Pak Jokowi

Indonesia, with its massive population of 250 million people, is grippling with issues and struggles; providing enough basic necessities to the people, food, shelter, healthcare and jobs. Jakarta alone is swarmed with 10 million people and due to its large population and lack of public transportation services, the city is often infested with problems such as flood and gridlocks. It is said that 440 cars are bought everyday.. in Jakarta alone.

In Pluit (district within Jakarta) alone there are 7,000 squatters, of whom 2,000 has been relocated to low rent housing under Jokowi leadership. Of all his manifesto, one of his aims is to transform the slum infested Pluit to the better, by having city parks and proper housing development.

Who is this Jokowi, you’d ask? Joko Widodo or Jokowi is the Governor of Jakarta since 2012. Previously he was the Mayor of his hometown of Solo for 8 years, where he has managed to cut crime, revived the local economy and rebranded the city as the centre of Javanese culture and tourism, among many other achievements. This year, Fortune magazine has listed this man as The World’s 50 Great Leaders. Whereas in 2012 alone Jokowi received 3rd place of the 2012 World Mayor Prize for “transforming a crime-ridden city into a regional center for art and culture and an attractive city to tourists”.  In February 2013 he was nominated as the global mayor of the month by the The City Mayors Foundation based in London.

How’s that for a resume?

These are some of Pak Jokowi approach as the Governor:

-Most of the time he’s not at the office, he goes out to the street, market place, hospitals to meet the people. this is a culture / habit which is referred to as blusukan in indonesian.

-He cycles to/from home every Friday since November last year in encouraging the city dwellers to ditch the car and cycles/walks/uses bus to get around.

-He listens to Metallica.

-He ditches his formal uniform and donnes plain khakis and cheap shoes while doing his rounds of meeting people.

-Doesn’t use police escort while commuting. Doesn’t have bodyguards while doing the routine blusukan.

-He was even spotted ditching his formal car and hopped on a motorbike to beat the notorious traffic.

-The people and media adore him. he frequently appears on media, usually with throngs of people swarming him.

-Previous career as a furniture businessman and he made millions doing it. Decided to join politics as to help his ailing, radical hometown (remember Abu Bakara Bashir?) to prosperity.

So there, among the highlights of his achievements and aspirations. And yes, he’d be running for presidential election comes July 9th. This year is surely an interesting year in Jakarta politics. I am of course, intrigued and excited. All the best Pak Jokowi.


It matters to be rational

You got time? Read online news, it is funny, sometimes. But not the content I mean.

Five reasons Singapore is now the most expensive city in the world

With Singapore being named the world’s most expensive city, the Straits Times has published a comparative study on the five big ticket items which contributed to the ranking.

The Straits Times report compared the prices of these items with those of a similar standard in five different developed nations.

The following are the items and the price comparisons:

A three-bedroom apartment of between 1,200 and 1,500 sq ft averages S$8,000 (RM20,700) a month in Singapore.

In New York, a three-bedroom apartment of between 950 and 1,800 sq ft ranges from US$1,750 (S$2,221, RM5,700) to US$2,500 in the outlying neighbourhoods and US$6,000 to US$15,000 in Manhattan.


A Mercedes Benz E-class in Singapore will cost upwards of S$277,000 aside from an Open category COE which can be acquired for another S$79,000. (COE is the Certificate of Entitlement which one must have in order to buy a car.)

In Germany, a Mercedes Benz E-class will cost from €40,668 (S$71,062, RM183,400) onwards.

Clothing, in the category of luxury retail

If you are thinking of shopping in Singapore, be mindful that a Giorgio Armani men’s suit starts from S$3,000 and can go up to S$4,000. On the other hand, in Italy, a men’s suit from Giorgio Armani starts from €1,500 (S$2,619).

Food & wine

The signature dish of steak tartare at the famous L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa costs S$52. A bottle of Moet & Chandon in Singapore costs at least S$83.

Similarly, a degustation menu at the L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant in Paris costs €38 (S$66). A bottle of Moet & Chandon in France usually costs only €32.90 (S$57).


Finally, according to the Straits times, in Singapore, the utilities bill for a four-person household in a HDB flat is likely to average between S$150 and S$200.

In Tokyo, the utilities bill for a four-person household in an apartment averages between 12,000 yen (S$150, RM386) in summer and 30,000 yen (S$375) in winter. – March 4, 2014.

– The Malaysian Insider

See I sometimes read comments on the articles. A habit or a disease, call it whatever. I found that in all the comments, especially in controversial articles, there have to be at least few comments that worthy of a (multiple) slap.

Exhibits as per below:

“And 5 reasons Malaysia is the poor neighbour. 

1) Plenty of corruption
2) Plenty of non capable leaders running the country
3) Plenty of wasting of resources
4) Plenty of non practice of meritocracy
5) Plenty of DUMNO related NGOs scaring away foreign investors”

Why would anyone associate a harmless article with his political views, I have no idea.

“Why is it being portrayed as bad to be the most expensive city? Isn’t that what Najib is trying to achieve, high income society? When you have high income society, things around you will become expensive.
For Singaporeans now, traveling abroad is cheap and that is good, at least in my books. And they also have a high income to buy and invest overseas. Meanwhile, this also means that they are able to offer the best salary to attract the best brains in the world to help them power on.
Well done Singapore, you are exemplary to the rest of Asia on how you broke free of Malaysia to be what you are today, leaving the DUMNOs either scratching their heads or eating sour grapes.”

Well this fella had some nice thoughts initially. Then he of course, dwell on politics, blaming umno for what our country lacks as compared to our rich neighbour.


How brilliant it is to them, associating every meagre issues with political ideas and criticism.

Really, let’s just try to focus on the issues and keep the unnecessary thoughts from plaguing our mind.