Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Don't just generate hot air. Do something!

I’ve spent a year now on community service. When I quit my full-time job, it was with the intention of spending more time with family and focusing on doing things I enjoyed. However, MP Tony Pua persuaded me to lend a hand for a better Malaysia.

So, I helped to craft the privatize PLUS proposal, which the MCA subsequently decided to support and now the Barisan government under PM Datuk Seri Najib has commissioned a study on Malaysia’s toll highways.

The DAP’s Alternative Budget is on its way, and if all goes well, my book The Budget: How the Government is Spending OUR Money will be published by mid-October. I think it’s a good informative read. Buy a copy and tell me if you agree ; -) It’s not all boring financials – Antares (formerly known as Kit Leee) is working on the illustrations. Mail orders also possible - please send an email with your name, address and phone number to Publishers REFSA will contact you just before the book hits the shelves.

Along the way, I also started this blog, helped in explaining the extent of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) debacle and worked on other odds and ends …

With that, it’s time to go back to paid work. Circumstances change, and a steady cash flow stream would be nice again. Senior managers at statutory bodies may not know what cash flow is, but the rest of us hard working Malaysians fully understand its importance. No cash flow = no money!

All my work was done pro-bono. The only expense claim I’ve made is for one return (Firefly) flight to Penang. All other expenses such as fuel, toll and parking charges and telephone and other bills I paid myself. No donations came my way, and certainly no trips to Disneyland or private jet flights! I would likely have justified a nice, tidy sum in consulting fees if I’d been hired by the government, but that’s the way it is … In the meantime, hats off to all the dedicated staff and volunteers I’ve met.

As for the people who continually gripe about the state of our country, our education system, the crime rate, our politicians .… We get the government we deserve. If you want things to be different, contribute, whether it be in time, effort or money.

Today is our nation’s birthday. Don’t just sit around spouting hot air. Resolve to do something productive instead.

Thanks for reading. This is the 99th and last post for a while.

Well it's all right, remember to live and let live
Well it's all right, the best you can do is forgive
- The Traveling Wilburys

PS: Just a reminder- PLUS can be privatized at zero cost to the taxpayer. It could be toll-free before 2020!


Unknown said...

Chi Chang,

Thank you for the fabulous service "behind the scene" to the country and its people.

This service and experience is what $$$ cannot buy in one's lifetime...

Wishing you the best of health & well being of family too.

I will get a copy of the book.

Purple Haze said...

Generating cash flow is certainly a darn good reason to take a break from blogging but don't make this a permanent departure from the alternative media, please !

Wishing you well and thank you for your incisive insights and service to the country. As Present Value said, it is something one cannot buy.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much...

James T Cherian said...

Dear Chi Chang,

You certainly wrote some excellent pieces. And often put your neck on the line. I hope more Malaysians will learn to speak up, taking after your example. Only then will governments take their rakyat seriously.

All the best.

Eric said...

Dear Chi Chang,

We'll miss your enlightening posts. I hope you will be able to make a little time for more posts on the side in the future.

Thanks again for your service and look forward to possibly more. Take care.

Anonymous said...

I'll certainly get a copy of the book - it's also good to hear Antares (Kit Leee?) will be contributing on the illustrations.

You may want to consider translating the book and sell it to the rural folks.


Anonymous said...

Dear Chi Chang,

I have been a follower of your refreshingly informative and well-written pieces over the past year or so.

It is not difficult to see the improvement in both presentation and analysis of DAP's economic policies during your tenure.

Hope you continue to lend a hand to make Malaysia a better place.

Hat off to you,

Starmandala said...

Thumbs up for the clear thinking on - and clean approach to - managing our grotesquely mismanaged economy that you and your DAP colleagues have been doing. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better and collaborating with you on your first book. I sincerely hope millions get to read it! :-)

Anonymous said...

Chi Chang, I will be buying your book for sure. Thank you for doing your bit towards a better life for all. God bless

Anonymous said...

Got a copy of your book today, which lead me to your blog! I'll have fun reading up your previous entries while you're away ;-)

All the best with your endeavours!

boyboycute said...

Your book is very interesting and supported with facts.I support DAP because BN talks only.Talk is cheap!

Unknown said...

Thank Man

I got the Book yesterday just to support you, Keep it up need more guy like you

Tim Mok

Cheri said...