When belts cannot be tightened anymore!

I chatted with an old patient of mine after a consultation yesterday. He was probably suffering from a side effect of stress and not enough rest. I enquired about his job and he told me that he is working 2 jobs now, a daytime office job and part time taxi driving at night. He had to do this to make ends meet.

So i told him what any doctor would tell his patient under these circumstances– to rest more.

Then he started to pour his woes to me that he has already been tightening his belt so much over the past few years, that he dreads to think of ways to tighten it some more, since living cost is creeping up and food prices are going to shoot up. He told me that there would come a point that the belt cannot be tightened anymore, and that point is fast being reached.

With so much news on the need to cut subsidies in the newspaper ( it was even equated to opium), the government is in fact building up a case of cutting subsidies further. It is just a matter of time that subsidies on petrol will be cut further. When that happens, petrol pump prices as well as electricity tariff will go up.

I have mentioned before that subsidies are actually bad to economy in the long run. It will also create a subsidy mentality among the people. But removing subsidies in a stagnant economy will result in a lot of problems for the poor. Subsidy removal must be done very gradually, and that too, should be done when economy is expanding and real income rising.

I can’t help but recall a round table conference which I had attended  in Feb 2010 on subsidy and the economy. In fact, I have blogged on this conference a day after.

I will paraphrase what i wrote then:

I attended a round table talk on subsidy yesterday. Although most speakers spoke about the need to do away with the cost of living subsidy, like the subsidy for sugar, petrol and so on, what a young man said about being cynical impressed me most.

 This young man began by saying that even though all the speakers spoke about the need to do away with subsidy, he was against the idea because being a cynical person, he doubted whether the money saved from abolishing the subsidy (direct and indirect subsidy comes to about 80 billionRM a year), will go to development and helping the poor. He said that being cynical, he thinks that this huge amount of money will go to someone else’s pockets and if so, why should he give up his right to subsidy?

His reason is based on one point only, and that is the whole system is rotten. I thought about it and I think he has a very valid point.

With the rotten system and everyone out to make a fast buck, whatever mechanism of doing away with the subsidy and using the amount saved to channel to development and helping the poor would just not work . Remember that time when the pump price of petrol went up to 2.70 from 1.92? The government promised to use the savings to channel into public transport and make it more efficient. Did we see any money going into the intended sector? A big No of course.

I can’t help but think that if the money saved from abolishing subsidy (the 80 billions) goes into private pockets and results in a few more PKFZ, even though I am all for abolishing subsidy gradually ( with safety nets in place such as cash coupons and cash cards to be given to the poor) , I would want to change my mind and go along with the thinking of this young man.

After all, if you have lived in Malaysia for the past 20 years, you can’t help but become cynical.

This young man raised  a very valid point.

We should start to withdraw subsidies slowly AFTER we ensure that the leakages and wastages are plugged first. After all the amount that has been siphoned out of the system is quite high, if we go by the reports of foreign media and investment reports.

The government must have the will to tackle corruption and cronyism, not just paying lip services, and expect people to tight belts which cannot be tightened anymore.

If subsidy withdrawal results in people unable to make ends meet, then expect social problems and crime rate to go up. If we do not clean up corruption first, expect corruption to go even more  rampant and severe, since civil servants too will be hard hit by subsidy removal and they, being in a position to dictate things, will not doubt be tempted to find other sources of income under the table.

From 2004 till now, we have wasted 7 years to tackle corruption, which is perceived to be even worse now. We do not have another 7 years, given the conditions of world economy and the middle income trap that we find ourselves in.

But do we have the will?

34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CYC
    May 21, 2011 @ 13:51:03

    BN only cuts subsidies to the poor but maintain subsidies to the rich. While the poor continue to vote BN and get screwed as a reward, those bloody politicians are laughing cunningly.

