Sunday, September 25, 2011

Practicality of Hudud Law

I find playing up the Hudud law is quite tiring. It's a real wonder if sometimes ideology in the air doesn't meet the practicality of reality. The second equally tiring is the age-old comment of non Muslims don't get it.

It's natural for PAS to champion the Islamic state because that's where their ideology began for their party. However, have they really thought of the reality ? Could Pakatan ever accept it ? To quote one of their members " Over My Dead Body"

If Pakatan will never implement it and PAS never wins the national on its own. Why is it still so hung up about it ?

That brings the next question, what is PAS's role in the coalition ? To preserve and attract the conservative Muslim's votes ?

Sure, explanations on it only concerns the Muslims will never give the comfort level to the rest. It's a fear. A real fear. Sometimes, education on the fear will just re-amplify the fear of what is the next level they would do if they are allowed to do so.

So, does it matter if Non Muslim really understand the Hudud Law ? No, because I doubt the perception will change even after they understands it. So, does it matter to understand ?

Well, yea... it's better for the politicians to understand what we think of it. Let's be practical. There's a reason a segment of population won't accept it now and forever.

Therefore, for whatever reason, Najib's firm answer is just "cool". No matter if somebody say that was a political gimmick or whatever, at least he answered it with plain logic it is not practical. Why is it so hard for others to understand that plain fact ?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Is 6 percent service tax REALLY going to affect the livelihood ?

Many people are complaining on the move by the Telcos to pass the 6 percent service tax on prepaid mobile services to consumers. The politicians from both ends are against it, the Prime Minister is against it after hearing public feedback.

It’s not unusual for politicians to go against it because it scores brownie points for them “caring” the citizens in the midst of rising cost of living. Any politician who is in favour of it would be perceived less “considerate” for the masses.

However, what bothers me is, is that 6% REALLY a big deal ?

Sure, having to pay extra is always not going to get a positive feedback ? Who wants to pay more ? They even ask people on the street if they believe it’s a bad move, of course they would say so.

I usually tell my clients anything less than 15% is in a zone of relatively indifference because you won’t notice / feel such an impact.

Now 6% and everybody is complaining. They say the people who are most affected are the low income and students who are the mass users of prepaid. Now, let’s do some simple arithmetic.
There was once my bill was RM 1,000 per month. 6% would be RM 60. That’s a lot. I can eat a good decent meal on it.

My bill nowadays is around RM 150. 6% would be RM 9. Probably 1 normal meal or 2 cheap lunches.

If the so called affected people are the low income / students. I’d say RM100 to RM200 is a decent range while the maximum of RM 200, obviously means you made too many calls. The 6% is just RM 6 to RM 12.

The public is arguing for RM 12 bucks per month ? OK… let’s assume a whole family of 5 do it…. That’s RM 60 for 5 people ??!!

So, are they arguing for the sake of arguing or is the RM 60 is going to make a whole lot of difference in today’s rise on cost of living ?

I wish there’s one opposition politician who would stand out and do this simple mathematics and go against the populist believe.