Major job retrenchments coming up

There will be a few retrenchment exercises coming up in the banking, telecommunications and IT manufacturing sectors soon, which will cause the public to sit up a bit. Some companies are relocating, outsourcing or just plain cost-cutting.

Below: Najib says no problemo.

Officer was subjected to racist slurs

 27th October 2008
The Western Telegraph
 Racial remarks directed at a dark-skinned Police Constable landed a 21-year-old Pembroke Dock man in court today (Monday).
Crown Prosecutor Simon Stephenson told magistrates at Haverfordwest that Michael Paul Davies of 22, Front Street, said to the officer: "You're not Welsh, I hope the US bombard your family, you f.... Arab."
The constable was with colleagues called to a disturbance in Ferry Lane in the early hours of Monday May 19th.
Davies ran off but was caught and handcuffed when the remark was made. He continued to be abusive in the police vehicle shouting: "Take these cuffs off you f..... black b....." The officer said he found the remarks distressing.
Davies' solicitor Alun Morgan said he recognised he had an alcohol problem and it was when he had been drinking that he behaved in this manner. He produced a character reference from his employers. Imposing a Community Order for 12 months with supervision and 100 hours of unpaid work, the magistrates said this would run consecutive with a previous order imposed in June, the 65 hours remaining on that order to be added to the new hours. There would be no separate penalties for the original offences of being drunk and disorderly, possessing amphetamine and assaulting a constable. He was also ordered to pay £40 costs.

The credit card industry in Malaysia and how to manage your credit card debt

Credit card scenario in Malaysia
The credit card business is one of the most lucrative business segments for bankers. Banks make money from charging interest from outstanding balances of credit card owners at a high rate of 18% per annum, about 3 times its base lending rate and about 6 times the cost of its capital. Of course the banks takes the risk of bad debts and unsettled amounts because of the non-collateral nature of this business, but the banks calls a bluff by charging interest on credit card owners who strive to maintain their personal creditworthiness and integrity as a borrowers.
Above: Credit cards in circulation- more than 10 million. High double-digit growth rate.
Above: A RM25 billion industry.
Daunting facts
As at August 2008, the credit card business is made up of 9.4 million and 1.2 million principal card and supplementary card holders; and a total of RM24.1 billion being owing by these card holders. Of the RM24.1 billion, RM21.8  billion are current balances (amount owing within the month) leaving the remainder of RM2.3 billion owing more than one month (unpaid by credit card holders). Of the RM2.3 billion, RM48.4 million is being owed for more than six months. It is from the late payers' RM2.3 billion the banks make the most money from, because of the charges levied on the credit card holder:
-Late payment penalty (if the credit card holder makes payment after the stipulated payment date) ie normally ranging from RM10 upwards.
-Interest on late payment- ranging from 15% to 18% on the amount owing. If you have been a good paymaster and paying your credit card bill on time for the last 12 consecutive months, but fail to settle fully your balance on the 13th month, the interest rate charged will be 15% (new Bank Negara ruling on 26 June 2007). If you have not been paying your balance on time, say only on time for less than 9 months out of the past 12 months, the interest rate will be the usual 18%.
-Interest on the the 20 day period- interest will be charged from the date of transaction if all retail transactions (excluding cash advance, balance transfer and instalment payment plan programmes) of the previous month are fully not paid by the payment due date (new Bank Negara ruling again).
Above: The impact of the 26 June 2007 Bank Negara ruling has greatly reduced the balances exceeding 6 months old (circled area).
The Bank Negara ruling issued on the 26th June 2007 has greatly reduced old credit card balances (particularly exceeding 6 months old):
                          Credit balances >6 months old
July 2007                RM268 million
August 2007        RM85 million (greatly reduced from the previous month)
Some financial advice
The drop most likely meant those belonging in the statistics population in the graph above either stole or borrowed to reduce their credit card debt. I think you should do the same too, if you have been holding on to a credit card debt more than twice your monthly salary for more than 3 months.
It's time to face the fact that settling the entire amount is just impossible without sacrificing an arm and a leg. Moving into 2009, it's best to take up a soft loan or a medium-term loan from a bank to fully pay off that credit card debt. Medium-term loans are comparatively cheaper than the credit card interest (15% to 18% per annum). Below are some examples:

