situation". There were answers from the callers like "I don't have any savings, but it's okay cuz I'm still single" and "Well, I don't eat. Escaping meals seem to be the only way since I can't reduce expenses on other things". Both answers came from people with no commitment yet. But there was this particular caller whom I really felt sorry for. She was a single mother, with two kids to care for and to feed and to educate. She told the DJs that she really felt the pressure of the economic downturn on her. Prices of goods going up as usual, which means more expenses for the households. She felt sorry of not being able to fulfil many of her kids' wants and wishes, like buying new toys and going for holidays, because she couldn't afford to spend on the unnecessary things. There were a few times when she paused from talking, I suppose she was refraining from bursting into tears on air. I felt bad for her.

The price hike of the groceries makes me gulp. The toll fare rise makes me gulp. The drop of crude price makes me gulp. The political atmosphere makes me gulp. The drop of unit trusts prices makes me gulp. How can I sleep with mind's peace? How can we all sleep with mind's peace?

In times like this, it is not so nice of the governors of the nation to focus on their political dispute. If investors can express their doubt over Obama's ability to weather the American economic crisis despite the tremendous support given to him by the Americans, definitely we can doubt our not-so-credible governors' ability to better up the condition of Malaysian economy. Trying to fight graft, graft is worsening. Trying to fight recession, recession is worsening. "Oh well, if we know it never stops from worsening, we suppose there's nothing we could do.. but to sit down and hope everything will be okay.."

What do we have? Bad performing governors? You bet.


desh said...

I thought everyone knows that the economy is going to be bad when it showed the indicator about a year ago. Isk.. Isk..

Helmi Razali said...

everyone seems to be anticipating the economic crisis. Hope it'll be resolved soon

mangifera said...

i guess somebody just stop care about others.

recession is unavoidable, to go against it is just useless. what we could do is to get through it. well, given the condition of all price hike is killing most people and lots of people get laid off, why not we start growing paddy for rice. we're rice eater yet we produce less than we could eat. of course it will go skyrocket. unluckily and luckily the government subsidized it. such simple commodities like rice, sugar couldn't be accommodated by our local market.

to ensure sustainability, we should reduce the outflow of money to oversea. more local industries please, and please no more mega project for now. we should feed the rakyat with affordable food instead of worrying whether our cronies get their lucrative portion from project or not.


Peet said...

economy, enviroment, peace, toll....everthing going up. Tukar je goverment!

desh said...

Another cool issue.
Being a Perak dweller I cannot escape from this issue.
Today, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim spoke it public and said what should had being done the first day of crisis in Perak. At last, my respective minister has spoken.
For this I would agree "Bad performing government" for the last 2 weeks.

Last week, I had breakfast discussion at NZ, Setiawangsa with my friend,
Karpal Singh said he wanted to sue the Sultan, my friend freaked out.
I told my friend, Karpal said he would, but Karpal will not do it. History said so.
Other than he is a very experienced lawyer, he is also the super Mentalist.
(The definition of Mentalist: A master manipulator of thoughts and behavior). He is very good at psychology warfare. Meaning, I will intimidate you, but I didn't break the law.
I told him there is none in the government can match with Karpal except for one person. I told him it is Datuk Seri Rais Yatim. Not the PM, not the deputy. Certainly not Syed Hamid Albar.
Surprisingly in the government there are only one people like Datuk Seri Rais Yatim. Other people are more like drama queens and kings who fit the best candidates for the White House's US senates in Jack Bauer's 24 season 7. A lot of drama, but very little result.

Sharifah Zahira Syed Iedin said...

Masalahnya drama queen ni ramai sgt. yelah, short cut to get the attention of the high committee of UMNO.

baru bertanding 2-3 season.. tgk2 eh.. dah jadi menteri pakcik ni.. hebat eh.

But I as a Malay, won't defend Sultan pun. Ntah apa kena jack sampai govt boleh diambil alih gitu2 je.

kely said...

Hye!..i'm Shahida Azad Jamaludin (newscaster bru buletin utama tuh..) fan and have read "mom's new celebrity student" (a post from your blog) so i want to know what is it your mom teaching? I'm going to make her "wiki" so any information (say, the date she a student with your mom) would be greatly helpfull and appreciate :-) [P.S. , do you know her D.O.B? if you don't then can ask anyone? seems everyone i ask don't know about her, lol]