Sunday, February 28, 2016

Huat Ah! Heng Ah!

Giant flags were one of the highlights of the Chingay procession along Jalan Wong Ah Fook last night.

My throat feels a little sore right now.  Was shouting "heng ah!" "huat ah!" along with the crowd of 200,000-odd people at the Chingay procession in Johor Bahru last night.

I don't normally do that, but felt so blessed last night.  I left the office with my colleague and best friend, Mary, at nearly 7pm.  Some were saying we'd only reach the city centre at midnight.

Initially was quite worried too because of the massive turnout and traffic congestion.  People parked their cars everywhere and 15 roads were closed.

But covering the event was a breeze, everything was smooth-sailing.


We reached the grandstand at 8.10pm, which was about the same time that Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin arrived.

And Mary managed to find a vacant spot at the carpark of  Komtar JBCC.   Heng ah!

The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar arrived at 8.25pm amid cheers and roars of "Daulat Tuanku".

The New Straits Times' story is at http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/02/130144/pomp-and-gaiety-air-2016-chingay-procession-transforms-johor-baru

 


Gurdwara Sahib JB president Manjeet Singh, who was among the crowd, said Johor was blessed to have leaders who bring the rakyat closer together.

And on our way to Mary's car, we bumped into an acquaintance named Keng Huat.  Huat ah!

By the way, "huat" means Prosperity and "heng" means Lucky.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Toss To Good Health and Sensibility

Since Annie wrote about Singapore in Be More Like Singaporeans,

I also want to say something about Singapore.  I've been wanting to write about this for some time but never got to it.  I hope it's not sensitive.

My friend's sister works in Singapore but lives in JB.  She says her sis keeps most of her earnings in a Singapore bank after changing it to Malaysian currency, which is sufficient for necessities in JB.  The rest is kept in Singapore. Well, nothing wrong with that.  It's her hard-earned money.

Even when I told her that the interest rate offered by the banks there is not that high, she says it's ok.  At least it is safe, she said.

I'm baffled.  Malaysia's GDP growth moderated from 4.9% in the 2nd quarter of 2015 to 4.7% in the 3rd quarter.

According to the Statistics Singapore, the republic's economy expanded 1.8 percent year-on-year in the last three months of 2015.

But one can still invest in the Singapore share market using Malaysian Ringgit if you buy a local mutual fund that invest in the Singpore market.  It's an attractive idea but I don't think she's going for it.

Anyway, our Malaysia share market, although it fluctuates more than the Singapore share market, the GDP growth is still positive.  So, there is really nothing to worry about.

And while talking to some Singaporean doctors who work together with the doctors in JB, there are still locals going over to the republic for medical treatment in spite of the ringgit situation. When it comes to health, one would do anything to get well, that's what someone told me.



Money is important, but what's the use if you don't have good health? A healthcare personnel told me this at a recent gathering among doctors and those in the healthcare industry from Singapore and JB who work together.  

As health is so important to all of us, I think I'm going to blog more about medical health, if I come across any good stories to share.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Johor's Stand

Updated


Chap Goh Meh with Sultan of Johor

CELEBRATE FESTIVALS AS ONE BIG FAMILY

Century-old practice keeps races united, says the wise ruler of Johor

The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said 团结就是力量 "tuan jie jiu shi li liang" (unity is strength). 

"Celebrating each other's festivals has been a practice for the past 100 years, since the time of my great grandfather, Sultan Sir Ibrahim Al-Masyhur Al-Marhum Sultan Sir Abu Bakar.  This is the practice that must be preserved.

Sultan Ibrahim said the unity achieved through the concept of Bangsa Johor bound each race and every member of the community.

"Only when we think ourselves as Bangsa Johor can the state progress."

The Sultan said this at a dinner held in conjunction with Chap Goh Meh, the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, at Stadium Mini Pontian on Monday which was attended by more than 3,000 people.

State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong presented a 24-carat gold statue of a monkey holding an apple, which symbolises peace in the Year of the Monkey, to Sultan Ibrahim.

Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and State Secretary Datuk Ismail Karim.




On a separate matter, that is Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat at the Klinik Tampoi Cure and Care 1Malaysia yesterday, where he said the call to decriminalise ganja or marijuana may have been met with positivity on social media, but rehabilitation centre operators, who have first-hand experience with drug addicts, are against the idea.
  
Tengku Putra, who is the Kempas assemblyman and also the centre's visitors committee chairman said any statement that supported a move to regulate the use of ganja were populist in nature.

"Rehab efforts conducted over decades will go down the drain.

 "I invite those who had made the statements to stay at the Cure and Care 1Malaysia clinic for a week or two, and listen to families who have experience on the matter," said Tengku Putra.

The online story "Legalising Ganja A Detrimental Move" is available here.

