Food stamps and other ways to tackle economic woes

Updated at 3.30pm

Spoke to quite a few people about the stimulus package. Most of them are quite disappointed about the package . there was a high expectation that this would do something to prevent economy from going into contraction, but on the look of it, it might just fail to do that…

In order to tackle this economic downturn,  I think we need to implement the following:

1. Cheaper access of funds. 

Lower the spread of the interest rates.. To enable people to have cheaper access of funds. This will help those with loans, either business loans and housing loans. In this respect, the bank guarantee fund does come in handy, but the spread needs to be brought down.

2.  Put money into people’s pockets.

a. Help  for the poor and the needy.. This can include food stamp for the poor, the unemployed and the old, as well as the handicapped. I will elaborate on food stamp below.

b. direct cash handout to employers like the Job credit scheme being implemented in Singapore. In Singapore, employers are given a maximum of S$300 for each employee employed, meaning that the State is now paying partly for workers’ pay.

c. Tax cut. This will help the middle class which will be badly hit by economic downturn.  Perhaps having a tax free year will help.

 

3. Stimulus spending on constructions , building of roads, schools and hospitals, technical colleges..

4. encourage private investments by having tax incentives (tax holidays for a few years) ; having a moratorium on the NEP to attract rich private businessmen to invest their money;

5. Set up training institution to train and retrain the retrenched workers for semi skilled and highly skilled jobs . Allowances should be given during the training years, to compensate for the loss of income. This will prepare the country for the ultimate upswing that will come when this recession is over..

Well, hopefully the government will take heed of the voices from the people and adjust this stimulus package to make it more effective…

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Coming back to Food Stamp. What is food stamp?

Basically it is an account that is given to the poor to help them to buy food, the most important of the basic needs.

Each account holder will be given a card, like the credit card. This food stamp card can be used in most grocery stores and supermarkets to buy food. It cannot be used to buy other things , such as tobacco alcohol, toothpastes etc…You can use the card until the amount in the account runs out, and it is some sort of a debit card… When the amount in the account runs out, you have to wait till the next month for credit to go in, and you can start using it again. All debits and credits are done electronically , and every time you make a purchase, the receipt will show how much credit you still have in the account. It is a good way to help the poor and a good way to prevent misuse of funds… which will happen if the funds are given as cash directly to the poor.It makes sure that even the poor will not starve.

For how the program functions in the States, please go to this overview.

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For the RM5000 incentive for those with cars more than 10 years old and buying Proton and Perodua cars, is this the beginning of the return of Mahathirism?  Is this the return of big government? I hope not…..and i shall pray hard for this….

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A reader from Australia, Taikohtai, has given a link in the comment section about how Australian government pays A$950 as cash handout to five groups of people. I will quote part of the article here:

Tax Bonus for Working Australians of up to $950 paid to every eligible Australian worker earning $100,000 or less. This will support up to 8.7 million individuals.
$950 Single Income Family Bonus to support 1.5 million families with one main income earner.

$950 Farmer’s Hardship Bonus paid to around 21,500 drought affected farmers and farm dependent small business owners receiving exceptional circumstances related income support.
$950 per child Back to School Bonus to support 2.8 million children from low- and middle-income families.
$950 Training and Learning Bonus paid to students and people outside of the workforce returning to study to help with the costs of education and training.

51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eyes Wide Open
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 11:52:21

    FOOD STAMPS?! How “Third World”…

    Malaysia being such an “advanced country”, our leaders are adamant that we live first world lives and pay first world prices. Never mind that we have third world quality and salaries!

    No, no, no. With the BN, we can get the clear sense that it has to be First World all the way or nothing.

    So for those of us who are not earning First World salaries, or didn’t join the correct political platform that will five us access to the same…

    too bad la!

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  2. Disgusted
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 12:04:44

    Dr.

    The recession is here to stay and the proposed Santa Claus budget is out.

    Just watch the UMNO AGM end of this month and listen to the cries and greed on race based economics: to protect themselves first.

    Already Rais Yatim had fired the first round, saying when Chinese controlled 38 per cent economy, the Malays kept silent. So what is wrong with Malays with more than 50 per cent of population control more than 50 per cent of the economy. Rais reportedly said this during an interview on TV9 on Tuesday this week.

