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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Farewell and Rest In Peace, Major Kayamboo

Yesterday was supposed to be a very special day for him.  A new boss helming his organisation, and on top of that, it was his 45th birthday.

The late Major Kayamboo (Source Whatsapp)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Faces of Terror

Timothy James McVeigh
Shoko Asahara
Anders Behring Breivik
Ilich Ramìrez Sanchez
David Koresh
Talwinder Singh Parmar
Velupillai Prabhakaran
Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh
Mohd Wanndy Mohd Jedi
Ong Boon Hua

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sino - Singapore Relationship - Geopolitical Minefield

Last week, my eyes caught some news about a shipment of armoured personnel carriers from Taiwan to Singapore being seized by Hong Kong Port authority, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (HKMPB).  At first, the news did not trigger much of my attention as I am in midst of preparing for exam.

Terrex. Photo credit - Singapore MINDEF

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Permasalahan Rohingya di Myanmar

This is written by my friend, Rafe Rahmat of Kelab Peminat Sejarah Militer (KPSM). He has his own blog, Konflik & Sejarah Militer.  It is a recommended read.  For this article, I have compiled all 3 articles into one single source for future reference and reading.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Till We Remember 5th Pillar of Rukun Negara

In light of yesterday's hottest news in town, I feel I need to apologise to the unnamed local government enforcement agency which had decided to issue camouflage uniform to their personnel.

Monday, November 21, 2016

RMN - Difficult Times called for Difficult Measure

Yesterday was a crazy day.  I nearly missed my flight due to my mistake of wrongly reading the flight schedule.  I had to huff and puff all the way to the airport with only 5 minutes to spare.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Things We Fight For

Yesterday, I travelled back to Sarawak for a short break.  Fallen asleep as soon as my flight took off, I woke up about 15 minutes to arrival.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Antara Terompah, Semak Besar, Semak Junior, Yomama, Bapa Keli dan Keli Bukit Berlari


One of the reason kenapa Terompah menang adalah kerana ramai para veteran US sedang marah terhadap Keli.

Isu Benghazi menjadi duri dalam daging ikan keli kerana dianggap telah mengkhianati Duta AS ke Libya dan menyebabkan kematian Duta AS dan 2 orang veteran tentera AS yang bekerja dengan CIA sebagai PMC.

Jika dilihat, kes ini ada mirip dengan tuduhan sama dengan suami Keli Bukit Berlari. Tindakan suami Keli Bukit Berlari, iaitu Bapa Keli menghalang penghantaran AC130 dan Abrams ke Mogadishu disebut sebagai punca utama kegagalan operasi di Pasar Bakara. (Punca utama sebenar adalah pihak Task Force Ranger mengguna modus operandi sama untuk 8 serbuan sebelum itu).

Tetapi bukan itu isu yang kita nak kupas hari ini.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week of the Fake News

Last week was a very interesting week.

The numbers of fake news was so high that it became a moot point to argue or disprove them. Funnier still that when you try to correct them, they responded saying they will try to confirm it with someone else.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

LMS - Surprising US Noise

The news that Malaysia is buying naval ships to be designated as LMS from China has resulted in a surprisingly big reaction, of all countries, the United States. 

Seeing this news clipping where DS Hishammuddin gave his piece of mind almost caused me to fall of my chair laughing.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Why is the LMS required?

Yesterday, DAP MP for Kampar, Dr. Ko Chung Sen questioned the need for Malaysia to purchase 10 Littoral Mission Ships worth RM3 billion from China, as reported by MalaysiaKini.

YB Kampar - Dr. Ko Chung Sen (DAP)
Source: DAP

The good doctor claimed that Najib administration does not care for the welfare of the rakyat as the purchases were made when the budget for Health Ministry was cut by 24%.  The good doctor claimed that the purchase of the 10 ships is not beneficial.

Thank you Doctor, for being very caring of the Rakyat's health.

Monday, October 31, 2016

NSOF a Private Army? Reply to Cilisos

Thanks Delta Lima and Chong Sim Chung for alerting me to this article.
This is another attempt of making a mountain out of a molehill.

