Sunday, September 16, 2007

between a rock and a hard place

It's actually difficult writing something online. Write something nice about the guys up there and you get called a government crony. Take a swipe at them and you get your ass hauled into the lockups.

But as things go, what is left for a guy like me to do? They say that the elections are coming. They say that you have to do your duty as a citizen of a democratic country. Exercise your right, they say. Go with the guys who have brought us so far in the last 50 years or so. Or vote to get rid of the oppressors, they say.

So, it's either an incompetant incumbant or a moronic opposition? Ho-hum, I'm screwed there aren't I? Haven't I mentioned before why democracy is one of the dumbest but most popular concepts around? It gives the people the feeling that they are in control. Collective power, or so it seems.

Thankfully, with Vincent around to guide you lost souls out there, hopefully things can improve.
You see, things are sometimes not as they seem. To put it simply, if brain power was a taxable item, loads of people would get rebates. When there is a problem, you need to get to the root of it. Barking up the wrong tree does nothing, except make you like a stupid bitch.

For example, if you ask most Malaysians out there what the biggest scrouge of society is today, they will scream in unison : MAT REMPITS! And I have the inclination to slap people everytime they say that.

Allow me to sidetrack. I was in the car with my friend Diana the other day and this AhBeng in his modified Wira (complete with spoilers and an oversized exhaust pipe) cut in front of me, forcing me to jam by brakes.

"Have you noticed, of all the scum on the road the Chinese AhBengs are the ones with the supped-up wannabe sports cars? Always."
"And the Malays, always with their kapchais - hence the Mat Rempit title"
"And the Indians?"
"Are you kidding me? Indians where got money for cars or bikes?!?"
This is where she assaulted me, but being a guy, we are used to shit like that - teeth seething and all. (I was once assaulted by a rather large woman for a reason I cannot possibly understand, but that is a story for another day). But, as she acknowledged, it was sad but true. Still, the point at hand here is not about Mat Rempits on a rampage in our streets.

The average idiot in the public rants that we need to get rid of this Mat Rempit menace. Get them off the streets, they scream. Confiscate their bikes! Take away their license! Bodoh. As if the bikes were the issue in the first place. Bikes don't race on their own you know. Bikes don't throw rocks at cars you know. You can get rid of all the bikes you like, but at the end of the day, it's the idiots riding them that are the problem. This is a social problem - not a practical one. These are the les miserables of society. It's a matter of social evolution - you solve the education problem, the economic problem - only then will social problems like this dissapear.

And talking about barking up the wrong tree...

Why is every idiot out there complaining about so-called taxpayers money being wasted? I have this friend who couldn't stop bitching about the government wasting his money with ridiculous projects and stuff (which is fair in a way, I suppose) and then one day I found out this bastard had never ever filled up a tax return form in his life even though he earns more money than myself.

It was disclosed the other day that some moron working for the Youth and Sports Ministry who clearly isn't overburdened by intelligence bought a set of 4 screwdrivers for RM250-ish when the market price was around RM50-ish. Whoah...you should have seen what the bloggers had to say about it! The barrage of comments from half-riped students, housewives and the general population of imbeciles was nothing short of astounding (funny that these are the people who complain about taxpayers money when in fact they aren't the ones contributing to the tax money).

Quite frankly, the first question I asked when I read the article - were they diamond tipped screwdrivers? But okay, I accept that they weren't and okay, there probably was some hanky-panky going on. But anybody, who works for a large multinational corporation will tell you that it is impossible for you to buy something at the market price. Suppliers know you have a deep pocket and will invariably squeeze every last penny they can from you. That is inevitable.

Funnily enough, the procurement system put in place to counter corruption actually causes problems like this. What do you do when you open bid for a set of screwdrivers and find that out of all the bidders, the lowest bid put forward is indeed RM200? Especially in the engineering line, a lot of the time, specialist contractors are in cahoots with each other. A lot of the time, consultants from rival firms agree to mark up the price a certain percentage so that everybody gets the spoils and shares the big fat cake, and in the end large companies suffer - in this case the government suffers.

This happens everywhere, but just because it involves the so-called 'public funds' people get outraged. Again, you are barking up the wrong tree. Question instead the ethics of our people - as businessmen and as citizens. Corruption? Yes, probably, but what about all the other factors that caused this ridiculously inflated price of goods?

Elections coming, eh? So where are we now? Oh yeah......

On one end, an incompetant incumbant. On the other hand, a clueless and moronic opposition.

Rock. Me. Hard Place.

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People who whine about "the rakyat's money being wasted" are really saying:

I want money too, how come gomen never give me money? How come gomen never sponsor my blog? How come gomen want me to pay tax?

Heh. The average Malaysian doesn't look past their own nose.


bitching on the screwdriver issue is really rampant. But why do these non-taxpayers (like me) still bitch about it? Coz we know what will happen if no action is taken. The day I start paying taxes, it'll be the same thing all over again. The anger of having lost your money to some crap is no match to the fear that you WILL BE LOSING your money for some crap SOMEDAY.

well, there's always an "abstain" vote....

but for my district, the government candidate isn't much of an incompetent incumbent, so I feel fine voting for him, considering it's either between him and PAS...


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