    Firstly, it’s bull-shit that Chinese controlled 38pc when statistics are manipulated and basis-reference in calculation is deliberately distorted. Remember the ASLI and UMNO dispute on the NEP figures?

    Secondly, Malays did not make noise as Rais claimed. That’s another bullshit. UMNO has since the NEP started been making moves on discriminatory moves to make dominance on the economy. Press reports are always available to prove Rais Yatim’s lies that the Malay business community had clamored for pro-bumi policies.

    These two simple illustrations will indicate the mood of UMNO AGM on economics especially at this time of the recessionary impact.

    Too bad, it will not be broadcast but it’s worth to attend.

    monk

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  3. Dr Hsu
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 12:08:56

    If I am not wrong, food stamp program is being implemented in USA.. which is hardly a third world country. If that is third world, we are all fifth world….

    But I think i know what you mean, eyes wide open… And i agree with you about the mentality of some of our leaders…. Malaysia Boleh! 🙂

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  4. klm
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 13:06:27

    The food stamp is not the Asian or Malaysian way.
    We just let people starve. 😦

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  5. klm
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 13:50:35

    During the french revolution the queen Marie Antoinette said the famous phrase , ” let them eat cake”, when told that the peasants had no bread.

    Of course, she had no idea that the peasants cannot afford cake, too.

    The 60B RM stimulus package is a “let them eat cake” budget.

    (P/s. Marie Antoinette was guillotined)

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  6. ahoo
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 14:31:12

    Heard these statements sometime ago.

    – If it is an UMNO Malay problem, then it is a national problem of great concern.

    – If it is a Chinese problem, then it is a racial problem with little concern.

    – If it is an Indian problem, then there is no problem since it is of no concern.

    Apparently, these were spoken by some politikus during their ” tea tarik ” session. Can’t confirm it though BUT it certainly merits some attention as this is indeed a reality nowadays.

    As for the food stamp, I think that is a simple solution to implement but whether the govt have the will to have such a project for the benefit of the poor ?

    To implement that is not difficult as each of the poor would already have a ‘mykad’ and all that is needed is a ‘mykad’ reader connected to any PC’s with network back to a common server. Of course the value to be given out need to be controlled and accounted for with reports and audit trials involved. Even with the software thrown in, it won’t cost much for implementing such a program if it doesn’t involve the politikus EXTRA margins that push it sky high into the millions !!!

    In any case, will the govt care enough to implement such a scheme for the very needy ? The answer is quite obvious as they have deep pockets and care not for others in need. Moreover many of the cabinet ministers and govt servants don’t pay toll at all. No wonder they have no issue with toll increases every three year.

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  7. Dr Hsu
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 15:21:07

    There is a very good article in FEER about Najib and UMNO.
    Pls go to the link:

    http://www.feer.com/essays/2009/march/najibs-challenge-clean-up-umno

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  8. zztop
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 15:21:42

    The $60B will either ended up in all GLCs or the corrupted politicians in BN especially UMNO. The rakyat may get something like peanuts eventually.
    Just look at our Bursa after the $60B was announced by him. At least we expect the composite index will be maintained. But alas, instead it dropped further down while other regional bourses are up. What stimulus is that??? This guy hasnt got a clue of what actually finance is and he is running the country FM.
    Perhaps he was referring to the other type of stimulus for all we know??

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  9. Taikohtai
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 15:23:46

    Happy days………the first batch of $950 bonus per tax payer has already been dispatched!

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/Federal-government-to-give-950-one-off-cash-bonus–$pd20090203-NW7DT?OpenDocument&src=mp

    Sorry guys, didn’t mean to belittle Malaysia but we are also expected to do our part to fight global recession.

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  10. Richard Loh
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 15:24:40

    I had already call this government an Uncaring Government.

    You all can keep on proposing, suggesting, scream and shout, DO THEY EVER LISTEN ?

    If they do, our country would not have become such a pariah in the eyes of the world. Corruption here, there and everywhere and whatever they implement, a large chunk will go into somebody’s account, that is the perception among the rakyat.

