Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
He little expected that his request for a fire extinguisher would be refused by the two BHP staff on duty and as his pleas fell on deaf ears, the Myvi's female driver died as the car burned.
The Myvi in question was severely damaged in an accident involving a lorry and a Toyota Vios.
According to Teo, he heard the Myvi's female driver call for help while at the same time, a fire around the engine area was spreading.
The accident occured at around 3.30 am, near the Cheras velodrome according to Bernama.
While making calls to the fire department and police, Teo made his way to the petrol station.
His requests were denied, the staff claiming that the management did not allow the loan of fire extinguishers to the public.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Bureaucracy: Greece's bureaucracy is famous in the whole of Europe. To open a cafe or pub there are 25 processes to go through. This is a country of rules and regulations.
Bloated civil service: There are 1.05 million civil servants (excluding police and armed forces). The population of Greece is only 10 million. More than 10% are government servants. Salary increases every year and benefit for civil servants in Greece are one of the best in Europe.
More and more money is needed to upkeep this bloated civil service. The retirement age is 62 years old.
Corruption: Greece is the most corrupted nation in the Eurozone. Citizens pay 'under the table money to:
- be admitted into a public hospital
- pass a driving license
- to enter the public service
- to renovate your business premises or your home
- to avoid income tax
Every government project is awarded to political cronies and at hugely inflated prices. Transparency International compared the prices of the construction costs of stadiums built for the Athens Olympics recently with similar structures in China - they 500% more expensive than the Chinese and when compared to Los Angeles and Sydney - 50% more expensive. All this with tax payers' money and borrowings.
Tax evasion: Officially 80% of its citizens are supposed to pay tax but only 37% are doing so. Big businessmen and corporations have refined tax evasion to a fine art (or have the tax men take some coffee money?)
No transparency in governance: The politicians and bureaucrats falsify economic data and painted a rosy and manageable picture while the economy was rotting away .
Unabated borrowings: Meanwhile, the politicians and bureaucrats continue to issue government bonds to keep afloat, series after series. They tried to cover up the financial mess they had created, creating one big hole to cover up the previous.
Lacking political will power to reform: To keep a hold onto political power, politicians are prepared to lie and commit economic and political fraud. If reforms were taken some five years ago, the country need not go bankrupt and its citizens need not suffer so much.
Political expediency and greed for political power overrode everything else and hence Greece is now a bankrupt country. Luckily, it is part of the European Union and its currency is Euro, otherwise the Greeks would have to eat grass to survive.
Laid back attitude: Tourism is the only industry in Greece and over the years the Greeks have had an easy time. Many flocked to see the historical sites and enjoy summer vacation on the islands. But they forgot that not many tourists will return after visiting the sites - there are so many other tourists attractions in the world, some maybe more exotic and perhaps cheaper.
So once tourism waned coupled with the higher cost of living, the Greeks could not and refused to adapt and transform. Greece has no natural resources, no electronics industry, no R&D - no anything. And even now, the civil servants refuse to take a pay cut.
The producer of the documentary had hired a taxi driver to go around while doing this documentary. The taxi driver had studied economics for four years in the US and this was his parting words:
'My biggest mistake was returning 15 years ago. I should have stayed back in US. My nationalist instinct made me returned. The politicians screwed me. I loved my country but my country did not love me.
Friends, I can see a lot of similarity with Malaysia. I need not go into boring details, it is there for all to realise. Unless we transform politically and economically, sadly this day will surely come . It is not a matter of 'if' but only a matter of 'when'.
A priest was being honoured at his retirement dinner after 35 years in the parish.
A leading local politician and member of the congregation was chosen to give a little speech at the dinner. However, the politician was delayed, so the priest decided to say his own few words while they waited:
"I got my first impression of the parish from the very first confession I heard here. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first person who entered my confessional told me he had stolen a television set and, when questioned by the police, was able to lie his way out of it.
He had also stolen money from his parents, embezzled from his employer, had an affair with his boss's wife, taken illegal drugs, and gave VD to his sister. I was appalled.
But as the days went on I learned that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish full of good and loving people."
Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived and showed his grand entrance, full of apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and gave his talk:
"I'll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived,' said the politician. 'In fact, I had the honour of being the first person to go to him for confession."
A father walks into a restaurant with his young son. He gives the young boy three coins to play with to keep him occupied. Suddenly, the boy starts choking, going blue in the face. The father realizes the boy has swallowed the coins and starts slapping him on the back.
The boy coughs up two of the coins, but keeps choking.Looking at his son, the father is panicking,
shouting for help.
A well dressed, attractive, and serious looking woman, in a blue business suit is sitting at a coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, she looks up,puts her coffee cup down, neatly folds the newspaper and places it on the counter, gets up from her seat and makes her way, unhurriedly, across the restaurant.
Reaching the boy, the woman carefully drops his pants; takes hold of the boy's' testicles and
starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever so firmly.. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and Coughs up the last coin, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand.
Releasing the boy's testicles, the woman hands the coin to the father and walks back to her seat at the coffee bar without saying a word.
As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects, the father rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, "I've never seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic.
Are you a doctor? "
'No,' the woman replied.
'I'm from Jabatan Hasil Dalam Negeri.'
“Look, Officer – I already checked the glove box three
times. My registration isn’t in there.”
"Please Check again!”