Saturday, September 24, 2016

MASA Tidak Bersama Kita

Ayuh Melayu!!! Lontarkan suaramu pada tempatnya. Masa TIDAK bersama kita. Bergelut sesama sendiri di medan sosial. 

Bila PRU, sendiri menghukum diri. Bagai GAGAK di rimba, merintih dan meroyan lagi. Malunya Melayu hanya petah kata-kata TIDAK pula aksinya. 

Tidak lahirlah peribahasa Melayu; "BULAT AIR KERANA PEMBETUNG, BULAT MANUSIA KERANA MUAFAKAT". Bukan sekadar kata-kata, tetapi perbuatan mensahihkan kehadiran.
Pantun : Undi

Di sambar kilat henti nadi
Umpama bunga jatuh layu
Sedih lihat daftar pengundi
Ramai Cina dari melayu

Jalan berbatu tempuh titi
Mencari dara gadis ayu
Cina bersatu tidak kira parti
Tujuan asal jatuhkan Melayu

Ciongsam putih pakaian Nyonya
Sari ungu pakaian India
Melayu masih besar egonya
Konon melayu tak hilang di dunia

Jika ke hulu mencari angsa
Berpusing nanti buruk padahnya
Bila melayu hilang kuasa
Baru bising seluruh dunia

Di tinggal ibu hidup merana
Di tengah kota penjara besi
Jika Melayu di perintah Cina
Tinggal nama lidah dan gusi

Gadis Arab kening melentik
Berbaju labuh kain parsi
Jangan di harap ahli politik
Asyik bergaduh rebut kerusi

Arah barat cari mayat
Dalam gua jumpa mangsa
Jangan di harap wakil rakyat
Kumpul harta lupa bangsa

Dari dulu tinggal di kuah
Jual baja membeli padi
Duhai melayu semangat tuah
Kerah semua daftar pengundi

Dari Seremban poie A.Setar
Singgah Tapah sarapan pagi
Ayuh anak Melayu poie daftar
Tinggal 5 hari saje lagi...

Nukilan :- 
Pakai baju kain satin,
 Ini Melayu Prihatin

Friday, September 23, 2016

Open Your Mouth and say “Arrr”

When was your last visit to a friendly dentist? Do you remember the experience of your first visit back then? Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive. A Healthy smile, a healthy you. 

New research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. For example, when your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems. 

If you don't take care of your teeth and gums, your poor oral hygiene can actually lead to other health problems, including: oral and facial pain (Gingivitis), problem with the heart and other major organs and digestive problems (intestinal and digestive disorders). 
Realising the importance of a good oral healthcare, the Malaysian government has embarked on primary oral healthcare to the population by target groups namely the toddlers, pre-school children, primary and secondary schoolchildren, antenatal mothers, children with special needs, adults and the elderly. 
The dental sector is among the basic need for the development of a country, where the commitment of the Health Ministry’s in providing better infrastructure and programmes in ensuring optimal oral health outcome. 

Many would avoid walking this road, despite in reality to achieve the optimal oral healthcare outcome, Malaysia requires 10, 000 dental practitioners by year 2020; a ratio of one dentist to 3, 000 population. Now that is a staggering feat, amidst the question of charges, one has to bear for services rendered. 
Dental healthcare services is one of the areas exempted of Goods and Services Tax since 1st April 2015. A dental filling at a Government clinic is charged R
M4.00 or RM45.00 at a private dental, is purely the choice made by the customer. Don’t blame it on GST or the Government!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Why DAP Is Against Delineation?

The matter on constituency or parliamentary delineations is such a hard word to swallow, especially when seats won over time, is under scrutiny and to a re-delineation exercise by the Election Commission of Malaysia (SPR). 
The voting patterns over the past general elections and ramifications of the 2002 re-delineation exercise are marked by ethnocentric of the electoral logic that overall imbalance the constituency size. The Malay rural dominated constituencies tends to vote strongly for the Barisan Nasional led government (BN) spearheaded by United Malays Nation Organization (UMNO) while the large Chinese dominated urban voted more for the Opposition (PR) majority led by the Democratic Action Party (DAP). 

