The truth about privatisation – A Malaysia view by Martin Jalleh

The cult and culture of privatisation continues in Bolehland. It is being pushed, promoted and peddled by the present government, one which won the general elections on a platform of change, but with little to show except the PM’s `towering’ promises.
The country’s assets are placed in the hands of the hand-picked children, `cousins’, cronies and courtiers of the political elite. Only a year in existence, and they are out to sell the last bits of the country’s silver for a song.
The promises of privatisation are played up to the full as profitable public utilities are turned into private monopolies – and as the purported purpose and the process of privatisation ironically pave the way for less accountability and transparency.
Privatisation’s costly price is covered, converted and coated with official cocksure and naive confidence. It will, quite evidently and eventually, be paid by the people and their children. Blessed are the young, they shall inherit the country’s debts!
Contrary to what is often portrayed, the pages of history on privatisation in Bolehland speak little of benefits to the people but far more of debts by conglomerates and costly and controversial bailouts by the government.
Often the objective of reduced fiscal burden on the government has backfired, with the government having to pay higher costs with public funds to bail out failed privatisations. We see this in the results of the “mindless privatisation” of the Mahathir years.
Indeed, the records show that the previous government would enter into a privatised project with a brave face and often come out of it with an about-face – and a PM refusing to lose face in spite of the fact that the promised windfall had turned into a pitfall.
Equally outrageous is that workers’ savings, meant for old-age security, have often been used to bail out selected groups of crony capitalists. Malaysia does not have to borrow from IMF because it has the EPF (Employees Provident Fund). Towards the end of September 1997, following serious decline in the ringgit and share values and large losses suffered by several corporate figures, Mahathir announced the formation of a RM60 billion fund, sourced mainly from EPF.
Initially, the public was made to understand that only unprofitable enterprises would be privatised. But, it did not take very long before very profitable state-owned enterprises like Telekom Malaysia, Tenaga Nasional and Pos Malaysia were offered at the altar of privatisation.
Privatisation has resulted in the public having to pay more – and without a commensurate improvement in essential services provided. – whether it be for electricity supply, water, telecommunications, health services, postal services, highway travel, etc.
The former government was right when it declared that privatisation creates a win-win situation. The government wins — and surely the private companies win. Even if they lose, the government is always there to ensure that they will win – by bailing them out. The public will always lose. With such privatisation-made-easy at “no risk”, it is not surprising that many crony companies are begging to be awarded privatised ventures.
Government’s role
With the former government raving about privatisation and rushing to privatise everything possible (and the present government following suit), we are left with the inevitable question – what then is the role of the government, especially when it comes to its social agenda?
What about its crucial obligation and duty to provide to the lower-income group and the poor basic and essential services — such as electricity, water and sanitation, healthcare, and telecommunications — that would enable public participation and advancement in society.
By increasingly putting public service into the hands of private ownership the Government is abdicating its role and responsibility — for privatisation is a movement away from a caring society (central to Vision 2020) to a ‘high social risk society’, and an unjust society at that.
Further, instead of funding the maintenance of social safety nets and social development, the former government provided `safety nets’ for elite crony companies, which had failed in privatised projects.
Pertinent are the (summarised) observations of M. Nadarajah, a sociologist who works on issues of sustainable development:
The culture of privatisation has spread from the economy to the social sectors.
Economic security of businesses has become more crucial than the social security of workers.
The policies of privatisation tend to reduce the government’s role in wealth redistribution.
The government has increasingly reduced its provision of social protection and shifted its responsibility to the individual and the family.
There is a tendency towards the privatisation — rather than the socialisation — of social protection.
A culture of privatisation upsets priorities and introduces a careless, high-risk society.
Privatisation displaces real ‘need’ with market ‘demand’.
Indiscriminate privatisation and ‘marketisation’ — of health care services, for example — expose the family to high levels of social risks.
Malaysian privatisation has reached a major crossroads. Will the present Government learn from the mistakes of the past or will it embark on an irrational spree to privatise whatever possible, beginning with an imminent privatised healthcare system and a national health insurance scheme?
Lest we forget, below are some examples of instances of the wheels of the privatisation express having come off and the people having to pay the price for the privatised failures. It’s about time that the tell-me-the-truth PM faces the truth about privatisation.
IWK: Pure pong
The citizens of Bolehland can still remember what a stink the former government raised with its RM200 million bailout of Indah Water Konsortium (IWK), the financially hobbled concessionaire managing the national sewerage system. But that was not all that the country lost. According to DAP national chairman, Lim Kit Siang, the soft loans granted by the government to IWK amounted to about RM1.4 billion and they were ‘clearly irrecoverable losses’.

