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January 24, 2017

Xi JinPing: You get what you give

Filed under: Economy, Government, news, Politics — bananachinese @ 10:50 pm

How to disagree with the chief, la?

2017年1月17日,中国国家主席习近平出席达沃斯世界经济论坛并发表主旨演讲。在反全球化思潮高涨、世界经济持续低迷的关键当口,这个演讲为推动经济全球化更好地发展,发出了铿锵有力的中国声音;为推动世界经济更快地复苏,开出了综合施策的中国药方。

在世界经济快速发展的时期,经济全球化被视为阿里巴巴的山洞,蕴藏了无尽的财富。在世界经济低迷徘徊的时期,经济全球化又被当成潘多拉的盒子,成了万恶之源。应该承认,经济全球化是一柄双刃剑,在推动全球贸易投资充分发展、全球供应链快速形成、全球技术进步高速推进的同时,也对一些国家的特定群体形成了冲击,一定程度上加剧了收入差距的扩大。国际金融危机爆发之后,经济全球化带来的问题更加放大突出,民粹主义、保护主义、反全球化思潮愈演愈烈,终于在刚刚过去的2016年引爆了英国“脱欧”等一系列冲击性事件。

那么,世界问题的根源是经济全球化吗?习近平在演讲中给出了坚定的判断——把困扰世界的问题简单归咎于经济全球化,既不符合事实,也无助于问题解决。

比如,中东北非难民问题、国际金融危机爆发等问题都不是经济全球化造成的,而是源自战乱、冲突和地区动荡以及金融监管严重缺失下的资本过度逐利。“甘瓜抱苦蒂,美枣生荆棘”,诚然,我们不应过度赞誉经济全球化,但也不应过度诋毁经济全球化,将其一棍子打死。

经济全球化是先进生产力和生产方式的发展方向,是经济深刻变革的进程。如同几百年前,工业革命中传统手工作坊生产方式被机器工厂生产方式取代,造成了传统手工业者与工厂工人间的矛盾一样,今天的经济全球化也带来了新的矛盾和问题。但今天世界上有几个人愿意将生活水平降低到工业革命之前的状况呢?受限于现有制度的不完善,经济全球化在增大蛋糕的同时可能使部分群体利益受损。但这里的问题不是经济全球化本身。回避问题的鸵鸟态度并不可取,因噎废食更不可取,勇于担当的领导者应当直面问题、顺势而为,引导好经济全球化走向,让经济全球化的成果更好地惠及每个国家和每个民族。

找准了病根,才好对症下药。习近平指出,世界经济长期低迷的根源在于,全球增长动能不足、全球经济治理滞后、全球发展失衡。针对这些问题,习近平指出,应该坚持创新驱动,坚持协同联动,坚持与时俱进,坚持公平包容,打造富有活力的增长模式、开放共赢的合作模式、公正合理的治理模式、平衡普惠的发展模式。这是一剂综合施策的中国药方,这是一套旗帜鲜明的中国主张。

中国是经济全球化的受益者,也是贡献者。世界为中国提供了机遇,但中国改革开放38年取得的成绩更是中国人民任劳任怨、流血流汗、一点一滴干出来的。中国也为世界作出了相应的贡献,对外援助、培训交流,体现了中国的大国担当。进口商品服务、吸引外资、对外投资、出境旅游,展现了中国为世界带来的机遇。习近平表示,中国张开双臂,欢迎各国人民搭乘中国发展的“快车”“便车”。

坚持改革开放,推进“一带一路”国际合作,中国将继续以大国担当的姿态引领经济全球化。

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March 11, 2013

MCMC are you awake?

Filed under: Government, Malaysia, Media, news, Politics — Tags: , , , , — bananachinese @ 5:01 pm

Dear MCMC,

Instead of thinking to regulate the social media over the coming Malaysia General Elections, I really think you should just do your real job properly and follow the lead from the US.

Sincerely,
BC

Government Takes Legal Action Over Phone Spam

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday that it had recently filed eight lawsuits in federal courts around the country against companies it accused of ordering or engineering the sending of hundreds of millions of spam text messages to mobile phone users.

In the eight federal civil cases filed across the country in recent days, the F.T.C. named 29 defendants, including 18 individuals, most of whom worked for companies that were hired to send the text messages. One complaint was filed against the operators of one of the Web sites to which consumers were directed by the messages.

July 19, 2012

Check your baby bottles and toddler drinking cups etc

Filed under: Announcement, Family, news — Tags: , , , , — bananachinese @ 5:12 pm

Do you check your baby bottles, toddler’s drinking cups, etc to make sure it has no BPA?

