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February 26, 2018

BR1M

I always had the impression that BR1M was bollocks, you know, like how can one be content with a measly handout after getting shortchanged by the billions in public funds? But well, that was until a few of these hisap ‘experts’ came out to attest that BR1M is good in conjunction of the upcoming Election. Now, I have a reinforced belief that the BN government is good, simply because a few experts told me so. Nevermind the illogical attempt to justify kleptocracy. Nevermind the obvious motive to propagate their own agenda in a self owned online media. Nevermind the doubt that it doesn’t take a competent person to do a simple task of handing out money and claim that it is an economical breakthrough to eradicate poverty. Long live Barang Naik!

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Experts: What a relief BR1M is to the poor
PETALING JAYA: BR1M payouts have been helpful to low-income groups, experts say.

“The aid is handy for eligible recipients who need the cash for short-term spending needs,” said Lee Heng Guie, executive director of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia’s Socio-Economic Research Centre.

Studies had shown that consumer spending by low-income groups increased since BR1M was implemented, he said.

“Mostly, they use the cash to buy necessities – basic items,” he said.

Lee added that the handouts were especially welcomed by people who were feeling the cost-of-living pinch.

“For the long term, the Government may consider looking into how the aid can best be utilised by the target groups,” Lee said.

He added that one way was to disburse the cash assistance for specific purposes, such as jobs and skills training.

Assoc Prof Dr Chung Tin-Fah, from HELP University, said BR1M was one measure the Government had taken to address the cost of living.

“The people have spoken out about the high cost of living, and so the Government has taken steps to address it,” he said.

He said offering BR1M to low-income groups made sense.

“Taxation worldwide has moved from being primarily income-based to consumption-based.

“As such, whether you are rich or poor, you pay the same tax rate.

“So, to offset the effects of GST, BR1M is actually beneficial to those in the lower income bracket,” he said.

Assoc Prof Dr Jeniri Amir from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak said his surveys showed that people, especially those living in rural areas, were very receptive to the BR1M scheme.

He said BR1M was one of the reasons Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had a high popularity rating of about 60% among Sarawakian voters.

“For those who do not have regular income, the amount they receive from BR1M is a lot of money,” he said, adding that it helped them with cash flow issues.

“For local voters, bread and butter issues are still the priority, so BR1M is definitely helpful for them,” he said.

In 2017, RM6.3bil in aid was given to over 7.2 million recipients under the scheme.

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April 5, 2017

Member of Parliament

Caught this piece of disturbing news today…

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MP: Okay for rapists to marry victims, even some 9-year-olds can marry
KUALA LUMPUR: There is nothing wrong with a rape victim marrying the rapist, according to a Barisan Nasional lawmaker who even suggested that some nine-year-olds were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage.

Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya, in trying to refute Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Amanah-Kota Raja), said that some 12- and 15-year-old girls looked older than their actual ages.

“When we discuss 12- and 15-year-olds, we don’t see their physical bodies because some children aged 12 or 15, their bodies are like 18-year-old women,” Shabudin told the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.

The former Syariah court judge added that some girls who reached puberty when they were as young as nine years old were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage.

“So it’s not impossible for them to get married,” Shabudin said, adding that there was “nothing wrong” with a rape victim marrying the rapist as it could serve as a “remedy” to the increasing number of social problems.

Shabudin said this when debating the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 after several Opposition lawmakers suggested amending it to include child marriages as an offence.

He said that although rape is a criminal offence, the rapist and the victim should be “given a second chance to turn a new leaf in life”.

“Perhaps through marriage they can lead a healthier, better life. And the person who was raped does not necessarily have a bleak future. She will have a husband, at least, and this could serve as a remedy to growing social problems,” he said.

Dr Siti Mariah, however, argued that allowing the rapist to marry the victim would not guarantee a better life.

“I don’t agree with marrying off the victim to the rapist. If the rapist repents, maybe that’s fine, but what if the husband is ‘haprak’ (useless)?” she said.

Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) cited two cases of the victims marrying the attackers, and argued that the marriages ended up becoming more problematic, causing more hurt.

She said that one of the cases involved a 35-year-old man in Negri Sembilan who married a 14-year-old with a disability after allegedly raping her. The man then reportedly raped his 11-year-old sister-in-law and forced his wife to film him committing the act.

Citing his experience as a judge, Shabudin, however, said that Teo should not generalise the issue as there have been many cases where such marriages did not end in divorce.

“The girl becomes safer when she is married rather than when she is left alone. Don’t assume they (rapists) remain bad people,” he said.

Teo’s motion to amend the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill to include child marriages as an offence was ultimately defeated by a voice vote.

This guy –> Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya –> is a member of the parliament.

Member of the Parliament, ladies and gentlemen… Member of the Parliament…

Somebody please kill me already.

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March 7, 2016

act of desperation

Recent headlines in Malaysia – some top echelons of the Malaysian opposition party were seen in a press conference together with ex-PM Dr. M and his son and some other old BN farts, in a desperate attempt to seek some attention or gain empathy to oust the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, after a few failed feeble attempts.

Here’s a piece of news today, one of the opposition leaders trying to justify the orgy the other day [source]

‘It is time for us to move on’
SHAH ALAM: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali says it is imperative that everyone moves forward to save Malaysia, rather than dwells on the past.

The Selangor Mentri Besar said although he had a close relationship with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he was serving then deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the reconciliation that took place last Friday was nothing personal.

It was about saving Malaysia, he said.

Both Azmin and Dr Mahathir had attended a gathering along with political figures from both sides of the political divide to initiate a citizens’ declaration to demand the removal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Azmin also said it would seem curious for him to work with Dr Mahathir when the former prime minister had sacked his boss Anwar in 1998.