Anytime Money- 9.5% p.a.
Alliance Bank        
CashVantage Personal Financing-i- 8.99% p.a.
FlexiCash Term Loan- BLR + 6.10% p.a.
Personal Loan- 12% p.a.
Std Chartered
Quick Cash EDGETM Classic- 15% p.a. upwards
Personal Financing- 6.49% to 13.49% p.a. depending on amount                          
The interest rates above are dependant on loan tenure and amount. Loan approval is subject to several  qualifying factors as well.
When applying for a personal loan- there is sometimes room for negotiating a lower interest rate but of course depends a lot on your credit history. Whatever it is, don't go into 2009 with a credit card debt!

Bank Negara leaves interest rate unchanged

A statement released by Bank Negara today announces that its OPR (overnight policy rate) will remain unchanged at 3.5%. If OPR sounds Greek to you, it is the benchmark interest rate which the central bank uses for policy direction- it this changes, huhuhu- most interest rates like the BLR your home loan is based on will also change. Reasons for the unchanged rate is here. I have also reproduced Bank Negara's Monetary Policy statement below (please click for bigger size):

A few days ago, someone asked me what I thought the outcome of the BNM monetary policy on the 24th October would be. I casually mentioned 'no change' for the reasons being:

-Inflation is tapering off as we head towards the last quarter of 2008. You raise interest rates to curb inflation because higher interest rates curb money supply the fastest- higher interest rates encourage savings, discourages new loans from being dispensed thus slowing down spending in the economy. When inflation is trending down, BNM does not find it useful to increase interest rates.

-During an economic downturn (that's where we are heading) interest rates are normally reduced by central banks so that more money is circulated in the economy to encourage spending.

Malaysia's economy
Malaysia's economy especially in the last quarter of 2008, technically speaking, is neither inflation nor recession. Inflation is tapering off, and the economy is also growing but growing at the rate which is outside the recession definition. We are neither here nor there and the economy is stagnant. Hence the best monetary position for Bank Negara's monetary policy is 'no change'.

Other central banks in the region

                    Benchmark interest rate
Thailand       3.75% likely to remain unchanged for the rest of 2008
Indonesia     9.50% increased 3 times in 2008!
Vietnam       14.0% increased 3 times in 2008!

Claim that petrol rebate online!

Crude oil price is USD68 per tong as I write. I have been procastinating the fuel rebate for a long time now so I had just made my claim awhile ago- online. Better claim it fast before lowering oil prices change this flip-flop Government's decision right?

The link is Just register online and follow instructions.

More on road name changes

DBKL is not the only culprit in senseless road name changes. Checkout this article from the MSM, about Jalan Datuk P.C. Isaacs in Terengganu. Datuk P.C. Isaacs is father to retired Deputy Public Prosecutor Dato' Stanley Isaacs and the person featured in the write-up below is brother to Dato' Stanley. I knew Dato' Stanley years after his retirement from public service- as mentor and from a personal level as a God-fearing person. Dato' Stanley is also major energy behind a foundation that raises funds for under-privelleged children in Malaysia.

Keeping father’s memory alive
Saturday, 18 August 2007 08:01am

©The Star
by R.S.N. Murali

Datuk Victor Isaacs 

KUALA TERENGGANU: There was a time when prominent lawyer Datuk Victor Isaacs was asked sarcastically “Ini jalang ayah mu ke?” (“Is this your father’s road?” in the Terengganu dialect) when he double-parked in front of his office. 

He could not help but give a smile as the road was indeed named after his father Datuk P.C. Isaacs.

However, Jalan Datuk P.C. Isaacs disappeared from the map after PAS took over the state government in 1999. The road was renamed Jalan Sultan Sulaiman.
Victor said neither was his family consulted nor the views of other local leaders obtained over the name change.

“PAS leaders carelessly removed my father’s name without having any regard to his immense contributions to the development of Kuala Terengganu,” he said.

He added that most PAS leaders were not born at that time and considered him an unimportant figure.
The senior Isaacs was a philanthropist and a pioneer educationist here.