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  2. CYC
    May 21, 2011 @ 14:06:57

    side track a bit, Kick Lynas out from Malaysia, kick the Aussie bastards out. If they think its safe , why their govt did not allowed them to operate in Australia? Pressur the Aus govt until Lynas is out from Malaysia. Dun waste time demo in Kuantan. Do it repeatedly in front of Australia High Comm and guarantee this project will die off in weeks. Australia govt wont like to feature in CNN, CNBC, Aljazeera for the wrong reason.

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  3. Kenny
    May 21, 2011 @ 14:15:11

    It’s bad to depend on subsidies but the whole problem is that incomes have been frozen in a time warp since 1995 while inflation has kept rising.

    Idris Jala said we have to live in the real world. That is correct but the real world does not recognize bumiputra privileges and will punish economic distortion resulting from such anti-competitive practice. This is the main reason why wages have stagnated for the past 16 years. Malaysians are unable to pay real world prices for goods due to stagnant wages from a stagnant economy. Removing subsidies without fixing income level will burden the rakyat.

    By the way, Idris should know that a high income economy cannot be created by unleashing a flood of infrastructure projects. It will merely create high incomes for cronies. The only way to a high income economy is better education, retention of skilled workers, remove anti-competitive practices and control corruption. We also have to wean off dependency on the hordes of foreign unskilled workers who depress wages. If the wages of the lower level cannot go up neither can the wages of the upper level. It can take a decade with the right polices in place and there are no band aid shortcuts.

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  4. monsterball
    May 21, 2011 @ 14:30:06

    I have lived long enough to know this will come…as voters are split and minds tuned to race and religion politrics by these heartless robbers and thieves.
    Anwar said…the moment PR comes into power..the next minute..he will reduce petrol prices..and gave solid good sound reasons that can be done.
    That is one of the reason….Najib must put him into jail.
    I have repeatedly requested all Malaysians….especially the young ones…to think of the poor and needies…and stop commenting like self made professors.
    Voters must be serious and unite now.
    Die hard ultras..racists and fanatics are in UMNO B are not strong at all. They are a disunited lot too.
    Read what Dr. Hsu said and especially what that poor man who needs two jobs to stay alive said.
    This have been going on for decades.
    It is after 12th GE….we get to read through internet.
    Mind you…all Malaysians including Muslims poor are treated like “untouchables” by corrupt n crooked leaders….right now…and same throughout the history of mankind…no change.
    Corruptions is a disease. Money is the root of all evils….and UMNO B govt. love to steal as much as they can…never enough…to use money to buy loyalties and indirectly ..the country.
    Leave it to their typical smart cunning ways….saying the things we like to hear and hoping all Malaysians do not blame them for doing it…becuase they have said it.
    Najib said…subsidies are like feeding opiums.
    How right and wise he is.
    But he cut off petrol subsidies and all pay more..while dozens of UMNO B companies are being subsidised by the billions each year.
    Classic examples are New Staits Times and Malay Mail papers…loosing money for decades and both belong to UMNO B….Proton…Berjaya Steel…and be forwarned…banks too.
    The moment Najib do the right thing…he will fall like a ton of bricks.
    Poor man…..poor Malaysians….what can I do except to vote against BN and walk my talks…as much as I can.
    Do donations as much as I can…but for how long?
    I guess what matters most is keep talking and vote for change.
    Unfortunately….God does not take sides in politics.
    But I hope God listen to the poor and sufferings all over the world.
    If so….why so many million drop dead like flies?
    That is why Buddhists believe in many gods..hoping few will hear and help.

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  5. monsterball
    May 21, 2011 @ 14:48:23

    To some…the body is willing to vote for change…but the brain is selfish …and vote for personal benefits only….vote no change…..don’t rock the boat…having a good job in the government now..why change boss…when present boss so nice..so lazy…never complaint.
    To poor poor misguided Muslims…some will die for whatever Najib tells them to do..without realising he is a nobody made to be a somebody by voters.
    Yes poor misguided Muslims…programmed to feel insecured without UMNO B.
    With third parties like MCA …MIC and Gerakan…supporting Najib…I hope ALL will remember they have contributed to make Malaysians be idiots too.

