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Thread: Malaysia Boleh Spirits
04-21-2009, 02:37 AM #1038
I don't know how many people know that in Singapore's case, the government has been treating its minority Malay citizens on a special basis by given them certain preferences especially in education. Knowing that many Malay families come from poor financial background, together with special interest groups, the government collaborates to help them break off from poverty by ensuring that Malay children receive as good an education as others. A better education generally means a better life for many.
04-21-2009, 03:08 AM #1039
Positive Discrimination in One's Actions (on the basis of factor X) is to give more favorable treatment to those with factor X than to those without X.
Negative Discrimination in One's Actions (on the basis of factor X) is to give less favorable treatment to those with factor X than to those without X.
Positive Discrimination on the Basis of X.
Negative Discrimination on the Basis of Not-X. X = nationality, race, age etc.
Earlier, that's the idea of privileges in Malaysia. i must say, one need to have solid reason to implement the positive discrimination. And we did, once.
04-21-2009, 03:10 AM #1040
04-21-2009, 08:41 PM #1041
Off topic-Since you guys mentioned it..
04-21-2009, 09:15 PM #1042
04-21-2009, 11:34 PM #1043
The common languages used in Singapore is English and Mandarin, but English is the dominant business language unless one does business with China, in which case much Mandarin would be used. And this is of tremendous advantage to Singapore since we are able to transact business with many of the world's major economic powers, including China and India.
However, the general proficiency level of our students in Mandarin is only about GCE 'O' level which must be considered at best to be just passable and those who wish to do business in China would do well to pursue the language at a higher level. Gifted students are given an opportunity to study Higher Chinese in schools.
And to maintain an interest in Malay, I understand that courses are offered by the government to non-Malays to study as a third language just as those who are interested in the major European languages like German, French, Spanish and Asian ones like Japanese. In general much effort must be put in to be able to master three languages in schools.
With neighbours like Indonesia and Malaysia using a closely-related language like Bahasa Indonesia and Malay, it makes a lot of sense for Singapore to take a keener interest in the study of this language. Especially for those considering to do business with Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in the world.
And I think precisely because we have to consider the 'feelings' of our two close neighbours that our early leaders found it fit to include Malay as Singapore's national language although in practice, Malay is hardly used and understood. However, the older generation of Singaporeans perhaps were more adept at speaking 'pasar' Malay than the present generation.
The circumstances under which Singapore had to leave Malaysia perhaps made it 'politically expedient' to do so since tiny Singapore's survival means having to make peace with and be a friend to all, especially with our much bigger neighbours.
Last edited by Loh; 04-21-2009 at 11:40 PM.
04-22-2009, 12:35 AM #1044
It'd be best if we steered our discussions away from these topics:
Politics, Religion, Income, S e x, Origins (Race) and Nationality
(An apt mnemonic for these dispute-ridden subjects is P-R-I-S-O-N )
Freedom of speech is, of course, in public interest.
But 'public interest' doesn't mean what interests the public.
Rather, it has more to do with what benefits the public.
Discussions and debates on these issues never end in agreement.
Nor do they progress to an informative, lively exchange of views.
If anything, they end in a trading of verbal blows and a lot of rancour.
As such, they are quite unlikely to benefit either us or the forum.
If anyone must continue, please feel free to join these communities.
Back to Malaysia Boleh, please
04-22-2009, 09:17 AM #1045
Love everyone..... Love.... think positive and encourage yourself to show others you are good. This way you will influence people to join your ideology.
04-22-2009, 10:20 AM #1046
Proton should have sold MV Agusta to me instead. I would have bought it for EUR 10.00
04-22-2009, 10:25 AM #1047
a very good compliment........................................ ..............
04-22-2009, 11:04 AM #1048
erm, shud be in 2006...
Hmmm, not a boleh feat, this one... esp. when proton ended up paying the Euro70 million debt it took for the acquisition... The selling was to safe itself from being drag into the brink of bankruptcy as the case of Agusta, but buying that company when it accumulated losses consistently, at a very high price is insane...