NSOF is not a new paramilitary unit.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Chinese Ships for RMN LMS

Finally, the news which has been kept wrapped tightly by Chief of Navy has been revealed.  The plan, known as 15-to-5 RMN Transformation plan was planned and submitted to the Prime Minister as soon as he was appointed as Navy Chief.

I first heard of this plan somewhere during this year's DSA, but kept mum on it for the following reasons. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Depoliticizing Defence Procurement - A Step to the Future

Defence spending is one of the most critical component in nation-building. A sovereign government that failed to plan and to execute defence spending is a government that has failed its people, especially at time of crisis.

Monday, October 17, 2016

US Presidential Election - What Does It Mean To Malaysia and Rest of the World

Come November, the world will wait for the results of US Presidential election with a collective bated breath.  Either winner would not bring rejoice to the world, but different degree of apprehension.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Malaysian Government Agencies' Camouflage Uniform Fetish

Look what I found being shared around in Facebook.

It is without logic for government agencies like enforcement agencies of city council require them to wear camouflage uniforms. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Sejarah Malaysia - Peristiwa Double Tenth

Tahukah bahawa pada hari ini dalam tahun 1943, sekumpulan gerila penentang Jepun seramai 200 orang telah mengangkat senjata menentang penjajahan Jepun?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Another S61A4 Nuri Crash - Tawau

Today, another RMAF S61A4 Nuri had suffered a catastrophic emergency landing.  This time, the unfortunate helicopter has crash-landed on top of SMK Balung, a school in Tawau. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Force 136 Battle Record

This article or rather a reply to one Sharmalan Thevar about the absence of Force 136 battle records.

From 1942 to 1943 or 1944, Askar Wataniah Pahang could not effectively fight against the Japanese as they did not have weapons. The British had trust issue with Malays as they blamed Ibrahim Yaacob, the Kesatuan Melayu Muda president as a key traitor that had made the Japanese invasion possible.

Of Missing Engines and Missing Logics

Apparently today (29 Sept 2016), the court had announced the ruling on the theft of the F5EII engine.  The suspect were unfortunately declared not guilty, despite overwhelming evidence (which include money into the account, purchase of property).

Before the jokers begin to claim another conspiracy by drawing jets without engines, let's have a look first what was actually stolen.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BNM, Financial Services Act, FEA Rules and FinTech - How Bitcoin and other Virtual Currencies fit into the Picture

Recently, BNM had came out with a draft paper on FinTech, short for Financial Technology companies.  This was in view that in near future, the financial sector will no longer be driven by traditional financial institutions. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tugu Negara Lambang Perpaduan dan Lambang Bangsa Berjuang

Tugu Pahlawan penuh simbolik.

Satu patung memegang bendera, seorang lagi memangku rakan yang parah.  Di atas timbunan mayat musuh.  Lambangnya keberanian dan pengorbanan demi tanahair.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Happy 59th Birthday, Malaysia

Come twelve midnight tonight, our nation will celebrate the 59th Independence Day.  A reflection of past glories relived for all to see, in remembrance of those whose lives were given up for this nation.

One Side of the Coin
It has not been an easy journey.  Many had fell along the way, their blood defending the Federation.  Yet at times, it seems to be in vain.

Some of those in power, and those who aspire to be in power, do not have the rakyat's interest in their heart.  It is theirs and theirs alone.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kebocoran Rahsia Kapal Selam Kalvari dan Scorpene

Minggu ini minggu yang menarik.  Pendedahan bahawa telah berlaku kebocoran maklumat berdarjah mengenai program kapal selam Tentera Laut India Kalvari telah "secara tidak sengaja" menyebabkan banyak cacing kepanasan di Malaysia.

Kapal Selam Tentera Laut India Kalvari. Gambar Dailymail UK.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Kalvari Leak and Scorpene

Interesting week.  The revelation that Indian Navy Kalvari submarine programme had been "inadvertently" leaked out to the public has made tongues wagging, in of all countries, Malaysia.
Indian Navy INS Kalvari. Photo: Daily Mail UK

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Public Transportation Industry - The Legalisation of Uber and Grabcar

Last week, the Cabinet has agreed to legalising both Uber and Grab car, much to the consternation of taxi drivers and owners.