It would surprise many that he was instrumental in introducing religious classes for Muslim students at the private English Grammar School back in the 1950s when there were not many institutions offering religious lessons.

The school was a privately run institution and the late Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah was among its alumni.

In 1953, a top Terengganu government official, Che Puteh Haji Arshad, commended Isaacs’ efforts in holding religious classes and asked the state Religious Department to send more teachers to the school.

Isaacs also had a hand in drafting the Federal Constitution under the Reid Commission. He was also the first Indian in the state legislative assembly, being an appointed member from 1948 to 1956.

He played a pivotal role in the development of Kuala Terengganu and during the Japanese Occupation, joined the anti-Japanese Force 136.

He continued to play an important role in the development of the town after the British returned to power until his death in a road accident in 1974.

For all that he had done, the Sultan named a street after him.

Victor has been tirelessly working to get his father's name restored or at least get another road named after his father.

He suggested that two roads could be named after his father, one is currently named Jalan Air Jernih and the other, Jalan Petani.

“The only wish in this 50th year of Merdeka is that my family and I get to see my father’s name reinstated as a street name, in the true spirit of muhibbah,” said Victor. 

Jalan Alor and other old roads

What's the reason behind changing a road name? Frankly I can't think of any good reason really. In my opinion, roads, once named, should not be changed at all, unless the road is so physically different due to reconstruction maybe. Lately, the name change from Jalan Alor to Jalan Kejora baffles many Kuala Lumpur folk- what's the real reason behind this, only DBKL knows.

Here's a list of prominent roads in KL which have undergone name changes:

Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin > Victory Avenue
Jalan Sultan Ismail > Jalan Treacher
Jalan Hang Tuah > Jalan Shaw
Jalan Hang Jebat > Jalan Davidson
Jalan Maharajalela > Jalan Birch
Jalan Perdana > Jalan Venning
Jalan Cenderasari > Jalan Hospital, Jalan Young
Jalan Cenderawasih > Jalan Spooner
Jalan Esfahan > Jalan Selat
Jalan P Ramlee > Jalan Parry
Jalan Tun H S Lee > High Street
Jalan Dang Wangi > Jalan Campbell
Jalan Semarak > Jalan Henry Gurney
Jalan Raja Abdullah > Jalan Hale
Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz > Jalan Raja Muda
Jalan Raja Alang > Jalan Hans
Jalan Hang Kasturi > Jalan Rodger
Jalan Hang Lekiu > Klyne Street
Jalan Hang Lekir > Cecil Street
Lebuh Pasar Besar > Market Street
Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin > Jalan Silang
Jalan Raja Chulan > Jalan Weld
Jalan Tun Razak > Jalan Pekeliling
Medan Pasar Besar > Old Market Square
Jalan Dato Onn > Residency Road
Jalan Ledang > Jalan Gallagher
Jalan Sultan Sallahuddin > Jalan Swettenham
Jalan Syed Putra > Jalan Lorraine
Jalan Tun Sambanthan > Jalan Brickfields
Jalan Tun Ismail > Jalan Maxwell
Jalan Kebun Bunga > Orchid Road
Jalan Petaling > Petaling Street
Jalan Wisma Putra > Persiaran Hose
Jalan Istana > Jalan Taylor
Jalan Dewan Bahasa > Jalan Lapangan Terbang
Jalan Mahkamah Tinggi > Jalan Clarke
Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan > Jalan Belanda
Jalan Berhala > Jalan Kandang Kerbau
Jalan Tangsi > Barrack Road
Persiaran Mahameru > Persiaran Swettenham
Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin > Jalan Cliford
Jalan Tunku Putra > Jalan Natesa
Jalan Semarang > Jalan Broadrick
Jalan Haji Yahya Sheikh Ahmad > Jalan Watson
Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman > Jalan Stony
Jalan Bukit Tunku > Jalan Bukit Kenny

The strength of Marina

I remember meeting Marina the first time, this was after the Permatang Pauh elections and Malaysia-Today had just been banned. It started out at the fishing place, sitting next to RPK, feeling mighty conscious of what I wanted to say, hoping I didn't spur rubbish and make myself look stupid. As the night moved on, and as everyone was mingling, I remember striking up a conversation with Marina and feeling extremely at ease.

