My thoughts on Malaysia

I Love Malaysia, Whinings
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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 🙂

 

Ponder

Whinings

Sometimes…

  • 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.

Such serious thoughts for a Saturday night.

Waking up early

Whinings

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 🙂