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  6. mmc
    May 21, 2011 @ 15:27:04

    all the more we vote out the corrupt BN< aint it?

    win or lose, we must first send MCA and Gerakan (under KTK) into oblivion first.

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  7. Mike
    May 21, 2011 @ 23:06:51

    Doc , I think the solution is simple; vote in PR comes 13th GE to ensure a viable and effective 2-party system to keep PR and BN on toes.

    As corruption and abuse of power are the major causes of problems in this country, I believe a workable 2-party system will solve at least half the problems we are facing now.

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  8. monsterball
    May 21, 2011 @ 23:59:09

    When belts cannot be tightened anymore…thousands will go hungry…babies and young ones die for no money to buy medicines…and……..
    Living becomes more and more difficult.
    Tighten the belts for last time….plan to be sucide bombers.
    That is what is happening to Muslims Palestianians….and is happening right here in Malaysia.
    But in Middle East….they blame in on the Jews with the US Government protecting the Jews.
    In Malaysia….UMNO B learn the art of adverttising ….promoting and mind controls from the Jews by paying RM71 million of tax payer’s money for one year. Slogans ….how to speak…Billboards with words to hypnotised Malaysians to vote for BN….all not working!! RM71 million exposed by Anwar. Najib dare not renew contract.
    Belts getting tightened in Malaysia is caused by so call Muslim Government tightening thousands upon thousands Muslims belts too.
    These cruel racists are not Muslims at all.
    They even declared Jihad against all against them.
    They treat other Muslims as being misguided by keDAILan ..PAS and DAP.
    They are masters to twist and turn…lying and making fools of Muslims and non Muslims.
    Will the tightening of belts in Malaysia create sucide bombers? Certainly not. We are a peaceful country with peace loving people.
    But the tightening of belts will make millions of middle class Malaysians…hate Najib for what were thought he was and came true. All those are not rumours.
    Suddenly…many who supported BN have left to vote as free people.
    Suddenly….thousands who once believed Najib was kind and loving can see the double headed snake personality coming out….as clear a they see Mahathir is.
    Belts are tightened and thousands are hungry. He does not care.
    He released his “kracken”….Ibrahim Ali…to give a final blow.
    Hungry people fear nothing.

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  9. monsterball
    May 21, 2011 @ 23:59:47

    GOOD NIGHT TO ALL!!

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  10. A Single Vote
    May 22, 2011 @ 11:09:54

    Can we just send that young man of yours to the so-called leaders so he can teach them what to do? If those idiots pretend not to know what to do, lets just get our young to teach them. So all you young people out there, show them what to do.

    Get rid of the corruption and we will end all our woes. Just imagine what all those billions taken back from those parasites can do for each and every one of those suffering now, water and electricity supplies to the unfortunate, decent roads, better public transport and you name it. Simply go south to the little red dot to see what we’ve been missing, don’t have to go very far.

    Those clamouring for a contract for the MRT should just tell us outright how much they want, then we donate that amount to them and we’ll get the job done cheaply and more importantly, safely. It has come to this has it not, that we feed the parasites and we’ll be able to save much more and be safe. At least we can then call it a contribution to assist the handicapped rather than have it labelled as corruption.

    All you young people out there, show them YOU know what to do to solve the nation’s problems.

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  11. Son of Muhammad
    May 22, 2011 @ 11:23:37

    LET’S START A REVOLUTION LIKE LIBYA. MONSTERBALL IS RIGHT IN SAYING THE MISGUIDED MUSLIMS. MUSLIMS SUFER MOSTLY
    BY THE WAY THEY WERE TAUGHT AND THE WAY THEY WERE BROUGHT UP! SO NO MATTER HOW, IF THERE ARE NO CHANGES IN THESE TWO FACTS MUSLIMS IN MALAYSIA WILL BECOME A SORRY LOT IN TIME TO COME. THIS IS THE REASON WHY THE UMNO B ARE PLAYING WITH THE MUSLIM MINDS FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH INTEREST. WAKE UP POOR MUSLIMS!

