Tuesday, 29 October 2013

A penny saved is a penny earned

Budget 2014 was tabled on Friday and it did not come as a surprise that our operating expenditure has escalated. In simple language, we are spending more than what we are earning. Faced with such a situation, anyone running a business would be looking for ways to reduce his expenses, cut costs and find ways to improve his revenue streams.

Government should have to be run like a business. They should have to set a budget and stay within it. They should nit be borrowing money and raising taxes. When government runs out of money, they should just cut their spending across the board.

Government requires the same basic "business plan" .Let's start with resizing, the subject of most of the debate about government today. How much should we spend on government? How large or small should the deficit be? How much should we cut? A good place to start is discussing how we can control reckless spending, spend more wisely, and make the decisions necessary to bring spending in line with what we're able and willing to pay for it.

When we talk about cutting government spending, we are not going to be able to get out of our long-term budget problems without cutting something and the cuts we make have to be morally defensible. The Cabinet – and all the rest of us – has to be able to say that we have preserved and even made progress on the things that matter. And we also all have to believe that the things we cut are things we can live without, or at least are the best alternatives in a range of bad options

But obviously, something has to be taxed, and something has to be cut if we are going to solve this. There were all kinds of proposals put out there, from different members and politic parties and the reaction to each can be summed up like this: “You want to cut that? But we need that!” Or, from another angle that’s been heard a lot lately because of the GST: “You want to tax what? We can’t tax that!”

We can and should weigh priorities and programs and ask the fundamental questions: Are these programs working? Are they really important priorities? Taming the budget is about setting priorities, and they have to be priorities that match up with our values: fairness, compassion, maintaining jobs and economic growth, and preserving our national interest.

Rakyat deserve a budget that invests in the future, protects the most vulnerable among us and helps to create jobs and economic security.

A responsible budget is when government can be able to look at rakyat in the eye and say, “This is the best choice we can make.” This is not just about balancing the books. It’s about deciding what matters.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Shura, Eid & Sacrify

Eid days are meant to be occasions when the Muslims of an entire town join together in prayer, in rejoicing at the great religious traditions of Islam and in forgiving one another for any personal excesses we may have committed towards one another. But in minority Muslims Countries such as Australia, over the past many years these occasions have been marred by differences among the organizations or Masjid over when Eid should be celebrated.

As the Muslims have spread in all parts of the globe including non-Muslim countries this problem has grown many folds. Every time when Eid and Ramadan come, instead of good wishes and warm feelings among Muslims, bitter and heated discussions take away the joy of celebration. In one city various Muslim groups start and end Ramadan on different days. Sometimes Eid is celebrated in one city on three different days.

Muslims in many communities have become greatly disturbed at these differences; if we cannot join together twice a year in celebrating our holy days, there can be hardly anything which we can do together.

Now an overwhelming majority of our community members do desire to have Eid on the same day. But they are naturally dependent in this regard on the decisions taken by the committee or Imam of various organizations in the community.

With all due respect, the root cause of this entire problem / division of Muslims is the false ego and pride of Muslim organizations. Sectarian differences of Muslim organizations and Imams are one of the major sources of division among Muslims. We divide Muslims in the name of Islam and Allah in order to protect our control and monopoly over a mosque or a geographical area.

The only real solution to this issue is, perhaps, to be found in one body which govern all the mosque and Islamic organization to advise one date for particular region. Whatever the majority of these persons decide should be accepted by the entire community.

We cannot in any way touch upon the Islamic political system without talking about one of the main advantages of this system. Islam has brought about a great and a magnificent human principle, namely the principle of “shura” or mutual consultation.

We can apply this principle locally as follows: When a city-wide council, executive member or Imam has been elected to run our affairs it should bring together knowledgeable persons in the community, belonging to various religious groups and schools of Mazhab (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence), to discuss the question of Eid days. 