One needs to comprehend what is ‘delineation’ and the authority impart by the Federal Constitution (FC) 1963. 

What is Constituency delineation/delimitation? It is the drawing of boundaries in the context of elections in order to prevent imbalance of voting population across polling districts. Who is responsible for constituency re-delineation in Malaysia? The EC is responsible as provided for in Article 113, Section 2(i) of the Federal Constitution (FC). How often must re-delineation carried out? From the last re-delineation, it should be carried out no less than 8 years after the last exercise as per the FC/Article 113/2(ii). 

When was the last re-delineation exercise? For Peninsula Malaysia and Sabah, it was carried out in 2003 and in Sarawak in the year 2005. How do we know when the re-delineation exercise will start? It will start when the EC publishes in the Gazette and newspaper(s) where their proposed boundaries may be viewed in each of the affected constituencies. Before that the EC will inform the Prime Minister and Speaker of Dewan Rakyat of their intention to start the process; FC/13th Schedule/Part 2/ 4(a). 

While all efforts by the EC assisted by the Department of Survey and Mapping and the Attorney General’s office in the re-delineation exercise, DAP state assemblymen from Sarawak and Sabah are adamant and insisted, the entire re-delineation exercise is a 'robbery' by Barisan Nasional to avoid defeat in the coming 14th General Election (GE). 

In view of the window closing in for a delineation, the Penang and Selangor state government had intended to carry out a snap election which will usurp the exercise or somewhat will affect the EC exercise in both states. Why such arm twisting acts? 
The reason is purely simple and obvious. The constituencies in both states; majority of the seats contested in the previous two GE are won by DAP, thus they hold the ‘Ace’ in the states’ administration. The urban constituencies dominated by the Chinese are thick with ‘pride’ and ‘arrogance’ underneath their insecurities in the diverse ethnicity. 

A classic example, the Selangor Menteri Besar; Azmin Ali (Parti Keadilan Rakyat; PKR) did not heed Lim Kit Siang’s (DAP Senior Advisor) proposal for the state assembly to dissolve. Tony Pua (Selangor MP, DAP) came with ‘loaded guns’ bearing on Azmin for his refusal and labelled as ‘STUPID’. 

DAP’s intentions are clear. Should a snap election materialise, the present constituency may and will grow in numbers, thus handing them more controlling powers. Power brings authority to determine the delineation process through dispute-and-receive without interference from any party; especially from UMNO and Partai Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS). 

An ‘Aye’ or a “Nay” for re-delineation requires a two third (2/3) majority in the legislative house. There are 56 state assembly seats in Selangor; DAP leads with 14 seats followed by PKR at 13 seats. When PAS has a fall out with PR, their two seats were ‘coerced’ to join Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) to maintain the newly formed coalition of DAP, PKR and PAN named Pakatan Harapan (PH) stronghold in Selangor. UMNO/BN meanwhile retains 12 state assembly seats. 

Similarly in Penang, where 40 state assembly seats comprised of DAP heads the number at 19, followed by PKR at 10, PAS with 1 seat and finally UMNO/BN with 10 seats. DAP has envisioned to be the supremo party in the coalition, should the snap election is in their favour, despite being heckled with unresolved local issues. 

DAP is overly concerned particularly downplaying their hypocrisy of the Malays. Such exercise by the EC is deemed ‘unwarranted’ by the party as it present a threat to their political struggle and power. Hence, the re-delineation is observed to shrink their foothold and disengaged from the momentum to widen their authority in the country. 

Once, the biometrics facilities and capabilities proposed by the EC to clamp down any possibilities and existence of imposter, posing as registered voter in a constituent in the General election. The exercise of the biometrics during an election would weed out ‘impersonator/s’, simultaneously, through direct access to the National Registration Department database, the Department of Immigration could apprehend and prove existence of forged identity card holders enjoying the facilities as Malaysians. 

However, too much dismay DAP fired salvo in organizing mass protests throughout the nation against such exercise that would unveil their true intentions. As a ‘solution’ away from their hidden agenda, PR prompted the use of indelible ink, much to their favour to keep harping on the legitimacy of voters in probable losing constituencies. 

