It is day 1 of Full MCO. I do not care of what people say about it, but the principle behind it is very simple…
To protect Yourself,
Your Loved Ones
I have heard so many stories, some are from really close friends. In the past, I always heard from social media, but this time around, a few of those people are within the people that I personally know. There is no more time to waste, now is the time for us to really do what we needed to do months ago, which is to stay home to stay safe.
But – despite all of these, there are also certain groups of people which will need to still go out. And this is limited to what the government classify essential services. Yes – the SOP is not done properly, it is highly confusing and at times filled with gaps, but the fact of the matter is very simple –
STAY HOME WHERE POSSIBLE
In the past 24 hours, it has been quite a hassle to ensure the carer that my family paid to come over to my parents’ house, which so happens to be outside of the district. We have been relying on the carer’s service for many years and this pandemic has really made it a lot more challenging. The way to get the permission permit is so confusing, especially for niche but essential service like carers. As we speak, we are still trying to do what we need to do but it definitely seems difficult. Let us hope and pray that I am able to find a way to make this possible, because without a carer – it is really troublesome for my dad given that he stays with my mum. The rest of my siblings stay in different districts.
One of the reasons why I continue to write a blog is because I want to improve my writing. Being a non-native speaker, I am not very good at writing long articles. My emails are generally short and concise. In some instances, it is just a three-letter acronym email. At this point, I have a writer’s block. I do not have a clue about what to write at all!
Fundamentally, I do not have a topic of focus for my blog. If I list down the things that I intend to do with my blog, here goes:
1 – Sharing my photos 2 – Sharing my illustration 3 – Sharing my travels 4 – Infographics about things that I learn 5 – Ramblings about current affairs (anything and everything).
It is a personal blog, so therefore I do not have a particular topic per se. Looking at the priorities above, most of the items do not require much writing apart from number 5. Even I dive further to the most popular post on my blog; my JPJ blacklist adventure is by far the highest.
Writing topics like that are good, but it requires a lot of research and experience. I can always perform desktop research and consolidate the findings in a post, but I do find that to be time-consuming. Perhaps I could change my focus towards writing up processes as what I do at work on specific government topics – like license renewal or passport renewal. Again – this is time-consuming and time that I do not have.
The reason why I can write at this point is that it is car-free morning and I want to go to KL to do some street shooting. The roads are opened at 9 am, and now it is 8.30 am. KL Car Free Morning is now twice a month – on 1st, and 2nd Sunday between 7 am to 9 am.
The other option that I can do is to write a topic that I am very familiar with, which is to do PowerPoint deck. I think I am probably in the top 30% hence it will be useful if I write on this topic!
See – I don’t have a writer’s block anymore. Writing helps me to clear my mind and brainstorm. Let’s see if I can do this. I am going to target to write my first article of deck making today! In fact – I will start a new Category just on PowerPoint. This is going to be fun!
p/s – My 30 days challenge to post a blog post everyday is completed but of course it is not published yet. It has been scheduled till March!
My first blog post is on 3rd February 2005. That is almost 16 years of blogging. It started on mohamadfazli.blogspot.com which was then migrated to mohamadfazli.com after I bought the domain.
It started as a personal sharing space. More for me to write down my ramblings then progressed into a place where I share my photos. Back when there was no Facebook, blog was the best way to share my photos. In fact – whenever I share something on the net, I will point back to my blog.
Many years later, a lot of my friends have abandoned their blog for more sharing services such as 500px and Flickr. I have left Flickr but continue to use the blog as it allows me to practice my writings. Honestly – it has been up and down but reading thru the blog is a journey thru my life. I do hope to continue to write on this blog because it is a real journal of my online presence. Yes – I do have a paper journal that I keep, but I do want my online presence to be there as long as I am here.
I don’t market my blog as much as I should do, but to me, it is a personal space that every now and then somebody will see. I should continue my journey of self-discovery and use the blog as sharing space on Facebook. At least when I share something, somebody will open my blog and check out the article that I write.
The thing about my blog is that I treat it like an Instagram. I post a picture instead of sharing an article. I should start moving into an article mode rather than sharing single photos. Writing this personal note – made me think on the direction of the blog. I need more people to read my blog, so I need to write a more comprehensive article so that it becomes a real point of reference.
