Where are we heading?

Forestry Department Brought To The Task

Water Catchment

About twenty years ago, One friend closed to Land and Survey informed me water catchment were given out to timber company for oil palm plantation after timber removed.

If such allegation is true then the problem highlighted recently in local newspaper is nothing new and it has been on-going thing. Recent weather change could be due to ‘the death’ of water catchment?

It is sad to see no action taken until now. Next thing we have to pay attention is could we reclaim the water catchment area from the private company? After it has been ‘sold’ to these companies. Unless we are not serious about the welfare of our future generation, isn’t it time for Sarawakian to look seriously into the matter and put a stop to such ‘mismanagement’? Should Forestry Department take all the blame or they are just following the instruction and doing their job?

The ‘abuse’ of water catchment zone has indicated very clearly that laws and regulations to protect our water source through protecting the water catchment area has become unenforceable owing to human factor.

Should the land office system, if computerised, give special coding to these water catchment zone or the like to prevent any transaction of protected areas intentionally or unintentionally?

What is next after knowing the mistake (of ‘selling’ water catchment area) made in the past? Will such issue blow out of proportion during the coming 13 general Election?

Worrisome Trend In Real Estate

Real Estate bubble

Price of houses and shophouses have been sky-rocketing and there is no indication that it is caused by high demand of residential and commercial building.

Some blamed it on the increase in material cost while other suggested that money-laundering may be the cause of price-hike.

Real Estate Bubble

The land value and material cost could never justify present terrace house price of RM380,000 or more and shop house price of RM950,000 or more. While other said the Association of developers agreed on such prices. If it is true, under the newly implemented Competition Act, such agreement on price is now illegal and punishable under the ACT.

Real estate prices have been increasing at such rate that it is no longer worth buying in Sibu if it is for investment purpose. With such price one can easily get a better deal in Kuala Lumpur, Johor bahru and Kuching as the population there is much bigger than Sibu therefore giving you better potential in term of investment.

Will such ‘high-price real estate’ bubble burst in 6 month time; especially when those buyers find it hard to make good each month installment or when base lending rate increment later on making it impossible to pay new installment? Will it affect banking industry subsequently? Bank Negara Malaysia ready for such possible undesirable outcome?

Why Opposing Youth Wing Registration?



Last few days I was surprised to read certain association leaders openly objecting their respective youth body to register with relevant authority for activity fund saying this would cause disunity among association members and in the process dissociated youth wing from the parent body especially when youth wing is registered as recognised body and is financially independent.

However, it seems that none of them would care to find out the details. In fact, when Larry Sng suggested all youth wing organisation to register with the aurhority for activity fund what he meant was to register with Registrar of Youth and not with Register of Society. Therefore, there is no question of dissociating Youth Wing from parent body nor disunity among members.

May be there is worry of losing youth wing dependency on parent body owing to financial independence which prompted certain leaders to criticize Larry Sng for making such suggestion?

Be Thankful

Be thankful ..

Some smart guy in FB wrote with the following video saying “在马来西亚,我们比任何人已经算是幸福多了,好好珍惜目前所拥有​的吧,朋友。晚安。” (Translated:In Malaysia, we are much fortunate than anyone, friends, treasure what you have. Good Night): dirty water in africa

Since the video is about dirty water, I commented: “In Bintulu and nearby towns and villages, there was report of pollution from Aluminum smelter. In rural places of Sarawak trees could have been fallen for export. Damages done here and there was no water supply too. So? We don’t have to look far, some said.”

Immediately another smart guy said “Be thankful, don be negative in life!!!”

OK, now I know to know something bad is happening is not thankful! To mention it here is worse than not thankful. Ok, I learn something.

I am at the cross-road … To speak negatively on pollution to save Sarawak or to shut-up positively so as to hear no-evil, see no-evil and say no evil? I am still learning … One thing I know some long houses are still waiting for the promised pipe-water.

A FB friend commented: “在马来西亚,我们比任何人已经算是幸福多了,所以我们就​应该容忍贪污滥权,接受山埃稀土,购买价非所值的车子,​付多不胜数的过路费?我们还可以读中文,有机会当官,我​们要感恩?” (Translated: “In Malaysia, we are more fortunate than anyone therefore we should allow corruption and abuse of power and pollution; buying over-valued vehicle, paying various tolls. We still can read Chinese and got a chance to be minister hence we have to be thankful?”).

May be we have to be thankful, we are still alive and kicking and it doesn’t matter whether our future generation can survive in the ever-deteriorating environment?

Silence Is Golden?

Aluminium plant rains misery on town folk

So it is true that the Aluminium Plant is never a ‘safe’ plant free of pollution problem? China on seeing Sarawak welcoming such plant to be set up here also wants to place their smelter here. Are Sarawakian damn stupid and naive that we don’t know whether Aluminium Plant is safe or not? Sarawakians remain to be ‘Silence is Golden’?

Sale agents said they went to Mukah and nearby town brought their own food and drinks and ate biscuit with mineral water from seal bottle instead of eating in the kopitiam there. Is that how serious is the situation?