Almost immediately, owner and founder of Blue Taxi threatened to throw his support to the newly formed Bersatu, helmed by what Raja Petra Kamaruddin (or RPK) as Council of Elders (forget Syed Saddique, he is just another face to portray the youthfulness of the Council, till his utility is over).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sometimes At Loss of Words

When I received this photo and news this morning, my gut told me the kid genuinely had wanted to join the military and probably did not know he need to go through recruitment.

Lack of exposure is one of the many factors some youth missed out the opportunity to serve our nation. 

To Poke or Not to Poke

To Poke or not to Poke, that is the question we will be pondering today.

Last week, Niantic which produced the game Pokemon Go had finally opened their servers for Malaysia.  And the responses were tremendous.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

F16 Joke

Once in a while, I would indulge in a satirical post.  The most recent recent was the post on the F16

It was purposely written in a serious language to be as if it is true.  Surprisingly, despite the obviously fake F16 and clues like politaik (roughly translated to as shitty politician), some friends taking care of other pages were asked if this post is true.

Sad thinking that the joke had more than two thousand hits, but serious articles get only a few hundred hits.

But even sadder that many did not critically use their thinking cap and deduce the article as a fake. 

THHE Contracted for APMM Patrol Vessel

I read with interest YB Rafizi Ramli's blog post today on the awarding of a RM740 million contract to Tabung Haji Heavy Engineering Berhad to build 3 units of unspecified type of patrol vessels for the use of Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hibah F16 USAF Kepada Kerajaan Malaysia

Berita baik!

Kami diberitakan bahawa Amerika Syarikat selepas memahami isu pembelian MRCA, telah menghibahkan sebuah pesawat F16 kepada Malaysia. 
Pengganti MiG29N sudah ditemui

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Defence Procurement Policy - Diplomacy

This will be the last article of this series that discuss on procurement policy.  As I had covered the topic rather extensively in the previous articles, this article will be shorter.

One of the least discussed functions of defence procurement is as a diplomatic tool.  Often, war is quoted as the extension of diplomacy.  But it is very seldom discussed that defence procurement itself is used as diplomatic tool.

The United States is apparently the pioneer in establishing their defence industry as part of their diplomatic tool.  With their technological prowess, their equipment are sought by many countries.

Under the thinly veiled moral high ground of human rights, the US used these procurements to seek to control the regimes of their buyers.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Happy Merdeka Sarawak

Come tomorrow, Sarawak celebrates her 53rd independence day from British Colonial rule on 22nd July 1963.  And tomorrow's celebration is the first to be held on the momentous day since 1963.

Personally, the celebration has brought a flood of ambivalent feeling to myself. 

As a Malaysian, the date has no historical meaning attached to it.  The date was never recognised by Sarawak government since formation of Malaysia.  And the Education Ministry did not include it in History syllabus.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Defence Procurement Policy - Local Defence Industry

In my most recent article on defence procurement policy (published 6 May 2016), I have touched lightly on local defence industry. This is not due to dearth of information on local defence industry. Contrary, the industry today is very much alive and would probably be a key economic driver for Malaysia in 3 years time. Sound optimistic? Yes, and I'm still trying to be conservative in my outlook.

Ten years ago, you can basically count with your fingers the number of key players in the defence industry. Today, this number has grown.

Many of these companies came to promote their products during the recent DSA. Though in terms of floor space taken up shows a slight decline in number of exhibitors, the quality of local display has increased significantly.

Previously, local players were only involved as middlemen peddling products from big international players. This time, local players had also brought in homegrown products which received rather good review. Some of these were rather sophisticated. At least 1 product had received offer for international joint-venture and marketing from a very well-established international firm.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Irony, Danger and Fear

I believe many of you have woken up to find this message in either your whatsapp inbox or Facebook.

