INDONESIAN maids are indispensable to the Malaysian household. So indispensable are they that the topic numbers among the ones discussed and nearly solved between the prime minister and the Indonesian president at the Malaysia-Indonesia annual summit held in Jakarta recently. Why, one wonders, is this the case? Are Malaysian homes beset by people in need of care that a working woman cannot handle the dual burden? Or are Malaysian men totally inert and averse to any household chores? Or, maybe, Malaysians are a spoilt lot, wanting someone else always to underwrite their hard work and the dream of success? However, the bet is that the maid is part of the status accoutrement, the one-upmanship that keeps Malaysians mired in debt. After all, is not the Malaysian household with the questionable distinction of being the most indebted in the region?
The game changer should appeal to more Malaysians generally
Honest law enforcement personnel are crucial for security
Water disruption would leave everyone affected with high stress levels
Although needed, private dialysis centres cannot be negligent in their duties
Secure a holistic approach towards development
Malaysia must seek to find value in its ancient history
THREE in ten adults are believed to be driving without a driver's licence on Malaysian roads, according to the Road Transport Department (RTD). With a total of over 13 million drivers on the road, that brings the number of unlicensed drivers to a sizeable amount. Assuming that they lack competency, not having gone through the hoops of driving lessons and tests, and with over 20 million motorised vehicles plying the highways and trunk roads, the risks they pose to road users do not bear thinking about. It is a safe bet to say that this is one of the reasons why Malaysian roads number among the most dangerous in the world.
Healing the sick victims and preventing more from falling ill
EVERY year, when the Auditor-General's Report and Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index are released, they never fail to capture the attention of the public and government. Issues that arise from what is revealed are brought up in Parliament, roundly lamented and then, some sort of task force or integrity unit is set up or policy passed. This is only to be expected; with any report card and highlighting of deficits must come a plan of action for how to improve. Otherwise, what would be the point of the report card?