Thursday, August 14, 2008

Malaysia for Malaysians!

THE COUNTRY WE LOVE
by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

1. When we became independent in 1957 nobody gave us much of a chance to make any progress beyond what had been achieved under the British.
2. I myself at that time thought that the only difference independence would make would be Malaysians would take over the administration of the country from the British. Nothing much more than that.
3. The other day I was given a copy of a news sheet called "Opinion" of November 1968, which I remember was edited and produced by Sulaiman Alias, one of the young political activist in UMNO.
4. It was quite a liberal paper and contained articles by such well-known personalities as Dr Lim Chong Eu (Gerakan), Dr R Kumar (Labour Party), Lim Kit Siang (DAP), Syed Hussain Ali (Parti Rakyat), Tengku Zaid (PMIP), Goh Cheng Teik, Ismail Ghani and several others.
5. I was also a contributor writing "In Defense of Feudalism". I was a Member of Parliament then.
6. The article that most interested me was one by Dr Lim Chong Yah, an economist, entitled "The Future of Malaysian Economy".
7. In it he gave a picture of the Malaysian Economy in 1967, 10 years after Merdeka.
8. The population was a mere 10 million and we were reproducing at 3.7% per annum. Our death rate had decreased from 12% to 7% which resulted in a natural increase of 3% p.a., a high rate, he noted.
9. Assuming decreasing death rate and also decreasing birth rate, the 3% population growth would likely continue over the next 10 years bringing the population to 13 million in 1977.
10. Dr Lim thought that national income should increase at 3% p.a. over the 1967 per capital (sic) income of USD940 p.a. But at 3% rate of growth the gap between us and the rich countries would widen.
11. Still the other developing countries would be behind us. However at 3% growth we would not be able to create jobs at 100,000 p.a. The rate of growth of national income should be 5%.
12. Investment growth (domestic) would not be able to do this.
13. If foreign investment makes up 4% of growth then it may be possible to achieve the necessary rate of investment for creating 100,000 jobs per annum.
14. It was a time when the rubber estates and tin mines were still owned by foreigners. Bringing in foreign capital sounded like increasing overdependence on foreign enterprise. We did not quite relish the idea of more foreign involvement in our newly independent country.
15. But without capital inflow unemployment would be 200,000 by 1977. Together with 160,000 unemployed in 1967, the rate would go up to 360,000, a horrendous figure.
16. The 360,000 did not include a large number of under-employed workers.
17. In the second five-year plan the public section was to spend 4,500 million Ringgit of which 1,900 million Ringgit was to come from foreign sources (borrowing).
18. Malaysia would have to depend on foreign capital inflow. Dr Lim remarked that political independence had not freed us from dependence on foreign capital. Still, he said, it was consistent with political independence. He named several developed countries which depended on foreign capital inflows.
19. He then turned to the rubber industry which was undergoing great difficulties because of the increasing usage of synthetics. He concluded that the difficulties of the rubber industry was also the difficulty of the nation in view of the strategic and preeminent role the industry occupied in the Malaysian economy.

Read the entire article here.

I am touched when I read this article. Tun was right; today we have become too materialistic and selfish.
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I am Malaysian and I love the country too. I would mourn to death if it falters and falls. I don’t really know about the politic stuff but the current state of economy is not promising with the leaders (BN or otherwise) still "politiking" on unimportant issues. I just hope the present and future leaders will not destroy what we have achieved so far with their greed and power-craziness!
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Happy Independence Day….
Will we enjoy this independence forever?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me!