Here was a woman I really admired; you could see the care and love she felt for her husband just by the way she talked about him. I guess it was easy considering both of them share the same aspirations and ideals.

The next time I saw her, was in a totally different scenario. No more party and drinks. RPK had been arrested under the ISA. We were at the Bukit Aman vigil. As Marina stepped out of the car to light a candle, I gave her a hug. Words failed me, what could I say to make her feel better? Words like we're here for you and I'm so sorry for what happened ran through my mind, but I did not feel right uttering those words because how do you say you empathize with a woman whose husband has just been arrested under a draconian law when you've never been through it before?

The third time I met her, was during the vigil opposite Amcorp Mall, the 12th of October. I hugged her, and again I didn't know what to say. As she saw me struggling for words, she said 'don't worry, we'll get through this'.I laughed and told her, these words are what I should be saying to you.

Words failed me that night, now I want to say what I should have said: Marina, don't worry we'll get through this. Justice is a long and hard struggle, but the day when justice is done, the struggle makes it ever so much more meaningful and worthwhile. We will never give up or forget RPK, because we can never forget a man who has given up his liberty in fighting for the rakyat. And we will also never forget the strong, resilient woman who has stood silently by his side, urging him to do what is right.


delcapo said...

hey Kell... get your gang down on Sunday... esp if they can bring some instuments & play a few numbers =]

Candle-light Vigil in PJ every SUnday 8pm… with special perfomances, music & poetry…. A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE!!!

Venue: Padang in front of Amcorp Mall, next to A&W Restaurant, Petaling Jaya


Contact delCapo

I have a busy week ahead. My Friday, Saturday and Sunday is chock-full of events; classes, events and functions. But no worries, from now on until they abolish the ISA I keep my sunday evenings free just to hold a candle and wave to the honking cars while sprouting my I AM WITH RPK shirt. See you guys there...I hope!

Petrol prices reduced

KUALA LUMPUR: Petrol prices will be reduced by a further 10sen to 20sen from Wednesday.
RON 97 petrol is reduced by 15sen to RM2.30; RON 92 petrol is reduced by 10sen to RM2.20; and diesel is reduced by 20sen to RM2.20.

A post on the Prime Minister's Office website ( said the decision was made following the marked drop in the global oil price of late.

"The lowering of the fuel prices is also made to speed up the reduction of retail prices so that the people will be able to enjoy the benefits sooner," the post added.

The statement was signed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The previous two reductions were on Aug 23 and Sept 24.

Me, the cheating spouse

Being the last to leave the office tonight gave me the chance to flip through the morning paper which I had missed. An article on Section 2 of The Star which talked about extra-marital affairs made me chuckle. The writer included real-life account of cheated spouses and laid out 10 points of tell-tale signs of the cheating husband.

The 10 points are reproduced here:

            1. He works late, attends meetings or goes for outstation/overseas assignments more often.

            2. He can’t part with his handphone. There are mysterious late night calls and unusually long conversations.

            3.There are changes in his spending habits such as unusual credit card bills.

            4. He suddenly takes effort in his appearance, dresses better or goes on a diet.

            5. His preference for food, music, clothes or grooming habits change.

            6. He spends a lot more time at the computer and is constantly checking for new messages.

            7. There are sudden changes in his daily routine and he’s defensive when questioned about his whereabouts.

            8. His behaviour changes: every little thing sparks off an argument as he’s more short-tempered because of the guilty feelings. 

            9. He’s unusually nice, buys her more gifts.

            10. He encourages her to have her own space, to spend more time with her own friends, or go for a holiday on her own.

            I must say that I display 8 or 9 of the characteristics above recently, and I am not ashamed of it. My lifestyle has change, and what is with a little fun. Point-for-point above I am:

            1. Always 'working late' and always travelling, rarely at home.  

            2. Always having my mobile by my side. I regularly receive mysterious telephone calls in the middle of the night which cannot disclose the contents of the call. The caller is usually a lady with a sensuous voice.

            3. Increasing credit card spending on foreign trips.

            4. Suddenly becoming very conscious of my dressing while travelling- donning jackets, expensive shirts, shoes and so on. I am not dieting though.

