By Hafidz Baharom If there were any more divisive topic beyond politics, it would be about age - the age of voting, driving, drinking, smoking, withdrawing our Employee Providence Fund (EPF) monies, and finally - retirement. The government is now in the process of studying whether or not to raise the official retirement age of … Continue reading Retirement age and unemployment
If you've been paying attention to the palm oil industry recently, you would note that the minister in charge Teresa Kok has been adamantly screeching at Norway for stopping the imports of biofuel. Apparently France is also going about doing the same thing as well. But at the same time, why the noise? Personally I … Continue reading Some questions on the palm oil issue
A caucus, approval delays, sabotaging Lynas? By Hafidz Baharom Since last week, it is as if the government insists on shifting goalposts when it comes to the Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Gebeng. Not only did the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) under Yeo Bee Yin put the company into … Continue reading Letter – A caucus, approval delays, sabotaging Lynas?
On March 5, I wrote a column in The Sun Daily asking that the government consider lowering the price of air fare between Peninsular and Borneo. The lack of controls in fares which made flights to Sabah and Sarawak sometimes higher than flights overseas, was brought to my attention by a friend on Facebook. Today, … Continue reading Domestic flight price ceiling? Glad someone is reading
Continuing from Part 1, now we look at things the government obviously did not think through well enough. Perhaps it was intentional, perhaps it was an 'oops' moment, or perhaps there are things which are in fact politically driven. These points are some of the things that are obviously screwed up in Budget 2017. What … Continue reading Budget 2017 Part 2: The bad
It came as a rather weird revelation today in the The Edge's Financial Daily that 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) did not have any letter of support for their debts. In a written reply, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that the Ministry of Finance had no legal obligation to cover 1MDB's US$3.5 bil bonds … Continue reading An MOF company without government backed guarantees?
APRIL 29 — In the past week, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) once again raised the issue of how wives joining the workforce would neglect families. For those who may not know, our labour figures show that 52 per cent of Malaysian women are participating in our workforce these days, with further encouragement by government agencies … Continue reading The Malay Mail Online: Can Malaysian families afford a homemaker?
Today is May 1st, the traditional Labour Day celebration both nationwide and also internationally recognised. For this year's commemoration, I believe it is important for us to have a proper discussion on who truly keeps this country running. And of course, this piece would not happen if it hadn't been for those in our very … Continue reading Labour Day: Who keeps this country running?
Oliver Wendell Holmes once said that "taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilised society". Known in America as The Great Dissenter, this quote of his has been seen even in television as part and parcel of why people are made to pay tax. I wrote once that there was a need … Continue reading Taxes and Patriotism