I guess, today’s morning rambling really made me think and decide on the direction. I will still continue to post single images but will focus most of my effort on writing articles for sharing. The one of top of my head is the one on Pulau Duyung. After my trip to Kuala Terengganu, it really made me think of the things that are lost in Malaysia and how we should continue to preserve it, online or offline.
The conversation that I had with Taib and Naquib really opened my eyes. While other people looking at holidays outside the country, I should focus on discovering the different aspects of life in the country. Yes – it may sounds cliche, but this is a more fulfilling aspect of life.
There has been an uproar of the removal of the critical allowances from 33 professions. Based on the comment from PSD deputy director-general (Development) Datuk Suhaime Mahbar, the introduction of the allowance in 1992 was because some of the roles that were offered by PSD was not attractive enough. Resulting in a lot of vacancies. Reference here.
But decades past, there are far more doctors that are coming into the service versus the number of vacancies available. What puzzles me is that, if not enough vacancies, why is there an impression that the junior doctors are overworked and underpaid. The estimation of the headcount should take into consideration the required FTE per the estimated volume. As such, there should not be a situation where the junior doctors are overworked. There is something wrong somewhere.
I am not a doctor, but I am not a fan of an underpaid or overworked situation. Plus, because the transition is so abrupt, there will be a case where two individuals, doing the same type of work are paid differently. And for an amount of RM750 over a basic salary of RM2,947 – that is quite significant.
I do think that something needs to be done here. There are a couple of options out there, few on top of my mind this morning are:
Reintroduce back the Critical Service Allowance
Make sure enough FTE so that there are no cases of overworked
I don’t have any comments on the salary of a junior doctor because I am not in the industry. But I do think, a basic salary of circa RM4000 is not enough for a fresh graduate in this day and age. When I first started work back in 1999, my basic salary was about RM2400 and then add up the overtime, I was paid about RM3500. Of course, it is definitely the case of overworked because I do generally spend 10-12 hours at work. About a year later, the firm did an adjustment of the salary scheme and removed the overtime allowance and introduced a higher basic salary. My salary was adjusted to RM3500. Mind you, this was back in the year 2000. And of course, with quick progression, my salary was already up to RM6000 in the next 2 years. For comparison sake, by the time I was already earning RM6000, my friends who were studying medicine would have just graduated and started their journey as a houseman earning a meagre salary.
So. is it fair for a doctor who spent more than 5 years studying (versus an engineer like me who only spent 3 years), and worked as much if not longer than me – to earn such a small salary? Their services are far more important than me who is doing for profit. They are doing the nation a service by providing healthcare to the common citizens. Yes, eventually, as they progress, they will be able to gain their specialization and earn much more money than I do. But – to be fair, they are an important aspect to society and we should give them the right and fair benefit.
Whether the decisions that you make is the right or the wrong one. It’s never easy to be honest but sometimes we just need to you just to take a leap of faith.
I usually leap first before thorough thinking. Not the best thing to do but at least I am decisive. Being decisive to me is very important. Quick thinking is good. But I guess it does apply to a lot of things. It has created quite a bit of problem to me in the past but I learn to live with it because it is important for me to take ownership of my decisions.
There are several things that I practice though:
We do what we need to do to make it happen
No harm trying. What worst can happen.
In fact for the second principle – a wise business guru told me before in a short coffee session… in Malay
Mencuba Itu Hak … Mendapat Itu Rezeki
Which means in English – to try is your right, and to get it is your profit. Which is true. Especially when I was doing sales. We should just try. Worst comes to worst – you won’t get the deal. But of course we need to consider the fact that doing it may incur irrecoverable cost. Writing proposals are not cheap.
So anyway – in the past couple of years – I have not been very discipline. Seriously – been doing things without thinking of the implications. And these are not matters surrounding my job but mostly personal decisions. Example – deciding what to eat. Haha.
So I guess – I need to start a program. Earlier last year I embarked on a 365 days project, which was going very well until I fell off the bandwagon. Perhaps it’s good time to start again. Now that I have more control of my time; it’s only wise to do start this again.
