Can you feel the heat in your bones? The heat I was referring to is the upcoming PRU13. Someone told me that it will be in June. I dont know but all I can say is, I am ready to vote!
Recently George and I were invited to attend a Teh Tarik Session by my friend, Uzaidi Udanis from the Teh Tarik Bersama YB. The YB or the VIP for the evening was none other than the evergreen politician and one of my favourites, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
That evening she was bombarded with all sorts of questions from the floor – from questions with regards to the upcoming PRU, to cattles and condos, to rumors of her making a comeback to Wanita Umno. She was still the same fiery, sharp lady that I have observed all these years.
She shared that in her many travels to other countries, she feels that Malaysia is still a home to come back to.
In fact, this is one of the regular topics that George and I talk about during our trips all over the country. There is no war, no famine, no natural disaster (ok..so the flash flood in the city recently was all due to the bad irrigation system…). When we traveled to Cameron Highlands, we saw the Orang Asli houses have Astro dishes and several cars parked outside. Whenever we travel to the East Coast’s rural areas, we see piped water and electricity poles standing.
General health care is still cheap and accessible comparing to other developing countries. You pay RM1.00 to be attended by a doctor and will be given nothing but the best medicine. Not enough money to eat for breakfast? Try to visit the Restoran 1Malaysia. For a price of RM1.00 you will get a decent breakfast (60 sen for teh tarik and 40 sen for roti canai). Lunch with several side dishes rarely set you back for more than RM5.00, including a drink.
Just today, the Prime Minister has announced in the news that all programmes in the 2011 GTP are all in top gear.
2011 GTP report card
● Street crime down 39.7%
● Index crime down 11.1%
● 64 companies signed the Corporate Integrity Pledge
> Reward for civil servants who report graft
Improving Student Performance
● 3,089 preschools built
● New system to monitor school and pupil performance
Raising Living Standards of Low-Income Households
● 63,147 households out of poverty
● 12,578 people received micro loans
Improving Rural Basic Infrastructure
● 109,500 rural homes given clean water
● 54,270 houses supplied with electricity
● 31,327 rural homes completed ahead of schedule
Improving Urban Public Transport
● 470 RapidKL buses added to Klang Valley routes
● Transit cards for use on all RapidKL buses
Addressing the Rising Cost of Living
● 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M)
● 1Malaysia Book Voucher (BB1M)
● 1Malaysia People’s Shop (KR1M)
● 1Malaysia People’s Menu (MR1M)
● 1Malaysia clinics
I have seen proof of economic improvement in the friends and families and what kind of assistance that the Government has rendered to them. Obviously there are areas of improvement, but change need time. And time to be spent wisely in elevating the economic level of Malaysians.
In a way, I am proud to be a part of all these, albeit playing a very minor role in the pockets of communities I am involved with.
But, there is no other place I rather be than here in Malaysia where I call home. Now…unless someone told me that the ruling Government is calling for Hudud Law to be implemented all throughout the nation, I am still sticking around. Otherwise, I seriously need to start asking airlines for quotes on transporting a big household and 23 furkids to elsewhere.