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, April 06, 2015

How permanent is a PR status?

My wife went to UK in 1968 and was given Permanent Resident status after a few years. I went in 1973 and when I married her in 1976, I was given PR status by virtue of our marital status. Till today, I admire the British for their sex equality laws, something wanting in our own country. A number of my friends who married foreigners, migrated simply because of the periodic hassle at the immigration department.

There was a period when we used to hear of friends or relatives having to visit UK or Australia, to 'renew' their PR status! Soon, UK amended their law on this, and any UKPR leaving the country must return within 6 months, and had to stay for a minimum of 2 years, otherwise, they would lose their PR status. Of course, since then, the relevant law would have been amended many times and I am not sure about current requirements.

For those already in employment or business, it is unlikely they could meet those conditions. Even then, we had concluded that the most important seems to be money: if anyone has plenty of it, almost all countries would welcome him or her.

There was a time when many Malaysians, including wealthy ones, who applied and maintained their PR status in Australia (to the extent of actually living there for 6 months or whatever period required) just so that their children could benefit from the free university education then.

A few days ago, at breakfast, my regular 'kaki' mentioned about his daughter's Singapore PR status and seem to think the PR status is permanent and up to her to go back and work at any time in the future. I told him that offhand I think it is not correct, because PR is logically meant for those working in Singapore and once you are out for a number of years, you cannot claim you are a permanent resident for a fact, can you?

Back home, I searched on Singapore's PR status and was not disappointed with the information (in support of my view), though my friend would be disappointed with his wrong perception and the fact that his daughter probably lost her PR status already.

A valid Re-Entry Permit (REP) is necessary whenever a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) wishes to travel out of Singapore. It will enable the Permanent Resident to retain his/her SPR status while away from Singapore.

A SPR who remains outside Singapore without a valid REP will lose his/her SPR status.'

Actually, based on the number of Malaysians who are working in Singapore and the ease they obtained SPR status even now, my friend should not fret over it. Singapore still need foreign workers and Malaysians are particularly welcome.

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