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Can using a credit card improve your financial management?


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Can using a credit card improve your financial management?
By Zan Azlee

Credit card – the dreaded piece of plastic that has put so many people in financial ruin. The most popular thing to do with this thing is to use scissors to cut it up in pieces.

But I think the credit card is really given too much flack. A bit too much more than it deserves because it can actually be a very useful item for a person who wants to have financial control.

Personally, if given the choice, I would whip out my credit card to make any purchase or payment if possible instead of using cash. And here are the reasons why:

[Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

If you care for the Malays, don’t confuse them


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If you care for the Malays, don’t confuse them
By Zan Azlee

Many people believe that to create a united Malaysia, one of the main tools is language. And that is why we have an official national language which is Bahasa Malaysia.

It is the medium used in our national schools and also the official language in all of our government offices. Every citizen understands it so they all can communicate with each other.

This is not much of a problem for the Malays because Bahasa Malaysia seems to be their mother tongue anyway and it is spoken at home among family members.

For many minorities in the country (obviously the Chinese and Indians), it may not be the first language they learn because their mother tongue would probably be something else.

So they learn it as soon they start going to school. They have to anyway as it is a requirement if they want to pass the national exams and qualify for university.

Oh yeah, I am sure it is also because they want to integrate into the rest of the society and, well, be united as a nation, as citizens who share a country.

So Bahasa Malaysia is really a unifying language that can bring everyone together. That is the noble intention, I guess. But is it really true?

Well, that is what they want you to believe. Do not be fooled. Bahasa Malaysia is really a language just for the Malays, and the Malay Muslims to be more specific.

Bahasa Malaysia when spoken among the Malays is fine. They use it casually with friends and family, officially at work and spiritually when praying. No problems there.

The trouble only starts when people from other races and religions start speaking Bahasa Malaysia. That is when all hell starts to break loose. And I really do mean hell.

The Malays start getting confused because they now do not know who is Malay and who is not. They will not be able to tell others apart and in turn forget who they are.

“Whoa! That guy has really small slit eyes and he is speaking Bahasa Malaysia! Is he Malay? Wait a minute! Am I Malay? Am I not? Arghhh!” [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

I just want my drugs fast!


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I just want my drugs fast!
By Zan Azlee

I go to the hospital or clinic when I’m not feeling well. I tell the doctor my problems and she makes diagnosis and tells me what medication he will give me.

I walk outside to the waiting area and a nurse will call me to the counter. There, he gives me my medicine and tells me how to take them. I pay and I leave.

All this talk about medicine only to be prescribed by a doctor and then for a patient to have to go to a pharmacy somewhere else to get the medicine just sounds to troublesome.

I’m not concern how systems are open to abuse over the other. Doctors dispensing medicine means they can manipulate the system. Pharmacy companies holding a monopoly mean they can abuse the alternative system.

I’m not concern about how there may be cases currently where patients would rather go to a pharmacy after self-diagnosing and then convincing the pharmacist to sell them what drugs they think will cure them.

I’m not concern about the lack of pharmacies in the rural areas, or anywhere else around the country for that matter, which would mean that to make it a law to dispense medicine through pharmacies difficult.

I’m not concern about private clinics who have apparently been applying a lower consultation fee because they have been able to subsidise it with the revenue they make from dispensing medicine will have to increase their fee. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 35) – Two Malay guys on Chinese New Year


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 35) – Two Malay guys on Chinese New Year

What do these Malay guys know about Chinese New Year? They know they’re tired of generic Chinese New Year stories in the media, that’s for sure.

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

 

 

The day we become a single Malaysian race


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The day we become a single Malaysian race
By Zan Azlee

I have celebrated Chinese New Year my entire life. And being a Malay Muslim and living in Malaysia, I feel myself very unique and special for doing so.

It is not hard to understand why. I have Chinese and Malay blood in me. My grandmother on my mother’s side is Chinese and the ethnic influence is very strong.

My brothers and I all speak Cantonese (however poor our pronunciation is) and when we speak English, we are very easily mistaken for being Chinese because of our accent.

When I was in primary school, some Malay classmates would tease me and say that I am committing a sin by celebrating Chinese New Year and collecting ang pows.
At first I was confused, but very quickly I realised that they were all just stupid and did not know what they were talking about. I was proud of that.

Of course, our family celebrated Hari Raya too and so did all our Chinese relatives who would gather at our house every single year without even needing an invitation.

And as how life naturally is, my Chinese grandmother eventually died and this year is the second Chinese New Year without her being with us.

So now, during Chinese New Year’s eve, we joke that we are really just a bunch of Malays flipping salmon in plum sauce with chopsticks and gulping down “chai choy” without any real reason to do so!

The pure Chinese immediate family member is gone. But it is alright. We have her blood running in our veins. And we still celebrate the first and second day with the entire Ang clan. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]