The same can be expected of DAP leading the PR coalition to hamper the delineation exercise and rock ‘democracy’ to their advantage in false pretenses…?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Foreign Workers: Exaggerated or True Needs?

A friend related an incident where he stopped and parked at a space several other vehicles had parked earlier to attend an appointment. 

He was however, instructed to park elsewhere by a Nepali security guard; armed with lack of local vocabulary and waving sign language, symbolizing ‘NO’ and ‘You can’t park here!” 
Surprisingly, when questioned, the Nepali guard can’t identify the name of the company of which property he is employed to protect and secure. 

What is the motive of such employment? At the peak of 3.5 percent unemployment rate (495,705) compared to 14, 163, 000 Malaysians employed in April 2016; the rise of lay-offs, picky prospective employees and discrimination, foreign employees tops the choices to fill the void. 

Are they truly the descendants of the fearful Gurkha, engaged during the era of the British colonial masters? Or another ploy/excuse upon Malaysians with daunting flashback? 

The experience shared is among many, circulating on the subject of foreign workers nibbling the employment market/occupations in Malaysia. Does their presence brings more good than harm to the growth, social stability and security of the nation per se? 

Security personnel particularly the foreign guards are subjected under the Private Agencies Act 1971, the Immigration Act 1959/1963 and the National Registration Act 1959, whereupon 30, 000 illegal foreign security guards claimed been employed in the nation. 

In a news report on 15 April 2016, Deputy Human Resource minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib disclosed since 2014, a total of 592 employers have been prosecuted after 81, 200 checks were conducted on the subject pursued. 

The government had introduced the minimum wage policy in 2014 in line with the National Wages Act considering the cost of living, productivity level and other aspects. A minimum wage of RM1, 000 took to effective from 1st July 2016 is to ensure transformation of the middle-income group to high-income economy by the year 2020. 

A classic example for a Malaysian, earning RM1, 000 will bear food, shelter and utilities, thus affecting him/her from the fruits of labor, whilst a foreign registered worker may earn a percentage lesser wage but provided shelter, transportation, food, medical attention and others by their agents/employers. 
The move however is not perceived well by certain workforce agents or employers especially unscrupulous ones, whom chose to capitalize the hindsight of the enforcement by engaging illegal employees; no levy paid, service tax, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) or care for the welfare of the employees, set forth by the government. Some even do not renew the Temporary Work Visit Passes for Nepalese security guards. 

Let’s not forget the instructions by the former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah upon the Immigration Department on 15th November 2005 to track down and deport 50, 000 Chinese visitors overstaying their welcome in Malaysia. Down the road, a few years later, another 100, 000 Chinese visitors repeated the crimes of immigration issues. 

The influx of illegal foreign workers can be seen in their monopoly of ‘employment market’ or occupations as identified below:
. Indonesians as maids, factory workers and construction workers.
. Bangladeshi as factory workers and construction workers.
. Indians majority found at Nasi Kandar outlets, security guards and medical practitioners/specialist.
. Chinese women works as Guest Relation Officer aka China doll at Family recreation center.
. Nepalese besides engaged as Security guards, are employed as factory workers or hypermarket/retail stores assistants.
. Vietnamese works as factory workers and wet market hands.
. Filipino runs the hotel and factory workers, too.
. Africans capitalize the scam/black money.
. Siamese concentrated in food.
. Cambodian dwells in the clothing and handicraft.
. Laotians works as contract workers and in agricultural estates.
. Pakistani majors the clothing, carpets and food.
. Uzbeks primarily into the flesh trade market.
. Arabs infamous for the Middle East food and cuisine. 

For a Malaysian…what is left for Malaysian in the employment is purely arithmetic. The Ministry of Home Affairs reported in 2015, there are 2.1 million registered foreign workers, while another more than 3 million are illegal workers, escaping the hands of law with help from individual/s of interest or companies with vested interests. 