    Our leaders are inhuman, no heart at all for the rakyat, even though they talk like they have the rakyat in their heart.

    Silencing of dissent, want to hear good and not bad about them. These are what plaque the country with all sorts of problems.

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  11. Dr Hsu
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 15:48:42

    Breaking news from CNN:
    Japan economy shrinks 12.1% in the last quarter.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/BUSINESS/03/11/japan.economy/index.html

    PoorJapan, just out of a decade long deflation, and now into recession again….

    Can Malaysia have 1% growth with the 60 billion stimulus? I think we may go into a contraction of 3 to 5 % easily…

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  12. Fi-sha
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 17:07:57

    Dear Dr Hsu, how i wish those in MoF could have this kind of thinking before coming up with such a sickening mini budget

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  13. klm
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 17:16:39

    One of the big expenditure in the package is repair and maintenance of schools , hospitals and other govt facilities. This fit into the Class F contractors. Remember the recent announcement of raising direct negotiation to 500,000 RM (also in Class F category. And who are the govt class contractors ??

    Dont you think it smell unsavory?

    I have asked my friends who qualified for Australian and NZ citizenship to take it. At least their children can attend universities at cheaper rate. Also, they are qualified for payout for attending universities.

    This generation in Malaysia is gone, as far a I am concerned. This 60B is a debt this generation and maybe the next will have to pay for it. I dont see an ROI for this money to be spent.

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  14. Nick
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 17:18:15

    I agree with Fi-sha. Dr. Hsu, even though you are not an economist by training, you seem to have better grasp of bread & butter issues affecting the common man. I second your proposals. Pity the EPU knows nothing of your blog? Btw, the RM 5k discount for only Proton & Perdua is a good start. If only the Government can expand this scheme to include imported CKD and assembled cars.

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  15. monsterball
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 18:11:12

    If UMNO follow what Dr.Hsu suggested….and also by so many others….that are practical and sensible….the billions reserved to bail out companies that UMNO have interest in…may close shop…including an airline.
    If UMNO is so sincere….no one will object to their wonderful intentions to save Malaysians.
    Yes..save Malaysians. Give small amounts to millions of Malaysians and small businesses. All need to spend spend spend…to create activities and turnovers.
    Why save hew dozens huge companies?
    Let them shrink and retrench workers. They know how to grow big..surely know how to shrink and survive.
    Govt. should focus on the expected Malaysians out of jobs.
    So many new projects ..from so m,any other countries. Quickly help these new projects to start ..with easy excess to funds.from banks…and they in turn…employ the thousands of workers needed.
    This need Govt. to work fast….and will always fail…as UMNO is so used to work slow or not working at all.
    Expecting UMNO government to understand businesses….just see the Ali-BabA still existing….Baba Chinese work…Ali Malay sit ad get rich…no need to work..just keep getting tenders.
    Spending most of the money…as suggested by Dr.Hsu….how is UMNO going to have find opportunities to get commission?
    You see…RM60 million…UMNO needs the standard 10% commission ….for party….personal and cronies. Party must be filthy rich…preparing for 13th general election.
    It is a fact…..money can buy almost anything….and when UMNO is so filthy rich ….even a Royalty is suspected…can be bought.
    Glad food stamps idea…explained in details.

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  16. Borneo Warrior
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 21:57:16

    Dr Hsu,

    thanks for ; parentswish and the FEER links.
    regards,
    tedewin (Borneo Warrior)

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  17. Disgusted
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 23:16:28

    Dr Hsu,

    Merdeka Survey Centre has released its latest survey on voters’ perception towards UMNO and its coming elections. Some interesting findings you will be interested to know on across racial line, UMNO don’t have much hope particularly Chinese voters….kaput.

    monk

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  18. klm
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 23:29:14

    Another Malaysian University hit the mediocre dust.

    “Not too late yet to save IIUM”

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/100103

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  19. cilipadi
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 23:49:08

    monk,

    Malaysian people somehow realized how messy it is to have Umno / BN at federal level.

