Friday, September 24, 2004

Just Look At That!!

THE able-bodied young man in his Reebok shoes sat quietly on the floor along the underpass between Orchard MRT station and Shaw House on Orchard Road.And openly begged as he watched the world go by.In front of him was a piece of paper showing a photocopy of his NRIC and a note that said: 'Family poor. Brother and sister not working. Please donate.'Next to the note was a plastic container for donations.Goh Sung Wee, 25, did not seem to be doing too well on Tuesday night - there was just 60 cents in the container.The New Paper watched him for over an hour before approaching him - and saw only one donor.But he didn't seem too hard-up in his fancy Reebok trainers, bermudas and polo shirt.Ah, but that's why he was there.He said proudly: 'I got these shoes and my spectacles with the money I got from here.'Indeed a chat with him revealed his persistence.He claimed he has been begging for more than a year because he hasn't been able to find a job.But then he has been rather choosy.He wouldn't say at first what kind of work he was looking for. But after repeated questioning, he said he was looking for work as a cleaner.And when was the last time he applied for a job?He hesitated, then said: 'I tried a few times already, cannot find.'Then out came his choosiness. He said in Mandarin: 'I only want to find a job near where I live in Hougang. It must be within walking distance, if not I don't want.'It's not worth it if I have to pay to take the bus and MRT to work every day.'
Yet, he travels from Hougang to Orchard Road to beg.'I don't come here every day. Maybe two, three times a week,' he claimed.Even then he takes it easy.'I come down here when I wake up, about three or four in the afternoon,' he said.And then he begs for five to six hours before heading back home.But why does he get up so late in the day?'I sleep very late at night,' he said.He likes to watch TV late into the night.HAS NEVER WORKED IN HIS LIFE Goh revealed he has never worked a day in his life.He stopped school after Sec 4 and has been jobless ever since. He got by on pocket money from his parents.The eldest of four children, Goh said his father is a taxi driver and mother a housewife.
He said his parents still give him pocket money, but declined to say how much.'It's indefinite. Some weeks I get more money.'His parents have been supporting him for over 20 years. Isn't it time he started looking after them?He stared blankly before answering: 'The best is if they can fully support me.' It was clear that he had also not thought about the day when his parents can no longer give him money.When this was put to him, he stared vacantly.Then, he said: 'Wah, I hope that day never comes.'One of his younger brothers, he said, is a swimming instructor who earns his own keep and even gives his parents money. Another brother is still in secondary school and his sister, is studying in a polytechnic.Initially, he claimed his parents were aware he was begging and had no objections since he was getting money.
But later, when we asked to get in touch with them, he admitted they do not know he's been begging.As a cleaner he could earn about $750 to $1,200 a month, compared to the $10 to $40 he said he can get each day by begging.But he insisted he wanted to work only near his home in Hougang.And it's not as if he never strikes it rich.Once, he said excitedly, he had collected about $230 in a day - $200 was from a single donor.He also recounted how he had met a young woman in the Orchard Road underpass, who received $4,000 from a donor. He never saw her again.'I see other other people do it, so I also come and be a beggar. Also good what. Just sit here can get money, I can buy cigarettes,' he said, opening up his cigarette case to show this reporter.

http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/top/story/0,4136,73441,00.html

Friday, September 17, 2004

Is it a joke?

The Star : .......The Star reported that the director-general had said there was nothing wrong with Question 22 (Section C) in the UPSR English paper, which was almost identical to the one in the Kertas Model Pentaksiran UPSR English workbook published by Pearson Malaysia.
After looking at the workbook and the UPSR English paper, Abdul Rafie had been quoted as saying that the MES was allowed to reproduce the question, which carried 15 marks.


well well well....what do you know? the Director General himself saying it is ok to reproduce the questions from a workbook to be used to test pupils ability in Public Exams?...I do agree with the parents that it is not fair for those who do not have the opportunity to use that book. It is obviously contradicting what the "Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia" aim all this while...that is to produce questions which are valid, fair and accountable to all pupils. The DG's remarks on this clearly shows his weakness in countering all the criticisms and even the Education Minister is unable to back him.