Most definitely, a bigger chunk of the foreign workers are not SKILLED or semi-skill to fill the vacancies or so some defended otherwise.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Along The Passage of Time

Electric driven trains known as the Electric Trains Services (ETS) runs the tracks once ruled by the steam locomotives introduced during the British colonial era dated 1 June 1885 to transport tin in Taiping, Perak to Port Weld (now Kuala Sepetang). A year later another railway line linked Kuala Lumpur (center of mining activities in the Klang Valley) and Klang to Port Swettenham (Port Klang today). 
The topographical of the Peninsular Malaysia with the Titiwangsa Ridge in the background and single track back then, further affected time constrained passengers resulting in low crowds as the nation develop and later grew from strength to strength. 
With the introduction of commuter trains powered by electricity in 3 August 1995 named the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Komuter service...'Go Green' and success in alleviating traffic woes in Klang Valley, so does the demand for trains as public transportation rises. The project of both electrification and dual-tracks benefits the travel time, frequency, reliability, quality of service and safety upon completion in 2014. 

The entire railway system run 1, 379 km from north to south of Peninsular Malaysia (including the KTM Komuter, Light Rapid Transit, Penang Hill Railway,  Monorail, KLIA Ekspres and the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail). 

The railway tracks are divided into two. The West Coast line distanced at 767 km trails north; Padang Besar (Malaysia-Thailand border) down south at Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore. The dual-tracking and electrification begins on the 179 km stretch of this line between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh to run trains at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The dual-tracking of the West Coast line between Ipoh and Padang Besar started in January 2008. 

While the East Coast line journeys 620 km from Gemas, Negeri Sembilan to the northern tip of the east at Tumpat, Kelantan connecting to the Thailand railway at Rantau Panjang. 
What enthralled the public to train service is the passage into time, the interiors and deep jungle, away from the hustle and bustle of trunk roads and highways. 

Derelict buildings stood, once the economic power houses lined along the train tracks. Kampong house stands among brick layered houses. Children slumbering in the neighborhood observed from a distance. 
Vast paddy fields turned rice to staple food for the population. Rubber trees that produces rubber to move mechanized motor vehicles. Palm trees producing oleomargarine and oil to fry your proteins, not forgetting the Limestone hills that lays building floors. 

Ponds and man-made lakes evidence of prosperity from tin mines could not be missed. Streams and rivers with people busy carrying out their activities. One could even notice water buffaloes busking in the mud. 
The train service is a reminder, aroused the nostalgia and multi-faceted living on display, how much the nation has developed into present days? Yet in the remote interiors, we could looked back at the childhood once we were.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Crossroads in Public Transportation: Taxi

Taxi service is one of the vital feeder of the public transportation in the people mobility especially from small towns or areas not serviced by the stage buses to run their errands or duties. The reputation of Malaysia's taxi service however is much to be pleased. 
It has been marred by the poor conduct of local taxi drivers known among others, refusing to use taxi meters, overcharging and pick and choose destinations to their liking under the pretense, the routes are not accessible and other excuses. Some of the vehicles are poorly maintained or in clean slate, despite owned or managed by individual taxi drivers. 
Prior to any licensing, the operators has gone through the rigorous background checks. According to Key Statistics of Taxi Industry in Peninsular Malaysia, sourced from the Land Public Transportation Commission (SPAD) a sum of 61, 349 taxis operating comprising six licenses: Budget: 39, 056, Hired cars: 16,012, Executive: 2, 884, Airport: 2, 226, TEKS1M: 1, 000 and Premier: 171 taxis. They are owned by 57% individuals and remaining 43% by companies. 
In June 2008 a survey conducted by Malaysian expatriate magazine ‘The Expat’ on an estimated 200 foreigners from 30 countries, Malaysia's taxis were found to rank the lowest among the 23 countries in terms of quality, courtesy, availability and expertise. 
Six years ago, came Uber a ride sharing service that begins to gain popularity worldwide amidst reluctance from several countries, keeping them at bay, due to public/passenger safety among the concerned issues. So does, GrabCar inching into the public transportation industry. 
Both Uber and GrabCar applied the social media applications based on the Android and iOS platform with much magnetism especially when traversing the urban roads, hot on the trails of time and privately owned cars. To date, despite the controversy between JPJ and Uber, the Uber app is not illegal as far as SPAD is concerned. 
With the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in April 2015 and taxi rates ratification to cushion the impact on the costs of taxi maintenance, Uber and GrabCar is comparatively up to 20% cheaper. Transactions and bookings are made online and cashless payments with no hidden charges like toll charges or taxi stops. 
Considering the rigors of attaining taxi license, certain terms and conditions stipulated by SPAD through the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (PAD Act 715), Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat Act 2010 (SPAD Act 714), Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board Act 1987 (Act 334) and Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board Amendment Act 2010 (Act A1376), it is unjust and unfair their livelihood threatened by the Uber or GrabCar drivers. 
Uber and GrabCar will remain illegal in the eyes of the law and detrimental to the road users and public safety. A passenger/s of the services are risking their lives enjoying the ride rendered against any insurance claims. These cars are not subjected to a periodic maintenance inspection by the Central Computerised Vehicle Inspection (PUSPAKOM) established in 1994 on commercial vehicles, ownership transfer and volunteered inspection (but not for commercial purposes). 
Nonetheless taxi management and taxi drivers must buck up their services and attitude to secure the trust and reliance of the public towards the industry. Any perpetrated actions by the industry players may result in drawing the passengers away in a long run.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Housing Developments: Dilemma for Property Developers?