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  12. Dr Hsu
    May 22, 2011 @ 11:28:16

    This is a democratic country and we should use our votes, despite the handicap we face. Just explain to the people and try to change mindsets. A seed sown today will grow into a big tree later on. It is just a matter of time.

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  13. monsterball
    May 22, 2011 @ 13:26:23

    “Son of Muhammad”….Listen to Dr. Hsu.
    Now that you are convinced….try to guide misguided Muslims to the right path.
    Have a mission of hope and since you declared…you are a “Son of Muhammad”…..you have a mission of purpose in life….to open the eyes and closed brains of sick Muslim minds……made so…by UMNO B for decades.
    I will tell the truths with no fear based on my experiences…observations…discussions…listening… reading to different opinions…and make up my mind with love for Malaysia and Malaysians only.
    Have a nice Sunday.

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  14. monsterball
    May 22, 2011 @ 14:16:57

    I like “Son of Muhammad” last part of his non stop sentence.
    He writes in capital letter to get better attention or is having problems with eyes.
    Whatever it is..no harm done….but I think he will make a better writer..if you change his style….to be ordinary.
    Yes…he is doing his best to open Muslim eyes in blogging.
    That’s what I want to say…..and worth respects from all.
    Calm down…”Son of Muhammad”
    Najib and UMNO B are playing race and religion dirty politcs to win elections.
    To fall into their trap and call for Jihad…and testing Malaysians fear factors…is exactly what Najib wants.
    We speak with no fear…protst and walk by the thousands with facing wate cannons and gas bombs …. no fear.
    That’s Mahatma Gandhi’s way….protest without violence…and look what he has done to the mighty British in India.
    Mahatma Gandhi saved millions of lives who are also willing to perform Jihad to free India.
    He made them smile and tolerate at their enemies and keep shouting for a free India…while thousands are put to jail for no shouting!!
    Learn from India.
    Learn from the great Mahatma Gandhi.
    Read his sayings….and compare that to Mahathir and Najib.

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  15. Taikohtai
    May 22, 2011 @ 14:36:19

    Greetings Doc.
    It has always been a pleasure reading your articles but they also give us splitting heartaches. Such is the deplorable state of affairs in Malaysian under BN.
    You appear to be more invigorated after leaving Gerakan. I think many Malaysians eagerly await your most important announcement yet but are too respectful to spell it out. There are still many sitting on the fence, including professionals and intellectuals. Many including yours truly are not getting younger but fearless leaders are few and far between. I think another move on your part over to the other side will register quite a reading on the Richter scale, sending more shivers down BN’s spine, not that they have any. GE13 can come anytime and another General to the opposing forces can’t come any sooner.

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  16. monsterball
    May 22, 2011 @ 18:06:35

    The objectives to accused Anwar of Sodomy and sex shows drummed up by Najib is to get Anwar into jail or forces him to resign from politic.
    Latest sex show not working….so sodomy 2 must be a kangaroo court case…to ,make sure..he gets into jail…since getting Anwar to resign …also failed.
    Why is Najib so afraid of Anwar?
    For one thing….Anwar knows too much…and the other…is he was a clean DPM resigned from UMNO B…to fight off double standards and corruptions..exposing so much…who is Mahathir too….with great help from Lim Kit Siang.
    Anwar knows alot about Atlantuya’s death and not revealing for revealing no use with police supporting him… and laws all twisted to protect all crooks.
    You can see ..swearing at the mosque to proclaim he is innocent..,accepted.
    In our most advanced and modern country….minds are beibg manuplated like fools..besides insulting Allah and force religion into dirty politics by him.
    Once awhile….I put all these facts over and over again..to remind all Malaysians..what we are facing.
    Do not forget…..MCA..MIC and Gerakan supports corruptions and double standards.
    These are low class corrupted selfish hypocrites that can translate their actions to be champions of their race….calling it “diversity for unity”.
    What they meant was….they support to be divided and ruled by UMNO B as their Lord and Master….not the Sultans or King.
    “Son of Muhammad”…..not “Son of Muhummad pbuh”….is an open minded Malaysian.who loves his father Muhummad…with a smart twist in his nick.

