How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

YB Wong Chen: Let's talk about the law making process of the so called hudud bill 355

"1. Hadi Awang is now given an opportunity (thanks to BN) to table his motion early next week at position no.4.
2. Since Hadi Awang is not part of the BN government, he is a "private member" of Parliament, and therefore can only present his amendments to Act 355 via a MOTION.
3. Sometime next week, Hadi will most probably read out his MOTION in Parliament.
4. Then the floor will be open to debate his MOTION. This is not a debate to pass a law. BUT it is a debate on Hadi's MOTION.
5. After the debate, there will be a vote on who supports or opposes the MOTION.
6. If Hadi has more support at this stage, the MOTION will then land on the table of the BN government's representative on Islamic matters. That representative is none other than Minister Jamil Khir from the Prime Minister's Department.
7. Once the MOTION lands on Jamil's table, he will then take instructions from Najib as Prime Minister on how to proceed.
8. At this crucial point, Najib can no longer hide and claim that this is a PAS or Hadi Awang initiative. At this point, it is Najib who has to take full responsibility to push for hudud.
9. His dangerous political game in the past few months has allowed Hadi Awang to push the hudud agenda. But this will come to an end at this point. It will no longer be Hadi Awang's bill. At this point, it will become Najib Razak's hudud bill.
10. If Najib agrees to table the hudud bill, he will then proceed to table it for second and third reading and a final vote is made thereafter.
11. If Najib wins, then the 355 hudud amendments will become law.
12. If Najib does not table the bill, then his romance with Hadi Awang will surely come to an abrupt end.
13. What will happen next week will have profound political and socio economic impact. What is most worrying, is the willingness of those in power to play the hudud card, in an attempt to stay in power at all costs."

What comes to my mind: When Hudud becomes Who Did, we Had It. Let's hope Najib have been making use of Hadi all along, and when push comes to shove, whatever little good sense left in him shall prevail. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Many companies falling prey to hackers who have turned thieves


" On a regular business day in June, boxes of what appeared to be anti­virus software were delivered to two branches of a remittance agency in Kuala Lumpur and Muar.
On the box was a note, purportedly from the chief executive officer, telling the supervisors the company was undergoing a security upgrade and asking them to install the disks in every computer in their office.
The branches should have checked if the note and boxes really came from headquarters. They did not. They came from hackers.
And in one weekend, the hackers moved as much as RM6mil from their branches to remitters in Paraguay, China and some parts of Europe.
The branches had installed backdoor access for hackers to gain entry into every aspect of their network. For a month, these hackers studied the offices’ process of clearing and moving money.
On a weekend when no one was in the office, they struck.
By the time the employees came back to work on Monday, they had discovered that their computers had moved out the money.
The money had been cleared out on the in­­ternational side before they even knew they had been hacked, said LE Global Services executive director Fong Choong Fook, whose private cybersecurity firm employs hackers to test the network security of major banks."
IMHO: As one of the increasing number of people using handphones and notebooks, each of us at different levels of understanding the intricacies of information technology, I cannot help but feel helpless in the fast advancing IT. We are continuously tempted by new Apps which invariably require us to agree to provide personal details and for them to access your contacts and other information in other sites, before we are allowed to install them. Just imagine the ease those with better IT knowledge can access confidential details with which they can hack into our phones or notebooks. Phishing is a common tactic used and it has been increasing improved to fool us into thinking any request for passwords is from genuine source. For example, while going into a site, you are informed that your username or password is incorrect. How are we to know whether we have actually made a mistake or that message is phishing for them?

Tan Sri Ramon: Do we want to promote more money politics


"Most Malaysians are wondering why the chairperson of the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing (NCCPF), YB Paul Low, and his able committee members have casually recommended the removal of the cap on funding and spending during future election campaigns?
Is it their purpose to promote and expand money politics, instead of controlling this somewhat callous and corrupting bad electoral practice?
Does this new election recommendation help to promote ‘state capture’, where the rich and powerful will be able to provide limitless political funding, that is even tax free, to elect favoured candidates of the rich and to keep them in power ad infinitum or, forever and ever, as the old song goes?"