What can we do? Should we put a stop to this harmful industry?

One of the friends said “They should also bring alone oxygen tanks and masks as the the pollution is actually worst in the Mukah/Balingian air !” While another asked “What can we do? Do you have power and money or involved in politics? No one will listen to what you said if you are just an ordinary man like me!!”

One person may be weak and small but if more and more people put their view forward and tell them ‘enough is enough’ just may be thing can be done. Don’t forget to use your vote to tell them what you want :D Some people said before, using people’s power? Like in Philippines and now in Europe?

Maybe the following things you can do as an individual:
1) Complain to Public Complaint Bureau – http://apps1.pcb.gov.my/eApps/bpaiaducmpl/AduCmplPublic/add.do?aplCode=en

2) Complain to your local council
3) Write to WHO, hopefully their involvement will make the authority to pay attention to the situation
4) Complain to Australian High Commission in KL

Just do your part and hope for the best. Ask all FB friends to highlight the issue to bring awareness to all may be the first step to take?
If majority of Sarawakian voice against this kind of industry and make it a public issue hopefully it will stop the pollution in Sarawak.

Local council paying attention to plastic bag pollution and impact on environment, campaigning “No Plastic Bag On Saturday”. Isn’t it true that it is time for local council to pay attention to the impact of this kind of industry in Sarawak which is directly threatening the health of our people?

May be a campaign of “No Aluminium Smelter Plant and Paper-pulp industry in Sarawak” is urgently needed?

Good Luck to Sarawakian

RM1.8m is well spent and it is at bargain price?

RM1.8m for tourism drive, not just Facebook page

RM1.8 M well-spent according to the ministry.
However, the break down of the job contracted indicated own server may be needed. If there is no own server, I don’t think facebook owner would allow addon or modification to their facebook.

Breakdown of features:
1. Technical:
Dedicated hardware deployment [server or something else? Done?]
Software licencing [server software or ??]
Front end applications [own website or facebook template?]
Application server engine [yes, it is about server and what kind of engine is that?]

2. Development of six campaigns which require:
Flash games engine
Flash programming and coding
Creative development and design
Campaigns ideas and concept
Front-end Flash design
Testing and debugging
[All above on facebook or own server? Likely on own server]

3. Campaign promotions
Digital advertising campaigns on Google and Facebook
Contest, page wall and tourism fanpage content management
Collection and management of database
[There is no breakdown on cost of each items and details on items not available too]
So all these cost RM1.8M? Anyone can do it at cheaper price? LOL

Assuming that this project is now open for tender, would those with IT knowledge or are in this line of business submit your proposal here for vetting purpose?

The important questions to ask are:
How much of the above job done so far and how much of this RM1.8M paid? Is it paid according to work done or payment before work completion?

Facebook setup and others for RM1.8 Million?

RM1.8mil … for a Facebook page?

Malaysian government is so easy to part with a few million Ringgits without any doubt on delivery of goods and services?

Corruption & Reform?

Who is approving such project and why there is no working committee on the project to look into the feasibility, effectiveness and costing of such project?

May be that is how smart people could always get a big return using free tools and services by putting in nice paper to get the head nodding of the ministry in charge while people with know-how are side-lined?

By right by going through the proposal one should be able to figure out whether one has been short-changed in the deal. But if one has no knowledge of the free tools and services and at the same time has no wish to learn about the tools and services inevitably it will be a case of ‘not knowing the details and effectiveness’.

If one is responsible in one’s undertaking, the person in the right mind will seek advice and assistance from friends and colleague and second opinion from another company, which can be obtained freely without any commitment, before rushing to close the deal.

Malaysian government should come up with a proper guideline and procedure on processing and approving such project in the future to avoid similar problem and question raised by opposition as well as Barisan Nasional component parties members to avoid any allegation of wasting good money (a few Million Ringgits) on free tools and services.

Open tender is a must in awarding any project be it small or huge project to avoid such award being under the spotlight of corruption-scandal.

Malaysian Is Going For Quality Sex Life?

Club to coach wives to be ‘whores in bed’

In the past few days, it was reported in newspaper about setting up a club to help ‘wives to be obedient’ to provide ‘quality sex’ at home. The above news is today’s latest news.

Quality Sex?

Malaysian may be immature and not progressive politically but we are surely mature and progressive sexually. But how much money will be channeled to this kind of club to help all races to have better sex at home instead of at prostitutes den ?

Look like someone is trying to put the blame of husband’s going astray squarely on the ‘disobedient wives’. Women really have to be so submissive to provide better sex for husband to have peace and tranquility at home? Does it sound like ‘prostitution’ at home if it is just one-way treatment from wives with no respect from husband on the position of wives in the family?

With the price hike of so many essential goods, would the couple still have the ‘mood’ of having quality sex? Whatever sex urge might likely be killed by pressure of price hike and the couple might end up quarreling over ‘insufficient cash’ to meet monthly expenses. Unless the couple is not so much burdened by daily problems what suggested by the club might not be feasible.