KPB: Sunken ship

Who can forget Mahathir’s rescue of Konsortium Perkapalan Bhd (KPB) (then owned by his son Mirzan), which was submerged in debts of about RM1.7 billion, using funds from Petroleum Nasional Bhd (Petronas)? The Petronas-controlled national shipping carrier Malaysian International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC) was used to acquire KPB’s shipping assets with cash said to be as much as RM1 billion.

Proton: Sad saga

The previous government fuelled controversy by using Petronas funds yet again to buy 27 percent of the national car maker Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd, or Proton, for about RM1 billion, thereby making it the controlling shareholder. (It has since disposed of its controlling stake). The stake was held by the DRB-Hicom Group Bhd, which was deeply in debt. The deal was announced after Proton reported a net loss of RM19 million in the nine months to 31 December 1999.
MAS: Ailing airlines
The government bought back a controlling stake in the Malaysia Airlines System Bhd. (MAS) at the same price for which it sold it in 1994. But the carrier, which had a light debt load then, was grounded by its RM9.5 billion debt and was headed for a fourth straight year of losses. Bankruptcy was imminent.
The national carrier was first sold to then chairman, Tajudin Ramli, a protégé of then Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin without an open bidding process. In the bailout, the government used the rakyat’s money to pay RM8 a share when the shares of the ailing airline were trading at only RM3.6. It was believed that the government paid close to RM1 billion more than the market value for the stake held by the airline’s former chairman – who had no experience in the airline business before he took over the company and was widely blamed for running the airlines into the ground.
Time dotcom: Damned dot
The manner in which the government rescued Time dotCom, a subsidiary of Time Engineering (then saddled with a RM5 billion debt), itself a publicly-listed company of the UMNO-linked Renong Group, added yet another ugly dot to its integrity.
In a land where anything is possible, Bolehlanders watched in disbelief when:
Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pencen (KWAP) or the Pensions Trust Fund (which came under the office of then Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin) coughed up RM904 million to buy 273.9 million unwanted Time dotCom shares, incurring an instant loss of RM280 million.
Employees Provident Fund (EPF) spent RM269.28 million on 81.6 million (unsubscribed public portion of the initial public offering (IPO)) of Time dotCom Bhd shares at RM3.30 – when the share was hovering between RM1.96 to RM2.10 and even less – eventually suffering a loss of over RM100 million belonging to the rakyat.
Danaharta (the agency tasked with removing bad loans from the banking system) and Khazanah (the Government’s investment arm) got involved in the bailout, when it was clearly not their mission to be a vehicle to bail out failed IPOs of companies. (Khazanah acquired 30 per cent of Time dotCom for some RM2.1 billion.)
LRT: ride over rails
The rakyat was again taken for a ride on the privatisation express when in another privatisation reversal the government raised RM6 billion (in what was known as Malaysia’s biggest-ever rescue via bond issue) to bail out Kuala Lumpur’s light-rail transit operators Projek Usahasama Transit Ringan Automatik Sdn Bhd (PUTRA) — which belongs to Renong Bhd (former UMNO’s investment arm), and which defaulted on its RM2 billion loan in 1999, and Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan Sdn Bhd (STAR).
The Government through the EPF again, gave STAR more than RM600 million in loans even when the company was operating at a loss – resulting in the Fund’s equity stake of RM135 million being subsequently written off and it’s share of the loss amounting to RM96 million in 1999. Both companies were allowed to continue to operate and manage the LRT systems despite their mismanagement and incompetence. Taxpayers had to foot the mega-bills.
PLUS: Cash cow
In 1988, the Malaysian government awarded the North-South Expressway (NSE) concession to United Engineers Malaysia Berhad (UEM), a company owned by UMNO trustee company Hatibudi Sdn Bhd. This award was heavily tainted with corruption allegations, as apart from conflict of interest, UEM was the least qualified among the four tenders submitted. UEM then formed PLUS to undertake the NSE concession.
Despite this being a privatised project requiring the conces-sionaire to provide his financing, the government provided a soft loan of RM 1.6 billion, which was half of the tender price of RM 3.2 billion. (The construction costs were later reported to be double this amount, for reasons best known to PLUS itself.) Other over-generous terms given to UEM included annual increments of toll rates, guaranteed traffic volumes and various indemnities, the full details of which remain secret till this day.
