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Public Holiday over Football?

I think I'm alone in saying this but I find it incredelous, if not resigned, at the fact that our leaders declared 31 Dec 2010 as a public holiday because Malaysia won football.. and it's not like we won World Cup or anything - it was Suzuki Cup. I'm not a football fan and I don't know how great Suzuki Cup is and would welcome any enlightenment in this regard. But from a layman point of view, disrupting the economies of the country by declaring a public holiday over Suzuki Cup is truly a testatement of our banana republic mentality.

Think of the consequences and cost involved in this sudden declaration. If you are going to get your passport renewed and you can't do that tomorrow, you are stuck. Or if your are planning to registered your marriage in RoM in Putrajaya, you, your family and friends are not shit out of luck.

Thinking at a macro level, if you have containers of goods to ship and then the government offices are closed tomorrow, your goods will be stuck in the warehouse and you are paying for it. Or if you need certain fund for the survival of your business - sorry buddy, banks are closed!

And if you run fast food chains or call center operations where you support not just Malaysia but the region, you have to start paying your employees TRIPLE times for them to come to work on a public holiday.

All these cost over football, over Suzuki Cup. Really? And football is not even a major sports in Malaysia! What next? Honda Cup? Toyota Open? Proton Challenge?


Malaysia boleh!

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  1. ringgit, as you may already know. the sentiment for the leaders rite now is being challenged right left side and straight. even if there is no decision to declare, somebody will still say something. then given a choice, why not do something that wins people vote? the net of it, every choice we make has a consequence. but one has to weigh at that timeframe, what's more important?

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