So, since 1st Dec 2010, the Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) have offered, as they usually do, a 50% discount for all payments of outstanding traffic summonses. This in itself is reprehensible because it just goes to show that if you commit a wrong-doing in Malaysia, no problem - just ignore it - you won't get punished for it, you would actually get rewarded! Mat Rempits out there held out long enough to be offered trips to Alaska and their own racing track and most recently racing tips and education from professional bike racers.
I mean these are the dregs of society who are being rewarded while our brain drain continue out of the country. Seriously it pays to just be blur and useless here. And now we've got the Talent Corporation headed by Johan Mahmood, who will spend millions? billions? of my tax money wooing people back from abroad whom the government sent away in the first place because they wouldn't give them the deserved scholarship/opportunity. Ok - that is another gripe.
Back to the discount offered for traffic summonses - at first the police said it was available until 14 Dec but now they've extended it because, of course, everyone who ever committed a traffic offense and their mother, are rushing to pay their summonses to take advantage of the year end rush to 'add a credit to our books'. There are many who also actually have the cheek to complain via newspapers and the internet about the police not having planned adequately to manage the crush of people they knew would be paying off their summonses, they complained about having to wait 2 hours, having to rush from one payment location to another because queue numbers had run out! I mean - if this is not the epitome of 'looking a gift horse in the mouth' I don't know what is!
See for those of you who don't yet understand the scenario - the thing is that if you get caught for a wrong-doing where the POLICE issue you a ticket, if you pay it off immediately - you pay the full sum. However, if you are lazy, irresponsible, a repeat offender, all you have to do is wait until the end of the year and voila - you'll get a clearance price on your tickets. Hence, just wait! And that is what millions do. I am so sick AND numb of the entire situation that I can't even summon up the words to lambast. It is the norm here.
And it is practised in so many aspects of society - you can't study well enough to succeed on your own, no problem - let the Education Ministry set a special standard (read: lower, easier) minimum criteria for you to pass, get an A, get into university. You laze around for most of your life and suddenly decide, aiyaks! I don't have enough money to support my wife and 20 children on my fisherman earnings - appear on some RTM1 Help Give Me Money programme and some Societal Minister will also come visit you and give you groceries, a house, money, schooling for your children......., wait I'm 14 years old and I just can't wait to have sex, let's make it legal - I'll marry my Religious Education Teacher but state I will try to finish school before I have children - what the heck, my parents can't afford to raise me anymore, they've given me consent to marry! What? Just because I'm an elected official who is due in Parliament or whatever, I have to watch what I say, make sure it's well thought through, intelligent and stands for the benefit of my constituency - heck no! I'll say whatever the hell crosses my cow brain - heck I think I'll try to distract from my stupidity and ineffectiveness by complaining that another elected official is wearing the wrong clothes to a public place/event. Too revealing, I can't control myself! I'm a man! THAT's why I have a legal right to marry 4 wives cos 1 just isn't enough and plus, I can change my mind whenever I want, and if I particularly like my young granddaughter that's fine - but please don't whip me! I couldn't take it - I mean I am all of 70 years of age - I can get it up for my granddaughter but not much else!
Aiyo, whatever lah! I just can't take it anymore!