    Only minority of them are hard core Umno / BN fans, they are sort of food chain among themselves. In another words, parasites. Without food supplies, these parasites….finished.

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  20. cilipadi
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 00:01:30

    On serious note, food stamp is a way of ‘wealth distribution’ of a country if done without political patronage and operate on transparent basis. A fund could be set up where the rich can donate their money into this fund and in turn will be distributed to the poor to buy food stuffs. Donate money to the poor is inline with Buddha’s teachings and it is good for one’s karma.

    Again, morality should be the pre-requisite for this scheme to be successful as human greed may spoil the whole purpose of this ‘food stamp’ scheme.

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  21. monsterball
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 07:50:32

    Good-morning everyone!
    When you have an unreliable company ..it will never have satisfied customers.
    However….UMNO have few companies monopolizing businesses that are needed and wanted….by people.
    Usually such companies will grow from strength to strength…aiming to take on the world as friendly competitor.
    But these UMNO companies are great only in Malaysia. Proton is a good example.
    We have seen bail outs after bail outs.
    Yes…what is happening around the world from so many countries helping companies with financial difficulties..details must be told to the public..why are they in such a position.
    Good honest banks insists on such details before helping their clients. They will not lend any support …to corrupted and shady clients….even if it mean…they will loose millions by not helping them.
    Such kind of banks are mostly International ones like HSBC..started in S’pore and now recognized as the world most reliable professional bank.
    Bank of American..Ambro ABN…and anyone…that are own solely by foreigners do not play politics with their money.
    They are simply professional bankers.
    Most of Malaysian banks suddenly grew from nothing to so big and rich….ONLY in Malaysia..and trying to cash in few corrupted neighboring countries.
    Yes…banks must be 100% honest…noble ..humble and and it starts with Bank Negara.
    If UMNO is so honest…they should tell out clearly which company they are helping.give all the details and why…and not lump all up…with nothing to tell.
    UMNO must always remember….Malaysians are the owners of funds used..not belonging to UMNO.
    Najib as PM in few weeks time…should start being realistic ..working hard tom get voters to trust them….not bribe them.
    They keep on denying..yet the signs are so clear….no transparency in everything…using our money.
    Our country is sick with race and religion politics…that if you mention anything the government is involved..it has that trade mark.

    Yes…what more….if that person is our PM.
    It is good we keep on ….not trusting the government….on whatever so call good news they may churn out.
    UMNO have yet to prove they treat all Malaysians equal.
    And if any Malaysian…especially Malays…know change of government is so right…no matter how good UMNO is to them…then our country have great hope to advance and be united.
    Only by trying out PR ca we say…we are smart Malaysians.
    No good…..throw them out.
    That’s the only way voters must behave and only through this way….politicians will respect and treat us seriously.
    The problem lies with pro UMNO voters….unable to think for the country ad their children sincerely.
    It is simply not logical to keep on voting UMNO to govern us for 52 years and on going….as if without UMNO…all Malaysians will go to hell or suffer.
    The real truth is….management of money..Malaysia Chinese is the best.
    What is the use of having an MCA ..Minster of Finance…when he is just for show..no power and dare not help Malaysians as equals too.
    Everything and anything UMNO or BN are doing…politics is involved. Never really for all Malaysians.
    Budget after budget…bail outs after bail outs…so many huge corridors…huge projects….have Malaysians become richer and comfortable?
    Everyday is a struggle and getting from bad to worst.
    Najib knows..if he does not do something good…UMNO is finished.
    UMNO politicians are welknown….corrupted and greedy for money. To them..money is power….yet with a thick skin…they declare themselves…..champion of Islam faith in the Islamic world.
    Study the character.
    Do you trust Najib?

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  22. Nick
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 08:42:53

    Quote: Monsterball says: “The problem lies with pro UMNO voters….unable to think for the country ad their children sincerely.”

    I have met a few of this type of Malays. There is one family whose daughter is in France for over 4 years already. The first year was to learn the language. Th next 3 years for degree. The mother boasted that the governmt already spend RM 1 Mn on her daughter and she is definitely not coming back. She is going out with a frenchmen and there is no scholarship bond whatsoever. This is the real NEP. Rich families squeezing every dime out of the patronage system and getting fatter and richer while the poor malay folks remian dirt poor.