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Today is my birthday, happy birthday to me :-). Another year older, hopefully another year wiser and luckier.
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Another Year Older©
By Gwendolyn C. Harper
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A birthday is just another day,
young of mind,
yet youthful looks go away.
Another year older,
the world seems a bit colder.
Yet my heart still burns,
and for love it forever yearns.
Another year older,
I grow even bolder.
Life is for us to learn from,
as calculated as a mathematical sum.
Another year older,
hurting blazes now just smolder.
Letting go of past rage and pain,
living life and feeling sane.
Another year older,
a tear on your shoulder.
Life has not been so bad,
my tear is of joy not because I'm sad.
Another day older,
more pages added to my folder.
I'm glad of whom I am today,
I would not have myself any other way.
So don't mind that I write my own birthday rhyme,
I've lived through my life up till this time.
I think it is safe to say,
that things will go as planned His way.
He's got more for me yet,
It'll be even better I bet.
Another year older,
and I am in His debt.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I am a Shell Winner


Whenever I join any contest or lucky draw...I never win, never been so lucky in that area. But today is my lucky day, I won Shell contest ~ more than 1,000,000km! Yayyy... I received a Shell card worth RM300! Thats good enough to cover this month petrol expense. Consider that an advance b-day gift from Shell. Thank you Shell! Anytime you see my name in the contest, make my day, choose me as a winner again...hehehe. Guess I have to give credit to my husband for using my name when he fill-in the contest form.

Dear God...

I asked for Strength…
And God gave me Difficulties
I asked for Wisdom…
And God gave me Problems
I asked for Prosperity…
And God gave me Brain and Brawn
I asked for Courage…
And God gave me Danger
I asked for Love…
And God gave me Troubled people
I asked for Favours…
And God gave me Opportunities

I received nothing.
I received everything.

- Author unknown

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Blackout!

We were shopping at Choice supermall when the mall blackout! Nevertherless, we still able to bought the fast food at KFC, the cashier manage to key-in our order with the beeping machine, he was very very nervous, afraid that the back-up system might be off before he manage to complete the task...hehehe. It was 6:30 pm at that time. I didn't check other places but the whole Petra Jaya blackout!

I thought that it would not take long before SeSCO manage to troubleshoot the problem but my prediction totally wrong! It's a hot hot night, no wind, lots of mosquito...hmmphhh. By 8:30pm we (my family that is) have to drive around the neighbourhood so that we can enjoy the car air-conditioner. Aliff Zafran have to sleep in the car until 10:00 p.m. Kesiannnn...

Feel so glad when the electricity back on 11:00 p.m because Aliff Zafran already wake-up and cry! Fuhhh what a night!

Day to remembered ~ 8.08.2008

Finally, I can start surf the internet last night! When I arrived home yesterday, my streamyx haven't jumper, so I called TM to make a complaint...hishhh complaint again...hopefully that was the last complaint for TM from me, getting tired already! After about 20 minutes waiting for them to do troubleshooting I manage to get online! It's kind of slow though...not like office internet eventhough the download speed the same...hmmmmm have to check and do speedometer after this. So yesterday, 8.08.2008 history was made ~ declaration of me being a full time blogger! Hehehe...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Streamyx Rant

I’ve been applying for Streamyx Combo package for about 1 month now. TM have to take about 2 weeks to install my phone line and another 2 weeks and still counting for my Streamyx line to jumper!

The thing that really piss me off when the TM staff promise to send the modem and installed the internet to my house and fail to do so! I’ve called like nuts the day after and nobody pick up the phone! They dare to make promises and when they fail to turn-up, they just disappear just like that without explanation.

I end-up bought a new modem and do the installation myself! Streamyx staff only send my modem after I’ve make a complaint! They better not charge me RM88 for installation fee otherwise I will make another complaint for their lousy service!

TM promise that I will have a stable DSL light today…if they not then just wait for my endless complaining! I will not stop complaining until they do their job properly!

I really hope that the big international network will invest in Malaysia and kick TMnet’s ass. TM sucks big time!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A biiiiig hug for Aliff Zafran





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Yesterday been a trying day when Aliff Zafran fall sick. He have a fever, a mild one at that. Nevertheless, he manage to drain all my energy with his never ending activities. If he sick, he wouldn't sleep, instead he would play until he gets tired...which is like almost never! Despite all that, its been a good day...yesterday the first time I heard him called me "mama." I thought I heard wrongly cause he always say "mamam" means "makan" or "eat." But yesterday he called me "mama" many time...I'm blessed :-) Big hug for Aliff Zafran.