Policy initiatives relating to housing affordability has been through transferring physical (financial resources) to low-income households. However, the financial capacity of these income segment makes them ineligible nor able to afford a private sector supply of houses. 

Tan Sri Noh Omar's in his proposal can be considered as a thoughtful and very wise for the people, looking after their interests and wellbeing. The developers are prompted to provide loans to prospective house buyers with regulated interest rates ranging from 12 percent to 18 percent. Inequitably, much of the efforts are to assist the property developers’ position to build and maintaining profits against the people’s affordability. 
Is the property market experiencing a huge demand for ‘affordable housing’ or a housing glut? ‘Affordable housing’ by definition refers to housing units that are affordable by that section of society whose income is below the median household income. Noh Omar obviously is denying the reality of the market reports, thus comes gun blazing for the developers. 

Fact One; house prices should go down when there is a surplus in the market. Developers have to accept the situation and lower their profit margins, rather than government intervenes and letting them be loan sharks. 

Fact Two; Constructions costs has fallen and not consequently contribute to house price. It is the direct result of high land costs. Ultimately an increased land prices purchased by the developers, so does the market price increases. 

On Wednesday, the Cabinet has instructed the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government ministry to improve the housing policy and issue clear guidelines. On the same day, Real Estate and Housing Developers Association Malaysia (REHDA) revealed that home sales were down 52% in the second half of 2015 and 39% more in the first half of 2016. 

Logically, house prices in the second half of 2016 continues to decline or at a halt. The government, however appears to be supportive of the minister, suggesting REHDA to continue building high-priced housing, literally raking huge profits. This is a serious mismatch given the lack of supply of affordable houses. 

In a recent statistical report Khazanah Research Institute, a think tank founded in 2014 that focuses on Malaysia’s socio-economic issues, showed house prices in urban areas have increased threefold since 2000 and viewed as ‘severely unaffordable’ corroborated by many people’s conviction that house prices have escalated beyond affordability. Fact of the matter it is 4.5 to 5.5 times higher than the world median standards. 

Ironically, based on international benchmarks, a house should not cost more than three times the median household annual income. The median household income for 2014 was RM4,258. Out of 7 million total household found in the survey, 3.5 million are earning above RM4,700 while 3.5 million earns below RM4,700. Realistically the median home priced at RM153,288 yet these is not the case in Malaysia. 

A strong political will is needed to reform the supply-side and enhance its capacity to develop a sustainable and responsive housing sector. The provisions of social housing for the majority of population will exert financial pressures on government spending. As Malaysia becomes more urbanised, the demand for affordable housing will increase. If the trend is not addressed, the bottom 40% (B40) and middle 40% (M40) of income earners will more likely requires social housing in the near future.