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It is a well-known observation that Asians dislike being the last in line and will try switching queues to shorten the waiting time but sometimes to no avail. Taken from my Facebook posting on 21 Sep 2018.


Selected followers’ comments:

Eunice Liew: 🙏🙏🙏😂😂😂 thank you for today’s wonderful subject of waiting and queuing up for our daily chores. Have gone through all this system. Reminded me and have a good laugh and the best was Jasmine gave the shoes parading😅😂 l simply love the ideas! Clement got a calm and handsome stand like a real gentleman…..well, l do like if all the gentleman are gentleman,get me?😜. Thanks again all. You all makes my day❤️☕️

David Ling: Good afternoon Tan Sri. I think many of us here do not mind and have the patience to have long queue at hawker stalls/kopitiams where the food and drinks are good.

Kimhoe Tan: You change queue, your previous queue starts moving quick. 😄😄😄


My other FB postings between 17 Sept 2018 and 23 Sept 2018:


17 Sept 2018

THE TRAUMA OF ELECTORAL DEFEAT: A few visitors to my office have pointed to the rows of framed pictures and suggested I should remove those I took with politicians who’ve lost elections or ministerial positions. Over the years, I have met and dealt with many state and federal leaders either for work or in social settings. I guess it’s a reality of life that once out of power, these same individuals are synonymous with defeat, and not everyone wants to be associated with them. We usually hear little of what happens after MPs or party leaders lose their seats or positions. I think most departures could be devastating, but they’re often kept private. One ex-minister told me that he lived and breathed politics, and he’s of course disappointed when his calling was “prematurely” cut short. There’ve been a few dramatic comebacks, like Tun Dr M’s, but most former politicians seem to disappear or just fade away. I believe those who’ve recently lost power are still trying to cope with the trauma of political defeat.


Selected followers’ comments:

Jacky Chin: Building one’s career on the politicians path is kinda risky, don’t you think? One day you own it all and the other day you lose it all~ Maybe venturing in business is a bit less risky, and we don’t need to put everything at risk every 5 years~ Maybe that’s just my opinion on business, maybe businesses is just as risky as in politics?

Lee Keen Kung: There are no permanent enemies in politics. GE14 results were lessons taught, for all Msians and generally the world politics. Life is a learning process.

Kpo Junnie: Nothing is permanent in life. people come and go and will be remembered for their deeds good or bad. photos are good memories of years.gone by, why need to take them down?


18 Sept 2018

ELEGANCE, THE MAGIC OF WOMEN: A friend pointed to a female shopper in a luxury store and remarked: “Isn’t that a very elegant woman?” I don’t think there’re hard and fast rules on what constitute the true essence of elegance. But I know in a world that’s becoming more vulgar, exhausting and fast-paced, elegance is something that sounds and feels nice. We normally would judge a woman to be elegant in terms of looks, dressing, make-up and conversation. We’ve seen those of the fairer sex who’re self-confident, polished and gracious. They speak softly and listen attentively. It’s a magical quality that any woman can possess, no matter where she comes from and what her career or social standing is. I think one lady that fits the bill nicely is Tun Dr Siti Hasmah, wife of PM Tun Dr M. I’m sure you’ll have your own nominations. Perhaps, it’s more a state of mind. To become elegant, a woman must first and foremost think elegantly.


Selected followers’ comments:

Muhammad Aqil Deraman: The idea of “elegance” comes with cultural nuances. For many exposed to Western culture, a lady who is thin, dresses stylishly and carries herself well is “elegant”. But there are other cultures which favours women who are of large frames supposedly because they are more fertile. Just less than 100 years ago, women in China who had their feet bound were considered beautiful – something our modern cultures would have a hard time accepting

Ong Phaik Kim: Beauty is in the eye of beholder.

Elegance, You either have it or you have none

Money cannot buy elegance n grace! Or class or serenity! Rosmah is a good example!

Jonathan Keung: Style, grace and substance is something you cannot buy.