04-22-2009, 11:15 AM #1049
i dont see it as a *** discussion topic. maybe my eyes arent that good anymore.....
i guess that you should know Oldhand's intention.
that Proton bought Agusta isnt that big deal. Eur 70m only....
did you hear that Malaysia is going to buy submarines through a local Sendirian Berhad(Private Limited) company?
Malaysia sure boleh!
04-22-2009, 11:38 AM #1050
Noted boss... not referring at your post actually ...
I feel the spirit of Malaysia Boleh should not be scrutinized as many countries also applies the similar spirit in facing this competitive world. This spirit will continue in motivating us towards moving forward and in believing that one day Malaysia/Malaysian will be what we visioned to be, though along the way, we definitely have to make some sacrifices and there will be dissatisfaction... let's not be too blinded by others' success ... even the most successful countries have their own dark secrets...
04-22-2009, 02:42 PM #1051
04-22-2009, 10:46 PM #1052
To say that Proton sale of MV Agusta was to safeguard itself from bankruptcy is laughable.
It is laughable because Proton sold off MV Agusta one year after buying it.
It is laughable, very laughable because Proton sold off MV Agusta for EUR1.00 after buying it for EUR70 million only one year ago. What kind of depreciation is that!! And you dont need an accountant to tell you that as I believe even my 12 year old cousin brother will say it is madness to buy something for EUR70 million and then sell it off for EUR1.00 after 12 months or so.
What 'safe itself from bankruptcy' are we talking about here?? First of all, we are talking about EUR70 million here, and that is about RM300 million +/-. Proton is not buying a packet of nasi lemak for RM1.50. To make such an investment, there should be such an exercise called feasibility study conducted by Proton in the first place. To say Proton need to sell after a year in order to save itself is lame.
Rather than sell of MV Agusta for a mere EUR1.00 to 'save itself from bankruptcy', I would be more than happy to pay Proton EUR10.00 cash upfront for MV Agusta.
04-22-2009, 11:18 PM #1053
Before we go about saying other countries have or apply something similar to our 'Malaysia Boleh' in order to gear itself to face the competitive world, I suggest we take a good hard look at ourselves first.
For those nations surging way ahead of Malaysia, to say that they have their own dark secrets and that we should not be blinded by their success is a weak argument. We are not being honest with ourselves and are merely consoling ourselves.
Rather than setting our benchmarks against the best, we consoled ourselves that the best out there have their own 'dark secrets' and that we should not be blinded by their success. Based on our subsidy mentality, we should measure ourselves against the likes of Yemen, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Nigeria etc.
04-23-2009, 02:14 AM #1054
30% Bumiputra equity interest lifted for certain industries
The following is an analyst's report on Malaysia's liberalization of the service sector:
The government has lifted the 30% bumiputra equity condition on 27 service sub-sectors with immediate effect, kicking off an on going liberalization of the sector. The areas of liberalization include social services, tourism services, transport services, business services and computer related businesses.
A national Committee for Approval of Investments in the Services Sector has also been established as a focal point to receive and process applications of investments, excluding investments in financial services, air travel, utilities, Economic Development Corridors, Multimedia Super Corridor and Bionexus status companies and distributive trade.
According to the PM, the country is planning to raise the services sector’s contribution to GDP to 60% from 55% in 2008. The services sector accounts for RM102.1b of the country’s exports, RM99.8b of imports, and 55% of the country’s employment. Approved investments in the services sector totaled RM50.1b in 2008. The share of foreign investments was 11% of total investments.
An important step in the right direction, although the liberalisation move could be a case of ‘too little, too late’ for the stock market in the intermediate term. The country could face slower sustainable GDP growth post the global recession as well as a structural rise in underemployment.
Nevertheless, the liberalization could revive some FDI interests in the Iskandar Development Region and possibly encourage MNCs to further up their stakes in the listed consumer companies. In the past, Nestle SA and F&N Ltd have significant stakes in their respective listed Malaysian subsidiaries, and may even consider privatising the Malaysian listed cos (although Nestle Berhad is unlikely to be privatised as PNB's significant shareholding serves as an important endorsement to its efforts to expand its halal food business).
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