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?
Corruption is 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.)

Monday, February 27, 2012

A bit on Wills

Under Malaysian law governing the distribution of assets of a person who dies intestate (without leaving a will) the widow receives one-third of the property and the remaining two-thirds is shared out among the children.

In the event that there are no children, half the property goes to the widow. The deceased's surviving parents then inherit the other half.

If there are no parents, the brothers and sisters; if not, then the uncles and aunts, take the half. Only if there is nobody else can the widow take all.

On the other hand, the husband gets the whole of the dead wife's estate if she does not leave a will.

“In view of this unbalanced Distribution Law on Intestacy, a woman with wealth and property has more reasons to make a will.” to quote Mr. Lai Nai Sing, manager of HSBC Trustee Bhd, in 1982.

Mr. Lai also warned that any person who qualified as a beneficiary should not be left out of the will. “Under the Inheritance Family Provision Act, a man must provide for those whom he is legally bound to provide for.”

“Thus, even if there is a black sheep of a son you do not care for, do not leave him out. Even if you leave him only a dollar, this will close the door to any litigation.”

Another point to note is that any gift or gifts to attesting witnesses or their spouses shall be void. For example, you should not sign as a witness to your father-in-law's will which leaves everything to your husband.

Apart from this, a will is valid only if it fulfills these four conditions:

1. The person who makes it must be of age (over 18 years in Malaysia);
2. He or she must be of sound mind;
3. The will must be in writing;
4. The signature must be witnessed by two independent witnesses (people who are not beneficiaries to the will).

(From an article, Why it's important to make your will, published in The Star on September 23, 1982.)

What will you do if your mother inherited 1/3 of 2/3 of her father's property, in accordance with the law on intestacy?

We have a strange situation where my mother was asked to sign off her share (2/9), to be shared equally between her two late brothers' families. Was there undue pressure or influence which made her sign the will in 1975? The fact that my mother signed a new will (which according to the law on wills, would have superseded the earlier will) without any mention of the provisions of the first will, has now open the possibility of our claim, as beneficiaries, to the property in question. That the administrator (a grandson) of our grandfather's estate, was the sole beneficiary of our grandmother's one-third share sure makes it suspicious to any outsider.


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