This message which claims that these are confirmed locations where Daish will be striking and had been confirmed by Malaysian Government.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

PDRM 9 - Daish 1

So it has begun.  Daish has launched its first successful attack in Malaysia, specifically in Puchong.  And my analysis on the Puchong attack was wrong.

But many Malaysians have expressed scepticism.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Post Analysis of Fall of Fallujah

Looks like the analysis on fall of Fallujah is similar to what Matthew Henman of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre and Brian Michael Jenkins of RAND think tank have shared to international media. Do have a read here and compare against my article here. I will share article once I find a more suitable medium.

Protecting Sabah

Giving credit to where it is due.

What was once a scourge for Sabahans is now slowly becoming a thing of a past.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Young Men Die Fighting Old Men's War

There is a saying, young men die fighting old men's war. That saying can never be so true.

The recent release of 4 Sarawakian sailors by kidnap-for-ransom group (recent events and info points to possibly a different KFR group and not Abu Sayyaf Group which I will elaborate further) has reignited calls for Malaysian government to send armed combat troops into Southern Mindanao to destroy Abu Sayyaf Group.  Read it here.

This also coincide with Armed Forces of Philippines deployment of 5,000 ground troops to deal with the Abu Sayyaf, which is conservatively estimated at most 500 men.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Daish - A Step Closer to Defeat

Yesterday (17 June 2016), Daish had did an unexpected turn-about. They had retreated from Fallujah. Fallujah, the ground where Daish predecessor, Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had manipulated and fomented hatred between the Sunni and Shiah to explode. Fallujah where many US soldiers fell (an American friend's brother was amongst those killed there).
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Public Service Announcement

This is a public service announcement.

Beware of advertisement you see on Facebook and also blogs. Many of these offer financial services are actually frauds.

Monday, June 6, 2016

They were Wrong

Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia did not modernise his military with false sense that diplomacy, ie the participation of Ethiopia

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Malware Attack

One of my articles had suffered malware attack. I believe this could be a limited malware attack, probably from the photos or links to other articles.

Had wanted to share article as a remembrance on the fight against communism when I found out the article on the fight against communism has been attacked by malware. Best case scenario, I'll remove all external link. Worst case scenario, I'll copy the article to a new link.

7 Sebab Kenapa Kita Perlu Hentikan Pencarian MRCA

Dengan semua unjuran suram dari MMP dan saya, apakah maknanya untuk Malaysia?

Saya unjurkan agar kita menghentikan pencarian untuk MRCA. Hentikan semua proses untuk mencari pesawat yang terbaik kepada kami melalui tender terbuka. Jika kita teruskan dengan kaedah ini, kita hanya akan melihat pengganti dalam 4 hingga 6 tahun dari hari perjanjian itu ditandatangani.

Friday, June 3, 2016

7 Reasons Why We Need to Stop Looking for New MRCA Replacement

With all these grim outlook from MMP and myself, what does it mean for Malaysia?

I say we cut the chase and stop our search for MRCA. Stop all the pretentious process of finding the best planes available to us via open tendering. If we proceed with this, we would only see a replacement in 4 to 6 years from the day the agreement is signed.

Open Sky 'Policy'

1st of June was RMAF anniversary. What was supposed to be a happy occasion became solemn as it was purported that RMAF MiG29N, or the MiGgies as I call them would fly for the one last time, and this time. And without any suitable replacement had been identified.

MiG29N in the centre

The fear was slightly assuaged when RMAF top brass confirmed that the MiGgies will still be flying until further notice. It would be taken off the queue one by one.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Freedom of Speech not License to Spread Lies

Freedom of speech is freedom to say anything that you believe in without:

1. being libellous.
2. being detrimental to the security and safety of others.
3. being treasonous.

Freedom of speech can be expressed via any available means, such as these cartoonish satire by Zunar.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Defence Asset Procurement Policy - Logistical Consideration

In the prior article, we have discussed about non-conventional threats. While non-conventional threats are strictly police matters, in many situations, military will be called in to assist police operations.

In this installment, we will look into how logistics consideration can influence defence procurement decision.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Price for Peace

On 1st April 2016, a distress call was received from a Malaysian tugboat in the waters off Ligitan islands. Of the crew of 9 men, 4 men, all Malaysians from Sibu, Sarawak were taken hostage by the group believed likely to be Abu Sayyaf.

