Sunday, 30 October 2016

A shocking discovery

These few medicine costs RM 75.90

I was shocked when I heard RM 75.90. Could it be a mistake? Then the pharmacist repeat again: “75.90”. I took out a hundred ringgit note and she returned me RM 24.10. Okay, it wasn’t a mistake. The medicine for the all-time favourite combination sickness that loves to strike fellow Malaysians – fever, flu and sore throat – costs a whopping RM 75.90 from a pharmacy.

On second thought, could I be ripped off by the pharmacist? I checked with mom and at the same time complaining about the exorbitant price. “That’s cheap liao girl!” mom replied. “These days a visit to Dr. Lau or Dr Lee (referring to the two family physician popular among Teluk Intan folks) can easily be RM 100 and more if you need antibiotics.”

After a few more conversations with friends affirming the exorbitant price of medicine in Malaysia, I have to admit I have been blessed with good health all these years and my last visit to the doctor for fever, flu and cough was in 2012. Back then, a visit to the doctor will never cost more than RM40.00.

“The price in your memory was that of king kong years ago. You have to add in inflation and blaaaa blaaaa,” teased my dear colleague Aloysius.

“Why are you complaining when in actual it only cost you SGD 25?”

“Affordable to me but what about other people in the middle and lower income group, what about retirees?” I replied him with a question of my own.

“All thanks to greedy pharmaceutical companies and the capitalist system.” He sneered.

While I don’t agree that capitalism contributed to high cost of medical bills in developed and poor countries alike, I do agree that greed among shareholders and management of the pharmaceutical companies plays a huge role.

At the same time, I am of the opinion that Malaysians are considered luckier than the people in many other countries thanks to Klinik 1 Malaysia and government hospitals where the cost is RM 1 per visit. However, the long waiting list and limited consultation hours can be an agony for the sick and I hope that the government will address this issue for the benefit of all Malaysians.

As the old adage goes, health equals to wealth; it is definitely cheaper to stay healthy regardless of how much cheaper the cost of medical bills will be. 

Friday, 28 October 2016

New purple clay teapots from Shanghai

It is a great delight to be arriving home from Europe to find three new purple clay teapots to add to my collections. These teapots are courtesy of Uncle and Aunty Wang of Lu Yu Teashop in Shanghai and hand carried to Malaysia by my good friend Stella.

I am thankful to the Wangs from Shanghai for always remembering me and my fancy for purple clay teapots and to Stella for being my “courierwoman”. It is very unfortunate that we aren’t able to meet during your brief stay in Kuala Lumpur and I look forward to see you again soon.

Each of these three pots are unique and they are made from three different types of clay in the purple clay family; the red clay (红泥), purple clay (紫泥) and “duan ni” (段泥) by Ling Yan Ping 凌燕苹. I hope I’ll be able to find time to polish them to perfection during this year-end holiday. 

藏龙卧虎 , Hidden Dragon,Crouching Tiger

六方狮, Hexagonal Lion

心经,The heart sutra

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Deepest Condolences to Thailand

My deepest condolences to the Thailand Royal Family and people of the Kingdom of Thailand on the passing of our beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej. May His Majesty's legacies lives on forever. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Hillary Clinton’s irony

From Foreign Policy:

“We have never in the history of our country been in a situation where an adversary — a foreign power — is working so hard to influence the outcome of the election,” Clinton said. 

And believe me, they’re not doing it to get me elected. They’re doing it to try to influence the election for Donald Trump.”

What an irony for Clinton and the Americans to cry foreign intervention in their democracy system when for years the United States of America have been meddling in the rise and fall of foreign head of states all around the world as well as the rise of ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Heed Confucius's advice, don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you. Period. 

Monday, 3 October 2016

Re: Sarong Party Girls

Dear JL,

You know ah, inspiration to write is very exclusive one. They want to come they come. They don’t want to come they don’t anyhow come.  So hor, when you requested that I shed my seriousness a bit bit and write in Singlish, it is harder than toiling hard labour in North Korea. And pardon me for the delay in writing this as the accompaniment in conjunction with making Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan the book of the month in the office.

Haiyoh. I have to tell you that writing Singlish is harder than writing long long law journals for all the ang moh atas atas publications. Already one chapter nia, uncle here whom you all normally call long winded is already running out of words. I thought aiyaa…sap sap water. Write Singlish nia. But sibeh jialat lah. It make you really respect Cheryl for writing the whole book in Singlish. 

Talk about language ah...whah lau eh..recently I read that Malaysians are making fun of their Deputy Prime Minister for speaking Mangish at the what United Nations General Assembly. But I never understand why lah the people want to criticise him. Everyone have their own ways of speaking one mah. Malaysians should be proud of Manglish like we Singaporeans take Singlish so seriously. 

Last time our ah kong Lee Kuan Yew tried so hard to wipe out Singlish. But hor you see, Singlish is flourishing like Singapore’s GDP, GNP, ERP, PAP and all the P lah. They keep going up and up and up. Somemore now it is under the concern of National Heritage Board. Yes lah. Be proud of your country’s heritage. And now no play play. Even Oxford Dictionary also recognise Singlish. Ah Beng and Ah Lian so shiok when read it on their extra size iPhone, iPad.

What you say leh?

Malaysians are sometimes very confused. At one hand they said do away with everything colonial and foreign but another hand they said you must speak Queen’s English. lah ? The opposition there everyday hentam the government for this fail that fail. Everything also fail fail fail. How can? They sound like Malaysia bo cheng hu. They should see the every weekend Great Singapore Two Days Exodus. See already they sure shuddup. No good place hor, Singaporean won’t go one.

Aiyah.. uncle here not Malaysian so shouldn’t kepo kepo Malaysian’s business but uncle is concerned neighbour ma. Ok lah. I better stop before I start to lor lor sor sor. You know lah, talking politics law and governance made me so shiok one leh. Later I write non stop. I write this also for fun only. No intention yet to write book lah. Year end time but don’t chiong till office upside down hor. Later I come to do spot check.

Bye for now.



P/s: What you’ve just read above what written by my dear boss the Pharaoh at the popular request of his slaves to share with us his Singlish (for laughter). It all started when I was in Dubai not too long ago. The Maharani a.k.a Mrs Pharaoh was reading Sarong Party Girls while I was reading A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani. In between the boring pages of my book, I read the Sarong Party Girls though fiction wasn’t really my cup of tea.

For a change, I’ve decided to introduce, for the first time in the firm’s history, a fiction as book of the month. (Book of the month is a tradition in my firm where colleagues are encouraged to introduce a book (not related to law) that they deemed worth sharing for a particular month.)