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July 28, 2012

fucked up bullshit

Malaysian politicians are full of shit part XXXXXXXXXVI. You’ve heard them bullshitting so many fucking times, that you’d think seeing a roach is an anomaly. Check this article in the news today.

[source]
Customs D-G: Slashing excise duty on cars will hurt nation’s progress
KUANTAN: Slashing the excise duty on cars will have an adverse impact on the nation’s development, said Customs director-general Datuk Khazali Ahmad.

He said the Customs Department’s biggest revenue actually came from excise duty for local and imported cars.

“This money is used for the country’s various sectors such as education, health and social development,” he told reporters after attending the Pahang Royal Malaysian Customs Department breaking of fast event with the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah on Thursday evening.

Khazali was commenting on Pakatan Rakyat’s pledge to revamp the National Automotive Policy (NAP), including slashing the excise duty and reducing the triple-tax burden.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli, communications direc- tor Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and deputy information chief Sim Tze Tzin had said Malaysian car prices were exorbitant due to the steep excise, import duties and taxes.

“About RM6bil to RM7bil are collected annually just from vehicle’s excise duty. Imagine how many schools and hospitals we can build with that amount of money.

“That is their political opinion though and I cannot comment on it,” Khazali said.

During the event, Sultan Ahmad Shah presented donations to 95 needy people and children from two orphanages here.

The Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah and Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob also attended the event.

We’ve been taxed left, right and center for the past… I don’t know… 25 years? If they really used the money for good causes as claimed, then shouldn’t our country be full of world class hospitals and schools by now? But instead, we’re seeing headlines of people getting sidelined, schools in need of repair, and shit like that. So, if that’s not a fucked up bullshit, then what is?

I don’t mind it if they really used the money to fund the people’s education or subsidise our healthcare. But this isn’t really the case, as anyone can tell. The BN government used the money to fund useless stuff – like 20 million bucks for a cage of a panda, sending some guy to space for no reason, erecting posh lamp posts in Putrajaya, build the biggest court for the worst criminals, et al. Our hospital bills aren’t getting any cheaper. Our education aren’t getting any better. It’s all the same, if not getting worse.

We all know it very well – the main reason these greedy motherfuckers are so concerned about anyone nixing this, is because without this huge ass tax imposed on imported cars, their Proton and Perodua are going to lose out very badly. And they will have to do some actual work to stay competitive, which they usually do not have to do.

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July 10, 2012

Penang Hill

I have not been to the Penang Hill for such a long time, that I have totally forgotten how shitty it is. About a week after I have joined Company T, the department organized a teambuilding up there on Penang Hill for a treasure hunt event and yes, I have confirmed it again – that place is a shithole.

A lot of people out of state always ask me about Penang Hill, and I always tell them that Penang Hill is a shithole. There’s nothing to do there. Like literally. No theme park, no mall, no nothing. I really don’t understand why would anyone want to go up there. There are only a few ordinary buildings there which hold no entertainment value at all. Eg.
– an Indian temple (Ordinary at best. You’d pretty much get more awesome temples with more historical value around the town than this one)
– a mosque (Same thing – you can get more awesome mosques around town – check out Kapitan Keling)
– several eateries (Overpriced and bland. Any shit down the hill is better)
– a hotel (That looks like it’s a working place for cheap geriatric hookers)
– an owl museum (Tourist trap. It’s not even a fucking museum)
– a police station (That looks deserted and a bit dilapidated.)
– a posh looking restaurant overlooking the ‘view’ (that’s about as ordinary as seeing white hair on an old geezer’s head)

Some say it’s a great place to hang out because the air is cool there. But that’s a complete bollocks. It’s not any cooler than my car air con at its worst condition. Some people say that the view’s awesome (or something along that line). But it’s just a view of the city, which most of the time is blurred with smog from the pollution and haze. So, without (or lack of) the view, the coolness, and places of interest, Penang Hill is reduced to nothing but a massive shithole.

The most interesting thing is probably the train ride up and down the hill. The new train is pretty fast, which makes ascending/descending the slope a little bit of an exciting event. But what’s the point if its sole purpose is to transport you up a giant stinking shithole? It’s sad really. Penang the fucking Hill. The only way to redeem its sad existence is to probably to pimp up the train to become a roller coaster, that meanders up and down the hill for a fee. Maybe to spice things up, we make it go under a fake log, throw in a few areas with close proximity with wild local animals and perhaps a couple of fake paranormal effects (hill spirits) or something like that. It’ll be a bomb. Or at least better than a stupid train ride up into a shithole. But alas, I’m not the government so, it’s still a shithole. Don’t go there.

(I see it more as a fancy rest stop for hikers hiking from the Penang Botanical Gardens. But if you’re going there by the train and expecting it to be interesting, you’d be disappointed)

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July 2, 2012

9th year

Tomorrow marks the 9th anniversary of my blog.
Some trivia related this blog over the years:

– I started writing online since 1997 in a homepage, but it was Dr. Liew who introduced me to blogging in 2003.
– The blog started out as michaelooi.blogspot.com, migrated to dot net in 2004.
– This blog now holds about 15,000 comments and 1521 posts. (actual stat unknown, due to lost data during migration to dot net)
– Garnered over a million pageviews I think. Or a few.
– Most read post is “How to torture a cat” (you people are sick!)
– Second most read post is “What ‘pundek’ means” (you people are sick x2!)
– I blogged about buying my car 8 years ago.
– I’ve worked at 3 different companies through this period – Company X, Company Y and Company T.
– I’ve changed 7 bosses – 4 in Company X, 2 in Company Y and 1 in Company T.
– The blog saw the death of all my grandparents, and both my parents.
– The blog also saw the birth of my daughter.
– I’ve made over a few dozen friends through this blog.
– I’ve been offered money to advertise stuff on this blog for no less than 30 times through the years.
– There are a total of 3 different languages covered in this blog.
– If you line up the letters in this blog back to back, it will be long enough to cover the distance to the fucking moon (alright I was just kidding about this one).

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