- Day Out With Felix and Friends
- 1malaysia at work!
- HAPPY 28TH BIRTHDAY JANNAH!
- DPP Farah Azlina Latif dropped for bonking Saiful? Saiful must be loving it!
- I am in Taylor’s University College Library 24/7 Study Area
- I Wear My Sunglasses At Night
- Ex-home minister said he was not involved in approving calling visas for Bangladesh workers for a political fund
- DID THEY OR DIDN'T THEY?
- My four beautiful nieces
- Chubby Malaysian playboy Taek Jho Low and Paris Hilton
- Palestinian Corruption and Humanitarian Aid
- Langkah Desperado UMNO BN Sebelum Karam
- THE KOREAN CONNECTION
- Klinik Khidmat Rakyat di Dataran Glomac
- My letter to Editor of Star, NST
- PJ's University Hospital - A Nightmare For The Truly Sick
- Cow-head protest: Only one out of six charged for sedition sentenced to jail
- Pay more for local waiters? Forget about it, just continue with the foreign workers
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 10:35 AM PDT
Here's a day out with Felix, who is a 11 years old boy, and brother of Arron, my good friend. =D Few weeks back in Penang, I went to Queensbay Mall to meet up with Chen Yuen who came back from Kampar and many people. It's had been a few months I didn't see them already, many went to Kampar for studies. Soon I will be like that also because I am now in Kuala Lumpur!
So that day, afternoon I drove to Queensbay Mall. I went there to join them for movie, Despicable Me which is a very cute and funny cartoon and highly recommended if you haven't watch. I didn't think of going to the KTV and I was there early before the movie and some friends were in the KTV, so I went to visit them at Neway. My first time and last time of going to Neway Karaoke before I moved to Kuala Lumpur. Woo.
After movie, we just went walking around the mall as we have nothing much to do.
I am wondering, how are you guys back there? Are you guys doing good? I am miss home badly. Sucks man.
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 10:48 AM PDT
- teachers can be involved in politics
- the lingam tape scandal is a thing of the past, said the chief justice, do not dwell on it anymore.
- construction of the mazu (goddess of the sea) statue in sabah on its original site was turned down by federal court. however sabah CM was so sweet to offer then an alternative location. it's 1malaysa, see.
- the cow head protesters (umno's machai) were left off with just a small RM1000 fine.
- the court of appeal until now has not set a date for the controversial 'allah word' court case (6 months already).
i can go on and on but you would be bored as probably you knew too, if not much more than me. so i'll stop now but before i go…
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 09:34 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 09:02 AM PDT
DPP Farah Azlina Latif has been removed from the prosecution team in Anwar Ibrahim's current sodomy trial, according to Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail.
According to a news alert by the Sun, her removal follows allegations made by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin in an article on July 22, that she has had an intimate relationship with Saiful Bukhari Azlan (left), Anwar's accuser and another report by Berita Harian Online said that Farah Azlina's removal takes effect immediately.
This latest turn of events will likely add some fireworks when the otherwise snail's pace trial resumes on Aug 2.
Contacted by Malaysiakini, defence counsel Sankara Nair said that the decision by the AG's Chambers came as a major shock for the defence team as there were no reasons given for dropping her even though a letter to seek a confirmation or denial over Raja Petra's allegation was sent to the AG's Chambers yesterday.
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 07:26 AM PDT
Hi guys, it had been quite a long break for me for blogging. Frankly, I was lazy on blogging, busy spending the last few weeks of holidays with friends and family in Penang and finally I am back to school. My 7 months long holiday had finally come to an end and it's time to get my lazy butt off the chair. Less playing around and more work for me.
It's not easy for me to get back to school and read because my brain has been suspended for 7 months, had not written much too. But one thing is still very good and that's my finger and mouth. Everyday type and talk. Haha.
At this moment, my current location is in Taylor's University College, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. I am no longer in Penang because I am now in college, attending Diploma in Interior Design here and at here, it started my new chapter of life, college campus life. Living inside the university is fun but going around the area is not easy because public transport and taxi here sucks to the max.