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  17. Phua Kai Lit
    May 23, 2011 @ 08:05:25

    The people of Malaysia should not be fooled:

    The ruling regime needs to amass a huge amount of money to contest the
    next General Election (they need the money to “generously” throw around to buy political support), thus the so-called “subsidy reductions”.

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  18. Phua Kai Lit
    May 23, 2011 @ 08:21:07

    The next GE will be the dirtiest and most expensive ever in Malaysia’s political history. We need to invite credible foreign observers such as Jimmy Carter to make sure the GE is clean. Also, more of our own people should serve as poll watchers.

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  19. Kenny
    May 23, 2011 @ 11:08:42

    Yes, the next G.E. will be the dirtiest and most expensive ever as BN pulls out all the stops to ensure victory. Expect the cost to be passed to the rakyat in one way or another. Expect petrol hike, toll hike, electricity hike, food hike, transport hike, GST, etc after the election. Expect fat negotiated contracts to be parcelled out to corporations as payback for their contribution to BN’s election fund.

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  20. monsterball
    May 23, 2011 @ 11:51:48

    BERSIH planned to have a rally on 9th July.
    What if 13th GE is announced to be 11th July….with lots of campaigning going on?
    Jimmy Carter is too old to be an observer.
    Idea is good…wrong person.
    Najib not only have Anwar to worry about.
    He has DPM to worry about too..teaming up with Nazri to oust him out.
    Najib’s father masterminded the ousting of Tunku.
    Razak brought Mahathir back to UMNO….through once all powerful jailed bird…Harun Idris.
    Mahathir paid back Razak ..making Najib a minister doing nothing for 18 years …welknown to be playboy.
    He got daily advises from mother.
    Now as PM…he is managed by Rosmah….to make sure Mamak does not interfere too much.
    Lucky for Najib….Mamak is weak ..sickly and very old now.
    Otherwise….his many moods will embarrass him more.
    Najib is planning Emergency Rule.

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  21. Dr Hsu
    May 23, 2011 @ 12:44:39

    Taikohtai
    I will definitely help to campaign for a 2 party system comes GE 13. But I think I can do so as a person not aligned to any party. That way, I can see and think more objectively.

    My youngest daughter came back from Brisbane last week, and i am glad that she went to register as a voter. If GE is held during her holiday, i think she will come back specifically just to vote. But if it is held during exam or certain important dates for lectures, she would not be able to come back.

    She has also influenced some of her class mates who came back for holiday to do so together.

    I am glad that i was able to influence many of these young people to see the merits of a 2 party system.

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  22. Li Li Fa
    May 23, 2011 @ 14:04:37

    When belts cannot be tightened anymore.
    The economist will say, ‘Go punch a few more holes in your belt! Readjust your belt, take a deep breath and there you are. You are in a new tightened position. Don’t forget there are a few more holes that your belt can take on till that point of time, when nothing can be tightened anymore. Do not panic. Don’t hold your breath anymore. There is no need to! ‘
    ‘Why?’
    ‘Do they use belt in heaven?’

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  23. TooMuch
    May 23, 2011 @ 16:35:51

    Doc, It seems quite obvious that the removal or reduction of subsidies and the announcement of big ticket item spendings are means to funnel funds to election coffers. Rakyat continues to suffer while those in office keep up with sucking more and more blood. Rakyat have to tighten even thighter our belts sampai tak boleh jalan lah??? Mind you, we now have to not only worry about bread and butter issues but also possibly more crime when there are more desperados being created. God save Malaysia.