Emergency response were swift.  But the kidnappers had left Malaysian waters. The first responders were baffled.  Why choose an unguarded route when the Sandakan - Tawi-Tawi route is well protected?  (The area they were taken was near to the border meeting point between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

MRCA Rumours - Typhoon?

I didn't expect it to be this soon (after last night's article), but it seems I'm going to write about the MRCA replacement programme again.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Short Take on the MRCA Programme and Debunking a Political Post

I'm just catching up with all the posts I missed in the Groups that I am in. But I must say, this post is way off the mark. The SU-34 and SU-35 did not make the cut.
The competition for the contract is currently opened for British BAe Eurofighter Typhoon (latest configuration), French Rafale D, US Advanced Super Hornet, and Swedish Saab Gripen (in accordance of preference in terms of capabilities and technology).

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Local Defence Industry

The recently concluded DSA or Defence Services Asia 2016 held several pleasant surprises to me.  I had originally planned not to attend.  But a window of opportunity opened and I decided to drop by.

Noted several noteworthy improvements made by the local defence industry which I must say have far surpassed what I thought it would be 3 years ago.  Back then, the only key players were Deftech, BNS and SMEO.  Today, we have a a few other noteworthy new players; Global Komited, Destini Berhad, Aegis Malinnov, just to name a few. And interestingly, some of these companies are self-funded.  Some even garnered interest from foreign countries and at least 1 locally developed system had been approached by a foreign conglomerate for joint-venture.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sardine and GST

Naughty post

Once regarded as food for the poor, sardine these days command quite a high price. In fact, canned sardine of premium brand Ayam brand sardine (425g) can fetch the price of RM8.50 to RM10.50.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Defence Asset Procurement Policy - Non-Traditional Threat - Part 3

In the previous article, we have discussed about the threat that is posed by our neighbouring countries.  These traditional threats (called so as these are threats potentially posed by one country to another) unfortunately are not politically correct, thus seldom gain traction within our sociopolitical discussion sphere.

This article on the other hand will touch on non-traditional threats.  This is actually a bit of misnomer as non-traditional threat is a common threat faced by all nations.  If handled incorrectly, non-traditional threats can easily overwhelm a country and bring chaos to a country.

In the first 50 years of Malaysia's existence, she was threatened by communist insurgency.  Led by the political bogeyman Ong Boon Hua or better known as Chin Peng, the word communism became synonymous with treachery and evil to most Malaysians, especially amongst rural Malaysians.
Japanese Red Army - the first foreign terrorist
group to operate in Malaysia.
On 5th August 1975, this changed when Japanese Red Army stormed the AIA Building located in the middle of Kuala Lumpur.  More than 50 individuals were taken hostage. Thankfully, the incident was resolved without loss of lives.

Non-traditional threat can be largely classified into two broad categories of threats; internal threat and external threat. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

LCS Rant

What I'm going to share here is what have been pissing me off for the last 10 to 15 years.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tugu Pahlawan

Many Malaysians only know of this place from their time at school, much less visited the site. 

A solemn place, where remembrance of war dead are conducted annually.  

A solemn tribute to those who had paid the price for the freedom of this country. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Defence Asset Procurement Policy - Threats - Part 2

Note: In the previous article, we have explored some of the procurement methods that are in practiced in several countries, including our own.  We also explored how failure to monitor procurement issue had led to a weakened RMN

Information shared in this article could not be independently verified.  And even if it has been independently verified, I do not and will not identify them to protect individuals who have and may have shared these information with me.

Tun Hussein Onn
Military procurement doctrine is largely driven by threats that a country is facing.  Malaysia does not run far from this.  As mentioned in the first instalment of this article, the invasion threat and the Domino Effect theory had convinced our defence planners back then to convince then Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn (father to the current Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein).
Son, Datuk Seri Hishammudin Tun Hussein

In fact, understanding the threat that Malaysia is facing today should be the driving reason in formulating a defence assets procurement policy to ensure that our defence forces stay current and is able to counter potential threats.

