I Tokmoh, therefore I am

April 9, 2008

The price of counting your blessing

Filed under: Cardom,Motivation,News,Opinion,Politics — tokmoh @ 2:25 am

Hannah Yeoh’s latest post about her visit to the Angsana flat touched me to know that there are cases of urban poverty in Subang Jaya. Previously, I’ve always thought that anyone hearing the word “Subang Jaya” ought to know that it’s an elite place that can be very mercyless for the poor. If you don’t have the money, then……it’ll be very difficult.

To survive in Subang Jaya with just RM200 to spare per month after minus the rent must be very difficult indeed. Can they even afford to spare some to be put aside for savings? Unimaginable, at least to me. It is a blessing indeed, that MB Khalid Ibrahim helped to enable every household in Selangor to get free water for the first 20 cubic meter, these poor people would most appreciate it. Even then, some Bee Anne people lambasted it being “populist tactic”, “encourage wastage”, “impractical” blablabla. Bollocks, get off your anti-social Porsche Cayennes and start giving assurance, assistance and motivation to the poor people in your constituent just like our “inexperienced greenhorn” but very kawaiiii~ Hannah-chan is doing. If somewhere as elite as Subang Jaya have poor people, then surely your area have some too. How can giving free first 20 cubic meter of water be condemned?

Populist?

All these while, the rich have been pictured as selfish cronies who’d rob the people’s money, so this is indeed a welcoming change.

Encourage wastage?

Ever heard of Adam Khoo, the youngest Singaporean millionaire? Yet, he rides in economy class flight, he shops at G2000 rather than Hugo Boss or Gucci, he doesn’t wear Rolex etc. The truth is, self-made millionaires lead a frugal life, probably even more frugal than me too. People who are wasteful baistards are people who’d never gone through hardship aka spoilt brats whose life is no better than a prostitute. True enough, I’ve encountered an arrogant arsehole who’d insult those who’d appreciate a Honda Civic, Nissan Latio etc than the new Altis 2008. He declared that he drives a 5-series which is his birthday gift from his parents, that clearly pictures what kinda prostitute he is. With or without free 20 cubic meters makes little different than making him (and that Bee Anne guy) pay less RM11.40 and a LOT less in the lesson of the pain experienced by those Angsana flat residents.

Impractical?

I’m running out of words to bash edi……

For now, I’ll remind myself and everyone, to count your blessing, just as Hannah-chan advises us to. The quest for a better life is difficult, but to remain mediocre is even more difficult. It is good then, in this Information Age, the secrets of financial success is shared by the socially-responsible rich people like Robert T Kiyosaki, Adam Khoo and many more. To make use of it, and to share it with others, the choice is in your hand. Embrace it, just like how we’ve enbraced the internet, which contributed to the victory of Pakatan Rakyat.

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9 Comments »

  1. Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes

    Comment by Tom Humes — April 9, 2008 @ 2:43 am | Reply

  2. hmmm, i really respect the humbleness.

    but.

    power corrupts everything.
    money corrupts to the roots.

    how long can one tahan the temptation?

    Comment by kevin — April 9, 2008 @ 10:31 am | Reply

  3. YB Hannah Yeoh is God-sent. I personally saw her shed tears when she was visiting the very needy and poor people. She loves and cares for them!

    Comment by Moses Tan — April 10, 2008 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  4. kevin you are right. power leads to corruption. Imagine a guy comes up to you with ten million bucks and ask you to give him a project that is worth only 200k. Ten million bucks for 200k?!?!?!

    Yes it would be a long long time before the 200k is collected back from revenues from the project. How bout the ten million? It would take a longer time yet! Ten million bucks staring at you! A few Ferraris staring at you! A bungalow/castle/mansion/estate/district/island/or maybe even your own little country!

    They are doing all this now to try for the next 5 years. After they are comfortable on top. I’m sure they would be the same as our current beeee annn.. It’s good for the Rakyat for the time being, this 5 years to be exact.. Maybe a year or two on top then they would be the same.

    Tokmoh how would you feel if you were to hand over your Civic Type-R to me and I give you a F430 in exchange? How bout a few F430? Or do you want a FXX to go with that? Mayb you would like to try the Reventon? Hmmm.. You want to fly? Trade in that Civic Type-R for a Harrier Jumpjet! How bout our newest arrival the EuroFighter Typhoon? A lil classic perhaps? The Apache Longbow might suite you..

    Comment by vincent — April 10, 2008 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  5. kevin: Temptation ah……then, if she’d ever give in to it, she’ll be voted out I suppose.

    Moses Tan: Ah, so you were there with her during her visit? Yes, I suppose anyone with a heart will be touched, and understand that living in poverty is more difficult than working one’s way to financial success.

    Of course offering help to them will be good, but the solution to poverty is not by giving them financial aid only, but also providing them financial education. Financial aid maybe short term, but ultimately, financial education is permanent.

    Vincent: An example you’ve given is a case of “LACK of money is the root of evil”. I’d have to be a baistard prostitute to put a pricetag of ten millions on my head, not knowing the rm200k project could’ve generated more than ten millions. Heard about the “Pak Pandir and the ayam sabung” story? The king knows his ayam is a very good fighter, and tricked him to end up leaving him ‘sehelai sepinggang’. That ayam, could be the rm200k project that I might give away.

    Haha, worried that PR might eventually be ‘same old, same old’ just like the bee anne? That can only mean we need to take care of our own back 😉

    Having an F430 in exchange of Civic Type-R is nice, as well as having 10mil instantly, however, those material wealth wouldn’t give me happiness I believe if it were to be earned that way. That is why, “LACK of money is the root of evil.” You will then understand how Singapore is highly ranked in corruption index.

    Comment by tokmoh — April 11, 2008 @ 1:27 am | Reply

  6. LACK of money eh? Got it. If our men in blue earns like RM 4000 a month, they won’t even accept to ‘settle’ anything.

    Very very dangerous to trust any politicians… They wear many masks…

    Comment by vincent — April 14, 2008 @ 12:20 am | Reply

  7. i must agree that Hannah Yeoh is god-sent. She is truly living up to her name, which also means grace. she is showing grace to a lot of ppl in her constituency which I will regard her with all my respect.

    Our govt needs more ppl like Hannah Yeoh. Trust me!!!!

    Comment by Grace — April 14, 2008 @ 1:10 am | Reply

  8. Vincent: Is that sarcasm I’m smelling? lol

    I’m drafting a post now to further discuss this matter.

    Grace: Ooh, Hannah Yeoh = grace? Cool!!

    Yeheheh, we Subang Jayans very lucky to have ADUN like her, eh? Yohoho, I’m so happy 😀

    Comment by tokmoh — April 14, 2008 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  9. […] while back, I’ve posted about the price of counting your blessing, and as anyone can see, living in poverty is difficult, and it can only get more […]

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