When the Asian financial crisis struck in 1997/8, PLUS took the role of cash cow to bankroll the UEM Group, which became largely insolvent, mired in debts that ran into tens of billions of ringgit. The endless streams of toll collections from the NSE made PLUS the rose among the thorns in the UEM Group, as far as credit standing was concerned. PLUS naturally became the chief borrower of the group, incurring huge long term debts, in order to keep the UEM conglomerates afloat during the financial crisis. This explains the unusually high gearing of PLUS despite its own highway operation being highly lucrative. It also explains the favouritism practised by the BN government towards PLUS. Looking from this perspective, the people are now being made to carry the burden of the financial follies committed by the UEM Group.
Coming on the heels of the highly unreasonable toll hike of 10 per cent recently, Works Minister Samy Vellu announced in Parliament on 24 March 2005 that the Cabinet had approved a package deal with PLUS to widen certain sections of the NSE. Under the deal, PLUS would undertake to widen two stretches of roads from four lanes to six lanes (Seremban-Ayer Keroh, Rawang-Tanjung Malim, totalling 119 km), to relocate a toll complex (at Jelapang), and to abolish the collection of Senai toll. In return the government would write off a loan (to PLUS) of RM 962 million, hand over the existing Seremban-Port Dickson Expressway valued at RM 50 million to PLUS for toll collection, and extend the NSE toll collection period by eight years to 50 years. These completely one-sided concession terms favouring the concessionaire at the expense of the public must have made the contract between the government and PLUS one of the most unbalanced contracts. (Source: Kim Quek, Malaysia Today)
PSC/Navy project: Future fiasco
Recent reports have it that Pak Lah is trying to unwind the country’s biggest privatized contract, a problem-plagued RM24.3 billion deal (signed in 1998) for navy patrol vessels awarded to PSC Industries Bhd. (PSCI), a Malaysian company controlled by Amin Shah Omar Shah. The deal, which also gave PSC control of the government’s main naval shipyard and the exclusive rights to service the Malaysian Navy’s entire fleet, was intended to be the springboard for Malaysia to create its own marine-engineering industry. The government, which already has advanced more than RM2.5 billion to PSCI, is increasingly skeptical that Amin Shah can deliver the patrol vessels. The first two ships built by PSC have failed to pass pre-delivery trials. PSC itself is in deep financial trouble.
In June this year, Amin Shah was re-elected director of PSCI at the annual shareholder meeting, during whichseveral representatives of several shareholder companies such as Boustead Holdings Bhd.were barred from the meeting. Boustead, the single biggest shareholder of PSCI with 32.7 per cent has served notice to get Amin Shah out of the PSCI board.
The recent recommendation by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Shahrir Samad that the Government should use any means possible to rescue and corporatise the PSC Naval Dockyard, the ailing subsidiary of PSCI, makes Amin Shah’s insistence that “the contract is still in tact”, very suspect.
PSCI has threatened to take legal action against Shahrir for his allegation of the possibility of criminal breach of trust among senior officials of the company, which could have taken the company’s operations to such depths of failure.
Other bailouts which bewildered the citizens of Bolehland included the following:
the perceived bailout of Renong/UEM with the EPF’s acquisition of UEM equity and UEM’s subsequent securing of a RM800 million loan from government — and well-connected banks such as Malayan Banking, Bank Bumiputra, Bank of Commerce and RHB — to implement a controversial purchase of Renong equity from the company’s executive chairman, Halim Saad.
the bailout of Renong’s National Steel Company (NSC) in the Philippines through the Hongkong-based company Hottick, which secured loans, apparently without collateral, from government-owned Malayan Banking and Bank Bumiputra, as well as RHB Bank and Bank of Commerce. Hottick’s loans totalling RM3.09 billion were eventually taken over by Danaharta.
the bailout of Ting Pek Khiing’s Ekran Berhad, which received RM950 million compensation from the government over the Bakun Dam project.
the Park May-Intrakota bus bailout, the Monorail bailout, etc.
Privatisation is no panacea
In the light of the depressing saga described above, the decision by Abdullah’s government to (further) privatise basic services runs contrary to assurances made before the last general elections and can only be seen as defying all logic, wisdom and common sense.
The string of de-privatised projects proves that continued privatisation only provides more rope for this country to hang itself economically. The country cannot afford to have more bailouts.
Privatisation in Bolehland has brought more failure than fortune, more bailouts than benefits. The only thing that the public gains is the burden of private debts. The only clear reality is that, the government continues to lack transparency and accountability as was the practice under the previous government.
All that glitters is not gold – including privatisation! Will Abdullah listen to these truths?
This Article is taken from Aliran Monthly Vol 25 (2005): Issue 6 The copyright of the Article belongs to Aliran and its author.

