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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Making Sense Out of No Sense

Of all the things that are coming out in the local papers on the recent fuel price hike, only this article made sense:

KUCHING: Unions in Malaysia have no choice but demand for a salary increase of at least 50 per cent, said the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak Division yesterday.

Lo, who is also the CEO of Sarawak Bank Employees Union, said contrary to government claims, petrol was actually cheaper in Singapore, Japan or even the US after taking into account one of the fundamental principles when comparing prices across different countries - purchasing power parity.

He said simply put, Singaporeans still pay much less for their petrol because Singaporean workers earn Singapore dollars and not Malaysian ringgit.

He said even in absolute terms, for example, a typical clerical employee in Singapore earns S$1,200 per month compared to RM900 in Malaysia and RM600 in Sarawak plus Singaporeans only pay about S$2 per litre.

“Per capital income of Singapore is RM100,000. Malaysia is only RM20,000. Singapore does not produce a drop of its own crude oil,” he added.

He said MTUC called on the government to give a full transparent and detailed disclosure of the fuel subsidy as well as the profits of Petronas, independent power producers and other oil companies, oil palm and timber companies every year.

He claimed that the government had ‘forced’ the public to own cars by mismanaging the public transport sector, inflicted a high price on cars, burdened motorists with extensive toll roads, suppressed wages and now wanted to be paid market price on petrol.

Read the whole article here.

Friday, June 6, 2008

I'm As Mad As Hell Again!

This was big news around the world. But for us Malaysians, it didn't mean anything today.

Today is one of the darkest days in the history of Malaysia. After winning the elections, BN has finally raised petrol prices by a whopping 40% increase.

If you've been driving a Vios or any car of that capacity, you'd know it takes about RM70 or so to fill up the tank. Now it takes another extra RM25 to last you for one week. And that totals up to about RM100 extra to spend on petrol for every month.

I wanted to say that 'I'm as mad as hell & I'm not going to take it anymore!' but I've said that before, although in a different context. But even if I said it, I'd still have to bend backwards & take it cos BN is not going to do a dang thing about it, & they're just not listening, cos the elections is over.

If you're as mad as hell like me, then read this.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Dragon Ball Z Movie: UPDATES

The Dragon Ball Z movie is slated for release in 2009 but there's no official website yet, as far as I know. If you guys know something that I don't, please drop me a comment.

In the meantime, enjoy the pics below:

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

CATpeople: School Security

Many many years ago, I did a short on & off series of cartoons for the now defunct Sarawak Tribune. It was sort of like a parody mirroring local happenings at that time, very much inspired by Lat.

It wasn't easy cos I had to crack my brain at balancing the right kind of humour (which I think I had some) with a little bit of intelligence (which I had very little of).

This is one of the published cartoons which I'd like to share with you. It came out as the CAT people series in 1995. The big issue at that time was the lack of security in schools. So security was beefed up with guards & fences with warning signs & limited entry for parents.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Armpit Action

I ran out of dry stick about 2 weeks ago. So I have to confess here that I've been running around without any application under my arm pit for a while now.

I don't know about you, but it has always been one of my deepest fear to look like this.

What's worst than having a wet armpit stain is looking like David Hasselhoff, with the stain.

However, you can't blame David Hasselhoff. Some people just have more sweaty glands, & these things are beyond their control. And these sweat glands have a mind of their own. They can sometimes choose to come out in the most inappropriate places.

Well, I've been holding the fort partly because I've been too busy to go out & buy a new stick, and partly because I knew there would be another Parkson Grand Sale sometime about now.

Correct me if I'm wrong, did you also notice that the Grand Sale is on every end of the month, when your payslip comes out? Maybe Parkson should rename it as the Great-Monthly-When-Your-Payslips-Come-Out-Sale.

So I went and got this at Parkson Riverside since THe Spring would be a place to avoid at this time of the month.

I think armpits are getting more priority nowadays in the beauty/physical appearance scheme of things. I know women spend a lot of money on cosmetics, maybe even averaging up to RM500-1000 per purchase for an assorted varieties of products for their skin, face & lips.
Well, I feel that my armpits have really got it going for them.

Cos I'm investing RM76.00 into those territories alone.

Imagine all the chemicals, ingredients & nutrients that we're feeding them.

I think my armpits are dang lucky buggers. I mean I'm feeding them imported stuff man - all the way from UK. From the looks of it, you'd think I'm keeping expensive pets under my arms.

Treat your armpits well ok.