Wondering why I am at the library study area now? My hostel have no Internet access at the moment, it's super new and no Internet sucks so I had to come here to online. Actually I did sign up a wireless broadband for myself temporary because sometimes I am lazy to go out of the room and want to watch Internet TV. I am here actually to accompany my housemate who don't have Internet access to go online.
Internet speed here is pretty fast but sucks that I can't watch online TV or do some P2P download. Sigh. It's very crowded right here, very noisy and I believe all of them are craving for the Internet. I have a lot to share but the photos are in my camera. I promise I'll be updating more and more soon.
Any Taylorian out there? =)
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 08:24 AM PDT
I have a questions to ask you. You might or might not fall into this category of people but why do people insist on using their sunglasses indoors? I mean, it is called sunglasses and obviously it is meant to be used in the sun, right? So why, oh why do people still use them when they're indoors?
Whenever I go shopping with wifey, I always notice lots of people will be walking around in the mall with their sunglasses on. It's not like the lights in the mall is so glaringly bright that it calls on the need to keep your sunglasses on.
I honestly wonder what goes on through their minds? Do they think it makes them look more macho or sexier? And the worse part is they actually do walk around with these sometimes oversized and oftentimes horrendously butt ugly sunglasses thinking they look like the next thing thing in line to Paris Hilton or Gerrard Butler!
I can understand it if they have some eye disorder or are just trying to hide your recent acne treatments or something but I'll bet my bottom dollar they all think they look cool or glamorous parading around with their sunglasses indoors. I for one think they look like nincompoops!
And if you happen to fall into this category, then I'm sorry if I offended you but if you see this guy in a mall giving you this smirky smile, well you can be sure that guy will be me ... LOL!
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 07:10 AM PDT
Former Home Minister Syed Hamid Syed Albar told the Sessions Court here today that he was not involved in approving calling visas for Bangladesh workers for a political fund.
Testifying in the corruption trial of former Immigration director-general Wahid Md Don, Syed Hamid also denied that he had asked his brother-in-law, Syed Abdullah Syed Rahman, to collect money for his political fund.
Cross-examined by defence counsel V Sithambaram, the former minister also agreed to a suggestion by the counsel that although the division to approve the calling visas was handed over the Immigration director-general, he or his secretary continued to approve such visas if there were applications from employers.
However, he denied that other individuals were involved in the processing of the applications.
He also told the court that he did not know an individual named Sim Guan Yu or a Datuk Low, who were said to have played a role in collecting money for a political fund.
The member of parliament for Kota Tinggi also said that testimony by others during the earlier proceedings of the trial about Wahid allegedly accepting RM60,000 from businessman Low Chang Hian to expedite approval of 4,337 calling visas for Bangladesh workers, was not correct.
'Others could have used my name'
Questioned further about a witness stating that Sim, a businessman, had mentioned that each calling visa would cost RM180 to be approved, Syed Hamid replied: "No."
"I also deny the existence of a political fund for myself as had been stated by witness Burugabudeen Mohamed Ismail whereby he had claimed that my brother-in-law (Syed Abdullah) had told him about it (political fund).
"I also do not dismiss the possibility that certain individuals might have used my name to collect funds for their own interests," he said.
Wahid, 57, is charged with receiving a bribe of RM60,000 from Low to expedite approval of 4,337 calling visas for Bangladesh workers.
He is alleged to have committed the offence at his house in Jalan Lembah Ledang, off Jalan Duta here at 10.15 pm on July 10 2008.
Judge Rosbiahanin Ariffin set Aug 20 for the prosecution and defence to submit written submissions.
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 06:43 AM PDT
I have been sitting in front of my laptop since 7.45p.m. wondering about the current events of the day. Various news portals reported DPP Farah Azlina Latif has been removed from the prosecution team in Anwar Ibrahim's current sodomy trial and from the prosecution division of the Attorney-General's Chambers.