It’s not going to be easy but I must do it. The question remains whether I want am o be public about it. Haha. I remember posting the day summary. Everyday. Perhaps time to restart again. It was very effective I must say. So I guess – today is day zero. Tomorrow is day 1!
I was in a rush just now and was buying a new iPad. I should have looked properly. I do remember that I asked for a cellular model, but ended up getting the WiFi model. Sigh. This is super annoying, but its ok la. Using a 4G model is good, but when I roam its not that I can use it and I need to tether from my phone anyway!
I am trying to make myself comfortable with this, which I am sure I can. Tethering is easy. In fact – a lot of my friends are using tethering now instead of using 4G. It’s convenient but its not the best option. Battery could be an issue ? No? Ha ha. It’s ok.
So now – rather than going back to change, its totally my fault for not checking the stock. Really – my fault. Was rushing. Should have looked properly. I guess I just need to get use to it. At least for the next couple of years…. 🙂
I know what I want to do with the iPad – so lets just use for what I want to use it for. He he. Which is reading…. and more reading. And more blogging perhaps.
There are few scenarios that can be interpret here:
Ex Prime Minister has found a much stronger legal team to defend the alleged incoming charges against him.
The legal team from the US (allegedly he hired some strong team) cannot work with the current legal team, and hence they are changing that.
The legal team thinks that its going to be a losing case hence they abandon ship.
The legal team subjected to intimidation from hidden hand causing them to abandon ship.
Well to be honest, there is no case now to start with. There have been so much rumor and media article portraying the ex-PM as a criminal. We need to go by the principle that people are innocent until proven guilty. This is exactly what a good attorney should keep in mind and fight for client’s rights. Check out the Mike G Law website to learn more about local criminal defense attorney. In fact, he had only been called for questioning and no charges have been made against him. Until that happen let’s see. Media is doing trial without a jury now!
I am apolitical – as such I hope the people who are guilty are brought to justice. The alleged corruption that is put against the ex-PM is worst than what people thought. It is not just about 1MDB but about a lot more. If that’s all true – it is a blatant use of power for own personal gain. And again – truth is a perception of what the lawyers made to the court. Perception can be deceived thru smart use of words and evidence. In fact – technicality can also be employed that is the worst. Well – I am not a law expert, such is by watching too much of television.
This week we also finally get the new Attorney General(AG). Apparently he is one of the best lawyers out there. I am keen to see how that will change the landscape. In fact – having a strong AG is important. I remember watching some stupid videos in which our AG team can’t even speak decent English.
Just watch the video above. It so hideous. I think me as a lawyer can probably defend or question in a much better way. But anyway – it does not matter anymore. No point looking at the past and pointing fingers, the most important for us is to look forward and hope the best for Malaysia. There are so many new things coming, and with a culmination of all the good things, hopefully the perception of Malaysia will change and our growth will be turbocharged! Foreign investors look at the stability of a country. And it is important for us to create fundamental framework based on the rule of law that will enable business to flourish.
Anyway – the development is still coming. We know what we know.
This is probably the first time that I am writing about my feeling on Malaysia. I have about 8 mins before I need to prepare for work. Its time to work!
In the last General Election – we have seen that the opposition(then) has won the election. It is a surprise to a lot of people. To be honest. A lot of people has a lot of hope for the Pakatan Harapan to win, but never thought that they would. I would say who I support as voting is secret. When the news that they have won came out, it took many hours before the official declaration was made. I remember staying up so late for this. I guess – deep inside myself – I am hoping for a better Malaysia.
Couple of weeks has passed, so many press conferences, so many news, so many appointments, and have we seen any changes. Well there were some. The one that really impacted the Rakyat was GST. GST was set to zero rate and practically giving all of Malaysians a tax holiday. 3 months from now, SST will be reintroduced again. It definitely spurred a lot of spending. Can see from the shopping malls all – a lot of people are out shopping. Perhaps to buy stuffs for Raya that is next week.
I feel that the country has a lot of potential. Perhaps in the previous ruling party, people were allegedly greedy and siphoned off a considerable amount of money. Despite strong economic fundamentals, there were a lot of alleged misuse of public funds for personal gains. All they way from the top. This is of course are just allegation and not yet proven.