According to the paper, Hishammudin stressed that it was the DG's View which did not reflect the actual view from the Ministry Of Education. The DG should appologise to all i mean the parents and people in Malaysia for his controversial statement on the issue. This is the best thing to do not to make things worst.

To me it is a blatant lie to tell the country that LPM can use materials from a workbook for public exams. All the teachers in Malaysia know that and LPM has already made it clear that questions must be produced without interference from any other parties to promote fairness to all.

Dont tell me the DG does not know the LPM's policies??after all these years being a DG and being a prominient figure in the field of education??. In short.... No one can fool anyone!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Graduates Predicament

Berita Harian reported 48,100 Malay graduates remained jobless as of the first quarter of the year.
Out of the 387,000 unemployed during this period, almost 4.5% are graduates who failed to find a job after their studies, said Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
He said the number of unemployed Malay graduates was much higher compared to non-Malays, who numbered 18,200, and could be attributed to poor skills and expertise.
“The unemployment rate of graduates could be connected to the economic growth rate, as there has been a sudden increase in the number of graduates coming into the workforce who do not possess the necessary skills

Friday, September 10, 2004

2005 Budget Summary

PM announces measures to strengthen the economy BY WONG SULONG

DATUK SERI Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s first budget is aimed at improving the efficiency of the economy, and that includes having a better tax collection system through the introduction of a goods and services tax (GST) from 2007.
The Prime Minister, who is also Finance Minister, announced relief to the poor and needy, gave a boost to agriculture, including promoting a halal processing hub, and liberalised the capital market with the entry of five foreign stockbroking and fund managers.
Among the winners:
(i) Civil servants. Those earning below RM1,000 a month will get a one-and-a-half-month's bonus and those earning above RM1,000 will get a month’s bonus subject to a minimum of RM1,500. Cost of living allowances will also be increased;
(ii) Teachers. They will get better pay and promotion prospects without having to be administrators;
(iii) The police. They will be receiving higher salaries and police commandos will get higher allowances; and
(iv) The accounting profession. It’s probably the biggest winner. The introduction of the GST will bring in a huge amount of business.
The big losers are smokers and drinkers – they are being slugged once again with taxes.
There are no changes in individual and corporate income taxes.

The Government also did not announce any increase in petroleum taxes despite the huge subsidies it is carrying due to the high oil prices, probably because of the widespread effect this would have on many economic sectors.

On the GST, Abdullah said it would be a more efficient tax collection system and government revenue was also expected to increase.

He gave an assurance that the GST would be accompanied by cuts in corporate and individual income taxes. Low-income groups would not be burdened, while small businesses would also be exempted from GST. Details would be worked out by a taxation system review panel comprising public- and private-sector representatives.
In tabling the budget in Parliament yesterday, Abdullah said the focus of Budget 2005 was to enhance the effectiveness of Government financial management, the delivery system and competitiveness, accelerate the shift towards a higher valued-added economy, develop human capital and improve the quality of life of the rakyat.
“The Government is committed to fulfil all promises made in the Barisan Nasional manifesto.
“I am determined to ensure that every rakyat will be able to live in peace and harmony, regardless of race, religion and status. This is my aspiration, my objective and my pledge to you,” he said.
Abdullah is putting money to his policy initiatives.
Take his view that Malaysia has first-world facilities but third-world maintenance. He has set aside a sum of RM500mil for Class F contractors to maintain government buildings, including schools and hospitals, in the districts.
There are financial incentives for public libraries, more money to train small-time bumiputra businessmen under the Prosper scheme, RM450 a month for imams in all mosques and incentives for manufacturing and the ICT sectors.
There are no big ticket spending items; this being the final year of the Eighth Malaysia Plan. The Government had already spent big in the earlier part of the Plan to prime pump the economy to offset the effects of the global slowdown, the Iraq War and SARS.
The Government is allocating RM117.4bil as expenditure of which RM89.1bil is for operating and RM28.3bil for development. Revenue is estimated at RM99.2bil, giving a budget deficit of RM18.2bil.
This deficit is equivalent to 3.8% of Gross National Product, compared with an estimated 4.5% for this year and 5.3% for last year. Therefore, the budget deficit continues to decline and is within manageable levels. This should please local and foreign investors alike.
Despite lower government spending, the economy is expected to remain buoyant – thanks to strong exports, manufacturing and private consumption.
The nation’s economic growth for this year is expected to be 7%, with a 6% growth projected for next year.
These are good and sustainable growth rates. Malaysians therefore have plenty to cheer. They are enjoying peace and prosperity in the midst of global and regional uncertainties.