Baby bottles and children’s drinking cups could no longer contain bisphenol A, or BPA, an estrogen-mimicking industrial chemical used in some plastic bottles and food packaging.

The chemical can leach into food, and a study of over 2,000 people found that more than 90 percent of them had BPA in their urine. Traces have also been found in breast milk, the blood of pregnant women and umbilical cord blood.

Reports of potentially negative health effects have made BPA notorious, especially among parents, and led to widespread shunning of products thought to contain the chemical. Canada, Chicago and Suffolk County, N.Y., have banned BPA from children’s products. In 2010, the F.D.A. said that it had “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.”

BPA has been used since the 1960s to make hard plastic bottles, cups for toddlers and the linings of food and beverage cans, including those that hold infant formula and soda. Until recently, it was used in baby bottles, but major manufacturers are now making bottles without it. Plastic items containing BPA are generally marked with a 7 on the bottom for recycling purposes.

Read more here and here.

May 24, 2012

I love democracy, do you?

Filed under: Citizenry, Government, Malaysia, news, Politics — Tags: , , , , — bananachinese @ 7:23 pm

Many displays of democracy nowadays for Malaysians to learn.

How have you enjoyed the spirit and principles of democracy so far?

Here’re a simple issue for you to make into conversation or to reflect upon with your buddies. Or, if you can, throw this question to your current / aspirant Member of Parliament.

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Q: Is this Democracy at work?

“Two anti-Bersih groups have surrounded the vicinity of Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan’s residence today…”

Source: http://malaysiakini.com/news/198937

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“BERSIH 3.0 will take the form of a sit-in (“duduk bantah” in Bahasa Malaysia) on April 28th 2012, and will take place across Malaysia and throughout the world….

Through BERSIH 3.0, we will continue our struggle for clean and fair elections, assembling and expressing our views peacefully as are our rights as enshrined in the Federal Constitution…”

Source: http://bersih.org/?p=4696

November 23, 2011

Cows and Condos in Malaysia

Filed under: Citizenry, Malaysia, Media, news, Scandal — Tags: , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 8:06 pm

When money is entrusted by government to a national project, it means just that: use strictly for the project.

Promoters and agencies in charge this project via National Feedlot Corporation should be ashamed for the missed projected promises, deadlines and use of money to buy condos, etc instead.

I wonder if the cows at the NFC are happy about this state of affair?

I hear GE13 voters are not.

Click to view:  Cows and Condos

 

July 2, 2011

Yellow mellow in Kuala Lumpur

Filed under: Announcement, Citizenry, Life, Malaysia, news, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 12:00 pm

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Friend: BC, aren’t you going to blog on the BERSIH 2 brouhaha at all?

BC: No need, my dear. All the funnies have been spewed out already from Polis DiRaja Malaysia, Najib Razak, UMNO, PAS, Perkasa, MCA, PKR, DAP.

Ain’t nothing else left for me to articulate for the laughing bellies.

And on the harassment against the yellow colour, I’ve been wearing yellow on my skin since birth, nothing else can change me essence.

April 13, 2011

So, how about a score for Sarawak?

I’m trying to vary the contents of me blog. Boring will it be if it solely be bananafied’s voice always (in Yoda language).

So, here’s another article from a friend in Sarawak to dedicate to BC’s dear readers. Any comments, you know what to do lar.

How About A Score For Sarawak?

There is one important question that a proud Sarawakian voter will question their election candidates before they pre-qualify them, especially to the novice politicians before letting them make long range policies on behalf of the people of the state.

We all know about those familiar faced candidates who have been involved in mapping out the Sarawak State Assembly policy for its economic and education future. From the Barisan Nasional’s side, they’re the ones who have been seen participating and contributed input into drawing up of crucial state developmental policies like education which achieved its goal of establishing 3 public universities, 3 private universities, 38 private colleges or university branch campuses. Another important developmental policy for the economic growth is outlined in SCORE (Sarawak Corridor Of Renewable Energy) that we keep reading about in the newspaper ever since BN highlighted it prominently in their manifesto.

Before we proceed, let’s arrive at a common understanding of what is a manifesto. According to Wikipedia, it is a public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.

For this round of the Sarawak state election, the manifestos from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat are already disseminated to the voting public and hopefully will not escape the scrutinizing of the all voters who may or may not be partial to any contesting party.