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*** KUALA LUMPUR: Police have shot down a proposal to decriminalise ganja use in the country. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters today that many young Malaysians found abusing stronger drugs had started with using ganja, which serves as a “gateway drug.”

However, when asked about the possibility of ganja usage for medicinal purposes, Khalid said should the drug be found to have medicinal properties, it must be strictly controlled. He also used morphine as an example of a dangerous drug that is used as medicine, but can only be dispensed with a doctor's prescription.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/02/129268/legalise-ganja-malaysia-no-way-says-igp







Thursday, February 18, 2016

A BKim Moment

Warning! This is a cocky post!

I was having lunch with a good friend the other day and had a hearty laugh when she told me this.

My friend had covered an event and she asked the organiser a question. The organiser's reply was: "Tanya soalan yang macam Bee Kim?" (asking a question like Bee Kim).

Wow! I didn't know I have made such an indelible impression on someone! Even when I'm not there, I am on the person's mind. What can I say? Thank you.

Has any of my questions stirred anger, hatred, sadness, disappointment, shame or disgust? If yes, do let me know. 

If it had made anyone giggle for a moment, that's really not a bad thing. 

People who take a swipe at you either envies you or are miserable souls themselves. So, just laugh it off and don't let their remarks get to you.



I also have a nasty pimple on my nose which I think is going to stay until Chap Goh Meh (the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration). Are you going to laugh at me, or laugh with me?

It's going to take more than a pesky pimple to ruin my day!  

That's a selfie with my dog. It's a dog, not a dolphin. Stressing out any living being for a selfie is a terrible deed. Killing one for a selfie is unspeakable evil. Knowledge is light, and ignorance is darkness. 


Friday, February 12, 2016

Ensure foreign workers have minimum academic qualification, Khaled tells Johor businesses



PASIR GUDANG: Industry players in Johor must ensure that foreign workers have minimum academic qualifications before they can be employed as general workers.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the grouses of the local community is primarily the influx of foreign workers and the conflict that could arise if preventive measures were not taken. Khaled said management and administrative staff must be locals, while foreigners can only be employed as general workers but they need to have the minimum academic qualifications equivalent to the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Ensure foreign workers have minimum academic qualification, Khaled tells Johor businesses

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/02/127275/ensure-foreign-workers-have-minimum-academic-qualification-khaled-tells-johor
 "We don't want a similar problem to arise like in Singapore," Khaled said in reference to the sharp rise in the foreign population in the republic, which in 2014 led to racial tensions in its Little India district.

 "Those who are renewing the work permit of an existing foreign worker must ensure that the worker has the necessary academic level of education," he said. Khaled also urged industry players to also provide workers' quarters for the foreigners as he did not want the workers to rent a house, and have more than 20 people living under one roof.

Khaled said that in his meetings with the grassroots, he has found foreign workers and flash flood woes to be among the primary concerns of the local community.

He was speaking to reporters after launching a fun ride, organised by the Persatuan Peminat Berbasikal Pasir Gudang Johor Darul Takzim (Pasir Gudang Johor Darul Takzim Bicycle Enthusiasts and Charity Association) in Kg Sungai Rinting here today which saw the participation of 300 cyclists from various cycling associations.

Khaled also presented RM20,000 toward the charity fund of the association, as the state government has set aside RM2 million for applications from associations for their funds for welfare and community building programmes this year.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Stunning, and a bit of Financial Planning

pic sourced from Facebook


The fireworks is going boom, boom, boom all around us as the Fire Monkey swaggers in.
Stay cool.  
I haven't checked it out yet but I'll be checking it later when I have the time.  Need to get ready for a Chinese New Year gathering.
Just want to share this before I go.  This is simply stunning. It's poetry in motion.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kung Hei Fat Choi: Let's Get Fat


The reunion meal is served. Yummy!!!


"Jiuhu Char" and lettuce.  The stir-fried shredded cuttlefish dish is a Penang Nonya dish prepared during Chinese New Year by the Chinese community from the northern states.

Abundant blessings. Two types of soup plus Chicken, Fish, Sotong, Veggies cooked with love in our hearts.





The Arrival Of Spring



春 chūn or Spring is here again and the Chinese community is set to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey, which is said to symbolise fire sitting on top of metal.

For those who have yet to start a regular savings plan, it's time to start one.  Money is not everything but everything needs money.

A close friend's mother is currently in hospital.  She has insurance, but she now realises that just having an insurance plan is not enough.  The plan did not cover other things, and she wanted the best for her mother, so she still needs to dig into her savings for that.

Even if the investment didn't yield high returns, at least you will still have some savings when something unexpected happens.  Something is better than having no savings at all.


pic by Lek Kah Meng
It's the Year of the Monkey, stop abusing monkeys.  Be kind to all animals.  Hoping to see the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 soon.

Need to go prepare for tonight's reunion gathering.

Wishing all those who are celebrating, a very Happy Lunar New Year.



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