Upcoming raves for the month of October & December 2005

Bass Agents!!! Lisa Lashes!!
YOJI BIOMEHANIKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I CANT MAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHY 29 OCTOBER?!!!! WHY WHY WHY!?!?!?!?!
*regains composures..
Okay..ladies and gentlemen..
on 3rd December…
La Maison (teaser flyer)
Rumours had it that it will be held in outdoor in Mines. One of the DJs would be Cosmic Gate!

My Birthday 2005

Birthday wishes.
Just like the previous years, I compiled all the birthday wishes that I received on my birthday. Few years back, it was just plain SMS, IRC, email and ICQ messages. But now, it has evolved to MSN and even FRIENDSTER TESTIMONIAL!! Wtf!!
MSN & Website
yVONnest says:
oh ya, happy early birthday
yVONnest says:
to yooooooouuuuuuuuuuu
yVONnest says:
u born in the zooooooooooooooo
yVONnest says:
drink monkey susuuuuuuuuuuu
yVONnest says:
and all you do is poooooooooooooooooooooo
l i q u i d r a t z says:
sow says:
sow says:
delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol *o* f.k.a…:::.[ ]ªªHk¡ån[G].::.. says:
dontana Techno Baby für Leben! says:
happy birthday!
dontana Techno Baby für Leben! says:
Hen: Oi bro, happy birthday…seriously sleepy. Anyway wish you a brightful year ahead laaaa..hou lan chui..night buddy!
Shee Yee: Hey sexson!!Happy happy bday! Enjoy ur day!! 😉
ChoiHsia: Happy birthday! wish you all the best!
Hyong: Delivery of special Cake from Me 2 u..Happy birthday! Hy
aAahim: Haha.. Serious klfc? Alrightey.. Happy Bday !!
JaCJaC: Happy birthday!
Linn: Happy bday!
Lynnzter: Happy Birthday!
Janet: Oi happy birthday. Sheesh older again..Better not celebrate. Hehe.Kidding. Take all booze u wan man..Hav a great one.
Ivan: Happy birthday fucker! Ivan & lyn 😉
Kelynn: Happy birthday! One year older, one year wiser, hehe 😉 c u tmr, ivn + lyn
Tracy: Tanjoubi omedetou! Ii koto arimasu you ni. 😉
Darren: Hey leong happy birthday , have a good time there 🙂
Zing: eh fucker forgot to wish you happy birthday
Amos: Happy Birthday!
SharonD: Uncle! Sori cant mke it. Not feeling well today. Terpengsan in d afternoon. Gona stay home. Promise will make it up to u nx wk! Happy Birthday! 🙂
WaiKeong: Sorry boy.. Cant manage to come.. Got company event.. Btw happy birthday ya..!
Michie: Happy birthday bitch! Hehe have a gud one!
Lola: Oi! Happy birthday leongugu! Heh sorry ah abit belated! Why enver get drunk wan! Lousy!
Happy Birthday…
Message: ello BIG boy..
think u must be out celebrating ur birthday rite
now… sapsamyi here to wish u Happy Birthday
and may ur wish comes true larr…. we keep in
touch okie..
take care…
cheers ya!
Ah Mook
TuLipLuCy, Sunday, September 25, 2005:
Happy birthday!!!!
am sure you had a wonderful and enjoyable celebration.
michaeL, Sunday, September 25, 2005:
happy bday biatch 😀
cya back in m’sia 😀
oldieee now.. bwahahahahahhahaaa 😀
mie, Saturday, September 24, 2005:
* happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to XES,
happy birthday to you!!! *
` ` Joyeux Anniversaire.
` ` Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag.
` ` HaPpy BirtHdAy ! ~
^.^ mie

All to those who wishes me on the forum, thanks!

