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

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appears bright - until you hear them speak.

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.)

Friday, April 04, 2014

After the initial euphoria, BR1M might bring adverse effects on BN instead

We have been through 2 BR1M payouts, and now in the process of 3rd BR1M distribution. Both earlier BR1Ms were obviously sweeteners to voters so that they would vote for ruling BN. The criteria for eligibility were not properly followed, with many people receiving them even though not strictly eligible. I believe it was intentional, as a form of legalised bribing of voters.

Perhaps the financial position of our Finance Ministry is rather tight these days, or maybe, having won the last GE, BN can afford to be stricter when scrutinizing those already registered with the ministry. From feedback received, some pensioners are complaining that they are ineligible this year even though they were 'eligible' before.

One pensioner noticed from his bank statement that he had received the full amount less deduction for insurance. Previously, he was twice rejected because of having bought a new car which exceeded Rm100,000, and twice he was successful in his appeals. Upon comparing combined pensions, his was rightly below Rm3,000.

Another pensioner noticed that his bank account had been credited with Rm450, even though he got the full amount before.  He admitted that their combined pension amount is between Rm3,000 and Rm4,000.

Another pensioner checked with the LHDN and was told that the combined pensions of both husband and wife exceed Rm4,000, which was why he did not receive any BR1M payout.

Yet another pensioner has more or less given up hope, now that he knows the finance ministry had double-checked with the Pensions Department in the above-mentioned cases.

The question at the top of their minds seem to be: will the government ask for the return of BR1Ms received, if proven they were actually ineligible before? Whose fault would it be if the government had been deliberately sloppy before because of BN's intention to 'bribe' voters for votes? I can imagine the outcry and backlash if such cases were to be pursued relentlessly, even though legally correct.
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