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Last updated on Feb 5, 2018 @ 12:15 PM.

Youth Economic Forum 2018: Special Address by YB Syed Saddiq

On 27 October 2018, Syed Saddiq, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Malaysia has delivered a special address at the Youth Economic Forum (YEF) 2018 which was held at Securities Commission of Malaysia in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur on that day. At the end of his speech, he has answered some questions from the participants of the forum.

Question: Do you think that the government should prioritize between fulfilling the promises made in the manifesto or making unpopular decisions for the sake of our economic sustainability?

His answer is recorded in the video below:

In addition to the video above, we have summarized the following points:

Self-sustained Democratic System: The government needs to create a democratic system that is self-sustainable that even if in the future if the government changes, the abuse of power can be minimized or completely taken out. The people would still be empowered.

Academic Freedom: He mentioned how the current government is taking steps to abolish AUKU to ensure greater freedom of speech among the students. Talks are in place to ensure that academic freedom is practised among the students and those who are studying abroad will not be harassed anymore.

Institutional Reforms: Each ministry has their own list of reforms, at the same time we must follow the due process. Anti-Fake News Act, AUKU and the moratorium on the death penalty are among the items that are currently being discussed at the parliament.

Youths Under 30: Some of the NGOs which are receiving substantial fund from the government have people in their leadership boards up to 40 years old. In 1970s, we did consider the youths are those below 30 years but somehow the previous leaders change the definition to include those below 40 years old as well. Now, the government is redefining it as below 30 again with an amendment scheduled to be tabled in 2019.

Voting Age: The government is taking the necessary steps to lower the minimum voting age to 18.

Returning the Power to the People: In essence, the new government aspires to give more power to the people. Returning the power to the media is part of it so that the people will be free to express themselves. It will take some time but it must be done because we owe a duty to the electorates.

Reflection and Notes

He likes to take questions from the audiences. Similar behavior can also be observed with the previous Youth and Sports Minister, YB Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ). IN YEF 2018, participants are allowed to ask questions using Slido platform, which makes use of their own smartphones. Participants will have the opportunity to write their questions using their own smartphone and the questions will be displayed on the huge screen. However, YB Syed Saddiq did not seem to be fully aware of this. Maybe he prefers to take direct questions from the audiences instead.

On October 16th 2018, YB Dr. Maszlee Malik, the Malaysian Education Minister has said the amendment to AUKU will be tabled in December 2018 (source: NST).

Promise 17: Ensure transparency and robustness of our election system – In page 48, the Buku Harapan 2018 (English version) says the Pakatan Harapan Government will lower the voting age limit to 18 years. Besides, they also will enable automatic registration of voters based on details at the National Registration Department (NRD).

In essence, while he did not address the question directly, he emphasized the importance of fulfilling the promises made in the manifesto. He has also outlined the steps being taken by the current government to fulfil the promises made in the manifesto. In regards to economic affairs, most probably he did not touch much of it as it is not directly in his portfolio as the Minister of Youth and Sports.

Toll-free Highways Not Possible?

  1. Tun Dr. Mahathir has said that it is not possible to have toll-free roads under current government revenue and spending pattern.
  2. If we must commit to Pakatan’s manifesto, then it means the government’s revenue must be increased.
  3. The Prime Minister also said that they did not expect to win the election when they crafted the manifesto.
  4. There are people who believed that the new government can abolish the tolls for expressways. Hence, they voted for the new government.
  5. The new government then realized many of the populist moves spelt out in their manifeso is not feasible and this is not just because of the huge debt left by the previous government. The revenue stream simply cannot sustain their planned spending pattern.
  6. The new government has less than 5 years from now to prove their capability. Otherwise, people may vote them out in the next upcoming General Election.
  7. Many of the expressway development in Malaysia is being undertaken by private entities. This is because of the huge cost involved in building these expressways.
  8. The limited amount of budget allocated for road maintenance can be channelled towards maintaining other Federal or State roads.
  9. Therefore, while having tolls is not a popular move, it helps to improvise the living condition of the urban population by reducing their travel time within the city or between major cities in Malaysia.