Let’s check out BN’s manifesto which actually has a long range plan via Score to change Sarawak to become the richest State in Malaysia. According the elaboration, Score would increase the state’s per capita income to RM97,500 by 2030, compared with RM45,000 in 2020 and RM37,287 last year.

So, what’s in the Score that is relevant to the normal man who needs to make a living from day to day to feed his family? A further check with the manifesto (by the way, this is a good authority to reference now that it is a made as promise by BN) says that Score is capable of generating 836,000 jobs by 2030, including 44,000 at the professional and management levels as well as 82,000 engineering and technical jobs. Ok, increase of job opportunities checked for the future.

Next, which sector of the economy that BN tells me I should guide my children to specialise in their studies so that they can ride on the economic road map?

Vide Score, BN will give special emphasis to oil, aluminium, iron, glass, marine engineering and food processing in the halal hub. Ok, checked – areas of education for children to pursue in their studies, if they do so desire.

Additionally, BN promises to do the following which I don’t think anybody will pick a quarrel with:
• The protection of the environment,
• The preservation of the culture,
• Traditions of all the peoples in the state; generating more employment and business opportunities;
• Providing more education opportunities and guaranteeing the people’s rights over their lands.
• Improve quality of life, basic amenities and infrastructure eg: roads, water supply, electricity, health services and housing would be provided.

Well, so much for BN’s manifesto.

What does Pakatan Rakyat’s 10 point manifesto tell voters?

Basically, to give the state’s wealth to the people. guarantee of freedom of religion, free WiFi to move Sarawak into a knowledge-state, a Competency, Accountability and Transparency system of governance, respecting the 18-points agreement and a promise to investigate allegations of ill-gotten wealth of BN leaders and their cronies.

Kudos for display of nice ideals and admirable aspiration, realistically please give details of your long range plans to your intelligent voters? How about a policy plan to 2020 or beyond to prove Pakatan’s here to stay, Baru Bian? Do consider this important hallmark of a government before attempting to score for the Pakatan ship.

By: Bintang Bulan

December 18, 2010

A leader bus driver and on the rising nudes of Singapore

Filed under: Citizenry, Family, Life, news — Tags: , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 1:24 pm

If a bus driver can take on a leadership role in an emergency situation like this, I have to salute Singapore for demonstrating to the world how their people’s reasoning is superior.

See story below:

Dec 17, 2010
Woman arrested for boarding bus in the buff

A MIDDLE-AGED woman has been arrested after boarding a bus naked – the latest in a string of such incidents.

The Chinese woman in her 50s turned up at a bus stop in Ubi wearing a black blouse and pair of black pants, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

She slowly stripped, putting her clothes into a large handbag she was carrying.

Several minutes later, the number 22 bus ferrying more than 20 passengers reportedly arrived at the bus stop next to Block 302 in Ubi Avenue 1.

The woman boarded it and made her way to the back.

The bus driver is said to have promptly stopped the bus, ordered the male passengers to the front and women to the back, where they could help shield the woman.

Read the full story in Friday’s edition of The Straits Times.

But on the other hand, more people are going nude in Singapore…
[News report here]

Yikes! What happened along the way to a first world country, Mr Lee Kuan Yew? No wonder Dr. Mahathir so wary of it.

December 12, 2010

Incompetency of news outlets: Wikileaks

Filed under: Announcement, Malaysia, Media, news, Politics, Scandal — Tags: , , , , , — bananachinese @ 11:25 pm

Sad isn’t it, when news outlets or media forgot its ‘duty’ as the fourth estate?

Here’s how to stop Wikileaks or its wannabes:

“I think its time for the general public to demand that our news outlets start giving us complete stories, with various points of view.”
Thank you, b0ll0cks for your post!

November 7, 2010

BN and PR lost. Ku Li won Galas by-election

Filed under: Announcement, Citizenry, Malaysia, news, Parliament, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 4:37 pm

For those Malaysians easily drunk on ‘victory’, for the politically uninitiated and for those who thought they know real politiks.

Barisan Nasional component parties have looooong way to go to regain back lost gound prior 308. This is not a time to celebrate, act cocky or thumping of chests. It is not even a victory for them cybertroopers who have no inkling of political ideology in their tweet little universe.

Suffering Pakatan Rakyat and its components PKR, PAS, DAP, have a looooong way to go to reach Putrajaya.

Therefore, to all Malaysia political parties from opposite divides, please go back dutifully to the drawing board and conduct many more cadre trainings for your party members.

Don’t you dare serve us anymore under-qualified or puppet candidates in the next General Election.

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