According to TheSun:
The move was to avoid negative public perception of the prosecution team in the wake of a blogger's allegation that she is romantically involved with lead witness Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Both Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider named the blogger as RPK whose article The Bizarre Case of Sodomy 2 appeared in Malaysia Today HERE on July 22nd.
Defence counsel Sankara Nair told Malaysiakini that it was still incumbent upon the AG's Chambers to reply to the defence team's letter which sought a confirmation or denial over Raja Petra's allegation He said, "If there is truth in the allegation, then there will be serious implication on the integrity of the AG's Chambers."
Both parties have not made any comments on the allegations.
On August 16th 2008, The Star reported HERE that Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan swore on the Quran before scores of press members and religious officials at the Federal Territory mosque that he was sodomised by his former boss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Why isn't he swearing that the allegation is not true? Why the silence?
More importantly, how does this development affect the case? Defence Counsel Sankara Nair brought up a very good point HERE when he said:
"This guy is a witness and cannot have access to the prosecutor's information. He has to be treated as any other witness because this is not Saiful versus Anwar.
Until they make a statement or until there is a thorough investigation, we will never know the truth.
Did they or didn't they?
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 05:54 AM PDT
Nieces are the children that we borrow,
Intending not to raise but merely love,
Ever watchful from our open window,
Caring deeply at a slight remove.
Everywhere you go, my love will follow,
Still part of you wherever you may live.
SOURCE: Quote about nieces and nephews? – Yahoo! Answershttp://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?…anyone know any good quotes about nieces and nephes
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 05:38 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 04:52 AM PDT
PERKY Paris Hilton sunbathes topless on a luxury yacht - and for a change there's plenty to sea.The 29-year-old heiress played coy but was obviously not hiding from the cameras as she cheered up the buoys by peeling off on the Italian coast. But her curvier-than-usual figure sparked rumours she'd given herself a boost too. Paris, who's never admitted to a boob job, has certainly been making the breast of her ocean break around Europe with pals.
Last week she helped run up the most expensive celebrity bar bill EVER, in France's St Tropez.
Her new fella, chubby Malaysian playboy Taek Jho Low, shelled out a staggering £1.8 MILLION on bubbly at the exclusive Byblos nightclub. He was competing with her ex-boyfriend Doug Reinhardt on who could splash the most cash on booze. But we can't help wondering if bills are the only things Paris has been racking up... News of the World
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 04:38 AM PDT
The PalArabs have been the recipients of international largesse unprecedented in history and somehow have not been able to translate it into real state building. There is nothing happening on the ground.
Its called "Protection Money" a concept familiar to anyone who has watched movies about the Mafia. Hat tip : Elder of Ziyon
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Posted: 27 Jul 2010 04:35 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 02:52 AM PDT
Langkah benar guru siswazah aktif berpolitik agenda BN hadapi PRU-13?
Penganalisis-penganalisis politik melihat keputusan terbaru kerajaan membenarkan guru — antaranya guru besar dan pengetua — terlibat aktif dalam politik hanya semata-mata untuk mendapatkan semula sokongan golongan tersebut dan juga masyarakat menjelang pilihanraya umum ke-13.
Ini kerana menurut beberapa penganalisis, guru mempunyai pengaruh besar, jadi penglibatan mereka dalam politik boleh digunakan untuk mempengaruhi masyarakat terutamanya ketika pilihan raya umum akan datang.
Pensyarah kanan Kolej Undang-Undang, Kerajaan dan Pengajian Antarabangsa Universiti Utara Malaysia, Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani berkata, tindakan kerajaan membenarkan guru aktif berpolitik mungkin kerana ingin mendapatkan semula sokongan yang terhakis saban tahun.
"Saya lihat keputusan itu ada kaitan dengan pilihan raya umum kerana apabila guru aktif berpolitik mereka boleh memainkan peranan untuk mempengaruhi masyarakat," katanya.
"Boleh dikatakan kerajaan (mahu) menggunakan pengaruh guru untuk mendapatkan sokongan daripada masyarakat.
