The image says it all.
The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak has finally announced the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat, hence paving the way for the 13th General Elections to be held within this month. I am personally hoping for a change of government and with it, a more better sense of managing the economy and making it conducive for small and medium enterprises. The current situation as it is now is truly untenable for myself, as a small business owner struggling to make ends meet with a wife and son. Prices have increased, the cost of living is starting to become unbearable and it doesn’t help when we have corrupt politicians getting away with the NFC, PKFZ and LTAT scandals.
Enough is definitely enough, its time for a new political coalition to take charge.
Google has featured a “Merdeka-Raya” doodle as a nod towards the dual occasions of Eid al-Fitr and Malaysia’s Independence Day which falls on the 30th and 31st of August respectively this year. The doodle features the “ketupat”, which is a type of packed rice delicacy unique to the region (Southeast Asia), especially in Malaysia, and also the Malaysian national flag, the Jalur Gemilang. I checked both versions of Google and apparently the doodle is featured on both the .com and .com.my versions. This means that the doodle can be seen worldwide and not just in Malaysia alone. I consider this to be Google’s acknowledgement of Malaysia and perhaps signifies the growing importance of the Malaysian online market in Google’s viewpoint.
Having said this, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all Muslim readers a blessed Eid and Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan to all Malaysians.
So I decided last night that it was the time for me to withdraw my PayPal funds via the bank facility that they have provided. In case you didn’t know already, PayPal has now allowed direct withdrawal of funds to Malaysian banks. However, I noticed that the exchange rate for RM from USD in the PayPal system is significantly lower than the current currency exchange market rate.
Here is the currency rate as determined by PayPal when I used their internal currency converter from USD to RM.
I am sure that most of the Malaysian PayPal account holders have received their confirmation e-mail regarding the PayPal PowerUp Party which is to be held this Friday, on the 11th of December 2009. The party is to be held in conjunction with PayPal’s launch in Malaysia I saw their RSVP notice some two weeks ago when I was logging into my PayPal account, so I promptly sent an e-mail RSVP but had forgotten all about it.
That is, until I received their confirmation e-mail today. Now that I am confirmed to be on their list, I will certainly go this Friday. So have you RSVP-ed and are you going?