What if female are going out to fool around with other men, would they suggest the same thing to husband? Or female will be stoned to death for ‘betrayal’? Should the same idea and concept applied to both sex? If not, why not?

Sibu – City In The Making Only If ….

On 25th May 2011, Borneo Post news on the “Masing questions alleged transfer of 80,000 teachers”gave Sarawakian quite a bit of material to discuss in kopitiam over a cup of kopi.

counselling job

Ministry of Education to transfer 80,000 counselling teachers, from Peninsular Malaysia to the state next year, who do not have actual teaching job made Sarawakian wondered what is the purpose of having so many of them here? If Sarawakian do not ask for them why they come? Are our students really having so much problem that we need 80,000 of them to do counselling job. May be we should blame it on the Youtube for publishing ‘bully-case’ of students which prompted Ministry of Education to voluntarily transfer 80,000 specialists (counselling teachers) to do the job for us?

We should be grateful to these 80,000 counselling teachers who are of high morality and will help to boost the morality of the Sarawak state as well as bringing business to hawkers and supermarkets.

However, Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) calls on political leaders to check their facts on education matters with Ministry of Education (MOE) before releasing them in future, to avoid causing alarm and confusion among the public. So Sarawak Teachers’ Union is better informed than YB Masing?

Some Sarawakians always like to cast doubt on almost everything; they doubt the alleged coming of “80,000″ counselling teachers is untrue. They even suspect these 80,000 counselling teachers, despite being told it is no longer true, is more or less here as new voters to give more votes to Barisan Nasional. They even believe these so called 80,000 counselling teachers are UMNO members coming to set up branches here! Isn’t it ridiculous?

But I personally feel that even if it is true, it will bring more good than bad especially if all of them come to Sibu helping to increase the population of Sibu by 80,000. And if they marry to local the population of Sibu will increase by another 80,000 each year. Sibu population is just 250,000 (or less) therefore by just 3 years time, these 80,000 counselling teachers , only if it is true that they are coming, will help to double Sibu population. By simple arithmetic, Sibu will have enough population in just a few years to become a city! Their coming will definitely bring more cash inflow to Sibu giving everyone businesses. Let us just hope that it will become true next year.

Can a family man with Salary RM3,000 survive in Malaysia ..!!!

In FB someone posted the following content:
Can a family man with Salary RM3,000 survive in Malaysia?

Let’s do some simple calculations here.

In Malaysia, the average family income is RM3,000 /month (where father works, mother doesn’t).

I understand there are many families whose

monthly income does not reach RM3,000, let’s take RM3,000 Calculation starts… Papa, Mama, 1 daughter and 1 son. Ngam-ngam ….. as the figure. Ok lah, right? Electricity and water bill: RM100 (No air-con, No home theatre, No water heater … ok?)

Phone bill ( Telekom): RM100

Meals for a happy family: RM775 (3 meals on RM25/day, RM25 for 4 persons…?)

Papa makan / teh-tarik during working hrs: RM155 (RM5/day, RM5 … can eat what?)

Car repayment: RM400 (A proton saga aeroback, 7 yrs repayment)

Petrol (living in city, traffic-jam): RM300 only can afford one car running)

Insurance: RM650 (kids, wife and myself)

House repayment: RM750 retired still have to work to pay!)

Tuition: RM80 (got that cheap meh? i don’t think so)

Older children pocket money @ school: RM20 (RM1/day, eat bread?)

School fees: RM30 (enough ah?)

School books and etc: RM100 (always got extra to pay in school)

Younger children milk powder: RM50 (cannot have the DHA, BHA, PHA one, expensive)

Miscellaneous: RM100 Oh wait!!! I have to stop here, so… (shampoo, rice, sauce, toilet paper)

No Astro,

no movie @ cinema,

no DVD,

no CD,

no online,

cannot KFC,

cannot McDonald,

cannot go Park walk during weekend (petrol expensive),
no chit chat on phone with grandparents, and etc…

Let’s use a calculator to total up…

WALAO EH! Shit! RM3,610 What is this?

Inilah Malaysia Boleh… Besides that, I believe in Malaysia population, there are millions of rakyat Malaysia which still don’t earn RM3,000/month!!!

How to change? Don’t eat? Don’t work? Don’t send children to school and study?

Our Deputy Prime Minister asked us to change lifestyle?

How to survive lah tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian ???

EPF belum potong, income tax lagi……..oledi RM3,610 …. already… Sorry …

it should be Malaysians Boleh because we’re still alive and kicking!!

Please forward and comment boleh or tak boleh.

No wonder so many Ah Loong around lah…. ,
It is quite true we all face such situation when we get our first job and collect our first pay.

It is a game of budgeting though it is not a easy one. I went through that too but I managed to survive. Find a new job that could offer better salary but before you do that you have to ‘upgrade and improve’ yourself to make sure you can ‘fetch’ better price

However, after you get a better job and this time don’t overspend if possible