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  23. Disgusted
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 10:02:46

    Ciplipadi, You are right (your views).

    Monsterball, you’re also right, your views.

    Aaaaaaaaaaah, very peaceful morning. Now can think.

    Congrats.

    monk

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  24. cilipadi
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 10:29:27

    monk,

    Haha, at last….

    You also right, monk for saying,

    “In a startling reflection of the Chinese voters’ rejection of the Malay party, which leads a multiracial coalition, the poll showed that just 1 per cent of Chinese respondents hoped Umno would “continue to lead the country”.

    A similar 1 per cent of Chinese respondents said they had hope for Umno to develop the country, yet none expected Umno to “perform well and keep the promises”.

    Hahaha, outsider’s views always right.

    “no one” makan cili, “no one” rasa pedas

    BRAVO

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  25. Disgusted
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 10:54:18

    Cilipadi,

    Just take note, 6 bloggers (include commentators?) to be charged in court.

    Have to have out how many voters along racial breakdown to estimate gauging support for UMNO.

    monk

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  26. Dr Hsu
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 10:56:34

    monk

    Thank yor for sending the survey results to me.

    only 1% od Chinese Malaysians and 3% ofIndian Malaysians think that UMNO should continue to lead the government..

    What a shock to the leaders of the component parties, even though we on the ground has told them so many times..

    Gerakan, looking at its traditional seats (mainly urban and suburban mixed seats), will face annihilation in the next GE… if nothing is done now… To wait and see will be suicidal, for time is running out…

    The same goes for MCA, MIC ,. even though MCA may fare a little bit better..

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  27. Dr Hsu
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 11:49:42

    Fi sha and Nick,
    Thank you for your kind words.

    I am not an economist, but I do have some common sense.. I think common sense is important in our management of things, our lives, our families, our careers and our money matters…

    I find that a lot of people, once they are high up, they lose this ‘common sense’, how sad!

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  28. cilipadi
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 11:50:59

    monk & Dr. Hsu,

    All the while, Umno & BN tell us that what bloggers & commentators say are all lies. Merdeka survey shown the same kind of ‘lies’ with that of bloggers & commentators. Can they still insist these are ‘lies’?

    Many have voiced out that your would be PM has too much ‘baggage’, and this morning, I read the same thing from a reputable personnel, Tunku Aziz, now a deputy DAP chairman in his article “Baggage too heavy for our new PM”. Can he ignores Tunku Aziz’s view which blogger communities talk about all these while?

    It is interesting to see 6 bloggers (include commentators?) to be charged in court. I hope not a prelude to you new PM rule. In my view, if this is not handled tactfully, the “baggage” will even be heavier.

    As I said before, if Umno & BN are smart enough, they should go for 13th GE soonest possible. No doubt you guys will lose pants down as indicated by the results of Merdeka survey, it doesn’t mean you guys have no tomorrow. The longer you drag, the worse results you’ll get.

    No way out, but to go for 13th GE, once and for all.

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  29. Disgusted
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 12:34:31

    Dr

    I don’t think so, MCA to majority Chinese is no longer relevant and should share almost or worse results than UMNO.

    You see, UMNO still has some 19 per cent out of the 592 Malay respondents, still hopeful of the tribal party.

    I doubt the 30-odd per cent of Chinese respondents show much support for MCA. Maybe “minus” 1.9 per cent like the economic growth.

    In your daily life, just ask 10 Chinese per day for one month and you can sample the feedback. It’s teruk.

    The Chinese view is right. With the baggaged-PM coming in, an old mindset and having to live like the chip of the old block, there is guarantee no change for UMNO. But “mind-games” to win support, there will be psychological illusions (superficial changes, i.e. goodies and some economic ice-cream etc). Just “infor-tactic” games, no real genuine changes in long term.

    Still tribal policies: protecting this and that and race-based. I don’t see the “new-old” leaders from this party having any desire for “radical” changes. Economic innovative policies just to ensure economic survival and attract investments and businesses…only for the time being.

