Today is 1st July. Electricity tariff will be increased today. All manufactured goods need electricity. All households use electricity. All offices and shops need electricity. Meaning that all goods and services will be more expensive.
I have a chat with a patient just now. He is a man in his thirties, and owns a small trading company. He has never been hypertensive, but today his BP readings is 160/95. I can see the stress in his eyes and the furrow over his forehead. He admitted he is under lots of stress just trying to survive and is really worried that his company may go bust.
I told him that whatever will be will be and there is no point worrying about the future. I told him to try to cut costs, work extra hard instead of worrying. But deep down in my heart, I know that many people are like him and the proportion of this group will grow bigger and bigger if the economy remains stagnant like the past few years.
But is there any effort to really push up the economic growth? Without such growth and without more business, many small and medium enterprises will go under. With businesses going under, unemployment will increase , more people will be out of jobs and more people will be going for the fewer jobs. Salary will go down in such a scenario, because if you are not willing to work for a lower pay, other people will, when people are chasing the jobs. The working class will suffer.
Back to question. or shall I rephrase the question. Is there anyone in the leadership thinking of the rakyat and trying to take charge to improve the economy and livelihood of the people? Is there anyone capable of jumpstarting the economy? If economy is good, then perhaps the inflation will have a lesser impact. Singapore too is facing an unprecedented inflation, about 6 % this year but because of the high average income, people are still able to live a fairly good life there. And because of the high savings, they do not have to worry so much about their retirement.
There is so much and too much of politicking. Ask anyone on the street. Most will not believe the latest allegations about an opposition leader involving in sodomy again, after he was jailed 10 yrs ago for the same charge and later cleared by the Federal Court of that charge. To think that he would be so stupid to do this is certainly naive and reflects very badly on our image as a democratic country that is supposedly ruled by law.
Then, where is the judicial commission and the MCAC that were promised? Nothing much was heard of them now. I have a feeling of Deja Vu, it was like 4 yrs ago when so much was promised and so little was delivered.
A lot of people are confused. A lot of people are angry. A lot of people are depressed. A lot of people are pessimistic.
I always advise people to look for the nice scenery outside, , when looking through a window pane. I always advise them not to look at the dirt on the window pane. Because that is what an optimist will do, just like half a glass of water can be wither half full or half empty depending on how you view it.. But what do you do when the window pane is so covered with dirt that it is impossible to look out and all beautiful scenery is obstructed ? How about when the glass of water is so filled with shit, what you do call it? God only knows.
Even God must be crazy looking at these clowns!