Two weekends ago, I accidentally lulu-ed and lost my wallet. Thought I'd joined the politikus and freelunch gang. I went back all the way to my office in Shah Alam twice to look for it, had people korek my car and search my room.
I guess if your table in the office looked like this, there is a real possibility that it may be buried.
if anyone recognises this, hush!
haha... anyone wanna try to psychoanalyse Lulu?
But alas, it was not to be found.
Totally broken hearted, I went to the police station and lodged a police report.
When I went back to work on Monday, someone returned the wallet to me. I had really lulu-ed and left it in one of the meeting rooms.
I knew I had lulu-ed, and told myself that I have to go back to the police station to cancel the report. But like a budak kecil, I was very reluctant, cos bimbang kena marah.
so, when I heard the news on the payrise for the public servants, I knew it was time to go to the police station and confess to my lulu-ness.
After all, how could anyone who "menerima durian runtuh yang lebih istimewa iaitu kadar kenaikan gaji antara 9 hingga 42 peratus, iaitu 20 peratus lebih tinggi daripada peratus kenaikan gaji kakitangan awam lain" still be in a mood to tegur this Lulu for being so lulu?
True enough, when I went to the police station, everyone looked like they were in a good mood. I explained to them that i wanted to cancel or update my report as my wallet had been found. They asked me if all the contents were in tact, and indeed they were, so, there's no need to do anything. I was outta there in an instant. It spent more time looking for parking compared to telling my "sob" story.
... which brings lulu to the topic of the day...
Govt servants get big raise , Kenaikan gaji terbaik
how much more?
Support Staff 2, Grade 1 hingga 16, basic salary increase as much as 35%
Support Staff 1, Grade 17 hingga 40, basic salary increase as much as 25%
Management and Professionals, 15%
Kumpulan Pengurusan Tertinggi (JUSA) 7.5%
That's quite a lot of money..
As much as they want to deny it ala Najib, "the hikes were not calculated to raise spirits ahead of an expected early general election", ... somehow, err... Lulu's not convinced.
Lulu has two main observation on this pay increase
1. The bloated Malaysian payroll.
Quoting from the Utusan, Sebanyak 1.02 juta kakitangan awam terlibat
Liew Chin Tong, in his article in the Singapore Straits Times dated 6th Feb noted that there was an accelerated increase of government servants post-Mahathir. Since 2000, there has been an additional 210,000 new posts.
If I'm doing my math correctly, that as 20.6% increase since 2000. Another way of putting it, for every 4 government servants there were in Y2000, there is an additional one today. Where they are, what they are doing, I don't know.
One would have thought that in the advent of computerisation and things going on-line, less people would need to be employed by the government. Why the need for so many staff? The answer would probably run along the same line as why the need for such a large cabinet.
Lulu can only hope [and some may say dream] that the increase was in doctors and nurses, not administrators and beaurocrats.
Who knows, if they were able to reduce the size of civil service, maybe the government would be able to afford more generous pay every year, insted of just those years when an election date is marked on the calendar. But then again, that would mean less indebted-to-the-government government servants and an annual pay rise would mistakenly evolve as a hak instead of a keistimewaan.
2. Will the payhike bring them to an upgraded lifestyle, or is it just sufficient to cover the additional higher cost of living today?
I suspect it's the latter. Everything's naik-ed harga.
Last week, the government announced that flour naik harga.
The papers have also noted that dairy based products, and lulu's favourite Milo also naik harga.
Madmonk says that the price of commercial tin cooking oil went up from RM26 to RM40 something now, at last count.
Petrol super naik harga last year, spiralling upward with it, all transportation related costs.
momentary sidetrack... come let's sing along...
[to be sung in tune of "Oh my darling, Clementine"]
semua barang naik harga
no ending to the tune yet, cos it's too early in the morning for me to think of one, and I really don't think the spate of naik hargas has ended either.
The thing is, the cost of living has gone up. As many have pointed out in Lulu's previous post, when the government allows flour, which is a neccesity and a product which makes up the basket for our CPI, to go up before elections, we have much to fear post-election.
I hope the government servants will sit down, kirakan their household expenditure, balance their books before taking the "extra" cash to help Proton's sales.
:-P next government office stop IRB. I overdeclared one of my gifts for charity. Have to correct that as it was a 2005 donation, not 2006 donation. Hope they'll still be in a good mood.
fatt tatt - cantonese for prosper, become wealthy... along those lines-la