08 July 2014

Nuzul Quran is a Public Holiday for KL

Nuzul Quran is public holiday for Kuala Lumpur on 15/July/2014, yey! Well at least for my wife. All the while she has to work while for me, working in Petaling Jaya always get the day off. So now we can have an outing together.

This was announced by the government cabinet in November 2013. Strangely I didn't know about it until recently. Must have missed the news.

Nuzul Quran is declared public holiday for KL, Putrajaya and Labuan

Of course apart from KL, the other Federal Territories (or Wilayah Persekutuan in Malay) - Putrajaya and Labuan, also get to have the day off.

So all together these states and Federal Territories will have Nuzul Quran public holidays:

Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur,
Labuan, Pahang, Perak,
Perlis, Penang, Putrajaya,
Selangor & Terengganu

As for the other states, well, maybe next time.

01 July 2014

LRT Constructions in KL/PJ is a dangerous road hazard!

LRT constructions in the Kuala Lumpur / Petaling Jaya / Subang area are a real hazard and danger to motorist. Ever since last year when news reports of crane crashing on cars and other debris falling down, I have been wary whenever I'm driving pass any of the LRT construction side, especially when I'm stuck in the traffic just right below the construction itself!

On the morning of 26th June, I was tagging along with my son's kindergarden field trip to Silverbird High 5 Breadtown excursion and was greeted with a massive traffic jam after existing the NKVE Subang toll booth. It was highly unusual for such a massive jam since it was way pass the rush hour.

After awhile I figured there was some sort of mishap along the route and decided to switch on my Waze GPS navigation and try to find an alternate route. The bus that the children were travelling had already found an alternate route way ahead of me, and I couldn't keep up with them being stuck in the muck of things. I decided to meet them at the High 5 Breadtown factory instead.

13 August 2013

Hari Raya Puasa over, still quiet

Hari Raya Puasa celebration was over on the last weekend with many doing the usual yearly "balik kampung" pilgrimage, back to their hometown to visit their family, have a family reunion while the children would have lots of fun playing with their cousins and coming up some minor mischief. And some would have taken the opportunity for work lull to go for a well deserved overseas vacation to explore new culture, new sights and take a break from stress of work.

02 August 2013

Crime Rate Bad in Malaysia

Ten years ago, I would have said Malaysia was a very safe country. Today, I would say Malaysia is totally unsafe what with all the serious robbery, muggings and recently hit man style assassination.

I should give credit to Idris Jala in one of his sterling report saying crime rate has actually came down, and whatever was happening was just a perception issue. Politician and propagandist says the darnedest thing, treating the citizen of Malaysia as a bunch of simpletons.

11 April 2013

Malaysia GE13 finally decided on 5th May 2013

Finally the government has set the date for the 13th General Election (GE13). It's been a long time coming and the people has waited a long time for the indecisive PM to set the date. Let's vote and be done with it! We need to get on with our daily life here in Malaysia!

For visitors you could see the election fever heating up with all the banners strewn everywhere. It would be very lively time to visit Malaysia. And don't worry, there would be no crazy Arab Spring style chaos. Malaysians are very peaceful people and all the denomination live very well together. Only the politician wants to divide and conquer thus causing discord in an otherwise very harmonious life together.

As for the balloting day, the current government could have called for an earlier election as being the current ruling coalition, they have the right to call snap election anytime if they felt the situation was in their favour. This was pretty much the same as the British system. After all Malaysia was colonized by them once and we inherited many of their governing system. However letting the term expires shows that the current government has lack of confidence to do well in this GE13.

Well the many people that I bump into on the street including taxi drivers and friends had a very negative view of Barisan National (BN). I even have to listen to a fiery lecture from a taxi guy while on the way to work.

To get info about the going ons in Malaysia, many flock to the internet. Me no different, and it really open our eyes. Many of such news were just swept under the carpet and never published in the standard print media which are controlled by the current government. They are what  you call a propaganda machine.

Urban people with their online connection would have no problem to access such info, however for the rural folk, they are pretty much disconnected. Much of their info would be from the local dailies.

Anyway, this time the GE13 would be one of the dirtiest election ever with the so many phantom voters and the lopside spinning news by the local dailies in favour of the ruling coalition rendering the local papers unreadable. I still buy the Star newspaper but only to read about other things, local political stuffs best to throw it out the window!

So what are the chances of BN vs PR (Pakatan Rakyat)? The winds of change is blowing, and a political Tsunami has come. However the chance of election rigging is very high, so I would say about 50:50 for the election results. It could go either way. It would be a very close call. 

And when it is all over, I do hope Malaysia would progress on no matter who gets to be in charge. These are exciting times over here!

GE13 Final Results as per the SMS I got:

RM0.50 KEPUTUSAN PRU13 06-05-2013 16:50 :
PAR :- BN 133/222 ;

DUN :-
JOH-BN 38/56,
KED-BN 21/36,
KEL-PAS 32/45,
MLK-BN 21/28,
NSE-BN 22/36,
PAH-BN 30/42,
PEN-DAP 19/40,
PRK-BN 31/59,
PER-BN 13/15,
SEL-DAP 15/56,
TER-BN 17/32,
SBH-BN 48/60

09 April 2013

Bad Day, Parking Summon and Car Accident

When trouble comes, it comes in waves. And today was most unusual to have two in row. The first was my own fault for parking on a yellow line. It hadn't occurred to me that parking in residential area with a yellow line would be a parking offence. Most residential area with a no parking zone yellow line were usually not enforced. Unfortunately in Subang Jaya, I just couldn’t find a proper parking lot within the McDonald compound. So I thought I just parked by the road side. After all, there weren’t really many parking bays available and I did see many other cars parked outside.

22 March 2013

Cost of Living in Malaysia going up, up, up!

Certainly the cost of living in Malaysia is going up all the time (as do all countries in the world). It is the natural progression in a vibrant economy. However, it needs to be check by the government. They would need to come up with policies to improve the people's income and cap the inflation rate as much as possible.

Yet, we all know there are so much leakages and corruption, that many of the monies that should be in the hands of the people end up with only the few of the rich with insider business connections. Leaving the rest of the people without a good income source. With uneven income and wealth distribution, the inflation rate would certainly burden the lower to middle income group.

And when it comes to retirement, we Malaysians are rather worried how far our savings to would take us into our ripe old age until we kick the bucket and leave some amount for our next generation.

This news report from HSBC / The Edge Malaysia sums up the concern and issues of many of us. Even for me, I'm not saving enough. And there are many expenditure to take care leaving me with hardly any balance leftover for savings.

At the same time, the Fix Deposit rate is woefully inadequate and under matched against even the official CPI rate. Our real savings is getting smaller when the cost of goods go up faster than our savings interest.

Recently I read that one country in Europe (forgot which country), the banks actually impose a tax on your savings! Now that is too much! It means they are discouraging savings and want the people to spend! Probably to stimulated their stagnant economy. But it would also mean when the people retire, they would have no money.

Such is the topsy-turvy economy of the world!