Good News !!!!

..........Its been a while since i last updated my blog. I had to attend MUET WORKSHOP from 6th to 9th Sept at a 2 Star hotel as a Facillitator. I guess it was quite an eye opener to those who have just started teaching MUET and for the experienced, they do gained something useful too...................though i have been teaching Muet when it was first started in 1999 but this is the first time workshop being organised! All the while we have been teaching this particular subject by merely refering to the textbook and nothing has been done to further enhance the teahers' knowledge especially for thosein Sabah.Well i am glad i have contributed my part in the workshop, although it is just a very small contribution, there is nothing to be sorry about since i am not the main Facillitator there, just being randomly picked to fulfill the quota 3 persons for each component. Glad that i decided to go and guess what? i met my all college dorm mate..ALbert!! just imagine after 14 years!!!!! Thanks God that i did make a right decision for not attending the BTN course which was held from 2nd to 6th September. I know it was very important for me to attend the course but i had to make the sacrifice for my son's sake. His slight developed into a very high fever on Sunday. Anyway, its all over now and he is getting better. Opps!!! another headache!!!! my daughter has been unwell since last night and she is catching the viral fever from her brother. Gave her the *suppository* last night to relieve the fever . We just had a couple of hours sleep .. The good news today is we stand to get one month bonus which to be paid in two installments...october and December. Thats what announced by the PM yesterday and i just read the news this morning!!!.

Friday, September 03, 2004

A I

Well well well our country is in the spotlight again....i mean a BIG one! Initially it was kind of surprise to me ... just imagine that... When i was about the flip through the Daily News , it struck me to see a big picture of AI with the big headline AI freed!!!But then i came to realise that sooner or later he would be freed. They can't put him in jail for a long time. But i figured that its the right moment and time for them to release him for good. To me i have a mix feeling about his release. There are so many questions that need answers. As a malaysian , and a taxpayer, i am entitled for those much needed answers.... pertaining to the future of our country in 6 years to come. Will there be any riots like what it used to be years ago? Well i must say AI then was very influential man and he still is . Honestly i never liked him nor do i hate him. He was the second powerful man in the country before but in my opinion he was so ambitious . We wanted to reach the top before the time and his action which i think prompted the boss to get rid of him. I don't about know about all the allegations made against him whether they are true or not...but i dont 100% believe he is innocent. Honestly i think we are scared of this man...but i hope all the years in the lock up,,,he had enough time to reflect upon himself and now he is out...He should take this opportunity to make use of it to enjoy life and get well. it seems he is being treated bigger than the PM...u know one hour for a passport, a jet plane to fly him to Germany and whats more? .... the doctor would treat him free of charge!!
Anyway good luck to him and i hope he would use his head for the sake of the people of Malaysia in future if he still has the intention to be PM again.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

MAY GOD BLESS MALAYSIA

been busy myself for the past few days preparing for the next trial exam .
Anyway it was a sigh of relief that Astro is not charging us even a single cent
for the new smartcard. Thanks Astro..... WOnder what would happen if nobody
make a fuss out of terms and agreement. Well say no more.....past is past and let's
head for the new begining.

I was very happy with my students couple of days ago.
You see.. well it was on the eve of "Merdeka Celebration" so i thought why not we talk about
the significance of Independent Day, what does it feel and what it is like to each and everyone of them... I was so touch with their responses. Some of them even shed tears talking about how Merdeka has altered their lives and their wish for a better Malaysia where all races ...together as one entity called Malaysian living in peace and harmony.

To me Malaysia is the living proof of what Merdeka has provided for all of us. Today i can walk around freely.... anywhere i want without hesitation and feeling of prejudice or fear. I dont have to pretend to like other races nor do i have to feel embarass because in my heart they are Malaysian like me, my brothers and sisters. My Wish is to live in a peaceful Malaysia for the rest of my life..........MERDEKA!!!!!!!!!!!