"Ini kerana bagi saya guru mempunyai pengaruh yang besar memandangkan mereka adalah pemimpin dalam sekolah, jadi apabila terlibat dalam politik ia boleh mempengaruhi masyarakat," kata beliau ketika dihubungi The Malaysian Insider.
Dengan adanya pengaruh guru ini, jelas beliau, secara tidak langsung generasi muda akan mengikut mendokong sama perjuangan guru.
"Sebelum ini pun guru merupakan pejuang asal cuma pada tahun 1990 golongan ini diketepikan selepas golongan korporat terlibat dalan Umno," ujar beliau.
Pun begitu katanya, apabila kerajaan membenarkan semula guru terlibat dalam politik saya melihat ia satu perkara yang bagus memandangkan selama ini guru memang mendokong perjuangan kerajaan.
"Apabila guru terlibat dalam politik sama ada menyokong kerajaan ataupun pembangkang kerajaan, masyarakat akan melihat perkara ini dan ia boleh mempengaruhi mereka nanti," katanya.
Bermula 1 Ogos ini, pegawai pendidikan perkhidmatan siswazah Gred DG41 hingga DG48 akan dibenarkan melibatkan diri dalam politik, demikian diumumkan oleh Ketua Setiausaha Negara Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan (gambar) hari ini.
Menurut Mohd Sidek, langkah itu berlandaskan hakikat bahawa guru suatu masa dahulu memain peranan penting dalam memimpin masyarakat dalam senario politik negara.
"Masanya sudah tiba mereka dibenar aktif semula dalam politik," kata beliau hari ini.
Pensyarah sains politik Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Prof Madya Dr Ahmad Nidzamuddin Sulaiman juga berkata, penglibatan guru dalam politik boleh memainkan peranan dalam mempengaruhi masyarakat.
"Pengaruh guru ini besar, jadi bila dibenarkan semula terlibat dalam politik ia boleh mempengarui masyarakat tempatan.
"Apabila kita benarkan guru bercakap di kampung mereka boleh mempengaruhi masyarakat, jadi bagi saya guru mempunyai pengaruh yang amat besar.
"Walaupun saya tidak tahu apa agenda sebenarnya kerajaan membenarkan guru aktif berpolitik semula tapi ia merupakan satu langkah yang bagus," katanya.
Selain itu, Nidzamuddin berkata kerajaan juga perlu membenarkan kakitangan kerajaan lain untuk sama-sama aktif dalam politik memandangkan mereka juga sebahagian daripada anggota perkhidmatan awam.
"Jadi timbul persoalan, mengapa mesti guru sahaja? Adakah guru lebih layak?
"Perlu ada satu penjelasan akan perkara ini oleh pihak kerajaan," katanya.
Beliau berkata guru yang ingin terlibat secara aktif perlu mengimbangi soal politik dan juga kerja.
"Secara dekat kita lihat guru ini mempunyai kecenderungan yang berbeza, ada yang sokong kerajaan dan ada pembangkang.
"Jadi adakah guru boleh membezakan soal politik dan kerja? Kita tidak mahu melihat hanya kerana berbeza politik guru berselisih pendapat, bergaduh dan sebagainya," katanya.
Sementara itu pensyarah kanan Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan Universiti Sains Malaysia, Prof Madya Dr Sivamurugam Pandian berkata, keputusan itu dibuat mungkin disebabkan peredaran masa yang memerlukan penglibatan guru dalam politik.
"Penglibatan guru akan membolehkan peningkatan sosial, malah ia selari dengan peredaran suasana politik sekarang.
"Saya tidak melihat ia ada kaitan dengan pilihan raya umum kerana ia lebih kepada keperluan pemimpin dari kalangan guru.
"Ini barangkali guru boleh memainkan peranan sebagai pemimpin sebuah parti politik sama ada kerajaan ataupun pembangkang," katanya.
Bagaimanapun beliau menyarankan agar guru yang terlibat dalam politik perlu tahu membezakan antara politik dan juga pekerjaan.
