The Impact of High Income

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There’s no specific reason why I wrote about this topic. Probably it’s just a spark in my mind due to amazing sightings while driving around Kuching and while talking to some old friends at a kopitiam. And mind you, I’m not bias or in favour of any political parties as this is merely my observation and neutral perspectives. Not more than that.

[Prime Minister of Malaysia]

Many things have changed since the salary revision in 2011 for all government servants. Of course the government servants were happy about it and so do the manufacturers, suppliers, middlemen and businessmen, who seized this opportunity to raise the price of goods and services. (Here comes the inflation!) But can’t really blame them because they also wished for higher income.

Now, in my opinion, here are the two visible and obvious changes;

1. Higher Purchasing Power on Luxury Houses:

Beginning 2012, developers claimed that many government servants can already afford to buy half a million worth of houses in Kuching (Good for them) either through a big deposit or upfront payment or through a joint-loan by husbands and wives. I remembered five years ago, I used to seeing red cloths hanging on the doors of these luxury houses and you now what I meant right?. They belong to either business tycoons or heirs of wealthy men. But now, things have changed. These houses are owned by the humble and low profile Bumiputeras who work in the government sectors (no wonder the debts of government servants are higher nowadays. Oops! ). And the salespersons would put a 6-inch smiles on their faces when someone introduced themselves as a government servant.

2. Better Purchasing Power on Luxury Cars


Long ago, no government servant dared talking about buying a car worth more than RM100k unless with good side income. If you take time to observe all the luxury cars on the road, you’ll be surprised that they are driven by government servants. They are now purchasing imported cars such as Alphard, Pajero Sports, Kia Optima, Mercedes and many more. Let’s rule out bribery ok? Seriously, our government was quite successful in reducing bribery by giving higher salary to them. Even the low ranking staff with N1 grade now could afford to own a Saga BLM instead of a motorcycle. But again, because it’s easier to own a car with the current salary, lately, the Bank Negara had imposed stricter rules for loan approval, hoping that Malaysian debts would not be at an alarming rate.

Conclusion?

Physically, Malaysians may be successful in obtaining better properties however, we are still vague about how it affects them emotionally because these people may face problems feeding their family with the limited budget left after the loan deduction or maybe couldn’t sleep well thinking about the mounting bills they have to pay monthly. Nevertheless, if they are still happy with their lives due to good financial planning, then i would give them a thumb up!

My First Visit to A KRS Camp

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A few months ago, I had the chance to visit a KRS (Kadet Remaja Sekolah) camp in Kota Samarahan. It was my first time visiting them as I’m very much attached to Scouts. My visit was short but I was lucky to see them during the Backwood (jungle cooking) competition because I could use their ideas to train my Scout team in future.

Our KRS team

And their dishes

Other team’s dishes

You can try this at home. Hahaha!

A ride to the gold mining town, Bau.

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The name “Bau” is read as “Bauk” by the locals. However, it wasn’t its first name because Bau was known as “Mau San” or “Bukit Mau”. Bau became popular when gold and Antimony were found there. Thus, in the olden days, it was the richest place in Sarawak.

Although the search for gold mine and antimony was no longer active in Bau, it still remained as a favourite town for Kuchingnites who are looking for a cave adventure. In Bau, we could explore the Wind Cave and Fairy Cave.

The Wind Cave was named after the constant cool breeze that blows throughout the cavern. There are many swiftlets and bats that dwell within this large cave.

Our bikes parked in front of the Wind Cave entrance.

Meanwhile, the Fairy Cave takes its name from a stalagmite structure at the entrance that is said to resemble a Chinese deity. Inside, you will notice the great contrasts between the light entering the cave and its shadowy darkness, along with hues of brown and grey of the rocks – highlighted by the rich green of the moss. The locals advised us not to enter the cave at late evening for it’s something to do with mystical creatures. Huhu…

Us! in front of the Fairy Cave

After the visit to the cave, we decided to have a drink at a nearby village. We heard that some of the local cafes offers good food and drinks. But too bad, I forgot the name of the village we went to.

Our arrival at the village I mentioned earlier for a drink.

A toast brothers in arm.

Till then, bye bye readers!