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Thursday, March 12, 2009

A plea to the politician!

I wanted to blog about this but kept on procrastinating...biasalah tu. Oh well, better late than never right!

Anyway, I thought this was a good article which best represent my feeling. Nevermind the fact that some people thought he was doing it to promote his business. The fact remains, few people would have done it. Its better to be seen doing something rather than just talk cocks in kedai kopi, under the tree, barking here and there, demo here and there but zero action. Kudos to you Anas Zubedy for taking the 1st bold step.

The author also has a blog that's worth visiting.

Published in The Star on 26 Feb 2009 by Anas Zubedy:

Dear Malaysian Politicians,

Please stop the power chase, call for a truce and focus on the economy.

I do not claim to speak on behalf of all Malaysians, but I have strong convictions that many share my sentiments.

Our concern today is not who rules the country or heads the state governments but the looming bad economy.

Whether Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat leads, it is meaningless if Malaysians have no job to go to, no money to pay rent and no means to put food on the table.

I am a business owner, like other business owners and managers of corporations I have a responsibility to ensure people under my care and payroll continue to have jobs and a decent income to take home. We work hard and willing to go the extra mile to make sure our nation not only survive this crisis but come out stronger and wiser. We need your help.

Let me explain. I am in the business of Training, Development and Consultancy and have 20 people in my team.

Saedah is 42. She keeps the office clean and helps organise the training rooms. She has four children and her husband is unemployed. She was first hired on a part time basis, because she is very hard working and has a great attitude, we offered her a full time job to help provide a stable income for her family. Even then, when her third child started school this year, it was a struggle for her to buy new school uniforms and other necessities. Saedah lives on a ‘kais bulan, makan bulan’ basis, so, if she is jobless, her tap runs dry.

Samsuri is 27 years old. He lives with his sister and her family in a low cost government flat in Sunway. He does our despatch, helps with various clerical works and occasionally acts as a driver. During the first week at zubedy, we learned that he not only did not have money to buy new clothes and shoes for work, he had no money for lunch. Like Saedah, if he has no job, his tap runs dry too.

Alicia in Client Servicing turns 26 this year. She lives with her dad who is 71 years old and retired. Her mom passed away when she was little. Alicia is a hard-working team member, has a gentle caring outlook and fun to be with. (We like to poke fun at her as she blushes easily). Last May her dad went through a major operation, thank God he has recovered well. Alicia needs a job, both for herself and her dad.

Sudesh, 38, is one of our facilitators. When his father passed away last year, he moved back and lives with his mother in Seremban. He shuttles between Kuala Lumpur and Seremban daily, leaving home sometimes as early as 4 in the morning and returning late at night. He is no stranger to hard work and sacrifice, he knows what he needs to do to survive and to care for his mother, but he too needs a job.

Like fellow Malaysians, every one of us in zubedy needs employment, those that live from hand to mouth like Saedah and Samsuri and others like Alicia and Sudesh with family to care for. We Malaysians need the Malaysian economy to be strong. We need you, our leaders, to work hard and to work together to make our economy viable.

So this is my plea.

Pakatan Rakyat, please stop your attempts to take over the federal government and persuade BN’s lawmakers to join you. Stop all legal proceedings, no more 916 and let go, just let go. The nation can wait till the next general elections if they want change. By doing so, Malaysians will see your party as caring, unselfish and gracious and give you their support in the next elections.

Barisan Nasional, please stop any attempts to take over PR states and win over PR’s lawmakers. You have proven your point with Perak. The nation can wait for the next general elections if they want your party. Focus all your talent, energy and hard work in steering the country out of an economic downturn. By doing so, Malaysians will see your party as caring, unselfish and smart and give you their support in the next elections.

BN and PR! Call for a truce. Get together and compromise. Someone has to give in. Or has hate consumed your heart till it blinds you? You can do it. You have enough intelligent people between you. I am sure you can find solutions. Take the nation to heart. That is why you are in politics in the first place.

Focus on the people.

Focus on the economy.

Anas Zubedy
Managing Director
Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd

Friday, March 06, 2009

Perak Oh Perak

My mother hails from Perak and I have spent most Hari Raya's in Ipoh... so Perak will always be a part of me. Unfortunately things are not going so well there at the moment. We are being laughed at by everyone especially the international eyes. For a state that has a Sultan who was once Chief Justice of Malaya it is quite a blow for Perakians all over the world.

Are we running the state from under shaded trees now.... with full robe and all!! Is Monkey business equivalent to Monkey Politics?? C'man... even Zambians have upgraded their schools from under the Boab tree using charcoal on grey slates!! And to insult the Sultan to such an extend... how rude...

I like the change from the old stagnant big headed system we've had for the past 15 years... infact i thought some changes would be quite good but unfortunately the opposition have yet to learn to be mature politicians. For what i know The Sultan is wise and fair.

After the results of the last general election, BN had won 28 seats and 3 opposition parties won 31 seats. By majority of party.. BN should have set-up govt as the others were campaigning under different flags. But he was fair, he had asked each and every opposition winners whether they would agree to collaborate as Pakatan Rakyat, they said Yes, and as a wise and fair Sultan he agreed that PR set-up govt as they now have majority.. following rules and constitution of the State of Perak. All agreed ... no protest from BN as this would constitute to Treason...
Suddenly 3 PR monkeys decided to Jump Ship.... and the fair Sultan being very consistent had called them personally to ask whether they have inclination to support BN or PKR. They said as independents, they were leaning towards BN!! So by majority there should be a change of govt..... correct??? You see what i mean by immature .... PR does not accept this...
It is also agreed and understood that the MB answers to the Sultan then to Prime Minister.... that's why they are called Menteri Besar!!! Not a normal Menteri dalam Kabinet dapur!! All that happens in a soverign state need the blessings of the Sultan... Penang/Melaka/Sarawak/Sabah/WP is different... they do not have a Sultan!! To make stately decisions without his consent is fundamentally wrong! To hold a state assembly without his consent is wrong! How difficult is that to understand..

This is my simple understanding of the situation.... I would hope that the powers that be can explain in detail what it is supposed to be or not to be, so that everyone will understand crystal clear. Let the courts decide... worse comes to worst have another state election, choose the better of two evils... spend more of the people's money to satisfy political greed ..... whilst the world is devastated with fallen economy...

Will politicians put food on your table....NO... so screw them lot!! They should be working for us not the other way round!!!

Bali Weekend Feb 2009

Sorry for the quietness of me blog!! I've been busy with work and Myra...

We were in Bali for the last few days of Feb. Just needed a break and Air Asia came to the rescue.... RM88 per person return all in!!! What a deal!! Arrived bali 15 minutes early and reached LCCT from Denpasar.. get this.. 30 minutes early!!! Hey! these guys are better than 'Real' airlines lah!! Due to the savings from the flight... we could splurge a bit on the accomodation lah.. Since its the 3rd time we're here... we've done the tourist thingy and plan to relax and wind down.... that was the plan lah!! Next trip to Bali... no more expensive hotels!!! We only use the pool maaa .... we're gonna upgrade to Villas !!! It's the in-thing now.... follow the link http://www.pat-mase.com/

So what we found out in this trip... paintings are good and cheap.. SOGO Bali stocks much better than ours here, Nasi Padang is soo goood... but the highlight is that its our 10th year aniversary .... and we were first here for our Honeymoon 10 years ago...