The Politics Box


“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
― Groucho Marx

Malaysia as a nation is relatively peaceful given the general scenario of the world at large. She has her share of woes, but to groan and complain would suggest selfishness when she has much to be grateful for.

This small nation went through an epiphany at the recent 14th general election (GE14), when she for the first time in 61 years since her independence from the grasps of colonialism sees new hope for great change.

It took her six decades to realise the ‘soft fascism’  (no such thing really, there’s only fascism) she was in while under the reign of a band of arrogant home grown politicians who rallied together calling themselves Barisan Nasional (National Front) lead by UMNO. The straw that broke the camel’s back is the infamous 1MDB affair which literally bankrupted Malaysia and turned her into a pauper nation.

Thinking for the better, the people collectively removed the corrupt regime and handed her to a new alliance labelled as Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) on the night May 9 2018, the night the earth moved.

The Phoenix returns

IT was a night when the earth moved as one Barisan parliamentary seat after another tumbled and shortly after 11pm last night, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared that Putrajaya had fallen to the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

The 93-year-old leader has stepped into a special place in Malaysian history, making a comeback to the job he left 15 years ago. – The Star

Nine months down the road, disillusionment hovers over the people when the change expected of the new government doesn’t show, or rather trekking at snail’s pace, which to the human eyes is seen as a standstill.

Without going into the boring details, I’ll get straight to the point of this essay.

Its the system and stupid politicians STUPID!

The current government is made up of 90% politicians who were in the opposition all their political lives. Life and perception on this side of the political divide was different being in a different box looking at another box (The government). They saw the garbage and filth in the other box. They were clear of what’s to be done and change, and had the tenacity to do it given the chance.

Well, they have now entered the ‘other’ (filthy) box, which they are now supposed to clean, but…they left the brooms in the box they were in.

Blimey!

Not only that, their eyes developed cataracts and couldn’t find or see any dirt in there. With blurred visions and minds, they simply carried on with their new roles using whatever is in the dirty box.

And…the ousted old politicians are now in the ‘clean’ opposition box. They seem to have new visions without the cataracts, and are set to sanitize the dirty box which they were in.

Get the picture?

Politicians are akin to hamsters in a spinning wheel – the political wheel absence of any wills.

So what’s next for Malaysia and Malaysians?

Tbh, nothing much really. Not until GE15, or better still get rid of the politics box, or any kind of box and try out something new like a open bathtub which everyone will be naked


“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.”
― George Burns





The Blessed Bananas That Got Me Gone Bananas in 2019!


The blessed bananas that got me gone bananas!

My 2019 Story

Last night, I was at TF Supermart in PD just passing time waiting for the wifey doing acupuncture, and I saw bananas and decided to pick a small bunch and went to the pay-counter, which had a long queue. By the time I got to the cashier, she exclaimed, “Ini mesti timbang dan letak harga!” (This has to be weighted and priced)

Silly me! I thought. What was I thinking and this isn’t my first time at supermarts?

Looking at the long queue, I decided just to put them bananas back and forget about the whole thing.

Walking back, something tells me to go and get it weighted and priced.
So I did and went back to re-join the long queue. This’ very unlike me, let me tell you.

Suddenly I noticed a woman waving at me, and I pointed to myself at her and she nodded. She was directing me to come in front of her as her husband was checking-out their purchases for payment at the cashier.

The cashier remembered me and interrupted the husband and checked my bananas costing RM3:30 and said, “Kasi duit kat dia!” (Give her the money [to the lady])

When I handed the money to the lady, she said, “Tak apa, saya belanja abang!” (Its alright. Its my treat!)

I insisted to pay and said, “No, No. Awak dah terlalu baik dan saya mesti bayar!” (No, No. You’re already too kind) but she smiled and totally refused!
WOW! OMG!

What did I do to deserve such great kindness and love? ⁉

Bowing and saying “Terima Kasih” (Thank you) several times to the lady I walked away highly emotional and asked myself,

What’s the (BIG) message?

I am already dangerously turning into a misanthrope in this mad-mad world.

I felt a surge of tremendous love for humanity inside… and the message is:

Be kind. Be Love.

💜❤ Love to all of you reading this!

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#1MDB – Its the system stupid!


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If you’ve not heard of 1MDB, you should discontinue reading…as you’re in a different world where everything is fine in there, but you’re surely missing something.

All the hype about the 1MDB heist was centered around two rogues:

  1. Najib Razak – The stupid ex-prime minister of Malaysia
  2. Jho Low – Thief.

What was revealed in the Billion Dollar Whale is that Najib Razak was duped by Jho Low and that’s the simple line to sum up the whole dramatic, but surely complicating (?) fraud worth billions of dollars.

