Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September round up

In the last 8 months our country has seen religious controversies, political manipulation, corruption issues, a disputed General Election, washable indelible ink, police brutality, senseless shootings, increase in crime, increase in cost of living, increase in petrol price, a weaker ringgit, escalating property prices, a Deputy Minister (in the PM's dept) in charge of Indian Affairs (who has very successfully done nothing thus far), a missing First Lady (since the elections), a low key PM and the Cowgirl making a Comeback.

Among the above issues, what caught my attention the most was the implementation of the Minimum Wage Order (w.e.f. 01.01.2013) and the Minimum Retirement Age Act 2012 (w.e.f. 01.07.2013). These 2 enactments have created a lot of controversies in the labour industry. The previous Minister of Human Resources was pushed to the corner to the extent that he made many contradictory statements - I believe that both these enactments were hurried to counter the opposition parties' promises to the Rakyat.

This is sad as these enactments which were rushed are flawed and bear the promise of being thorns in the side of both employers and employees, for some time to come.

On a personal note, Sri and I had a great 8 months discussing and discovering various artists not only from Malaysia but from all around Asia.Talking to the many artists we met this year, opened our eyes to many perspectives, and views that we had blind to before.

I'd like to end by welcoming Yvonne to the firm (and hopefully to this blog) and to bid a sad adieu to Sofian, who had to leave at the end of last month to relocate to JB.

Glory glory ManUtd (x20)

 

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