I remember clearly. When I told someone I’d like to get back RM1,000 I’ve spent for something to ‘break even’, that someone burst into laughter and told me, that’s such a small amount, and that he could just give me the money.
Reality check: I’m a government servant, earning a decent pay, and RM1,000 is a lot of money for me. It may not buy the world, but it would do heaps for me.
The person whom laughed was a CEO of a company. I wouldn’t hold anything against him because for him perhaps, RM1,000 is a small amount. I mean, CEO vs Teacher. You do the math.
Also, I had a friend, of this certain ethnic group which said “Those who borrow money, take out loans from banks, and put it back in Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) are idiots! That’s the worst type of investment, but borrowing money out, and putting it back in another account. The bank earns more than you gain!”. My friend didn’t know that I was one of those ‘idiots’ which did so like 4 years ago when I just started working.
Again, reality check: I just started work, I’m not from a rich family, I don’t have capital, and I need savings. Bet most of us are like this, and most of us don’t have much option when we want to save up.
These two situations bring me to one thing. The RM100 assistance given the the government. Is it much? Many seem to say it’s not but I can buy lots of items with RM100, and I bet it would help those in need. Interestingly, those complaining are not those receiving, but those working and earning thousands a month. Somehow forgot how it feels being down the social ladder eyh?
To be completely honest with you, I feel the RM100 assistance is good for those in need. It may be small to some, but it helps. Ask for anything bigger, and you can kiss some of the new roads planned under the 2012 budget to Lawas, Limbang and Kapit a sweet handsome goodbye. Get it?
With that, I invite you to read this article by Wong Sai Wan. It’s a very good read indeed.