Archive for November, 2009

Tax on Plastics

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Our very-clever PM announced in the 2010 budget that there will be a RM50 tax on each credit card. The justification is… need money for “development” of the nation. Well, I think the justification is lame, just totally lame. What makes him think credit card holders should bare more cost for the “development” of the country? Oh I forgot that he is very clever one. Simple logical deduction… If you make money, banks give you credit. When you have credit, you are rich. So credit card holders are rich flers. Wow, how come I never thought of that one? This is so enlightening. Okay… A human being has two legs. A bird has two legs too. Birds can fly. Now everybody can fly.

Today, we have a even-more-cleverer reader of The Star and he/she (because it’s a pseudonym) wrote a letter to the editor. He said using credit card is a more convenient and efficient way of doing business transactions in Malaysia and it can be a live saving tool during medical emergency.

And then, he went on to say the following:

“In our Prime Minister’s quest to help the rakyat live a more prudent lifestyle, it is my hope that he will not rob us of our right to basic credit facilities. I suggest that the RM50 credit card service tax be imposed on the second card onwards, not the first.”

The fler ended his letter with this paragraph:

“I believe we all agree that the credit card is an important tool for business and personal convenience. By acting on this suggestion, our Prime Minister will certainly strike the right chord with the rakyat.”

Hello…?! This suggestion is definitely not striking my chord. Can we propose a law that says you cannot rob the first person you see but it is ok to rob the second one onwards?

I strongly urge this fler (if he/she is Malay) to join Umno because he/she is more cleverer than the PM and should be the successor. If he/she is not Malay, so sorry, you can’t do anything about it.


Sunday, November 22nd, 2009


AS3 is over. Great to meet some AS2nauts in AS3. For those AS2nauts who were not there, I miss you all. And thanks Handoko for the coffee exchange. And Myra, Jerome, Diane and Joanna for the gift pack full of sweet Pinoy love. Not forgetting Ela’s picture frame fridge magnet, and the great smile of AS2nauts during AS3. I love you all.

Better browsing experience?

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

opera mini f chink
better browsing exprience my ass!

Information Activism!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Do you have a campaign to promote your cause for a better society, cleaner environment, brighter future, etc.? Well, this might be the right tool for you.

I met the guy who is involved in the Information Activism project under the Tactical Technology Collective. They are going to launch a video with training materials to help people to explore how rights advocates use information and digital technology to create positive change.

They are going to launch the DVD on December 4th 2009. You can be part of the global screening exercise too, please go the Information Activism website to get more information.

Track 1 of Asia Source 3

Monday, November 16th, 2009