The Inevitable Change in Taxi Industry

March 2018 is seen as a month of victory for our Malaysian-born Grab has it has managed to secure a comfortable portion of electronic hailing (e-hailing) market share in Southeast Asia. A deal was struck between Grab and US-born Uber for the latter to cease operating in the Southeast Asia effective 9 April 2018. In return, Uber gets 27.5% stake in Grab. According to Grab’s official website, almost 4 million rides are done on the platform daily. Being a Malaysian-born company, Grab started its operation in Malaysia as MyTeksi in 2012, moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2014 and now it has expanded to more than 142 cities in Southeast Asia.

KL Tower
KL Tower

During its initial days of operation as a car sharing service, many taxi drivers oppose it. We have had numerous protests in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to oppose the e-hailing services. The government and its affiliated agencies were pressured to intervene in order to safeguard the interest of taxi drivers and companies. The situation became worse as the taxi drivers tend to take matters into their own hands. On 28 June 2016, a 35-year old Grab driver was attacked by irate taxi drivers as he was about to pick up a passenger outside the MidValley Megamall. Meanwhile, on 20 June 2016, an Uber driver was attacked at KL Sentral station and one of his passengers was injured as an angry taxi driver dragged them out of the car.

Let us face the reality. In the past, the Malaysian government and private sectors within their respective capacities have tried to improve the system. Exclusive access and waiting areas were assigned to numerous shopping malls, airports and other points of attraction. Besides, NGV, a cheaper vehicle fuel alternative was also introduced to key areas in Malaysia, especially in the Klang Valley area. The government has also demonstrated its commitment to assisting taxi drivers by making NGV more affordable for them. According to Malaysia: Natural Gas Industry Annual Review 2012 report published by Malaysian Gas Association, the Malaysian government has spent almost RM 28 billion in the form of various subsidies for natural gas, NGV included.

Despite the numerous improvement methods, many taxi drivers suffer from an attitude problem. It is common to hear tourists complain about being overcharged and violent driving behaviour of the drivers. On 17 December 2016, Malaysians got a shock of their life when two French tourists were charged RM 800 for a short ride from KLCC to National Mosque. While stern actions have been taken by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on the said taxi operator, over the years, the overcharging and bad driving practice have shown no signs of abating.

To combat the negative attitudes of the taxi drivers, many solutions were proposed. Fares are regulated, and meter usage was made compulsory for all Klang Valley taxi drivers. Anybody still remembers the mandatory “no haggling” signage on our taxis? Unfortunately, our tourists are able to read that sign and still being overcharged by the taxi drivers. The blatant disregard of the law and guidelines have frequently drive tourists and authorities to the wall but not enough has been done to solve the problem. One The Star reporter had even gone undercover to find how deep the problem is. In one article published on 7 Oct 2012 on the news portal, one shocking finding was revealed: only 1 out of 11 taxi drivers in KL followed the regulated fare.

Years of bad service and the advent of smartphones with GPS technology seems to provide a right recipe for e-hailing. As the smartphones get more advanced and affordable, it has opened up a slew of new possibilities, which includes e-hailing. In the early days of e-hailing, many of the drivers were existing taxi drivers. As the years passed by, more people signed up to drive for e-hailing services, citing money-making opportunities and flexible work arrangements as their primary factors in doing so. Besides, the booking and driver review system have improved the service availability and reliability, thus making it more appealing to the users.

After several years of using Grab, the service is no longer a stranger to us. More people do no longer consider purchasing new cars, especially in the heavily-congested areas. Considering how difficult it was to use a taxi service before, there is no point in going back to the old trend. It is now the time for us to move on and think about possible transport advancements in the future.

New 2018 KLIA Transit Train Schedule

Dear visitors, we would like to inform you that all schedules for KLIA Transit have been updated on myjadual.com. Therefore, you can expect to see the updated schedule on the website, which is available in both English and Malay language.

