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Smart math by an idiot

August 15, 2007

I confess I am a total disaster when it comes to math.

Luckily for me I don’t need to have a grade for the darn subject for the job I do. I am so bad at counting I think it is normal for me to be having a hard time trying to pay my bills every month. Heck man, I am so deficient in this area that I don’t even know what is the right salary to ask my boss to help me overcome my financial peculiarity. If, at all, it’s a peculiarity.

How I wish I had paid more attention to my math teachers in class. That way I don’t have to be stucked in the condition that I am in now. My brilliance in math would have made me into a banker. A politician. Or a darn good son-in-law. I heard for the last job mentioned you don’t even have to be employed to be filthy rich. It’s all got to do with math I tell you. Darn it I am just stupid as stupid can be with figures.

And all this big-numbers talk about millions and billions and billions of Ringgit been willy-nilly-spent, wasted, siphoned, leaked or bailed-ladida that I have been reading and hearing about all these years is giving me a big headache.

Then I remembered this.

Someone once said something like to overcome what is giving you the headache is to do the thing that’s giving you the headache. So I will try to do the math and please bear with me. For the purpose of easy accounting, the figures have been rounded up okay.

Population: 26,000,000
Av. persons per family: 4
Unconfirmed Ringgit shafted over the years: 7,800,000,000,000 (7.8 trillion)

Ringgit per person = 7,800,000,000,000 -:- 26,000,000 = 300,000
Ringgit per family = 300,000 x 4 = 1,200,000 (1.2 million)

Now, after much difficulty and with a headache gone, this idiot of me finally solved the math and came up with this tidy sum that each family today could have benefited from, should the money be not lost or hijacked that is – a big kahuna RM1.2 million.

Like I said, I am not very smart at math but my pea-brain tells me this supposedly amount of extra money for each family could have helped taken care of a lot of essential and necessary expenses like transport, housing, medical, education and toll.

Not only is this not happening, when it could and should have been, but the common lot of us is further burdened by all sorts of unreasonable tax and price increases which affect motor fuel, cooking gas, electricity, water, teh tarikh, roti canai, schoolbus fee, foodstuffs, etc., etc.

And did someone tell us common folks to change our lifestyle and tighten belt? How dumb can one get to suggest this when everywhere you go and hear is gaji tak naik, tapi semua harga naik.

Apa dah jadi, oi? … what went wrong? … yiks, my headache is back!

One Comment
  1. alliedmartster permalink

    yah..tighten the belt so our CEO can go jet setting.
    OOOOhhhhh, tighten the belt so that Mindef can purchase more helicopters….
    WTF..I say sock it to them come the next GE!

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