“I served a senior Umno leader (Anwar) for 13 years. Of course, I (also) have a close and personal relationship with Dr Mahathir for many years.

“We were at the citizens’ gathering as Malaysians representing different political parties, ideologies and different civil societies in the interests of the nation and the people.

“It is not about personal choice. To me it is a matter of principle,” Azmin said when met after flagging off the Women’s Marathon 2016 here yesterday.

“What happened in 1998 I certainly cannot forget. Nobody forgets the history. It is for us to learn the lesson.

“But we need to move forward and I think it is time for us to move on,” he said, adding that the reconciliation was “good for the country”.

Azmin said more meetings on the citizens’ declaration would take place with all leaders who had signed the document.

Here’s what I don’t understand – if Najib is such a bane to UMNO or BN’s existence, why do the opposition guys wanted to oust him out so much? Wouldn’t leaving him to continue the bad work be a boon to the opposition? Why orgy with the UMNO has-beens to oust the PM? Won’t they just replace the position with another nincompoop?

It’s like wanting Kim Jong Il to step down, only to be replaced by his corpulent son with a worse hairstyle. Don’t you guys see the problem? It doesn’t make sense. Oh, but what do I know, I’m just a goddamn engineer.

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January 5, 2016

moronic drivers

Know how I spent my first Sunday in 2016? In the aftermath of this mess:

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Two injured in eight-vehicle pile-up on NSE
IPOH: A 47-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were injured in an eight-vehicle pile-up, which included an express bus, at the 263km mark of the North-South Expressway (NSE) on Sunday.

The woman suffered minor injuries on her hands, while the man had light injuries on his legs and face during the pile-up, which took place at 5.30pm on the southbound lane.

Six others escaped unscathed.

The vehicles involved were a Proton Exora, a Perodua Viva, a Suzuki Swift, a Proton Preve, a Naza Forte, two Perodua MyVis and a Scania bus.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said the Exora was headed from Grik to Kuala Lumpur when the driver slowed down due to traffic congestion in the area.

“The injured woman, who was travelling in her Perodua Viva behind the Exora, could not brake in time and hit the car in front of her.

“Following that, the Swift, Preve, Forte, one MyVi and the express bus collided into each other in sequence because they could not stop in time too,” he said.

ACP Sum also said the injured man in his MyVi had tried to swerve into the left lane to avoid hitting into the car in front of him.

“But he ended up ramming another MyVi on that lane,” he said.

No arrests were made, and the weather was good at the time of the incident, added ACP Sum.

2 hours’s worth of jam from the bend before the Menora tunnel all the way to almost Jelapang. That’s close 7 – 8 km of jam.

I was supposed to be on my way to Ipoh (from Penang), as my father in law was having an emergency at the hospital. He was eventually discharged with observation when I reached Ipoh. What a fucking bummer.

When I read that the accident involved cars like Exora, Viva or MyVi, I wasn’t really surprised because I saw fuckloads of those morons (in those model of cars) speeding like they’re mad near the hills around that tunnel.

Now, that area in the whole stretch of NSE, is infamous as the traffic ‘death zone’ (yeah, pretty much like the death zone past 8000 meters at Everest. Only that this is at much lower altitude and kills more people). Negotiating turns around the sharp bends there at high speed, especially when it’s downhill, is a recipe for disaster. Couple that with shitty cars like a Viva or Myvi (or even Exora), it’s like these people are begging to meet their makers sooner when they speed. (how do I know they sped? I saw the wreck, you numbnuts. They look like the Decepticons had them totaled. Low speed crash won’t total a car like that).

I have to say I am impressed that no one got killed in the accident. I reckoned that there would have been fatalities from the way the whole thing looked. Hope those morons take this new lease of life as an opportunity to be less of a nuisance to the community…

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November 26, 2015

myvi

Caught this in the news today…

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Dude, That’s My Car!’ book pays homage to Perodua Myvi

KUALA LUMPUR: Get this! The bestselling model for Perodua has a book written about it.

Perodua is introducing its first book titled Dude. That’s My Car! which will be sold in major bookstores and Malaysian airports from today.

The book signals the conclusion to the Myvi’s 10th anniversary celebration this year.

Written by Perodua media relations head Ahmad Tamimi Omar, a former reporter, the 120-page book tells the story of the Myvi; the best-selling Perodua model with 870,000 units sold between May 2005 and October 2015.

It traces the Myvi origins and how it rose to become so well accepted by the Malaysian public.

“As a finale for the Myvi’s 10th birthday, we have decided to capture its history, present as well as a glimpse of its future in this book.” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.

Perodua produced a total of 2,000 books and has collaborated with MPH Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd to distribute it in major bookshops nationwide. The book sells for RM29.90.

The Myvi 10th anniversary celebration began early this year with Perodua inviting members of the public to share their Myvi experiences in the “Love of the Nation” campaign.

The celebration reached its peak during the Myvi Gathering event in Shah Alam last May which saw the largest Myvi gathering of 2,613 cars joining the event. The gathering made it into the Malaysian Book of Records for the biggest car gathering in Malaysian history.

“During the celebration, we had invited the public to participate in many programmes and even introduced a special Myvi variant to commemorate this historic milestone,” said Aminar.

On a different note, Aminar said the national carmaker has no plans to increase Perodua car prices for now despite rising production costs caused by a weakened ringgit.

“Yes, there is impact on our costs. There are imported parts, paid in either US dollar or yen,” he said. “We will continue to absorb the higher costs.”

However, he said if it reaches a level where “we cannot continue to absorb the costs, there is a possibility we will increase prices.”

Well, they could have written a book about the list of mind blowing bloopers that were ever committed by Myvi drivers, it’d have been a better selling book. Just an opinion. (who gives a fuck how they conceived Myvi? It’s a cloned Daihatsu anyway…)

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