Maybe end the class divide in preschool? by Hafidz Baharom The Malaysian Rural Development Ministry has mooted the setting up of privately managed middle-income nurseries and kindergartens to assist middle income earners cope with the cost of living. Reported by the Malay Mail’s Emmanuel Santa Maria Chin, minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said the … Continue reading Maybe end the class divide in preschool?
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
By Hafidz Baharom In the past week, views have been published in the media about how Malaysia has become a mess, with some even saying the country is dying. As melodramatic as it is to the point of being worthy of a Cerekarama script, Malaysia does have a problem. However, do people really want it … Continue reading Unity can’t happen in silos, needs common ground
Kids having breakfast together is a good idea By Hafidz Baharom Some might have noticed that the Malaysians Minister for Education Maszlee Malik decided to have schools provide a free breakfast for kids in all schools here beginning January 2020. To implement this, Maszlee said that the cash would be funded by the sugar beverage … Continue reading Kids having meals together is a damn good idea
The Malaysian KLCI today opened below 1,600 for the first time since 2015, contrary to the papers saying that it "rebounded" from the day before. Quoting the Malay Mail (who took a Bernama piece): At 9.05am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) climbed 6.58 points to 1,599.46, after opening 5.48 points higher at … Continue reading Market opens below 1,600
Joan Lau of the Malay Mail wrote a brilliant commentary on their website on how we are all racists. And honestly, I love this one quote she wrote: We, as communities, fight for our “rights” and are not willing to give a centimetre because we think in previous times we have already given away too … Continue reading If everyone’s racist…
The above was a recent proposal by a Malaysian pro-government senator. According to Mohd Imran Abd Hamid, and I quote: "I propose a Sexual Harassment Act to protect men from the actions, words and clothing of women, which can cause men to be seduced to the point they can commit acts such as incest, rape, … Continue reading Men need protection from causing rape?
It is now revealed that closed circuit television (CCTV) footage is covered under the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). If this is true, then we are in a very grey area when it comes to social media. If all footage handled by security both private and government is considered CCTV footage, then the videos … Continue reading CCTVs and PDPA
HOUSING and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin announced that the government will now allow student loan defaulters to be exempted from housing loan rules. I am not sure how the CCRIS system of credit checks will allow this. A credit score in the system is affected even by the payment of utility bills. And how … Continue reading Column – More to affordable home equation
Selling off PLUS needs answers By Hafidz Baharom It comes as quite a surprise that the government is considering to sell off their stake in the North South Expressway toll concessionaire PLUS to Maju Holdings. Though to be fair, it was even more surprising that Utusan Malaysia is in support of the deal. That is … Continue reading Selling off PLUS needs answers