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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Ugly Malaysians II



This is a continuing series from the previous blog post :: Ugly Malaysians.

1. Tsunami aid cheats. These are reportedly of 3 categories ::
a. Tsunami survivors who inflated their losses
b. Those who have not been affected by the tsunami but registering as tsunami victims
c. Those who take the opportunity to benefit from the occasion eg those who siphon off donations in cash or kind meant for the tsunami victims.
The Penang ACA Director said that the ACA will act against the tsunami cheats under Section 11 (C) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997. The penalty if found guilty would be a jail term of 14 days to 20 years and a fine of RM10,000 or five times the amount claimed, whichever was higher. i had never thought that the ACA could be so efficient and is williing to take on such small fishes/cheats. But it is probably the view that it holds regarding such cheats. For the Penang Director, who was representing the ACA DG, had this to say :: "The people who try to take advantage of the situation are inhuman." It would be interesting to follow up and see how many of these "inhumans" the ACA will eventually nab.

2. Non-compassionate employers. According to the Human Resources MINIster there are some bosses who sacked or cut the salary of tsunami survivors in their employment on the grounds that they took excessive leave of absence following the tragedy or failed to come to work. It looks like the gomen, apart from the Campaign on Courtesy and Noble Values, will soon have to launch a Compassionate Malaysian campaign. Some Malaysians certainly must have lost their hearts becomig heartless and too materialistic.

3. The Robber Taxi Driver. It is reported that the taxi driver-cum-robber has finally been caught by the polis. He is reported to have robbed his passengers to a tune of RM50,000! His modus operandi was to threaten his passengers with harm with a parang which was kept under his seat. There was a total of 9 polis reports made against him. Polis believe that there are more victims out there. With him in polis custody, there is one less threat out there for taxi pasengers.

4. Unscrupulous Petrol Station Owners. The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs MINIster says that several petrol stations nationwide have established long-term contracts with undeserving parties to supply them with subsidised diesel. There are also operators acting as “middlemen” to illegally export diesel to neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Myanmar. Obviously the enforcement by his MINIstry has been lacking for all this to have happened resulting in the recent diesel shortage. Not only the method of offering the subsidy to those eligible should be reviewed but those tasked with enforcement, should also buck up.

Despite the above mentioned 'ugly ones' there are many many more Malaysians out there who are ever ready to lend a helping hand and contribute handsomely when trouble or disasters strike. As the PM says, Malaysians are generally good at helping one another and even others and this must be nurtured and cultivated as part of the Malaysian Culture


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