There are 2 forms of threats to a nation; external and internal threat.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Defence Asset Procurement Policy - A Need

Note: this article is intended as a follow through to my previous article titled "Procurement Shift in the Pipeline?"

The last major large scale defence asset procurement made under a single programme was under the PERISTA (Program Pembangunan Rancangan Istimewa ATM) which began in the late 70's which trickled through the 1980's.

The programme which saw Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) underwent a large scale modernization programme which changed it's face from a counter-insurgency centric defence force into a largely capable semi-conventional armed forces.
Part of PERISTA Programme.  Unfortunately, there is a dearth of material on PERISTA purchases.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Procurement Shift in the Pipeline?

It has been about a week since I last updated this blog.  Despite last week being a week with loads of updates, especially from the defence world, I just didn't have the time to write anything.  Work life balance had gone down the drain last week and I probably need a week or two to recover.  With Mr. Note 4 (yes, I ended up buying a Note 4 and those notes joke in the past were not just mere jokes) suffering some catastrophic damage, I had to send it in for repairs, depriving me of my favourite platform to update my blog.

Anyway, let's cut the gibberish talk and go straight into business.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

RMAF CN235 Crash

Yesterday (26 Feb 2016), an RMAF CN235 light transport aircraft had crashed landed in the waters off Kuala Selangor.  All pilots and crew-members survived, but an unfortunate rescuer had passed away, believed to be due to heart condition.  Condolence to the family of the rescuer, Encik Abu Hassan Abdul Latif, 57 who had passed away.

RMAF CN235 with registration number M44-05
Credit to and RMAF

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Did Price Really Went Up? Or Did it Go Down?

Some interesting observation that I had recently noted but only came across my mind today.

Come March 2016, we Malaysians have now 'suffered' under the GST tax regime for 11 months.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect

So it has been confirmed that Malaysia is is part of the 20-nation joint-military exercise that is hosted by Saudi Arabia.  The exercise, code-name Northern Thunder is being touted as the largest military exercise involving Muslim and Muslim-majority countries. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Revisit to Reduction of EPF 11% to 8% Effect on Income Tax

First thing first, I did not expect that I would revisit this issue so soon.  The popularity of the previous post this issue titled "How Does Reduction of EPF Deduction from 11% to 8% Affects Your Income Tax?" had been beyond my expectation.  Therefore, it is only right for me to revisit this article.  Plus, a few readers (WeeHing, MiD, mohdnajmie, OCD, Yu Wei Lim) pointed out there were errors in the calculations.  Guys, you were right.  There were several errors in the tables.  I had only realised it today when I decided to recreate the table from scratch.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Data Assessment - How Intelligence Data Assessment can help you to see through Fog of Disinformation

In today's world full of information and disinformation, it is not easy for us to determine if what we are reading is true, or untrue. Many a times, we thought what we had read is true. Yet, turns of event proved us otherwise.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Thank You

With great powers, comes great responsibility.

Writing is a powerful tool.

I didn't expect this attention. This article has been viewed far many number of times than I had expected.

I received quite a few questions from readers pointing out possible errors, both in calculation and my understanding. No, I won't delete their posts if they correctly point out my errors. They would get credit for correcting me.

What I have decided to do is to engage with my friends from LHDN to check if my post is accurate. That is the only responsible thing I can do for all those who had read and shared my post.

Like any of you, I also dislike reading unsubstantiated posts. Thus, let me do the favour to verify this correctly.

Once again, I thank all those who had read and shared. Your support, be it just reading or criticising will help me to improve my writing.

Last, as a responsible blogger, I would like to remind readers to verify all information received with the proper SME, even if the blogger is me.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

How Does Reduction of EPF Deduction from 11% to 8% Affects Your Income Tax?

Update: I had reviewed my article.  Rather than rewriting the whole article to amend where was wrong, I'm leaving this here and posted a new article here.  Hopefully, this article answers your queries better.

