Half-past-six Country with No Guts

Oh, dear! I just love Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He can't stop being in the spotlight. Even after he has stepped down as the Prime Minister. He uttered those words (see doubletongued.org for help) in reference to the current Malaysia Administration's backing down from continuing with the second "scenic" bridge connecting Malaysia and Singapore. The bridge was one of the mega-projects Tun Dr Mahathir started. I am not too sure about the value in continuing with this project when it is pretty clear that Singapore does not want it. It is akin to the impossible requests made by Puteri Gunung Ledang (Singapore), which included a golden bridge, mind you, when Sultan Melaka (Malaysia) asked her to marry him in Hikayat Hang Tuah.

Whatever. But one mega-project of Tun that I really love is Putrajaya and the efficient government services that come with it. I spent the whole morning from 9am to 12:30pm today at the Indonesian Embassy to retrieve my housemaid's extended passport. In contrast, it took less than half an hour to get her renewal permit pasted in her passport at the Immigration Department of Malaysia in Putrajaya. Kudos Putrajaya!

If you need to extend the passport of Indonesian housemaid, it is better to get her alone to both request for the extension and then collect the passport at Indonesian Embassy. You could come back later to pick her up or give her some money to take a taxi back home. That will save you from an extremely excruciating experience.

As for Tun and the current Administration, it will be fun to watch them. It feels almost like a sport.


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