Dissecting the ETP Annual Report (Part 5): The EPPs do not seem to be creating high-income jobs

(Also published on The Malaysian Insider)

Capital intensity is very low in the ETP so far. An increasing level of capital investment per employee (CIPE) is an essential part of economic development. Higher CIPE usually translates into higher salaries due to the higher skills and productivity associated with working with more efficient machines and technology. Therefore, the ETP is expected to have high CIPE.

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Thugs at my doorstep

(Also published on Dr. Ong’s Facebook Page and The Malaysian Insider)

At approx 4.45pm [yesterday] (July 10), three thugs, in their early to late twenties, tried to break into my house in Petaling Jaya.

Thankfully, they were unsuccessful. Thankfully, I am not hurt. I am immensely grateful at the outpouring of support shown by my friends and family. I am thankful to the police for their quick response in sending three squad cars to my house five minutes after I reported the incident and their follow up on this case.

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MCA’s new dilemma – how to work as opposition

(Also published on Malaysiakini)

Even though MCA is part of the BN ruling coalition at the federal level, it has many characteristics of an opposition party. A dilemma is having to choose between two options which seem equally unfavourable or mutually exclusive. Politicians and political parties in Malaysia often face such difficult choices.

For MCA, its ‘old’ dilemma was choosing between working quietly behind the scenes in the ‘shadow’ of its big brother, Umno, and risk being criticised by the community for being a compliant party, or speak out against certain government policies and risk offending big brother.

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