I’m not going to delve into the details of the scam because you can read all that at The Financial Times, WSJ, Sarawak Report etc., etc., etc.

Its all about the money. Can you think of anything else in this world that isn’t?

Haa…I can see your eyes looking upwards with a …Hmmm?

You can stop wandering/wondering.

Everything is all about that damned (fiat) money.

“So you think that money is the root of all evil? […] Have you ever asked what is the root of money?

~ Ayn Rand

This is the whole point.

Who controls and issue them toilet papers?

If you don’t know, you should also discontinue reading, because you’re enjoying your life with the money in your bank account and you care a hoot about anything else.

Back to the 1MDB story and its all about the money and the thieves.

I for one wouldn’t put all the blame on the two rogues as I see them as players in this game of theft. Surely you don’t think these two thieves are so smart to pull off this greatest heist on Earth all by themselves? Quite on the contrary. its their stupidity (not knowing who their big bosses are) that this epic scam got blown off to pieces.

You see, its about money and no one but the ‘controllers’ decide everything in the money game. No, not Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings or Queens.

The financial system was designed, created and operated by them ‘controllers’, who also created, issue and distribute the toilet paper around the globe (hate that word).

Lloyd Blankfein Was the Unidentified Goldman Executive Present at 2009 1MDB Meeting

Gathering laid the groundwork for lucrative Malaysia deals
Meeting involved former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak

The meeting offered Blankfein a chance to speak with Najib in his first year as prime minister, and Najib’s visit to New York included meetings with other business leaders and U.S. investors. A month after the gathering, Malaysia’s securities commission announced that Goldman Sachs would set up fund management and corporate finance advisory operations in the nation.

The financial system is operated by the controller’s agents and brokers as facilitators and gatekeepers, and nothing moves without their ‘guidance’, add-vices and approvals, especially when you’re talking about billions of toilet papers. They must have a big slice of the loot…of course.

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“Western professionals “under the guise” of bankers, offshore incorporators, media specialists, investors, and others are helping corrupt individuals “get their money from the scene of the crime, funnel it through the offshore system, and into developed economies.” – Rewcastle Brown

And the thingy about the controllers, they throw the thieves under the bus when they don’t need them anymore.

Can’t say I pity them thieves.

Like I always say – Its the system stupid!

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First posted at Steemit

Ciggie – Ziggy Stardust


Governments are perplexed on the tobacco issue. To tax (more) or not to.

A catch 22 situation.

Health minister says govt can’t afford to raise ciggie prices

File photo of cigarettes seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany

Cigarettes are seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany, in this April 30, 2014 file photograph. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle /Files

“If we raise the cigarette prices until it is not affordable to the B40 group, then they will turn to the cheaper illicit cigarettes that will expose them to a series of non-communicable diseases (NDC): chronic pulmonary disease, chronic cardiovascular disease, lung cancer. – Malay Mail 

Reading the above report will transform you into a mental inmate. The bozos in the corridors of power are actually the inmates running the institution.

The dough-nuts are primarily cracking their heads on the dough like a mad-dog chasing its tail.

Dzulkefly said that currently the cost to treat the three top NDC related to smoking is RM2.29 billion, adding that the government subsidises 67.5 per cent of the treatment cost with 32.5 per cent paid by the patient.

The treatment cost is 0.7 per cent of the nation’s GDP, he said.

Its got nothing to do with the well-being of the people. Its about the dough they have to cough up on so called health-care, if the figures are at all correct let alone true.

More importantly how much money goes into their pockets.

By being greedy they have a problem – they’re playing into the highly competitive black-markets’ hands.

So?

So where were the spiders
While the fly tried to break our balls?
With just the beer light to guide us
So we bitched about his fans
And should we crush his sweet hands?
Oh

Mm-hmm

Ziggy played for time
Jiving us that we were voodoo
The kids were just crass
He was the nazz
With God-given ass
He took it all too far
But, boy, could he play guitar

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…of smoking, haze, emissions and Health.

Manage Your Data and Stay Healthy and Wise


So You Want To Be Healthy?

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No. I don’t tell you what to eat or exercise to be healthy.

I don’t know what is good or bad for you.

What I’d say here is somewhat radical and which escapes most people…its all about data.

What has data got to do with health?

A lot, let me tell you:

Primo: Most if not all people are now in a state of confusion due to data overload. The outcome is confusion. Why? Mismanagement of data. So manage it! How? If I have to tell you, then you should stay off-line. Data is the foundation of AI and definitely for us (humans) too, and its all about managing it as in (IT)?