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  24. monsterball
    May 23, 2011 @ 19:39:41

    There wear no bras..no underpants…no belts in heaven.
    In fact…no nothing ..Li Li Fa
    You see Brad Pitt….he sees you….no tempted by big one or two.
    All heavenly ones are brainwashed..clean as whistle…with baby brains always.
    So I was told…watching American movies.

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  25. Li Li Fa
    May 24, 2011 @ 09:37:58

    monsterball,

    You are so right! It is on earth that we wear belt and are tightened by it. All other items are made by manufacturers and businessmen who are influenced by economists, while politicians ride on the two horses just like in the John Wyne movies.

    With a tightened economy, fanned by rising inflation and the people crying to feed their families, how long more can solutions be found?

    A Chinese saying comes to mind. ” Forcing the tiger to jump the wall” perhaps tells us the consequence will be pivotal, critical and maybe devastating.

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  26. Kenny
    May 24, 2011 @ 10:33:37

    Here we have a situation where the govt finds the subsidies too heavy and the people need the subsidies to make ends meet due to stagnant incomes. Nevertheless the subsidies will be slowly removed by the BN (Barang Naik) govt. Efforts to uplift income falls flat because fundamental issues are not addressed.

    This will lead to social discontent and the ruling party will become unpopular. However the determination of this regime to cling on the power cannot be underestimated.

    To cling on to power the regime will resort to manipulating the electoral process and instigating racial and religious tension. They will probably succeed.

    There will come a time when even racial and religious issues fail to bring victory but by then the electoral process has become so compromised that they have become pseudo-elections in which the regime can never lose. Besides the economic hardship the people have to bear human rights abuses by a regime desperate to maintain its power.

    Now we have exactly the same situation as the Arab nations – a corrupt, abusive, unpopular party ruling amid economic hardship and unable to be removed by democratic means.

    This is the most likely scenario for Malaysia, a course as easily taken as water flows downhill. To change this course will require great effort. I admire people like Dr. Hsu and others who are able to keep fighting against all odds.

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  27. monsterball
    May 24, 2011 @ 16:53:01

    Wow …Li Li Fa…you are wise and smart.
    I only know “We will fight them from the seas…fight them from the air…fight them from the shores. We will never surrender”…so said Winston Churchill and won.
    But Mahatma Gandhi is much better…he fought enemies without belts…bras and underwears too on EARTH!!…and won.
    He was a special man indeed.
    We need not fear anything.
    These crooks days are numbered.
    The power of true love always win hearts..be it hard…soft or in between …hearts….all will melt to the power of love. …except show dogs…lunatics…racists.
    Malaysian Malaysia was there from the start.
    Twisted from the start of UMNO B.
    Confused and bewildered ….more and more are clear minded now.

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  28. monsterball
    May 24, 2011 @ 18:44:39

    I love John Wayne movies.
    Yes Li Li Fa….politicians are two faced..today enemies…tomorrow friends.
    We just need to vote a change and let the other pony riders ..show us.. whether they are postmen who delivers.. or like present.. easy riders with two faces …two horses…tongues can twist and turn.
    We are their bosses.
    We whipped them hard in 12th GE and will be harder in 13th…but when will it come?
    Najib cannot wear belts. He has to wear suspenders….like Samy…stole so much…eat eat eat very good food and grow fat fat.
    The greatest of all crooks cannot eat. His days are really numbered…worrying who will defend his son..when he gone gone gone into the hell of fire….never ending sufferings Hades world.
    Yip….three worlds…Heavenly Zeus…Water Poseidon …and deep down underground..Hades…hot…burning ..hel life.
    You notice..smart ones go for cremations…to be heavenly ones nowadays.
    You study Egyptian GODS…you will note…alot of siminarities from Bible and Koran.
    But humans need a faith or religion to be pricked their concious minds.
    But Malaysia is sold to the Devil by Mahathir….who declared himself as a great Muslim…a devil in disguise.
    The devilish Mahathir started race and religion politics to bring all to Hell.