Update: been receiving quite a few comments asking me on this post. Rest be assured I will try to get this answered. As I don't want anyone get into trouble for filing the wrong tax return, I've decided to ask my contacts in LHDN to vet through my interpretation. Any amendments will be clearly highlighted. Hope that helps. 

Yesterday soon after the announcement of the Budget recalibration, some individuals began to spread rumours that when the govt reduce the employee's portion of EPF deduction, the government will be able increase their income tax base.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Commentary on Budget 2016 Recalibration

Interesting realignment of Budget 2016. Many of the rumoured bad news on the Budget that were shared by netizens, especially anti-Najib supporters via social media had turned out to be false. Not a surprise, since the rumours were spread for a specific reason, to bring pressure on the PM ahead of the tabling of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).  But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let anti-Najib supporters do what they love, while we dissect his budget realignment.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Book Review - Malaya's Secret Police 1945 - 1960 : The Role of The Special Branch in The Malayan Emergency by Leon Comber

Just bought this book last week. Written by Leon Comber (Prof), he attempts to write the book from an academician's eyes.

The book's cover. Aptly designed. 

Questions of Identity by Bob Cook

Finally, after years of searching, across 5 countries, I have finally gotten a copy of this magnificent boom by Bob Cook. Even more interesting was this book might be one of the earliest edition as it was published in 1985 or 1987. The difficulty in searching for this book stemmed from the fact the book was no longer printed and very few people like books from UK (as opposed to same type of thriller from the US).

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tun Abdul Razak - The Hidden Story

First, you tried to damage his reputation, then his wife, then his father, then his children, and when that all failed, you're targeting his father again. When you tried to damage the rest, I don't care. That's not my problem but his. But when you tried to damage his father's, I care.

Yes, I'm talking about our PM, DS Najib Tun Razak. I don't care if you all spread lies about him or his family, because they have yet to prove themselves in my eyes. But when you try to spread half-truths about Tun Abdul Razak, that I can't accept.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dangerous Precedent

This is a dangerous precedent.

The recent case on the rights of home owners to self-defence has been entirely taken out of context by irresponsible politician pundits.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Operasi Menyelamat

Dalam AO, pasukan penyelamat sudah jumpa package Lima Kilo, seorang HVT yang perlu diselamatkan keluar daripada ancaman musuh.

Lalu CO pasukan penyelamat menggunakan radio membuat panggilan kepada CSAR team untuk extraction.

CO : Package Lima Kilo has been secured. Request immediate evac at LZ Charlie. Advise area is hot, Over.
Base : Copy, over. Package Lima Kilo has been secured. Evac at LZ Charlie. Area Hot. Bird on the way. Over.

Kat base, arahan bagi CSAR dikeluarkan.

Selang 30 min selepas, helikopter CSAR terbang ke LZ Charlie.

CO : WOOI!!! Orang mintak helikopter extraction lah!!!! Bukan peket beras 5kg!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GST Model - Clearing Up the Confusion

Last night I had happened so on a question posed by a acquaintance on the GST model. 

Going through the scenario he posted, I found out the lack of understanding of the model, which in turn is likely to have led to people being misled about price increase and grudgingly accepting it and blaming the govt at the same time.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Reminiscent of an Untold Journey

A few months back, I had a family outing with my parents and my youngest brother to Krabi, Thailand. It was a simple trip, but meaningful.

The whole trip was meaningful as I don't spend much time with my parents. What more my youngest brother who is now studying overseas.

Of all the activities we had together, I feel this one was the most meaningful; the island hopping trip.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sejarah Pemberontakan Komunis di Malaysia

Tiadanya luka fizikal tidak bermakna semuanya boleh dilupakan.

Termeterainya perjanjian damai pada 17 Oktober 1990 antara Kerajaan Sarawak (mewakili Kerajaan Persekutuan) dengan Parti Komunis Kalimantan Utara (PKKU) membawa kepada tamatnya pemberontakan bersenjata oleh elemen komunis di bumi Malaysia.  Telah tewas bukan satu, bukan dua, tetapi 5 parti komunis yang cuba membawa ajaran anti-Tuhan itu ke bumi Malaysia.