XiV MyGE : A Week After

Assalamualaikum

Sup peeps!

First of all, to all the cikgus (teachers as Malaysians call them) out there, Selamat Hari Guru! Every year, Teachers Day is celebrated on 16th May to appreciate the sacrifices of the education fraternity in Malaysia since 1971.

How was your long holiday after the polls? I hope your indelible ink stain on your index finger fades away after a week.

Anyway, back to business. Malaysians, Brace (y)ourselves for a new led by a ‘recycled’ man. Pakatan Harapan officially ousted Najib and Barisan Nasional after 6 decades of the rule since Malaysia’s independence on the 31st of August, 1957.

In case you didn’t know what the pledges spelt out by Pakatan, here are 10 of which it will do within the first 100 days of taking Putrajaya.

  • Eliminate the 6% Goods and Service Tax (GST).
  • Introduce Targeted Petrol Subsidies.
  • FELDA Settlers’ Debt waiver.
  • Introduce the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Scheme for Housewives.
  • Equalising minimum salary nationwide.
  • Deferment of PTPTN (NHEFC) debt repayments for those earning below RM4k.
  • Establishing the Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate scandals like 1MDB.
  • Reinstating the Sabah and Sarawak status.
  • Expand the Skim Peduli Sihat, which was first introduced in Selangor. Perhaps, the 1Malaysia Clinic will be rebranded as ‘Klinik Peduli Sihat’ to reflect the current situation.
  • Review of mega projects such as the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), the High-Speed Rail (HSR) which spans KL and Singapore.

On top of those, others are:

  • Gradual abolition of highway toll charges.

As for Barisan Nasional, the biggest loser, it retained two states, Perlis and Pahang. With the resignation of its chairman cum UMNO President, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, expect more Barisan people jumping ship to Pakatan as widely reported in both traditional media as well as in social media.

Last but not least, tomorrow will be the month of Ramadan. Therefore, I would like to wish my fellow Muslims in Malaysia, Salam Ramadan al-Mubarak. Let us forgive each other.

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XiV MyGE : A Week After

libra1002’s Point of View : XiV MyGE

Assalamualaikum to all my fellow Muslims.

Sup Y’all!

Dear fellow Malaysians.

By the time you read this blog post, it is already the last day of campaigning by all sides of the political divide (Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan, Gagasan Sejahtera, etc). For those of you who will be travelling to your respective hometowns to cast your votes, near or far, I wish all of you a safe journey ahead.

For me, I shall (NOT will) be voting in Kampung Tunku [N.35(B)], a state legislative constituency under Damansara (formerly Petaling Jaya Utara) (P.106) parliamentary seat. The other one is Bandar Utama (formerly Damansara Utama) [N.36.(B)]. This is my 4th time I shall vote for (the party is kept secret) since the 11th Malaysia General Election in 2004. Damansara will see a three-cornered fight between incumbent former Petaling Jaya Utara Tony Pua Kim Wee, Barisan Nasional newbie, Ryan Ho Kwok Xheng, and Wong Mun Kheng of Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM). So, is it going to be the Rocket, the Scale, or even the Buffalo this time? As for the Kampung Tunku state seat, it will see a straight fight between Barisan’s Tan Gim Tuan (or GT) as he is fondly known will be squaring off DAP’s Lim Yee Wei who replaces her predecessor, Lau Weng San. He (Lau) will move to Banting [N.52(B)]. I am sure that Tan will recapture the Kampung Tunku seat from Pakatan after a decade. So does Ho for the Damansara parliamentary seat.

Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak will be defending his Pekan parliamentary seat (P.085).  And speaking of him, catch his final message at 2200 on TV2, TV3, Astro Awani, and UnifiTV. Meanwhile, on the other side, 4th former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, will take on Barisan’s Datuk Ir. Nawawi Ahmad and Zubir Ahmad of PAS for Langkawi parliamentary seat (P.004). He will also deliver his last campaigning message at the same time.

So, the choice is yours. Which do you prefer? Najib or Tun Dr M?

libra1002’s Point of View : XiV MyGE

XiV MyGE : It’s ON!

Assalamualaikum and Hi there!

If you’ve followed today’s announcement by the Election Commission of Malaysia (SPR) regarding the 14th Malaysia General Election, here was how it went:

“The Election Commission of Malaysia (SPR) has obtained the official letter on the dissolution.Therefore, the 14th (Malaysia) General Election must be held within 60 days from the dissolution of Parliament and the State Legislative Assemblies (except Sarawak). The dates are as follow:

Nomination Day : 29th April 2018 (Saturday)

Early Voting : 5th May 2018 (Friday)

Voting Day : 9th May 2018 (Wednesday)

Those dates were confirmed by the SPR chairman himself, Datuk  Mohd Hashim bin Abdullah.

XiV MyGE : It’s ON!

2K18 – What Lies Ahead?

Assalamualaikum (to all my fellow Muslims)! Happy Twenty Eighteen or Two-Thousand-and-Eighteen (whatever or whichever).

First of all, Good New Year News. For those of you who often ply Sg Rasau and Batu Tiga in the Klang Valley as well as the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) in JB and Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, you will be delighted to know that starting today, at the stroke of midnight,when the fireworks come off, all collections at those 4 toll plazas will cease. That announcement came from our (Malaysia’s) very own (6th) Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak during his tabling of this year’s (2018) budget on the 27th of October last year (2017).

As speculated, the fourteenth edition of the (Malaysia) General Election will eventually take place this year. Will Najib-led Barisan Nasional (BN) finally be able to recapture Selangor, Penang, and long-time Kelantan this time around?

