Remember, remember, the sixteenth of September

What a mess Malaysia is in right now. Not as bad as some other countries but a mess nonetheless. Both within the ruling Barisan National (BN) coalition and the so-called “government in waiting” Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition. Especially so, I think, for PR, now that the much awaited but utterly disappointing September 16 deadline has passed. Anwar Ibrahim’s backpedaling and tantrums after the anti-climactic day has grown rather tiring.

To be honest, I was hoping for the big change, peaceful one, I must add, to happen. So much so that I wrote a Malay poem to that effect when I got really disappointed after reading about three people had been rounded up under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA). As much that I find Raja Petra is rather a nuisance but come on. Teresa Kok for the alleged azan petition and a daily reporter that showed the true color of a bigot within UMNO? I have grown tired of Malaysia being divided along racial lines under the so-called “social contract” of yesteryears. I don’t think it can work forever. It will only breed silent bigotry and distrust from within these racial components.

I think it is fair to say that a lot of people has grown wearied and, even more importantly, worried. I don’t think massive racial upheaval will happen. Observing the latest development in the country, I cannot imagine racial unrest will originate from within PR fold. What worries me is the ultra-Malays from within UMNO who rally behind the like of Ahmad Ismail. Hopefully, the latest terrorism attack at Teresa Kok family home is an isolated incident and is not a start of something bigger.

Eid Mubarak and have a peaceful and wonderful gathering with friends and family.


If I become Prime Minister, first 20 liters of petrol will be free

Part of being parents during school break, my wife and I took a week long holiday so that we could take the kids to places. Today, we were so busy taking our kids to KLCC that we missed the petrol price hike announcement. After dropping the kids home, we went straight to Sunway Pyramid to run some errands for our new house. On the way there, there was some heavy traffic for a short while and we saw people queuing at a petrol station. There had to be a major announcement on petrol price hike, we thought to ourselves. But the worse had yet to come. As we return from Sunway Pyramid at around 9pm, we were caught in a massive traffic snarl. A trip that should have taken 15 minutes turned into an hour. We don’t know for sure because we took the exit towards Bandar Kinrara but we think that it could be caused by people queuing to buy petrol at petrol stations along the highway in Puchong.

Petrol price has gone up to RM2.70 from RM1.92. But diesel price has received a massive hike. It is now RM2.58 from RM1.58, a mere 12 cent less than the new price of petrol. You see, we bought a massive diesel people mover for our family last year (Ssang Yong Stavic, to be exact) thinking that diesel would save us some Ringgit Malaysia in the long run. Unfortunate, I guess our long run has just been cut short. With the given engine size, and the fact that the car will not qualify as a truck or a jeep (What is a jeep anyway? I thought it was a brand name like Colgate), it will not receive any of the cash rebates except for the puny RM200 discount on annual road tax. A full tank will cost that much from now on.

This morning, just after we had our roti canai at the Mamak stall, my wife and I laughed when saw the headline on an alternative tabloid that proclaimed that Anwar Ibrahim would reduce the price of petrol if (when?) he becomes the Prime Minister. We are not laughing now.