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, August 08, 2014

A bit on Yellow fever vaccination but a lot it costed!

What I presumed and expected of a straight forward procedure turned out to be an expensive one.

My adventurous daughter had already booked for her holiday in Kenya and Tanzania which requires Yellow fever inoculation. Couple of months ago, she checked while abroad and I confirmed by phone locally that it could be done without appointment, during office hours, at the local health centre in Silibin/Jelapang, Ipoh (though according to a website, it was stated as available in Batu Gajah).

I had been to Jelapang health centre before and it was our first place of call, half expecting to be directed to another place under Silibin. But upon enquiry at the registration counter, we were directed to the back of the building. We were pleased initially, not having to go somewhere else, but only to be told that they had run out of stock since Hari Raya! When asked where else, the man said even KL also out of stock, Penang might have. The fact that we just came back from Penang, after fetching Cheng from Butterworth train station yesterday really made us more frustrated upon hearing it. We were advised to go to BP Lab, but it would cost much more. We called up Ipoh Specialists Centre for price comparison but they did not have stock too. We did not have any choice, knowing that Cheng will be leaving for Holland in two days time and her air tickets to Africa already booked for 2 weeks later.

I can understand why the law of supply and demand and the market forces ensured that vaccines (at Rm10) in public hospitals would run out quickly while commercial labs are likely to have stock because it costs Rm400 per jab! To console ourselves, Cheng reasoned that we should think in terms of the inoculation lasting 10 years, so it is actually only Rm40 per year, and joked that she will make sure she travels to those yellow fever infected countries more to make up for it!

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