SPORTS

Here are sporting events that will take place this year.

2 Olympiads, the Winter and the Youth Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, respectively.

The XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The FIFA World Cup football (soccer) tournament will be held in Russia from 14th June to 15th of July.

The Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

PEOPLE

These people will turn a year old (or young).

20 (b.1998)

Liza Soberano (4 January)

Bindi Irwin (24 July)

25 (b.1993)

Ariana Grande (26 June)

Taylor Momsen (26 July)

Meghan Trainor (22 December)

30 (b. 1988)

Anzalna Nasir (9 January)

Rihanna (18 February)

Adele (5 May)

Sarah Geronimo (Philippines’ answer to Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza) (25 July)

Maja (pronounced ‘Maha’) Salvador (5 October)

40 (b. 1978)

AJ McLean (BSB) (9 January)

Ashton Kutcher (7 February)

Judy Ann Santos (11 May)

Daphne Iking (6 July)

Usher (14 October)

Kathrine Heigl (24 November)

Manny Pacquiao (17 December)

John Legend (23 December)

50 (b. 1968)

Celine Dion (30 March)

Kylie Minogue (28 May)

Ziana Zain (30 May)

Will Smith (25 September)

60 (b. 1958)

Madonna (16 August)

Belinda Carlisle (17 August)

2K18 – What Lies Ahead?

LPT (ECE) Goes Cashless Today!

For those of you who are driving along the East Coast Expressway (ECE) at this point of time, you will know that starting today, all 31 toll plazas on both phases will accept Touch n Go and its companion, SmartTAG, making them the last to do so. This year alone, toll plazas from Juru to Jalan Duta and Sungai Besi to Skudai went cashless. This is in line with the full implementation of cashless payment at toll plazas this year (2017). The first were Sungai Rasau and Batu Tiga toll plazas in 2012.

LPT (ECE) Goes Cashless Today!

MRT SBK Line is Now Complete!

First, it was the KTM Komuter. Then came the LRTs, followed by KL Monorail. Get set for another rail transit, the Mass Rapid Transit, (MRT), the first in Malaysia as well as the third in South-east Asia after the Philippines and Singapore as the first phase of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line operates today. It was, by the way launched on the 16th December last year (2016) by our (Malaysia’s) Honourable Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak. There are altogether 31 stations on the entire SBK line. The second phase of the SBK line (Semantan to Kajang) was launched today, also by PM.

Here are the stations in entirety:

SBK01  – Sungai Buloh  –  Integrated with the upcoming 2nd MRT line [Sungai Buloh- Putrajaya (SSP)] and KTM Komuter.

SBK02 – Kampung Selamat

SBK03 – Kwasa Damansara

SBK04 – Kwasa Sentral

SBK05 – Kota Damansara

SBK06 – Surian

SBK07 – Mutiara Damansara

SBK08 – Bandar Utama – Integrated with the upcoming 3rd LRT line (Bandar Utama-Johan Setia)

SBK09 – Taman Tun Dr Ismail

SBK10 – Phileo Damansara

SBK11 – Pusat Bandar Damansara

SBK12 – Semantan

SBK13 – Muzium Negara – Connecting station to KL Sentral

SBK14 – Pasar Seni – Integrated with LRT Kelana Jaya Line (KJ17) and KTM Komuter

SBK15 – Merdeka – Integrated with LRT Plaza Rakyat Station 

SBK16 – Bukit Bintang [Integrated with KL Monorail (MR5)]

SBK17 – Tun Razak Exchange

SBK18 – Cochrane

SBK19 – Maluri – Integrated with LRT Ampang Line (AG5)

SBK20 – Taman Pertama

SBK21 – Taman Midah

SBK22 – Taman Mutiara

SBK23 – Taman Connaught

SBK24 – Taman Suntex

SBK25 – Sri Raya

SBK26 – Bandar Tun Hussein Onn

SBK27 – Batu 11 Cheras

SBK28 – Bukit Dukung

SBK29 – Sungai Jernih

SBK30 – Stadium Kajang

SBK31 – Kajang – Integrated with KTM Komuter.

For those of you who read this, you may or should take yourselves in for a free ride today from 1600 to 2330 between Muzium Negara and Kajang stations. On the other hand, from tomorrow to Merdeka Day (31 August), you will enjoy 50% fare on both Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT lines, KL Monorail, and MRT SBK Line (both phases). Also, in conjunction with the opening of the 2nd phase of the SBK MRT line, POS Malaysia will be launching stamps and first-day covers today.

(Remark : The bolded text denotes underground stations.)

MRT SBK Line is Now Complete!

libra1002’s Take on Father’s Day

Assalamualaikum.
First of all, I would like to wish myself and my beloved ayah, a Happy Father’s Day!
In Islam, a father is indeed THE (‘duh’) leader of the family. When a baby is born to a Muslim parent, he/she will carry what is called the nasab.
Father’s Day celebration falls on the third Sunday of June. Everyone in the world will want to treat his/her favourite hero for a treat. Malaysia is not spared of that. In this country which practises Islam as the official religion, Muslims children will pay tribute to his sacrifices for the family. During Ramadan, for example, many grown-up children who have a job will head to Dataran Merdeka (Square of Independence) in Kuala Lumpur for Iftar@KL 2017/1438 which ends this weekend.
I wonder why most hotels did not mention Father’s Day during Ramadan Buka Puasa offerings? Do they not realise that Father’s Day is also a Muslim. They should offer discount for those who are fathers on Father’s Day.

libra1002’s Take on Father’s Day