My friends organized 3 different events for my bday day.

1st was lunch @ Hideki Japanese Restaurant @ One Bangsar. Pictures can be seen @ Sui Lin’s website @

2nd was crabbing session with high school friends. It was a joint celebration with Kiang who celebrated his birthday on the 17th of September. Pictures will be posted later.

3rd was Cristo’s, one of the pubs around Hartamas. I had my birthday there last year where I ended up lying drunk on the street. This time round, only 50% of the bombing participants from last year came. The absentees were either sick, busy or not in town.

Starters – warming up..

However, this time round, my high school friends, Him and his girlfriend, Kiang, Ping, Tay, Jin Han and lasy year’s participants, Sui Lin, Sam, Sow and Cris came. It was also a joint birthday thingie with Kiang.

The Gang

Kiang & Jin Han

Sam & I

Ping loves Heiniken

Going to Cristo’s was my own suggestion actually although I had a choice to go to Hardsequance at Glow. It was a suicidal move to go to Cristo. BUT!! I had a plan!!

I had quite a number of beers and a shot of salmonella (no idea how you spell it) sambuca courtesy of Him.
Me: Who bought me this crap?? (pointing @ the shot of salmonella sambuca)
Him: Don’t know ooh…

That was one of my strategies of the night. Whoever who buys me a drink will get one in return. This would instil fear on them!

Kiang after having a shot of ‘salmonella’sambuca.
Lit it up!!

Of course, this strategy has its weaknesses. Imagine if everyone buys me a shot in return, I’ll be sleeping the hospital morgue the next day.

My plan has also been long planned. One of the plans were to make agreements with other people who asked for favours or who were having their birthdays. For example, Cris and Sow whom I promised not to bomb them on their birthdays had to promise in return, they must not bomb me.

Photographer of the night – Cris

While discussing on how to bomb me..
Sow: you know what you guys should do??
Me: SOW SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! WE HAD AN AGREEMENT. YOU MUST HONOUR IT!!! (I was quite drunk by then…)
Sow: …

However, the beers almost killed me. I hardly remember what happened 5 seconds ago!

uuhhh..what happened..

Someone bought me a shot of tequila. Mixing alcohol would no doubt kill me hence I came up with another plan. It was a 50/50 chance, all I had to do is play a game with someone, loser drinks.
Tay was my victim. I managed to coax him into playing ‘chai wui’, a sort of drinking game which involves 2 parties where one would come up with certain hands movements and the other one would have to parry them.

Tay & I

We started off with beer.

First Round: He lost. He drank a sip of beer.
Second Round: I lost. I drank sip of beer.
Then it came to the tequila.
Tay: O_O!!!!!
He lost! He had to drink my tequila. WOOHOO!!
Me: O_O!!!!!!!
2nd round came.
Tay: TUI TUI!!
Me: Wahhhh…luckily… SAP!! SAP MM!!
(then proceeds to point to the tequila)
Me: YAM AHh!!! (DRINK AH!!)
Everyone: O_O!!!!
He lost!!! Wooohooo!!!

I left the Cristo’s drunk but still standing. Thank you all for coming. Thank you for not buying me a flaming Lamborghini or a Graveyard or even Around the World. I couldn’t have coaxed anyone to drink that for me!

The REAL world

Today when i went to buy mixed rice for dinner,
me: Aunty, i don’t want so much rice. Fat already…
Aunty: Aiya, fat good wah.
me: no lar, later not eng tao, boh lan ai (Not handsome, no one want me)…
Aunty: Nevermind, you got car. A lot of girls will like you even if you are very fat.
me: but…
Aunty: Aiya, this world is very realistic one. Got car, got money, people will look up to you.
The Aunty was definately right…
In another incident, i met up with my highschool mate, R.
R: Eh Frank, i met up with JS the other day.
me: ooooh…
R: I told him that you are making RM8,000 per month
me: WTF? Why you lie to him.
R: If i don’t, he will look down on you.
me: But that is like 10x of my actual chambering allowance wei!!!
R: You want him to look down on you like last time ar?
me: ……
Honestly, i don’t give a damn what people think of me. That car is not my mine and i am a poor chambering student. But i do appreciate R’s effort to shut JS’s mouth up by telling a white lie. Thank you, R.