Secundo: Everybody is very hyped about their HEALTH nowadays and is in a frenzy-rush into dieting. Good data about this is in abundance on-line. Again the word “data“. Manage it! Remember – we are all differently built and configured and that old adage “One man’s meat is another’s poison” is still good advice. You should know your own body better than any doctor or health-freak-specialist. If you don’t know that. That’s the reason you’re unhealthy and you should be sick by now.

Trio: Have a good fulfilling life while enjoying your food…and manage them data (of course)

Bon appétit

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First appeared on Steemit

The Malaysian Prime Minister speaking the truth.


“You cannot teach someone anything who is incapable of actually listening objectively to anything no less understand the actual political system in which we live.” ~ Martin Armstrong

His Honorable Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad – Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The speech was a serious one and it was as serious as it could be.The PM wasn’t joking and it wasn’t funny.

The audience laughed and clapped their hands.

WHY?

People have been dumbed-down by lies all their lives that they don’t know the truth when they hear it.

Now…that’s funny!

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…of smoking, haze, emissions and Health.


Never has the world been more concern about human’s health than in this new millennium. With the advent of the Internet, people have awaken (no thanks to governments) to the health hazards in their intake of food and drinks, air pollution and the environment as a whole.

We can see the hospitals are overcrowded and the long waiting-list at the clinics surely is alarming. Health freaks are mushrooming in numbers and the parks are full of joggers and walkers who think that exercise alone will optimize their well-being. Foodies have turned vegetarians and worse – vegans. Its a fast growing cult. Running a gym is now a viable profitable business.

Is that all it takes to be healthy?

Surely not.

Can one remain healthy with pollution in the air, rivers, and seas? These are global issues and this’ where the governments come in.

I am not going to delve with these issues especially when the hyped Global Warming and Climate Change are a big farce. Nuff said.

Let’s look at Malaysia now as the (new) government is geared on a national no-smoking campaign.

No smoking at open-air eateries

The ministry is pushing to gazette all open-air restaurants as no-smoking areas, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye. [The Star]

 

Lol! This’ rather humorous:

MP among 8 issued compound after smoking ban takes effect in Parliament

An MP was among eight people who received a compound notice for smoking in the Parliament building, says the Health Ministry.

The fine was given out to the offenders after the Ministry sent out enforcers to check on smoking hot spots in Parliament on Monday (Oct 15)  after the smoking ban took effect in Parliament. [The Star]

Yes, I smoke and yes I know about the related health issues, but I practice good social etiquette when I do it and I surely respect the rights of non-smokers and so I smoke in the open air, far… far from the health-freaks mostly to avoid their patronizing holier-healthier-than-thou attitudes and their cringed faces .

Long before the fake news hype, the people have been engulfed by fake-science. Tobacco has taken a beating by the so called passive smoking and the second-hand smoke myth.

Tobacco – Smokin’ the Propaganda

“When we connect the dots through medicine, science, history, psychology and sociology, the truth emerges plain as day: the all-out global propaganda campaign against tobacco is part of the same push for ‘full-spectrum dominance’ over humanity in all other spheres. The targets and victims of the fake ‘War on Terror’ are the same targets of the war against tobacco. We are expected to believe that our wonderful ‘leaders’ encourage us to eat poisonous GMO food yet are oh, so concerned about the alleged health effects from smoking? Give us a break!” – PTM

If the governments are serious, truthful and sincere about the hazards and dangers of smoking, then they should totally ban it, instead of making a daily big fuss and continuing with money wasting non-stop campaigns.

A young woman smoking cigarette inside.

Why not ban tobacco? I will not answer what the governments won’t.

There is a more serious and dangerous human activity, which the governments are not (adequately) addressing – vehicle emissions.

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Read here for Car Emissions For Testing Facts

Some governments do take it seriously and have taken actions against car manufacturers like Volkswagen and Audi, and even arrested a CEO.

VW’s Audi Unit Settles Munich Diesel Probe for $926 Million

Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit agreed to pay an 800 million-euro ($926 million) fine for its role in the diesel-cheating scandal that has disrupted the car industry for more than three years and landed Audi’s longtime leader in jail. – Bloomberg

 

The problem in Malaysia is that smoking as a health issue is under the purview of the Ministry of Health. They aren’t bothered about emission issues because that comes under the purview of the Ministry of Transport. These two ministries are using separate and different algorithms in dealing with two (unrelated) things – tobacco and vehicles.

Hence, vehicle emission is never a health issue rather than a traffic nuisance and therefore car-owners (most are health-freaks too) do not see and care about the hazardous smoke their shining Bimmers, Mercks and SUVs billow into the atmosphere. At the same time these same hypocrites join in the anti-smoking campaign with vigor like their lives depended on it.

Then there is this haze thingy…well, this is a foreign diplomatic issue and a sensitive one at that.

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What about them thick black smoke from refineries and factories…?

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Sigh!

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