    For Malaysians, if they are smart, it’s seriously considering an alternative government. There is NO choice, AT ALL.

    monk

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  30. klm
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 14:02:45

    Brain drain service economy

    On knowledge economy, Najib said his goal was to increase the service sector to 70 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), from 54 per cent, in an effort to establish “a knowledge-based economy” that would be less reliant on manufactured exports.

    I wonder where and how this is to be done. With brain drain, and low quality products from the Malaysian universities.

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  31. monsterball
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 15:01:15

    Nick…So many UMNO’s members daughters spend millions and obtained degrees.
    Came back…got married …produced babies….no need to work.
    So many real filthy rich UMNO crooks have idiot children…do not know how to work or do business.
    And all those are Malaysians money!!

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  32. cilipadi
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 16:41:57

    monk,

    Outsider’s views are always true on the way they see Malaysia. Another outsider’s view is again proven as per article “The Political Police” by Maclean Patrick,

    It is funny that whenever our politicians do not agree on anything, they make a police report. Take Perak for instance when the House Speaker suspends its members from doing their duties. Is the suspension a crime? Is suspension of a politician a cause for investigation by the police? This is funny indeed and far more funnier being that the PM was the one advising the BN fellas in Perak to make police reports.

    So can the rakyat make police reports to say that their elected representatives are not doing their jobs? That these MPs have been squabbling over petty issues since March 8th and the rakyat have been suffering all along because of their irresponsible actions.

    Can the Pakatan Rakyat make a police report on the disobedience of the BN representatives who question the power of the House Speaker?

    No wonder our police force is over burdened with cases. Most of the cases fall outside their jurisdiction, yet due to the politicize nature of Malaysia, they have to entertain the powers that be.

    The Perak government should just have fresh elections. What is BN scared about? If the people are behind the BN then surely fresh elections will solidify BN’s hold on Perak. Or is the case otherwise? Is BN really afraid that Perak would grant PR greater footing into Malaysian governance? For all signals seem to point this way, that the threat of PR winning Perak completely is real…very real.

    Right now, Perak is a confused state. Who is the government of Perak? For all you know it, the very people who would decide this may just be the police.

    Posted by Maclean Patrick at 1:04 PM

    http://malaysiansentinel.blogspot.com/2009/03/political-police.html

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  33. Disgusted
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 21:18:18

    Cilipadi,

    This has been always the “political culture” but worsen in recent years. Like small children losing a battle running to daddy or mommy for help.

    So don’t blame this place being inclining to being a police state. When these reports are made, the police are not burdened after all if you carefully analyze, it’s always been selective.

    monk

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  34. Adm
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 23:01:31

    Dr

    The jobs credit scheme in Singapore is only 12% of the salary and the maximum amount of salary entitled to this scheme $2500.

    I wonder why UMNO overlooked this scheme, it is a wonderful idea for them to put everyone of their relatives into the company’s payroll thus reaping a huge windfall.

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  35. klm
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 12:44:31

    This is really Malaysia boleh. Now we see it all. A bogus deputy vice-chancellor (after a bogus judge in Ipoh). Part of the NEP mentality?

    (FromThe Star)

    A former deputy vice-chancellor of a state-owned university is expected to be charged on Monday with allegedly falsifying documents to obtain an extension of his service contract.

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  36. Disgusted
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 04:52:48

    Heading towards the 22nd century, academic credentials and qualifications are going to be less useful in saving planet earth. Particularly those having doctorate in politics think that they are the only ones having the authority to speak the truth or analyze accurately on political affairs is like a person who thinks he can cook an egg provided he knows everything about the chicken.

    None of the great religious texts say that only a person with doctorate degree can go to heaven. Academic qualifications can perhaps give a comfortable living in this life but never guarantee another one the life thereafter.

    None of the great prophets had a doctorate degree. Maybe I am wrong since I am not entitle to make this remark as I don’t have a doctorate degree in theology or on comparative religious studies.

    But many with doctorate degrees also earned themselves a big ego and of course, another intangible degree of arrogance. They think they are experts in their area of study. They think everything in life , past, present and future somehow fall into pigeon holes and in their hypothesis, theories and analysis. Except their inflated egos and false pride. To these few, they own the truth in their so-called specialised studies and those without qualifications are either not speaking the truth or having no authority to speak on the subject matter.