KLIA Ekspres / KLIA Transit klia2 station - 2014-07-15
KLIA Ekspres / KLIA Transit klia2 station – 2014-07-15

MYJadual is the website for you to check public transport schedules. Currently, MYJadual has train schedules for KTM ETS, KTM Intercity, KTM Komuter, KLIA Transit, KLIA Ekspres, RapidKL Bus, RapidKL Ampang / Sri Petaling Line, RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line and KL Monorail.

New 2018 KTMB Train Schedule

Dear visitors, we would like to inform you that all schedules for KTM Intercity, ETS and Komuter Sektor Utara has been updated on myjadual.com. Therefore, you can expect to see the updated 2018 KTMB schedule on the website, which is in both English and Malay languages.

MYJadual is the website for you to check public transport schedules. Currently, MYJadual has train schedules for KTM ETS, KTM Intercity, KTM Komuter, KLIA Transit, KLIA Ekspres, RapidKL Bus, RapidKL Ampang / Sri Petaling Line, RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line and KL Monorail.

What is Co-located CIQ Facilities?

Co-located CIQ facilities is an arrangement of Customs, Immigration and Quarantine facilities made in such a way that the travelling experience can be better for the users.

For example, in the upcoming KL – Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project, travellers can expect to clear customs and immigration for both countries (Malaysia and Singapore) at their departure station. This will enable seamless travel experience as travellers can disembark from their train without further customs and immigration check at the destination station.

Source: The Straits Times

[ Review ] Pascasejarah by Fahd Razy

Pascasejarah is a Malay-language fiction book written by Fahd Razy, a young author based in Terengganu, Malaysia.

Pascasejarah: the book

Pascasejarah by Fahd Razy
Pascasejarah by Fahd Razy

I managed to finish the book in just several days because it is quite easy to read. Nevertheless, the selection of words and phrases in the book almost always leaves me in awe while reading it.

The setting of the book is some time in the future. Alternate forms of civilization are forming in place of ruins left by today’s civilization. Through the setting, Pascasejarah brings you to a journey through an era in the future. The book comes with a premise that history always repeats itself. There are plot twists in almost every chapter. At the end of each chapter, I silently wished that the chapters can be longer with more details about the plot twist. Maybe the omission of detail is deliberate so that we can think of the additional details by our own.

Pro (or not so pro) tip: If you want to go through the book at your own time, I would recommend you to read the book chapter by chapter. This is because the chapters are sorted in a loose chronology. Besides, the book also appears to be some form of hybrid between a full-fledged novel and a collection of short stories.

Pascasejarah: the author

A doctor by profession, Fahd Razy has introduced himself before through various writings about life as a doctor. He was also actively involved in Grup Karyawan Luar Negara (GKLN), a small group of writer community among Malaysian students overseas.

Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall, Kuala Lumpur – 4 Sep 2017

Recently I visited Jamaica Blue coffee shop at Melawati Mall in Kuala Lumpur. For the uninitiated, Melawati Mall is a new shopping mall located at Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.

Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall - 4 Sep 2017
Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall – 4 Sep 2017

The menu offering is quite diverse and customers must place their order at the cashier counter. Then, the waitstaff will be deliver your order to you after they have finished preparing it. While the ambiance feels very much like other coffee shops, the order system is similar like Old Town café, which requires payment in advance.

Three Cheese Macaroni - Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall - 4 Sep 2017
Three Cheese Macaroni – Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall – 4 Sep 2017

Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall menu

During our visit, the cashier was friendly and recommended us some specials from the café. However, I was more inclined to their three cheese macaroni. Hence, I ordered that item.

Pricing for beverage is not transparent. Only a single price is shown although the beverage comes in three sizes. This has created a negative experience for consumers as they often end up paying more when they decided to go for larger cup of coffee. Creativity is more than welcomed but there is no need to reinvent the wheel. If Starbucks and many orher coffee shops can be transparent with their pricing, why can’t you?