Lulu has a friend who used to work with one of the bigger FMCGs in Malaysia.
10plus years ago, the plant had moved from KL to somewhere else which will remain nameless. Soon after they moved, the local majlis workers paid them a visit. Kononnya, "spot check" the kebersihan.
Surprise! surprise! They failed-la. The multinational FMCG with all their ISO standards failed the check. My friend told me the silly reasons they gave, can't remember what it was, but the one and only that I remember is that they cannot have the dumpster within their compound. This dumpster was placed in a far corner of the plant. The management played blur on what the majlis workers actually wanted. SO, the majlis guys left empty handed.
The next month, [but of course] the majlis fellas visited them again. It was more like a raid then a visit, looking really intimidating [like those respectable chaps who were surrounding Z's mansion when the protesters were protesting], went straight to the manufacturing floor and demanded the factory shut down their machines. Because it was so sudden and really carried like a raid, the technicians were caught by surprise and switched off the machines in fear. All the work in progress materials had to be dumped, thrown away. It was a standstill in the plant.
And the "negotiations" started.
The head raider "pointed out" all the non-conformence to local council regulations. And of course he had a solution. A friend who is in the cleaning business who can solve ALL the factories problem. Left with little choice, the management agreed.
My friend told me that the cleaning contractor appointed had to get the company to buy the equipment and cleaning liquids. And because the equipment was highly advanced and the cleanliness standards were very high, the plant continued to do their own real cleaning for the manufacturing floor. For RM20K/month, the cleaning contractor got a few foreign workers to sweep and clean the general area.
And the dumpster? It's still in the far off corner of the building.
Last week's biggest spin was the trillion RM news. Lulu was not sure what to make out of it, and reading the press reports, Lulu suspects that the reporters didn't either. Just that the RM1.069trillion probably sounds impressive to the potential voters out there.
How does it impact you and me, Lulu don't know.
Local "support", additional "help", eye patches to "tutup satu mata", Datuk "Ada Jalan", Encik "dokumen tuan sudah hilang", Mr 5% loan approval guaranteed...
we get all this no-value added, but removes-roadblock-that-they-sendiri-put-up additional taxes [this really gives new meaning to SIN tax], let Lulu assume it to take up 2% of the total trade value. It happens both on the imports and exports.
RM1 trillion x 2% no value added = RM 20,000,000,000
That RM20billion folks, if Lulu is doing the math correctly.
They may sleep comfortably on their very expensive mattresses in an airconditioned room in their mansion, but some day, they'll have to answer to God.