"Ini kerana apabila guru terlibat dalam politik ada positif dan negatif. Yang positifnya guru boleh memainkan peranan besar dalam parti politik.
"Sementara itu, yang negatifnya pula jika guru tidak dapat membezakan antara politik dan kerja ia akan memberikan kesan buruk kepada masyarakat.
"Jadi bila terlibat dalam politik, setiap guru perlu mengimbangi antara soal politik dan kerja. Jangan sesekali mencampurkannya kerana nanti yang akan menerima kesan adalah sekolah dan juga masyarakat," katanya.
Justeru Sivamurugam mencadangkan agar ada satu badan pemantauan untuk memantau pergerakan guru yang terlibat dalam politik.
"Pengaruh guru ini amat besar dan ia boleh mempengaruhi anak-anak, pelajar, rakan sebaya dan juga sekolah.
"Jadi kalau tidak ada pemantauan bimbang guru akan menjadikan sekolah sebagai tempat berpolitik dan kita tidak mahu kejadian guru bergaduh sesama sendiri hanya kerana mempunyai idealogi politik berbeza," katanya. -TMI
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 02:45 AM PDT
Today, I had another reunion with a student whom I taught in 1991. It has been 19 years since he first joined my Sociology class and it is amazing how we managed to forge a strong friendship beyond the classroom. The best part is that I was not his favorite teacher then but we get along very well now and I am also friends with his wife.
After picking them up from Hotel Royal along Larut Road, we proceeded to New World Park to savor banana leaf rice at Passions of Kerala. Philip and Sandra have an eight-month old daughter, Sophia, whom I adore to bits.
He is teaching in Korea and we had great fun exchanging notes about our teaching experiences.
We ordered banana leaf rice, mutton masala and of course the famous mango lassi. Here are some pics I took during the lunch.
In between the lunch, I took Sophia shopping and she chose a cute one for herself.
Here's one of the four of us.
After lunch, they visited me at home and we exchanged more notes about blogging. I am so thankful that despite the rough start we had in the classroom, we managed to see beyond our differences and are friends till today.
I am sure it is largely due to his teaching experience :-). As he shared with me how strict he was with his Korean students, I remarked that he was becoming somewhat like me :-) and we smiled knowingly at each other. He is a great person and I am so glad he and Sandra are happily married. Of course I advocated at least four to six kids :-).
They will be leaving on Sunday and I will miss them but I know in my heart that despite the thousands of miles separating us, we are as near as a thought. Thank goodness for Facebook that makes it so easier for us to be in touch.
Last week, I had two reunions, one with a friend who is an Assoc. Prof. at Harvard University and another with a couple from New Zealand. It has been lots of eating and blogging - not very good for my waistline. Straight after I put up this post, I am going for a brisk walk at the park near my home right after I drop my boy at his violin class.
My next sopo post will be up after dinner. Do swing by again. Take care everyone and have a lovely evening. Cheers!
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 02:17 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 12:45 AM PDT
CIRCULAR BY KSN
STAR newspaper dated 26 July 2010 front paged KSN's circular directing civil servants to report all 'surat sokongan' from politicians and well connected people for anything in the Government sector. It is said that all decisions will be based on merit.
A very high and mighty statement from the KSN. I would like to urge the KSN to clean his 'house' first, meaning his civil servants before issuing such statements or directive. As we know, last year 140 civil servants were caught by MACC and I assume many more went scot free due to non reporting. The same goes for the service rendered by the civil servants. Should they be perfect, no cronyism, no favours between themselves and so on, then we can accept KSN's statement and circular. However, many public complaints still go unheard or unresolved. Who has not heard of the story where the public gets scolded or just told off rudely by the person manning the counter or answering the phone which is supposedly the hotline? And don't forget the many times when the so called hotline is left unmanned with no one picking up the phone!