"Although the NCCPF claims that it tries to promote transparency and accountability, it would be throwing the vital prerequisite and requirement of integrity in election financing to the winds, if the cap on election funding and expenditure is completely removed.
The NCCPF also states that tax exemption will also be limitless, if and when the cap on election financing is removed. We would then have wholesale tax avoidance, some tax evasion and even provide greater opportunities for money-laundering for those indulging in shady businesses. Is this what we need when we have so many socio-economic challenges staring us starkly in our faces?"

Read more:

IMHO: It is incredible that Paul Low would actually promote the removal of the cap on funding, especially with the incentive of tax free provision. It is quite obvious the move is to make the infamous Rm2.6 billions in Najib's account seems legal, even if retrospective without legal basis.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Being a doctor may seem glamorous but most doctor parents do not encourage their offspring to follow their footsteps

A letter to The Star from Senior Doc, Malacca:

Failure is precursor of success


"I am of the humble opinion that had more doctors stepped forward to share their heart-breaking stories in public, it would discourage many young people from doing medicine, for the sacrifice involved is indeed too great – so great that many doctors have dissuaded their offspring from joining the profession!
All we see is success but we have never seen how these successful people suffered in the first place.
Alas, it depends on what you want in life. If you want a life of riches, job stability, glamour and easy money, again and again many senior members of the profession have pointed out that it is not as easy as you would have imagined.
Life’s priorities also tend to change with time and place. You will definitely find that your life’s priorities are dynamic and in constant motion.
What you want now is not what you want 10 years down the road. Too many doctors have regretted their career choices.
The frustration is understandable, the failures are difficult to stomach, the financial and time constraints are too much to bear, but as with all choices in life, there is a price to pay."
Another letter 'in response to the letters “It’s devastating to fail students at the final hurdle” by Disappointed Parent (The Star, Oct 7)  and “Look into the real reasons for failure” by Pilocarpine (The Star, Oct 8) ':
"In writing this letter, I seek the attention of the Malaysian medical fraternity, medical schools, Malaysia Medical Council (MMC), PTPTN, and parents of medical students. It’s my sincere hope that what happened to me will not happen to others.
I believe that I’m in a position to comment on this matter as a former medical student and now a medical dropout from a private medical university. I can certainly feel the agony felt by Disappointed Parent, and I too have received similar advice like the one given by Pilocarpine.
After failing my medical course, I now face an uncertain future with a huge – almost six-figure –PTPTN loan which I will struggle to pay back.
I believe the root cause of this issue is the structure of the final year medical exams. The medical cases given in the exams are variable and will be judged by two senior medical doctors.
Exactly what is the requirement to pass is unclear with each of those senior medical doctors having their own judgement.
Some of them are known to be strict while others are lenient. Here is where the element of luck can play a crucial role in determining a pass or failure.
Can the competence of a medical student in just one or two cases in the final year exam be used to judge his overall fitness to become a doctor? Wouldn’t all the training for the past four/ five years in medical school be worth anything at all? Why can’t the overall competence of a doctor be judged during the two-year housemanship period?"

Bob Kee: The hard truth about GST

It's no joke where GST is concerned (unlike my previous post), as Bob Kee explains in The Star...


"FOR goods and services tax (GST)-registered businesses who have monthly filing obligations, they would have filed their August 2016 GST return last month and this would have been their 17th GST return since Malaysia introduced this consumption tax on 1 April 2015.
After 17 returns, what is the state of play now? Do businesses know what they need to know to meet their expected GST obligations? With the 2017 Budget announcements coming up on Oct 21, 2016, what can businesses expect in terms of amendments or changes to the GST regime to improve the tax system?
At present, the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (Customs) is in its second month of carrying out audits on GST-registered businesses, targeting 50,000 audits by year end. It is my understanding that, so far, what these audits have revealed is the level of understanding that businesses have in order to comply with its GST requirements is very poor.
This is not due to the GST system being complex, granted there are complex issues, but rather those who are managing the GST compliance matters do not seem to understand some very basic and fundamental concepts of GST."