            5. No change for this point- food is food, always good; music is music, always loud.

            6. I'm always checking for email messages at the computer.

            7. I'm very defensive when questioned on my whereabouts. If I have no good answer to where I am, it's always a blogger meeting or a meeting with the MP.

            8. I feel very guilty, but cool most of the time.

            9. Because I feel guilty, I try to buy more presents for my spouse to quash my guilt.

            10. I do not encourage my spouse to go on holiday trips on her own though. Since she is so pretty and there are other guys out there...
              The reality of things
              Being a regional financial head of a business unit of a multinational corporation demands a demanding lifestyle. No, the above 10 points is not about women but about the corporate responsibility I shoulder.  Lately this burden is heavier due to the worsening economic situation here. Doing business in this region is tough, what more if it's in this country. My customers in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand tell me that Malaysia transport costs are high and it's cheaper to ship in similar goods from competitors in Vietnam or China.

              I tell unforgiving customers that trucking and transport costs in Malaysia went up by 35%-45% due to the incredible 40% fuel hike in early June 2008; and if this reason does not suffice, being a multinational corporation, I am able to ship-in lower priced but similar products from my company's plant in China to appease customers. My company as a whole is thus able to sustain profitable growth. But as time goes by, production volume in its Malaysian plant decreases, while production at the China plant increases. When volume decreases, revenue proportionately falls, and it becomes harder and harder to meet fixed business costs such as salaries, operating expenses and leases. Eventually the top guns in the US will want me to justify the existence of their Malaysian plant.

              Rising costs
              To add salt to the wound electricity tariffs increased by 26% for commercial and industrial zones almost the same time as the petrol price hike. Don't forget, an 8% and 12% electricity hike for the respective residence and commercial areas happened in June 2006 which was not too far off. Any accounts clerk ( no need accountants) can tell that profit margins will slip against higher production costs and lower demand; but the Government and Government-related fuckers say that the fuel and electricity hike has punitive impact on Malaysia's competitiveness. Denial does no good- in the end, doing business is not viable in Malaysia, hence the flight of FDIs from the country.
              Malaysia's inflation rate hits 8.5% in August 2008, a 26-year high, flaming citizens' expectations of worse times ahead. Government and central bank statements does little to sooth the labor force's fears of higher future inflation- thus employees demand for more salary in their current jobs... and even more in their next career jump. Because of the workforce's action of demanding higher salary, the cost of doing business becomes even higher- the employer pays higher salaries, more EPF, insurance and other personnel-related benefits but for the same efficiency and productivity levels. On top of this some top guy in New York or any part of the world gets worried about his investment in Malaysia because his/ her financial reports has got Malaysia labelled as 'politically unstable' for months.

              Honest spouses
              I work late, because being in this country demands so. I worry about my job, I worry about the economy.  To close this posting, I would like to say that this story in The Star is entertaining and socially fulfilling tabloid-reading needs but those 10 points label the hardworking but faithful spouse unfairly. The article is imbalanced with points squeezed through a pinhole in the sense it does little to mitigate the  over-worked honest spouse who will be unfairly categorized.

              I am overworked, but a least I want to be labelled as what I deserve to be.  To all honest married people, we are what we are, God Bless.

              Shah Rukh Khan for Datukship

              Excerpt from The Star Online:

              Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the decision to confer the title on the actor was based on a suggestion by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin to Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob recently as a means to further promote Malacca owing to the fact that the actor had shot a movie scene here several years ago.

              He said the movie One 2 ka 4 was shot at the A Famosa Resort in Alor Gajah in 2001.

              "This resulted in many people visiting Malacca since then. The award is given in recognition of this,” he said after the awards presentation ceremony on Saturday.
                   Above: Shah Rukh Khan

              Factually the film has very little impact on Malaysia tourism statistics. In fact, official statistics from the Malaysia tourism site show that Malacca's hotel guests by locality has been dwindling since the year 2002:

              Year 2002      2.5 million hotel guests      7,457 hotel rooms
              Year 2007      2.2 million hotel guests      7,060 hotel rooms

              The Datukship title is already suffering from a battered image- that the title can be bought by cash and the reputation of the title recipients in the recent past are sometimes questioned. I don't think Shah Rukh Khan qualifies to receive Datukship. What about the people who were involved in the films/ series below?