The decision must be based on “Ijtihad” (mental exertion) they have offered their different answers to these questions and discussed and debated them among themselves.

Muslim world expanded over vast areas of the globe and more recently with the development of science, a development that in large measure started under the influence of Islam and Muslims. We may take advantage of these scientific methods but relying completely on these methods alone is not correct. These tools and methods can help us in making decisions.

So let us follow the straight and clear way of deciding the question of Eid days suggested above, on the basis of Hadith, and in this way ensure what Eid days will be celebrated by the entire Muslim community on the same day.

It would have been nice if Eid had been celebrated on the same day in Western Australia because some people have friends or family in different parts of the country who they find it difficult to celebrate with due to the difference.

Allahu alam

Note:- Bunbury will celebrate Eid Adha on Wednesday 16 October 2013

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Qualified Malaysian Audit Report

I am just an average person living an average life. I work an average job and I make an average salary. I am as average as the average Malaysian can be. That is why I feel so helpless after reading the 2012 Auditor-General’s report and knowing that there is nothing I can do it about it, just like many Malaysians out there.

The annual Auditor-General’s report is always a very revealing document for the public. But history has shown that after reveal, nothing ever happens. The only thing I see happening is politicians going on the defensive and just denying everything that is in the report, or having an excuse for it (logical or illogical)

Inquiries are going to be set up and statements will be made saying that action will be taken should anyone be found guilty of misconduct. But come on. As an average Malaysian, and I think many average Malaysians will share my view, I believe that nothing will come out of anything.

Malaysians are sick of reading about projects whose prices seem to be over-inflated because the perception is that too many palms need to be greased. Are there any honest people left in the government or civil service that will do anything about the Auditor-General's Report?

For the last 15 years, our deficit has escalated significantly. In simple language, we are spending more than what we are earning.Faced with such a situation, anyone running a business would be looking for ways to reduce his expenses, cut costs and find ways to improve his revenue streams.

However our "smart" politician are known for their foot-in-the-mouth syndrome and they have become notorious for making announcements first before studying their ramifications. They have been promised too much in the elections and now they have to deliver. Unfortunately, the cost of their populist approaches has to be borne by the people, primarily those who pay tax whether as individuals or as companies.

The government has to dig into the savings to pay for all these so-called goodies, and common sense tells us that when we have to use our hard-earned savings, that’s not very good economics 
If the we allow the government continues to spend wastefully, run inefficiently the rakyat will feel the impact.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

After Ever After

Marriage brings out the best in me and it brings out the worst in me. Back then you had no idea that "for better and for worse"doesn't kick in only when life hands you a tragedy. So for the record, I agree: Marriage is hard. Not exactly mind-blowing, I know, and you’ve heard it before, but that doesn’t change the truth of the statement. Marriage is not easy.

To my single friend and many others who will be reading this blog.You think the hardest part will be finding someone you love who’ll love you back. You think once you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, your problems will be over.You’ll always be loved and supported; you’ll never feel lonely again. You’ll buy a house, have children and live happily ever after…

When you get married, you think that as long as you pick the right partner, your soul mate, you'll be happy together until death do you part. Then you wake up one day and realize that no matter how great the person is, the person doesn't make you happy every moment of every day. In fact, some days you might wonder why you were in such a hurry to get married in the first place. You think to yourself, This is so not what I signed up for.

Marriage is not a fairy tale, though it is wonderful and beautiful and with my whole four months of experience, I find it utterly fulfilling. But it’s not simple by any stretch of any imagination. Marriage is about compromise, communication, and mutual respect. This takes hard work.

But the strange beauty of marriage: It's full of hard times and hard lessons that no one can ever prepare you for. But in the end, those are the things that give richness to your life together — and make your love even deeper and stronger than when it began.

Note:- To my wife, like Pangako Sa'yo lyrics "I promise you that I'll fight for our love through thick and thin so that we'd never have to be apart, because someone like you only comes once in my life"