Falun Gong in Malaysia

Few days ago, I had to meet up with my colleague @ Jalan Raja Session Court. While on my way there, I saw a group of ladies promoting the controversial Falun Gong cult. They set up a banner depicting images of bruised bodies and torture. Next to it was a lady doing some Tai Chi moves. The police didn’t remove them although a police car was parked next to them.

I was immediately given a brochure and a VCD. I took it without hesitation and left the place immediately. I have seen these Falun Gong members when I was in Seoul and Amsterdam. In Seoul, I saw police officers removing them.

wow! it comes with a CD!
After watching the case with my colleague, I passed the Falun Gong gang again. This time round a Chinese lady approached me..

Continue reading Falun Gong in Malaysia

Where to get marijuana Part II

Website reader and friend, Mr. Feng Tau sent me an interesting email about my post on ‘Where to get marijuana‘.
He added couple of interesting comments and attached some pictures he took while he was in Amsterdam.

    Hi xes,
    Shame I never got to see your bong collection… I would have like to have tested them 🙂 I used to collect “oil pipes” for a while… but I ended up giving them to friends in Asia to add to their collections. They had working collections rather than my static display.
    I was in Amsterdam late last month and ended up taking some pics of a shop in Amsterdam (very near the red light area of course) that must have the biggest collections of bongs there. For some strange reason
    its called “The Old Man”. I’ve attached the pics… I took the pics to show some friends in HK. I’ve had 2 trips to Europe this year and stopped in HK on the way each trip.
    When I come back to KL I’ll have to try a 10 buck burger and give up on the satay sticks 🙂 I heard a few years back that the cashier at a parking lot of a well known shopping centre was selling those kinds of hamburgers… people who were “hungry” just drove thru the parking lot, not looking for anywhere to park just to get to the cashier.
    The entrepeneurial spirit of Malaysians never ceases to amaze me… 🙂
    I hope law practice isn’t screwing your social life too much… just think in a few years time you’ll be able to do the same thing to junior lawyers…

    Mr. Feng Tau

Mr. Feng Tau, thanks for the mail!
Once again, whether or not you believe it..
NOTICE: I do not consume Marijuana or condone/encourage the consumption of Marijuana. This post is merely for entertainment purposes.

The Need For Speed…

On thursday (22/9/2005), the Government announced amendments to the Road Transport Act (RTA) 1987 will be amended to allow police to immediately seize the driving licences of those who engage in seven
categories of reckless and dangerous driving.
The seven categories are:
* Beating the red light;
* Exceeding the speed limit by 40kmph;
* Driving recklessly or dangerously, causing death;
* Driving recklessly and dangerously;
* Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable
* Driving under the influence of liquor or drug; and
* Being in charge of a motor vehicle with alcholol concentration above the prescribed limit or drug.
The government will also raise the qualifying age for riding
motorcycles from 16 years to 17 by early next year.
This move is made in response to the increasing numbers of road fatality rate involving youngsters especially if we have role model like singer Dia Fadilla. This was what she said when she was asked to test drive Suzuki’s brand new Grand Vitara by Malay Mail.