              How about this movie below which promoted Batu Caves a great deal:

              Closer to home or Wangsa Maju rather, (the memorial is in Taman P. Ramlee, Setapak) is this guy below here:

                    Tan Sri P. Ramlee

              P. Ramlee has about 66 films and 360 songs to his credit; and his achievements include:

              - Best Musical Score for Hang Tuah — Third Asian Film Festival, Hong Kong (1956)

              - Best Male Actor for Anak-ku Sazali (My son, Sazali) — Fourth Asian Film Festival, Tokyo (1957)

              - Best Comedy Film for Nujum Pak Belalang (The Fortune Teller) — Seventh Asian Film Festival, Tokyo (1960)

              - Most Versatile Talent for Ibu Mertua Ku (My Mother In-law) — Tenth Asian Film Festival, Tokyo (1963)

              - Best Comedy Film for Madu Tiga (Three Wives) — Eleventh Asian Film Festival, Taipei (1964)

              He ain't known as Seniman Negara for nothing, but yet we took over 20 years to posthumously confer P. Ramlee the title of 'TanSri' after his untimely death at the age of 44 in 1973. Tan Sri P. Ramlee is certainly a good yardstick when it comes to honoring people in the film industry.  

              Here's Getaran Jiwa for all of us...

              Malaysian Court Tries Blogger on Sedition Charges

              By VOA News
              06 October 2008
              A popular Malaysian blogger is on trial on sedition charges for allegedly implying the deputy prime minister was involved in the murder of a Mongolian woman.

              Raja Petra Kamaruddin waves as he walks out from court in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, 06 Oct 2008
              Raja Petra Kamaruddin waves as he walks out from court in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, 06 Oct 2008
              Raja Petra Kamaruddin denies wrongdoing. He appeared in court on the first day of his trial in Kuala Lumpur Monday.

              The sedition charges stem from an article Raja Petra published in April on his anti-government news Web site "Malaysia Today."

              The article titled "Let's Send the Altantuya Murderers to Hell" allegedly links Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, to the 2006 killing of 26-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu of Mongolia.

              Najib denies he was involved in the crime. His close associate is charged with abetting the murder, and two policemen are accused of killing the woman.

              Raja Petra is already in jail on a separate case under the Internal Security Act, an anti-terrorism law that allows indefinite detention without trial.

              If convicted, Raja Petra faces up to three years in jail.

              Malaysia's opposition and international human rights advocates have condemned the Malaysian government's use of the Internal Security Act. They say the government is using the law as a repressive measure to control dissent.

              Malaysian blogs are considered an alternative source of information from the mainstream media, which are controlled by political parties or closely linked to them.
              Raja Petra and several MPs' views on Press freedom:

              Dear DSAI, how would you like to be remembered in History?

              I have been restless today. Knowing that RPK appears in court, but unable to make it there, I've been sitting in front of the computer trying to get things done but more frequently surfing the blogs for the latest news and sightings of RPK.

              Ironic, that RPK put his life and liberty on the line not only for the country, but also to ensure DSAI had the support he needed. RPK knew that he would be arrested, and he could forsee that the only possible release of his detention would be if PR took over. He sounded confident that they Sept 16 seems like a dream.

              That sensation of having a good dream, and waking up to harsh reality seems to be dawning on Malaysian citizens. Some were cynical from the beginning, some were believers from the start, some could not help but be swept into the wave of euphoria and hope that Anwar had cast upon us.

              Now, RPK has been sent to Kamunting, and Anwar has not breathed a word for at least 2 weeks.

              I hope that Anwar better have a proper transition plan, not just for our sake but also for his own legacy, because failure to bring about change as he so eloquently put forward will be in short nothing less than political suicide.

              History is written by the victors, and only will the victorious be remembered in history as legends, heroes and martyrs. The losers will forever be rebels, traitors and 'shit-stirrers'.

              So Anwar, I wonder what history will remember you as? I personally hope its the former; for the sake of us, our nation and for RPK and all the other ISA detainees.

              Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

              Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri from Hong Kong. It's public holiday here too but I'm working halfway across the ocean.

              Enough said, enjoy your holidays everyone.