Imagine the many newspaper reports that we read about how a person was not accepted into university or get a scholarship or was not granted citizenship even after 20 years applying. How did it get solved? Through the intervention and support of the politicians who wanted to help and service the rakyat. For example, YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein managed to help many deserving people get their citizenship, and with his resolve and commitment, managed to solve all old applications for citizenship that have been delayed for 10 years and more. The same goes for application to enter universities for example. I know for a fact many politicians, YBs and position holders in political parties will write in supporting applications of aspiring students in their constituency. UMNO and MCA for example, on a yearly basis collect details of students who are applying or appealing to enter matriculation, iptas or for jpa scholarships for them to support and appeal to the relevant ministries and agencies. I am sure all political parties and politicians, regardless of BN or PR do this for the sake of their constituents.
The rakyat go to politicians for help because of the failure in the civil service system to handle all these. The folks in kampungs do not have access to government offices in Putrajaya or the ministries or the state offices. That is why they look for their "WAKIL RAKYATs" or political parties. In fact, the term itself is Wakil Rakyat, meaning they are representatives of the people even with matters dealing with all matters, including the Government offices. If the KSN feels that he has enough officers on the ground, then explain why the Rakyat still feels the need to ask for assistance from the politicians.
It is also the Prime Minister's directive for all Wakil Rakyat and political parties to go down the ground and service the Rakyat. When one goes down the ground, there will be many requests for assistance from the Rakyat. What are they supposed to with these requests? Throw them into the bin or drain? Or just refuse to accept them? I am sure this is not what the PM wants. As far as I am concerned, KSN's circular runs contrary to PM's directive for politicians to go to the ground and service the rakyat. It runs contrary to "Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan".
What KSN is doing is effectively shutting down an arm that services the Rakyat for the Government especially in rural area, in kampungs and so on. If the KSN feels that his officers are all over the place and should be sufficient for the kampung folks,
I can understand and accept that politicians should not support or be in any way involved with supporting any projects or tenders. That is true and correct. If the KSN were just referring to that, I agree and support. However, do not amputate the part of the Government 'arm' that has effectively been supporting and linking the Rakyat to the Government.
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 11:59 PM PDT
aNt's aNgle:I came across this very interesting letter in Malaysiakini yesterday.
As a person who lives near the PPUM - and who goes there often - I can't but agree totally with the writer who describes himself only as Road 10.
A hospital should think and care chiefly about its patients who come there. More so when they are elderly or disabled.
Although there have been improvements with some
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 10:41 PM PDT
Man jailed a week, fined RM3000 over cow-head protest
UPDATED @ 01:01:30 PM 27-07-2010
July 27, 2010
SHAH ALAM, July 27 — One man was jailed for a week and imposed a fine of RM3000 today for being part of last year's racially-charged cow-head protest here. Another man was fined RM3,000 as well while four others who were also originally charged under the Sedition Act were given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.
The cowhead paraded by the protesters last year. - Picture by Choo Choy May
They were part of a group of 12 men charged for various offences in connection with the protest against the construction of a Hindu temple in their neighbourhood.
All 12 pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court here today to being part of an illegal assembly.
They were all fined RM1,000 for the illegal assembly offence.
The 12 were part of a group which brought a cow's head to the gate of the state secretariat building on August 28 last year to protest the construction of a temple in their mainly Muslim-Malay neighbourhood.
They were protesting the relocation of a 150-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple from Section 19 to their neighbourhood in Section 23.
The 12 are Ahmad Mahayuddin, 36, Ibrahim Sabri, 43, Eyzva Ezhar Ramly, 31, Mohd Azmir Mohd Zain, 35, Ahmad Suhairy Zakaria, 30, Mohd Hilmi Ni, 40,Jainuddin @ Zainuddin Md Yusuff, 67, Mohd Jurit Ramli, 39, Mohamad Nordin Zakaria, 46, Jamil Mohamad Isa, 40, Rahimuddin Md Harun, 39, and Azhari Shaari, 39.
MORE TO COME
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 10:33 PM PDT
Here's your drink, Sir! This Bangladeshi waiter is friendly and efficient. – Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — It's no surprise to find that Malaysian diners are not willing to pay more so restaurants can hire local staff who are bound to demand higher wages than foreign workers. But the reason they give is.
