With General Elections drawing nearer by the day, there are more and more racial issues arising by the day. Yet, among all the news, the suggestion that there should be a “guideline on the code of conduct between Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia” (Garis Panduan Fiqh Interaksi Orang Islam dan Bukan Islam di Malaysia) has to be the most ridiculous of them all.
I have Muslim friends in school, college and workplace. I have not had an issue where I had a need for any so called guidelines. Malaysians in general do not need such guidelines. We respect each other’s faiths, beliefs and cultural differences. I strongly feel that all the talk about race should be eliminated from our society in order to improve on our unity and grow as a country. We are of one race, human race. What we choose to belief in are our faiths but our faiths should not decide who we are. Is race really all that important?
Some people say that eliminating race would lead to a cultural identity crisis. I would argue that if we are to have an identity, shouldn’t it be a Malaysian identity instead of any individual race? I have always introduced myself as a Malaysian rather than a Chinese and at one point long ago, my screen name in ICQ was Malaysian. We are all citizens of this country and therefore we should be subject to the same laws, benefits and burden. However, I do not mean that all special privileges should be abolished or removed. I am of the belief that there are some folks who are still finding their footing and would require some assistance in order to be an active contributor to the economy.
However, the blanket ruling that applies to the majority race in this country should be amended. Abolish the racial requirements and make it such that special privileges are rendered to those who requires it such as those in the country side where education and other technological advantages are negligible. As with the protection afforded to our national car makers, we can and should slowly reduce the special privileges to give them the opportunity to grow and become a force to be reckoned with. If the perception is that the special privileges will continue, as it is now, there will be little to no effort made to grow and better themselves as they know that there isn’t a need. Let’s face it. Humans are lazy and will not do something unless they have to.
By educating our next generation from young that we are all Malaysians instead of pointing to races, we can start building towards a time where the citizens will proudly announce themselves to the world as Malaysians and treat everyone equally. Hopefully, I will live to see such a time.
Wishing all my readers that celebrate this occasion a Happy Valentines Day. Whilst this day only occurs once a year, this does not mean that you should love your better half any less the other 364 days.
Sin Tian, I Love You.
Recently, Malaysian news sites and large parts of the public have been abuzz with the 1Care proposal. Under this proposal, some have claimed that employers and business owners will have to pay 10% of their monthly income to a special 1Care fund. This fund will then be used to pay for the health care so that EVERYONE can enjoy quality private health care. There are also reports that under this 1Care proposal, each person will be limited to a certain number of doctor visits per year and each visit is only for ONE medical condition. So, assuming that you have flu and cough, you’d need to use up TWO of your visit allocations. 10% is a lot of money to pay for healthcare. Here are my few arguments on this:
1. Most people already have medical insurance which is both more comprehensive and cheaper than what you’d end up paying per year for this.
2. Most people who work has access to panel doctors and company insurance policies which provides adequate, if not sufficient, coverage already.
3. Most people do not fall sick often enough to need to spend 10% of their salary for doctor visits.
4. It is the reality that people should not spend above their means. Our ministers need to remember this and not go splurging on our tax money and when they run out, they go after our EPF savings!
The government has not been clear on this matter at all. They have not shared enough details although some rumors say that the proposal is nearly done. The public are increasingly wanting transparency. Even though the proposal is still in its early stages, they should make their proposal be known and with whom are they consulting with. Nothing breeds distrust more than secrecy. And this is something the present government can ill afford.
If they do push through this proposal, I will not be one of those who will “wait and give it a chance”. Sorry, but you’ve used up all your chances with me. Singapore will be my destination of choice.
In an article by PCWorld today showed data released by Crittercism which points to iOS crashing more frequently compared to Android OS. Now, I’ve been hearing that iOS is more stable and bla bla bla. I’m sure most of you who uses or sought to buy a smart phone has heard this argument before. This data provided by Crittercism seems to dispute that fact though.
One argument is that they were comparing more iOS devices compared to Android OS devices to the tune of 162 million versus 52 million. Given Apple’s popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised that the 162 million comprised of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and perhaps even a few of the original iPhones. With that being said, I would also expect that in the 52 million Android OS devices, a number of them are low cost devices which, given the lesser RAM and CPU power, would be more prone to crashing.
Now, I’m not saying my Galaxy SII hasn’t crashed before, but does it crash as often as once or twice a day as commented in the article? Nope. Its pretty stable and the crashes really started happening only when I was migrating to a custom ROM. But once you resolve the causes of the crashes, my Galaxy SII is gold.
I’m pro Android but I also do give credit to iOS being what it is, a great OS. Now, if only they would allow it to be used as a portable hard drive, I may be tempted to get one. But till then, Android it is.
Haven Delights is trying to mimic the success of Tao. While early reviewers have had good comments about this place, this place has seriously underwent some backward changes. A rival to Tao it definitely isn’t in its current management.
Location. People have been known to go out of their way to find good food so, not having a great location (i.e. Gurney Plaza, Queensbay Mall, etc) isn’t a big downer. It is still situated in a shopping mall, Times Square Penang. What’s not so great about its location is that Tao is opening just around the corner from it. Can it stand a chance against what is arguably the one of the best value Japanese/Asian buffet in town? Click next to continue reading or click next and scroll to the end to see the three word summary.