an uprising 20 years singer in the Local Melay Music Industry.
How Fast can Dia goes?
“FROM Shah Alam to KL in 10-15 minutes… on Federal Highway… with a lot of traffic, that’s how fast I am”
[10-15 minutes with a lot of traffic on Federal!!!’s possible if she is coming from Subang Jaya.]
What She love about Town Driving?
“Still, I like town driving. You know, it’s fun to zip around, race
What will she do if someone bully her on the road?
“If such thing happens to me I would fight back. How? I’d race with them (laughs).”
[I seriously hope that her fans will take it as a joke.]
What she hate most above other people’s driving?
“Oh! One more thing, I really cannot stand drivers who don’t indicate
before they change lanes. That would really piss me off. Sometimes when I lost my temper I would. cucuk (tailgate) them.”
[Wah, no need tion kao (tailgate) them guah? Show them some sign language can already.]
How does she think about the new Suzuki Vitara?
“It’s also very sturdy and stable. For instance, some cars, my car
especially, would give me this unstable feeling once it hits a certain
speed, whereas this Grand Vitara is very smooth. I was going at 140kmph just now and I didn’t feel a thing,”
[She was test driving the car with her father on board. hmmm..140kmph with your dad beside you?]
Any advise for your fans on the road?
“My dad once told me although he had been driving for years, he would
never take things for granted and would always be very careful on the road. That’s something I hold on to. I’m still young and I know I still have a lot to learn about cars and being on the road.”
[ooooh, a jaga (protect or keep) image speech…]
In Conclusion
I can understand why she said all that because we were once young and wanna be dangerous as well. Nevertheless, I think she should be more responsible in the message she want to convey to her fans. Driving fast and racing on the road is definately NOT COOL.
On the other hand, this is one of the crappiest Car review i had ever read. Apart from knowing well that Dia Fadilla is a daredevil wannabe from the review, i have no idea how the car performed. Moreover, Malay Mail should not publish motor review by youngster who openly declared that they love racing and driving slowly is boring!!!

The Client Part 4

This is a sequel of Mr.S story.

Finally, i got what he wanted. On Wednesday morning, he came over to the office to collect his Certificate of Probate…

Mr.S: Eh, Frank. How come you never pick up my call?

me: Got ar…

Mr.S: I mean your mobile phone lar.

me: ooooh…i change number already.

Mr.S: WTF lar, i was thinking why my lawyer never pick up my call.
(Note: I am not a lawyer yet. The client always think that i am one because they don’t understand what is a pupil in chamber despite numerous explainations)

me: hahahhha…

Mr.S: Give me your new number.

I reluctantly gave him my new number because my boss was looking at me.

After sorting out the documentations…

me: OKIES, everything is good already. Remember to bring two of your executors to the Bank, you can’t get the money without them.
Mr.S: Ya Ya YA your boss, told me many times already.

You had been told about this SOOOO many times but still asking me every now and then.

me: When you get the money, you must belanja me yam cha lar.

Mr.S: Can ar. Tonight you free or not? We go Uptown yam cha lar.
me: Uptown got nice mamak meh?

Mr.S: Ya!!! The girls there damn chun (pretty) and their voices so SWEEET.

WTF!!! Papaya Farm!!!

me: WAH….REALLY!!! Shit, tonight i got appointment already.
I told a lie….*sob* *sob*

Later in the afternoon, My master asked…

Master: Eh, I heard Mr.S ask you to go Papaya Farm

me: Ya, but i don’t want to go with uncles.

Suddenly the PA interrupted…

PA: Damn stupid lar, you. The GRO don’t layan young man like you lar, you must go with uncles!!!

me: Bugger, how you know?

I didn’t say that…hehehehe

Of Dream and Ambition…

There is this scene in the Healing Hand III, a HK TVB drama. Two housemen were shaken by their inability to save one of their patient. The supervising doctor walked up to them and ask,
“Why do you want to be a doctor?”
One of the houseman stood up and said,
“I want to save life.”
“I am not asking you about your dream. No one can save someone else’s life but God.” The supervising doctor walked away after saying that.
The second houseman ran up to him and shouted,
“Why do you want to be a doctor!”
“HOPE! I want to give hope to my patients.”
Why do i want to be a lawyer, i asked myself after watching that episode. I want to uphold justice without fear and favour? Is that the reason? Is that my dream or ambition?
I once wrote an essay about my ambition during A-level. I wrote that my goal was to be a successful lawyer. The reason…? I wrote “To help people with their problems”
during the 9 months 20 days of chambering, i asked myself over and over again “Why do i have to lose sleep over someone else’s problem?”
My senior once told me “Frank, solving problem is what we do best in our profession. Taking on other people’s problem is our duty. If you cannot cope with it, you should quit and don’t look back.”
Uphold justice without fear and favour, that is my dream. Solving problem for people is my ambition, and that is what i strive to do best in.