Many say they have no problems with foreign wait staff and in fact, quite a few prefer them as they are more polite and work harder.
"Increasing the price depends on the quality of service, not whether they are locals or foreigners," said Wong Pek Yin who was at a popular Bangsar restaurant. "Just because they are hiring locals, I don't think so."
"Foreigners are also more eager to please. If foreign workers have been here long enough, they should be able to understand our language," added the 45-year-old manager.
Another customer at the restaurant, Brian Yong, agreed that most locals did not want to work in restaurants because of the poor wages.
When asked if he would then support a rise in food prices in order to attract local workers with higher wages, the 60-year-old accountant said that he would but added a caveat, "If the service is good."
Restaurant manager Reuben Miranda also agreed that customers would most probably reject a price hike made just to accommodate the hiring of local workers.
"I have to prove to customers that they are getting something extra, like if the quality is good, if service is better or if portions are bigger," he said.
"If the staff are polite, people are more willing to forgive the language barrier," added Miranda. Four out of his five staff are from Myanmar. A common enough occurrence in restaurants throughout the country.
After all, about 10 per cent of Malaysia's 1.9 million foreign workers are in the service industry while the rest are spread out in sectors such as manufacturing (39 per cent), construction (19 per cent), plantations (14 per cent), housemaids (12 per cent), and agriculture (6 per cent).
An Indonesian worker at a local hawker centre… she has no problems communicating with customers. – Picture by Choo Choy May
Prithpal Singh is another customer who wholly disagrees with restaurants raising prices just to hire locals.
"The answer is totally no. Malaysians are more preoccupied with food than service," said the 42-year-old head of strategic alliance of a bank.
He also dismissed the communication problems faced by foreign workers, saying "If you give them simple instructions, they can understand. This is not like in a bar where you tell a long story of your life. Here, you come, eat and go off."
Banking manager Adeline Lau also agreed that food quality was more important than service.
"Food has to be good. Service does matter but does not play a big role. Out of 100 per cent, service is only 10 per cent," said Lau, 37.
Unlike Prithpal, however, Lau said that she was willing to pay extra if a restaurant decided to hire local workers.
"Personally, I am willing to pay, just to help our own people. Locals should be given opportunities first before hiring foreign workers," she said.
Azmi Haji Ahmad, who owns restaurant Simply Spice, said that restaurants cannot increase prices just to hire locals as customers generally want good service from both locals and foreigners.
"They want service, good food and cheap price," said Azmi, adding that his restaurant catered to the middle-class.
Lim has an Indonesian worker helping him out at his stall. – Picture by Choo Choy May
College student Krystle Lim said that it was not worth paying more for local waiters as the language barrier faced by foreigners did not matter to her.
"It is not worth paying (more)," said the 18-year-old student while eating at a hawker centre in Brickfields.
"Foreign workers are also more friendly. They will talk to you," Lim added.
Technical assistant Kunasaikaran Yellumalai, 55, agreed with Lim, saying that foreign workers gave better service than locals as they were more polite.
"What for pay more for locals?" asked Kunasaikaran.
"Just say (the) food name. Easy to understand," he added.
An Indonesian waitress at the hawker centre revealed that most of the waiters and waitresses there were from Indonesia, while some came from Myanmar and Thailand.
Char koay teow seller Lim Hong Joo said that customers would "run away" if he increased prices, pointing out that people complained if there was even just a 50 sen hike.
"Customers who come three times a week will come only one time a week," said Lim, who has an Indonesian worker helping him run stall.
Pilot Vern Tang said he was not willing to pay for any price increase should restaurants hire local workers although he admitted that there were too many foreign workers.
"I don't see any locals in restaurants, especially coffee shops. Even in upper class Chinese restaurants, the waiters are from China," said Tang, 29.
"For me, I just want to eat. The service (in coffee shops), I don't really care," added Tang.
Pay more for local waiters? Forget about it By Boo Su-Lyn
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