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Kesan GST pada perbelanjaan harian


Wahh!! Very well presented! Brief, complete and easy to understand! I wonder who wrote the script. Hmmm….

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[Video originally appeared on KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

 

Censorship should lie on society, not government


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Censorship should lie on society, not government
By Zan Azlee

More than a decade ago, then-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared during the height of the Multimedia Super Corridor that Malaysia would never censor the Internet.

And this remained gospel for a long time even after his resignation, with the government not wanting to offend the country’s longest serving prime minister by going against his promise.

But slowly, things have been taking a turn for the worse. More laws have been put in place to curb freedom of speech and expression, and this has extended online.

And yesterday at Malaysia Social Media Week 2015, even the the 22-year-serving prime minister reneged on his promise that the Internet would never be censored in Malaysia.

“When I was the prime minister, an expert told me I should never censor the Internet. But now I’ve changed my mind,” he was reported to have said.

Why the sudden change of mind? Well, it seems that the regulation of the Internet, particularly social media, would ensure that no sensitivities are touched on that would offend people.

By being able to control and regulate the Internet through censorship then, they are able to control those who abuse it and make sure that it is only used for a “good purpose”.

You see, the Internet has given the ordinary person a lot of power. It gives a voice to them to spread their opinions, thoughts and beliefs with almost no limits.

And with the argument that this power can be abused, Dr Mahathir is saying that we need to curb this power because the people just can’t handle it.

Is it not obvious that this is actually a step backwards in the wrong direction? When more power comes the way of the people, it only forces them to move forward.

And by moving forward, it means maturing and developing more responsibility in order to handle that power. It doesn’t mean halting it and not giving it a chance at all.

The problem I have with this is that the argument is always because there are people who abuse the Internet by spreading hate speech and racist messages that cause division.

Sure, we have the idiots like Alvin Tan and the like who seem to think that they can say anything they want without regard for its effects just because they feel they have a right to.

But you know what? Even though they are idiots, they really do have a right to say whatever they want. And we, the public, have the right to disagree with whatever they say.

Responsibility comes in many forms and it doesn’t just lie on the party that produces and puts out the content. It also lies on the party that consumes the content.

One of the beauties of the Internet is that although it empowers people by giving them a voice, it can also cruelly punish people via obscurity.

The consumers have the power to ignore whatever content they feel is offensive, negative and derogatory, thus throwing it into the black hole of the Internet.

So if people don’t like what obnoxious people like Alvin Tan say, or racist rants by Ridhuan Tee, Datuk Ibrahim Ali or Abdul Rani Kulup, they just need to ignore it.

It is what’s known as societal censorship, and it puts control and regulation of the Internet in the hands of the people rather than the government in power.

But for this to happen, there needs to be time for society to mature and develop. And this is a process that needs to happen naturally without being curbed.

And that is why I strongly believe that the systematic censorship of the Internet with the intention of protecting society is really more detrimental to society.

[This article originally appeared on The Malaysian Insider]

*oday’s ar*icle is brough* *o you by *he le**er ‘*’


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*oday’s article is brough* *o you by *he le**er ‘*’
By Zan Azlee

*he Malay Muslims in Malaysia are a very special group of people. Among *heir most significan* charac*eris*ics are *ha* *hey are very sensi*ive, emo*ional and easily offended.

Hence, *hey need special pro*ec*ion from *hose who can pro*ec* *hem. Wha* *his means is *ha* *hey usually have a guardian, or guardians, cons*an*ly looking ou* for *hem.

When *hey are young children, *heir paren*s would shel*er *hem from harm and evil *hough*s by condi*ioning and con*rolling *heir minds cons*an*ly.

*hey are *augh* religion from a very young age and *he reason for *his is so *ha* *hey will have a strong founda*ion in *heir fai*h and won’* be easily corrup*ed when *hey are older.

Unfor*una*ely, a lo* of *he religious *eachings *hey receive are merely ri*uals *hat *hey are told *o perform ins*ead of actually being *augh* *o unders*and *he fai*h be**er.

So, when *hey grow older and *urn in *o adul*s, they can’* be weaned off the pro*ec*ion *hey have been given. *hey lack *he abili*y *o *hink for *hemselves.