    But these so-called highly qualified academicians forgot that the earthy knowledge they spent so much time having acquired through textbooks are subjected to constant changes, i.e. evolution. And also subjected to the cosmic law that nothing is absolute in metaphysics.

    Like a fortune-teller without psychic or spiritual gifts trying to forecast people’s destiny merely with a textbook compiled by academicians.

    Even majority of surgeons with a doctorate degree cannot operate on themselves.

    Knowledge has no owners and there is no monopoly to it especially the truth in cosmic knowledge. When certain academicians think they know best or are expert in politics or voting trends, it is a fallacy like a person claiming he owns the air in the world.

    Maybe I am wrong again, otherwise how does it explain that these type of people is always full of “airs.”

    monk

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  37. klm
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 08:17:42

    Monk

    A doctorate with nose in air and feel that he or she owns the world is a Malaysian and (Singaporean) behavior. Also, we have many prominent people with bought phd and with false nose in the air.

    I have worked with people with doctorates of all kind, in other countries. and they included ex-Malaysians. They do not publicise their academic qualifications. They even do not use the academic title(s), except in Malaysia, to bulldoze these Malaysian snobs.

    Heck, in other countries, doctorates get retrenched and are even jobless.

    Doctorates in Malaysis are KaTak di-bawah tempurung.

    p/s we a doctorate in panang retrenched in penang in the last election.

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  38. monsterball
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 08:52:01

    Monk…They are full of ‘airs’ because they got rich and forgot how poor they were before.
    But UMNO guys …put on ‘airs’ by steaing l and plundering ..and dressing themselves with false titles…trying so hard to make Malaysians respect how intelligent…..how successful they are.
    These people ….full of ‘airs’ in the big stomach is due to eating too much good food…grow fat and lazy..with money stole from us.
    They are also looking down on poor people…like 2000 years ago monkies…creating the untouchables in India.’
    It needs Buddha to knock some sense in to their coconut heads.
    Malaysians should put on ‘airs’ to have confidence to fight those foul smelly UMNO and BN crooks.

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  39. Samantha Wong
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 23:29:50

    hi dr hsu,
    are u interested in giving a talk regarding economic stimulus,with the theme Economic Stimulus: A Potion or A Poison?

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  40. Atila
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 01:41:56

    Dr. Hsu

    Many of my kampung folks with merger VR benefits from factories FTZ in Penang are tightening their belts, including some are eating one meal a day to suffice their children to go
    to school.

    How RM60Billion so called stimulus benefit this group of people? ITS ALL LIAR FROM BN.

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  41. Dr Hsu
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 11:31:43

    Samantha Wong

    i would be happy to give talk, but to give talk on economics (stimulus program is ecoomics) may be out of my depth and would be like teaching the duck to swim.

    But let me know about your venus and time, and i shall come as a spectator and pose some questions at the end of the talk..?

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  42. Nick
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 16:59:32

    Dr. Hsu, no need to get frightened. You are both a practitioner GP besides a man of high intellect, that makes you qualified to speak on economics. Afterall, the entire “experts” fraternity have let us all down. You are the small voice but with a important and effective message. Heck, if the venue is known, I will also turn up just for the fun. I will also ask some questions if there is a “Q&A”. I had just about enough to see the country led by a bunch of flip-flopping donkeys. If we have an economist speaking, the audience will all fall asleep: “On one hand… on the other hand”, that’s what economist is all about, never giving any solution, just giving an opinion.

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  43. anun
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 21:47:06

    Dr Hsu

    Re: 3558 has the support os 8228….And the former chief mouth piece of course… the person behind all the moves trying to kick me out of the party…. I will walk out when the time has come, no need to kick me out…

    I spoke to 8228 just now , quiet a lengthy discussion , he just came back from China today . I question him about moves to kick you out of the party !

    He DENIED that ! He said there was no such thing ! I mentioned about your blog . He said he would get in touch with you . He might want to discuss a couple of things with you .

