September 16th Should be a Public Holiday

Our country (Malaysia) has just celebrated its 51st Independence on 31st August 2008. Now what concerns me is that , the actual date when Federation of Malaysia was formed was on 16th September 1963. What concerns me that on that very day its not a public holiday for us Malaysians.

Malaysia Day celebration in 1963. (Majulah Malaysia means Onwards Malaysia) - Source Wikipedia
Malaysia Day celebration in 1963. (Majulah Malaysia means "Onwards Malaysia") - Source Wikipedia

For Sabahans , its a public holiday because it is the birthday of Sabah’s Head of State. Great ! – Not to honour our country. For those who are in residing in West Malaysia , you may not feel the pinch but how about those who are from Sabah and Sarawak , they would feel it. Its like they aren’t being respected and the very day when Malaya was known as Malaysia is not a public holiday. This is the very day , when our First Prime Minister – Tunku’s Abdul Rahman’s dream turned into a reality. He actually wanted to form Malaysia to free Singapore  ,Sabah and Sarawak from British colonisation. 
Not to mention these days politicians are just opening their mouth and saying we aren’t patriotic enough and not showing our support to the nation. Now , how could you set an example to us , as a politician you must lead and show us you truly care for the nation. At least , I hope that our politicians would declare as a state holiday for Sabah and Sarawak at least. I hope that my cries and the cries of Sabah and Sarawakians are heard as well. Please , do it for the sake of our Nation and remember this year’s National Day Theme is all on Unity , “Unity Is The Core of Success” – Its a nice slogan and together we must stand as one nation (Also the Federal Government must acknowledge Sabah and Sarawak’s contributuion to our country. Yes – a lot , right from crude oil to our national landforest that lures tourists from all over the world) 
 
 
The Unity Band - It symbolises that malaysians should be united as one race
The Unity Band - It symbolises that malaysians should be united as one race

 
 
I hope they do declare it as a state holiday for Sabah and Sarawakians. Thats my plea , I hope its being heard by the officials as I do believe that We (Malaysians) must learn to respect each other (even states and our differences in language , cultural background and religion). Oh if you’re interested to know more on how Malaysia was formed , you may want to click here

Fuel Debate : Anwar Ibrahim VS Shabery Cheek & Our Public Transportation

I couldn’t think of a better title for this. Anyhow , I am not going to analyse  the whole thing. What disappoints me is that none of the politician did ever come up with a solution to control the roaring fuel prices in Malaysia. Honestly think , the debate was more of a fight rather then a debate , it was sort of like personal attack against Anwar Ibrahim and Shabery Cheek which I find it to be  interesting and entertaining to. 
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A part of the Debate – You can pretty much find all the missing parts in YouTube itself !
 

Now what concerns me is that what is going to happen to us , I mean the average Malaysian. Our household income per annum is low compared to other countries , plus the soaring costs of living forces students such as myself to seek alternatives as well. But then , we do not have much alternatives here in Malaysia – i mean just take a look at our public transportation system for instance , its not as systematic and connected as Singapore. I mean to walk from one place to another – pfft it takes time  and plus some of the stations are connected remotely. Plus the joke is that its not integrated at all , suppose if i want to go to Bukit Bintang (home of Lowyat , Berjaya Times Square) , I would have to take a train from Taman Melati to KL Sentral and from KL Sentral (pathetic – its not even integrated – i’ll have to walk from KL Sentral to the KL Sentral monorail station and then from there I’ll have to take a monorail to Bukit Bintang). Sure , I might take a cab but then taxi drivers don’t not go according to the metre (- just great). some of you may disagree saying that you can get down from a putra lrt station and walk , but then doesn’t it defeat the purpose of having public transportation in the first place ?. Think about it. If you have been to Singapore , you’ll notice that their public transportation system are linked up properly and it is a world-class system. Anyhow , let us get back to our story – shall we. Okay , where was I , Uh yes , so there we go , we just need a better intergrated public transportation system in the KL area and PJ area. Do it properly and we are set. there is no use for us to use cars if the public transportation system is good.

Putra LRT which is now known as RapidKL (Credits : urbanrail)
Putra LRT which is now known as RapidKL (Credits : urbanrail)

 

SMRT - Singapores MRT System (Credits : dreamstime)
SMRT - Singapore's MRT System (Credits : dreamstime)

 
 
 
Suppose if they can’t do proper public transportation system due to the costs and other things , then the government should focus on reducing the import duty tax on foreign cars  vehicles which is crazy , 300% on foreign import vehicles – heh , thats madness. If they do reduce the tax , I am sure that hybrid cars will be afforable for all of us. Think about it. We can cut usage on petrol and it doesn’t burn a hole in our pocket as hybrid cars are way to go (long term investment).
 
Let us see how they implement the 9th Malaysian Plan. I do hope to see  that there would be an improvement towards the public transportation system here in Malaysia. Let us keep our fingers crossed and we hope to see a better Malaysia and also to protect our environment as well