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  29. monsterball
    May 24, 2011 @ 22:10:23

    We are living on the plains of the 3 worlds for the three…to enjoy our foolishness.
    But after the discovery that the world is not flat….some humans like Mahathir think they are gods too…gods of the jungle world.
    Soon other living things will be discovered..and the wars for jungle world will begin.
    Depending on the Heavenly Zues father……or pray to Poseidon….create gills for chosen ones.. to live in water ..or just give up and get burn in hell…to please Hades and his new found son…Najib bin Kracken.
    Waiting and waiting so long for 13th GE to be announced…just crack jokes..wild away our time…and never allow ourselves be fooled by the Devil.. and his deciples.
    China walloped Japan 3-0…no fun to watch more.
    Tomorrow…Malaysia Vs Indonesia at 6pm.
    Weekend…..MU Vs Basalona for European League Championship Cup.
    Win that…Furguson….make British football…King of the World…maybe promoted to be the first Lord in football…by the Queen to get more love and charity for her grandson and wife..to be King/Queen of England..instead of idiotic cracko son…when her time is up.
    Yes dream nice dreams and be patient for 13th GE.
    6th July….BERSIH 2nd walk..to remind Malaysians to vote for a clean government.

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  30. monsterball
    May 27, 2011 @ 00:00:27

    Doc Hsu….This post of yours is taken by Lim Kit Siang and posted in his blog.
    Did he get your permission?
    If not sue him for some money la…..and donate to the poor….hahahahahahahahaha

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  31. Dr Hsu
    May 27, 2011 @ 09:53:00

    No, but it is good and I must thank him since his blog has a much higher reach than mine.

    MT has posted many of my articles, so has the Bar council. This helps to spread what I am trying to do, to change people’s views and mindsets!
    ……………………………….
    On another note, over the past week or so, I have received feelers and invitation to join a certain party, but I have politely declined.

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  32. monsterball
    May 28, 2011 @ 12:07:24

    Doc…I like your positive attitutes.
    You are a real freedom fighter ..answering to no political party.
    Although if ever you decide to join a political party…you will be the same…no one can push you around…like Karpal Singh….but you may need to go to jail like Karpal to reach his reputation.
    As such…join no party is best.
    I am sure all your visitors……commentators and personal friends are not surprised…you are being wooed to join this or that party…right now….from BN…especially from MCA and from PR…especially DAP.
    But if you wish to join a party….join keDAILan that you can kill two birds with one stone……
    One to beef it up as a multi racial party.
    Two….go and shout there…as Malays are lousy in management….on political parties. There are only good to catch Muslim votes.
    So help Anwar to strenghten keDAILan and if you find…a touch of favouritism and racistsm…..resign as fast as you join.
    No one will compare you to Zaid or others that leave keDAILan…as most that left are Muslims.
    Anyway….DAP cannot afford to be sued and will pay whatever you want…..and may teach LKS to ask before doing anything he likes.
    But I guess…it is an honour your writings are recognised and respected…that matter most.
    I think you know…I am pulling a fast one on you.

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  33. monsterball
    May 28, 2011 @ 12:34:10

    Doc..no need to thank LKS anything.
    He was elected to provide services to the public.
    MT and Bar Council…different story.
    We must not pampered politicians or else after getting elected swell headed and boastful.
    We must change our attitudes too.
    Be bosses and not nice understanding Malaysians only.
    Let PR go and keep all their promises..especially made by Anwar…if ever get elected to occupy PutraJaya.
    No good..throw PR out at 14th GE.
    You will be alive and well.
    I will be very old….enjoying by balance of day by day life …keeping my mouth shut on politics….that is…if I can…..hahahahahahahaha

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  34. serendipity hopeful
    May 28, 2011 @ 13:12:36

    We may be cynical after so many years of injustices inflicted on us, you asked if we have the will to lift ourselves from this trap. Sad to say, but I think we don’t. The only thing is whether our collective karma will help bring together the right conditions for the seed of a better future to germinate.

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