*he very *hing *ha* *heir religious *eachings was suppose *o provide *hem with became *he very *hing *hat *hey lacked, which is, a s*rong founda*ion in *heir fai*h.

And *ha* is why *hese Malay Muslims will forever require pro*ec*ion and *aking care of. *he sligh*es* change in *he environment *ha* *hey are used *o will shake *heir fai*h.

If ano*her group of people who prac*ice a differen* religion *han *hem s*ar*s *o use *he same language as *hey do *o conduc* *heir prayers, *hey will ge* confused.

So, *he easies* solu*ion in order *o overcome *his problem is *o jus* ban all non-Malays from using *heir language for *heir prayers. Problem solved.

When *hey see *hings *ha* are coun*er-cul*ure wi*h wha* *hey are used *o, *hey ge* easily influenced and *he risk of *hem emula*ing wha* *hey have seen is very highly likely.

And ye* again, the mos* convenien* solu*ion is *o ban every*hing *ha* is differen* from *he Malay Muslims’ own cul*ure so *hey won’* be *hrea*ened. Problem solved.

And so i* is when i* comes to having big crosses being displayed in clear view of *he Malays, *hey would obviously be very *hrea*ened by i*.

From *heir lack of a s*rong religious founda*ion, jus* *he mere sigh* of a cross, or any*hing similar *o a cross (like *he le**er ‘*’, for example), would s*rip *hem off *heir fai*h.

So wha* would be *he mos* obvious solu*ion *o *he problem? Wipe ou* all public displays of *he cross and every*hing *ha* resembles i*. Problem solved.

[This article was originally published on English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 5) – Chewie, we’re home!


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 5) – Chewie, we’re home!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens! The Fat Bidin Film Club resident know-it-nones, Zan and Aizyl Azlee, talk about the latest trailer to be released promoting a film that will only come out at the end of the year (and the first trailer was released last year!).

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Pakchic Says: Try these 5 tips to persuade your child to take her medicine


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Pakchic says: Try these 5 tips to persuade your child to take her medicine
By Zan Azlee

I used to hate taking medicine when I was little. I remember when my father would have to literally pin me down while my mother poured those disgustingly colourful liquid into my mouth.

And when I was a bit older and had to take pills if I got ill, I would actually spit it out into the water in my mug and then showing my mother my empty mouth as if I had swallowed it.

Devious, I know!

More than 30 years later I get a taste of my own medicine as it is now my turn to be a parent who has to face the extremely difficult task of trying to persuade my child to swallow hers.

But I think I have managed to learn a few tricks to help make things a little easier. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still an incredible challenge. But at least it makes it seem slightly possible.

1. Make it into a game

Pretend like the medicine in the spoon is like an aeroplane flying into a tunnel which is your child’s mouth. Yeah right! This only works about 0.00003% of the time.

2. Lie to her and say that the colourful medicine is really liquid candy

This one will either be a big failure (your child spits it out of her mouth and into your face) or a big success (she gets caught by surprise and swallows it).

But this only works once because little kids are extremely intelligent and they won’t trust you again when you try the same trick twice. Fool me once, shame on you… blah blah blah.

3. Mix the medicine with her milk or food

This method actually has a very high and consistent success rate. The only problem with this is that there will be a risk that your child doesn’t finish her meal.

If this happens, then your child won’t get the full dosage she needs to recover. This is especially not good for antibiotics because these need to be completed to work.

4. Talk and reason with your child

This is the best method a good and sane parent should use. But if you have in your hands a normal and healthy toddler, then this method will most probably won’t work.

They may understand why they have to take the medicine, but their passion and commitment toward their own reason to not take it (ie: it taste like poo!) will beat all your logic and reasoning.

5. When all else fails, pin the little rascal down!

Enough said!

But jokes aside, you can try all the methods above, or even anything else you can think of that I haven’t mentioned, and see what suits your child best.

It may take a few days, or like in my case, years (and still unsuccessful!). But at the end of the day, parenting is really a big experiment and you just need to be patient and try your best.

Good luck!

[This article was first published at MakChic.Com]