    Ok ! should be good . ! unless he bull shit me ! .

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  44. klm
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 11:00:06

    I saw this in MI “Koh: Give BN chance to reform ”

    He is a bloody moron. Do you see any willingness to change. Talking between his legs.

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  45. Dr Hsu
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 11:04:19

    anun,
    thanks.

    I have no concrete evidence but that is the feeling that i get, and the tip off by one of the commentators whom I think is a gerakan br chariman in KL. 8228 may not actively know about this, but the former chief mouth piece with his proteges s certainly involved…..

    You should know me that I came into the party to contribute and have a platform to say something, to work for my ideals, and i have never solicited any positions nor “kangdao” nor have ever been in their ways……. If aything, my fault is to expose their dirty tactics, and help save those who had been labelled by this group as ‘bad’ people… …

    When the party was at its zenith, winning most of its seats, I was contented just be a backstage worker and never actively contested any posts.

    Only when the party suffered an almost complete annihilation that I had stepped forward and offered myself to contest for CC, not for position’s sake, but to bring a certain heretic’ view shared by many of the grassroots members, that we must go back to our ideology to be relevant, not only for the sake of the party and party members, but more importantly, for Malaysians at large and our future generations to come.

    That is why I contested the CC position. And even then, before the nominations, there were rumours spread by certain group that I would be standing for the president position… I am sure you are aware of this rumour which only died down after the nomination.

    I do not know why this group is so against me, I have never stepped on any people’s toes knowingly… and when I criticise, it is usually against certain issues and policies and never personal… I dont know why… I have never been a threat to anyone, I have always told them that I would not stand in anyone ‘s way …

    And now the whole SLC is all these people… My division has so many talented people but none was even offered any bureau positions….And in SLC meetings, it is usually myself arguing against 4 persons, whatever views I gave, these people would took turn to rebuke me… It is getting very lonely in SLC… It would actually be easier for me to quit politics rather than to face these rebuking even when what i said have facts and figures to support….It is a case of arguing for the sake of arguing…Rebuking for the sake of rebuking..

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  46. Dr Hsu
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 11:29:30

    anun,

    anyway, i think it is human nature to love and favour those who like to “jack’ a person rather than to face someone who is constantly offering a differing view …..

    It is human nature to want that latter person to be out….Good medicine is often bitter , and no one likes bitter medicine…and you are also one of those bitter medicine..

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  47. cilipadi
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 14:04:30

    “and you are also one of those bitter medicine..”.

    Base on the comments of this ‘bitter medicine’ so far, I am not so sure someone here is ‘bitter’….I maybe wrong, Dr. Hsu.

    Hahaha, bitter medicine?

    siapa makan cili, dia rasa ‘bitter’?

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  48. klm
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 14:30:18

    Dr Hsu

    The reason Gerakan is in the pot de chambre is because of people like your 8228 and his collection of monkeys. These people are responsible for the death of Gerakan together with the number one.

    The party tinks because of such unsavory characters.

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  49. anun
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 17:30:51

    Dr Hsu

    To tell the truth ,I know those bunch of idiots who would do anything including polishing Balls . Hope you don’t mind me saying that .

    Ya they are all in it for kangdao or kang tao and not only that they want bottle caps to hang around their neck . I am never that type to ball polish , I am like you , I say my piece , you like it or not that your business , that’s exactly what I did to a few of them . Even the No 1 guy , I said we are going to lose all . And thats the way it is .
    I will keep this dialogue going and I’ll see to it that 8228 gets the message .

    As for 3558 if he sees this posting of mine here and knows who I am , all I can say is Sorry old chap , we have no place for you in Penang . Your time almost up as state …………

    Better go back to your practice …3558 !!!

    Just as RPK always say the truth is always hard to swallow or the truth hurts the most .

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  50. anun
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 17:36:16

    Dr .

    We just had one migratory bird who like to feed on chili padi shitting hot gas and chili pedas droppings in our conversation and flying off .

    siapa makan cili, shit pun rasa pedas di lubang keluar .

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  51. anonymous
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 22:11:18

    8228 – KTK
    3558 -THN
    anun – TCY?

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