Days after the election, the previous Prime Minister was barred from leaving the country, police was called in to do searches in his houses and offices. Stash of cash and luxury items were seized. Amazingly – this is something that very interesting indeed. Basic common sense will say that this is definitely comes from bribes and commissions from major projects (we are talking about few hundred millions here).
Well – as a Prime Minister, you probably make about approximately MYR100k per month, no way you would be able to save even 10M. Is it greed? I don’t know. These are unproved allegations that we will need to wait for the police to continue to investigate and determined whether its true or not. The previous prime minister has lawyered up, getting some of the best lawyers in the world (coming from US!). I guess based on the rule of law, he needs to be given the right to defend himself.
We need to remember that its never a one person act. Being in power for more than 60 years, it is an ecosystem that has been broken. Some of my acquaintance that has strong ties to then government of the day are living in luxury. I am not talking about businessmen but politically aligned individuals. Well – that is a career for them and let it be. I just hope that what ever the outcome is, the more important part is for the greater good of the rakyat is taken care off.
As what I’ve been telling people, witch hunt is not something that we want to see. People should stop politicking and start governing. I know it is difficult for the current government to do that because they have been trying very hard to get to Putrajaya, and finally the hard earned effort materialized. And now is the harder part of the work which is to make it work.
I have strong believe that this will work. 100 days may be to short to determined how successful is the current government. Some quick wins are possible (like GST) – but there are more work that needs to be done to make it work. Remember, happy people does not equate to a successful country. We do have a very strong economic fundamentals – and with the new government, I strongly believe it’ll give a much needed boost to bring us to the next level.
I think I wrote enough for now. Its time to go to work. Perhaps another day I can continue whining 🙂
I really wonder what is instilled for me in the future
Am I really happy with the present
Did I do well in the past
In the past couple of weeks, I have been getting reflections of my past memories. Memories of the moments when things were so much simpler. The days when I first started work. And it made me think, of what will it be if I were in the same position at the same time today.
It is always hard to think about this. Different times, different season, different variables. Did I make the right decisions then, could I have chosen a different path and shape a different me. Will I be happier.
Honestly – there is no right or wrong answer. I have made very wise decisions before, and of course have made very bad ones too. Some I still regret till today. But life is never fair, and we need to continue to move on. What’s important is what are you going to today, tomorrow and the next days after. What happened before will just be memories and history. We should not be sad or happy with what had been done, but we need to think forward. We can always be a better person in the next minute, but never the previous minute.
So much of pondering today. Wonder why I am like this. Perhaps – I have been alone, not much of meeting people or socializing. Perhaps that’s the case why my mind is going guns blazing.
Waking up early is difficult. Especially when you are used to sleeping late. Having a good 8 hours sleep is almost impossible if you are working in environment which requires you to work extra hours. I always strive to wake up at 4.30am every morning because it’s the best time for the recollect my mind and do what I need to do.
Waking up at 4.30am means that I would need to sleep at 8.30pm. Not easy when you get back home at 8 every day! Tough I must say but we need to do what we need to do. Distraction and temptations are all out there. Youtube, Netflix and Facebook. The root of all evil I must say. It really eats up my time.
I watched one of youtube video last night and it says that I need to remove temptation from my life in order to create self discipline. Not so easy as I would need to use things like youtube for my work. More like for my self-learning. There are tonnes of good videos out there like from ted.com and such. I guess – I need to find another way.
Anyway – what do I do when I wake up so early. Well – the first thing I do is to go workout. I always find excuse to not workout when I wake up late. More like I wanted to be in office or start work by 8.30am the latest. The earlier I start the better as I am able to get more things done, especially in the early part of the working day. When the day pass 10am – there will be so much of conference calls and meetings that I need to attend. It really makes my life difficult if I start work later. I will end up having so much work postponed later. Not so fun to be honest. I always strive to finish work by 7pm because I wanted to eat dinner early. Eating dinner late is bad.
So what is my strategy for today? I don’t know to be honest. Let’s see… I did manage to wake up about 4.30 and was in gym by 5.15am 🙂