Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Perbandingan Harga Barang Terpilih / Manifesto: The Manifested-illusion.

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Iklan - Perbandingan Harga Barang Keperluan Terpilih

IB rasa ramai sudah melihat iklan kempen BN yang membandingkan harga barang keperluan terpilih. Sekali lihat mungkin kita terpengaruh dengan perbandingan itu.
Iklan banding harga
Bila melihat cara berkempen mengguna statistik, maka IB teringat satu buku klasik yang menjadi rujukan asas kepada semua pelajar statistik ataupun bidang-bidang yang seumpamanya, iaitu �How_to_Lie_with_ StatisticsDarrell Huff. Walaupun buku ini ditulis pada tahun 1954, namun apa yang disebut dalam buku kecil 142 halaman ini tetap masih relevan.
Mengguna statistik memang mampu menarik serta memukau orang untuk percaya. Namun kerap kali angka-angka itu diselewengkan untuk mengaburi serta menipu �fakta� yang dibentang.

Berbalik kepada perbandingan harga tadi, IB ingin menarik perhatian kepada perbandingan yang dibuat dengan Singapura. Dari senarai itu kita akan merasakan bahawa barang-barang di Singapura adalah yang paling mahal. Sekali tenguk atas setiap barang harga di Singapura dilihat sebagai sekali ganda berbanding di Malaysia berdasarkan harga dalam RM.

Namun apa yang sengaja tidak ditunjuk kepada kita ialah apakah gaji asas bagi orang-orang di Singapura. Sebagai rujukan bagi yang berminat untuk membuat perbandingan bolehlah rujuk url ini. Rumusannya ialah, perbandingan gaji bagi pelbagai pekerjaan di Singapura dalam dollar Singapura adalah hampir sama (malah banyak juga yang lebih tinggi dan tidak jumpa pula yang kurang) angkanya dalam RM untuk kita di Malaysia.

Jadi, apabila kita tukarkan angka gaji di Singapura kepada ringgit (tukaran 1RM= 2.30 dollar Singapura), maka kita dapati gaji mereka di Singapura adalah 2.3 kali ganda lebih dari kita di Malaysia. Dengan itu perbandingan dalam iklan BN itu satu pemalsuan fakta dan cubaan untuk menyelewengkan fahaman rakyat. Nampak macam kita murah TETAPI �dispensable income� (saya bukan pakar ekonomi tak pasti istilah yang diguna dalam bahasa Melayu - mungkin �pendapatan yang mampu untuk dibelanja�) mereka di Singapura adalah jauh lebih banyak dari kita di Malaysia.

Kenapa pula mereka tidak pula menyenaraikan untuk dibandingakan dengan harga-harga di Brunei? Mesti ada sesuatu yang tidak mahu ditonjolkan bila mereka tidak menyebutnya.

Dan jika kita lihat perbandingan per kapita Malaysia (USD5,780) dengan Singapura (USD30,084) (boleh rujuk url ini), mengguna data World Bank (2006) - menunjukkan bahawa per kapita Singapura adalah hampir 6 kali ganda lebih tinggi dari kita di Malaysia.

Itulah sebabnya buku yang saya sebut di awal tadi tetap masih relevan dan sangat digunakan oleh BN dengan mengeluarkan pelbagai �fakta� dan statistik yang boleh mengelirukan orang ramai. Dan mereka lakukan dengan sengaja untuk menipu.

Sekian, IB


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Manifesto: The Manifested-illusion .

Four years had passed since the last Manifesto with so much promises was made.

The Prime Minister said he will give us the progress report; but where is it? and did he carry out the performance review of what was promised and what was achieved?

There were promises of peace and prosperity, and a more transparent and clean government. It was suppose to achieve Germilang, Cemerlang and Terbilang (Glorious, excellence, distinguish) . Instead what was achieved was Temberang, Curang dan Berulang.

The 2004 Manifesto promised zero corruption, and we have IGP being investigated for corruption, ACA chief being investigated, Internal Security Minister also investigated, Judges and Chief Justices being investigated, Attorney-general seen having holidays with lawyers and his tycoon, Ministers and Excos being investigated; and all declared clean even with elements of Res Ipsa Loquitur.

The 2004 manifesto also promises to eradicate poverty and promote meritocracy. But what we achieved is but a new classification and definition of poverty and meritocracy.

The 2004 Manifesto promises prosperity and peace, but what we observed is Khairy and Scomi had achieved billionaire status, and the PM had married a new wife. Peace now means using the police to fire tear gas and water cannons lazed with chemicals to suppress freedom of expression and the suppression of information of corruption and nepotism.

Now in 2008, the new Manifesto promises more:

It now promises, or should I say, re-promise to raise the nation's productivity (which it couldn't do for the last 4 years);

It now promise to cushion the effects of rising prices (where we observed that prices had been rising sharply over the 4 years and roti canai is now double the price);

It now promise to create two million job opportunity (you don't have to create it; if investors comes and setup their business here, they will employ);

It promise to further reduce the Budget deficit (how to reduce budget deficit when we have so much pillages and pilferages, eg: PKFZ. In 2004, the promise to cut Budget deficit was to cut down the mega projects but all those mega projects were resurrected and in fact more were invented and manufactured) ;

The new promise is to have more development funds without the need to increase taxes (wait; after the election watch the rise in price of petrol, transportation and the chain effect);

The repeated promise of eradicating poverty of the rich (because the rich believed they are still poor);

The repeated promise to reduce corruption (we won't hear of corruption anymore because it will be redefined as commissions, consultancy fees, finding fees,or any name that sounds professional)

The repeated promise to built better understanding of Islam among Muslims and non-Muslims through Islam Hadhari (but what about better understanding of other religions by Muslims and non-Muslims? ??)

etc, etc, etc.


NST declared that BN promises prudence and accountability, and are therefore defined as EXPANSIVE.

DAP promises big spending and are classified as EXPENSIVE.

Let's observe DAP's 8-Point Manifesto:

1) To ensure safer streets and establish an IPCMC;
2) To provide better living standards;
3) To establish a Malaysian-first economic policy;
4) To provide quality education;
5) To provide a healthy environment for the future generation;
6) To provide gender equality and youth empowerment;
7) To establish a clean government; and
8) To ensure democracy and freedom.

So, it is Expressive or Expensive?

However, DAP also promised a bonus of up to RM6,000 per family for households earning RM6,000 or less per annum of which the bonus money will come from Petronas. That way, Petronas will be bankrupted. It should come from savings, savings from cost of poor quality, savings from pillages and pilferages which amounts to much more than RM35 billion per annum. This point of contention, I do not agree. Malaysia cannot use Petronas money for whims and fancies; we must be realistic and prudent; otherwise the nation goes bankrupt. Learn a lesson from Singapore and see how they manage their economy without the natural resources and yet they never need to have Budget deficits and sovereign foreign debts. They had in excess of $100 billion of savings. Malaysia have in excess of hundreds of billions of sovereign debts.




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