19 Sept 2018

EVERY JOB OF PASSION IS OF EQUAL VALUE: Many of the restaurants I’ve been to have something in common, though they serve different cuisines. The employees are mostly foreigners and many of the senior service staff are my FB followers, like (from left) Roel Batungbakal, Joseph Bautista and Ricardo Bagtaso Jr, who’re Filipinos working at Busada Thai, BSC. Joseph says he and his friends, who’ve been in Malaysia for between 4 to 7 years, learn a lot from my “localised” musings. This country has become a nation built, and served, by foreign sweat. Most foreign workers are diligent and honest, despite some bad hats, and I’m incensed at the maltreatment many of them have gotten from greedy middlemen, employers and enforcement officers. People like Joseph and his peers, who’ve come here from afar to do a good job, need to be treated with dignity and fairness. To me, labour that comes from the heart, whether local or foreign, is ultimately of equal value.


Selected followers’ comments:

Choon Pin Yoong: My classmate took over his family’s thriving hardware business 8 years after completing MCE when his father got ill.
One of the first things he did was buying a piece of land for one of his father’s loyal workers and had the attap house on it torn down and rebuilt.
Robert said this man fetched him in the company car to school from Std.1 to Form 5. We were invited to the house warming and even had Guinness stout served. Robert was only 26 then but had the heart to treat all the workers well. His eldest brother was assigned to the storehouse in another light industrial area. He was as tough as Robert’s father who brooked no nonsense from the workers.

Cornelius Lo: Agree. I have also noticed that foreigners in Malaysia mostly perform better than locals. Just give one example, the Indonesian or Filipino waitresses in Sabah were able to give a quick answer, without using calculator, when we asked for the bills.

Sandarsakran Gengan: Same problem everywhere, the locals are not lazy, they just cannot sustain especially the GYs.


20 Sept 2018


Selected followers’ comments:

Philip Lim: One of my best moments of the day, everyday, is when my four-legged friend greeted me in the morning and when he does the same when I am back from work. Do I value animals above humans? Yes, I do sometimes. I think we should just value life in general – be they humans or animals.

Peter Wong: Good Thursday morning to everyone…. By nature, human does not like criticism.. Dog or Pets never talk back… So naturally more well liked!

Jacky Chin: Morning Clement, Pets don’t lie like humans do, and they are like a 3 year old human baby who pure intentions and pure motives. They love us with all their might.


22 Sept 2018

A SCARY TOPIC WITH OUR CHILDREN: My private banker tells me that money seems to be a taboo topic in the majority of Asian families, and asks if I have conversations about wealth and funds with my children. It’s then that I realise that the subject has been avoided because future financial planning is, well, in the future, and I’m like most people who think they’ve all the time in the world. Maybe there’s also this wrong message that it’s almost “shameful” to talk about money with our close ones. Overcoming the reluctance to talk about money might be a good start to help our children form a healthy relationship with wealth. There’s of course our own values to think about. We can’t tell our kids to be careful with their budgets when we lead a lavish lifestyle ourselves. I think money is not defined by how much it can buy, but by its application and the purpose towards it’s applied. We’ve to live, not just speak, our values.


Selected followers’ comments:

Philip Lim: A close relative recently bought his eight-year old son a RM3K+ smartphone as birthday present. I am not sure if I should feel happy or sad when I heard that. The situation is just like when a 17-year old getting a sports car on his birthday. I could only whistle Que sera sera…

Christopher Tan: A very thoughtful topic for the weekend. I think for people like you with substance, talking about money with your offsprings who are to inherit your wealth is a very sensitive matter. Family members go to “war” over their parents’ fortune.

Doris Wong: My generation grew up well aware money was never enough and thus we grow up understanding the value of money. My daughter’s generation, though know money, know not its value. They never can understand the worth of a widow’s mite.


23 Sept 2018

POSSIBLE TO PUT ASIDE PARTISAN INTERESTS? The 6th Chief Minister of my home state Sarawak is in a rather peculiar position, I would say. Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari leads the state government, but is in the opposition at federal level after the recent BN thrashing. He’s stepping into the big shoes of his predecessor Tan Sri Adenan Satem, and at the same time he has another influential figure, ex CM and current TYT Tun Taib Mahmud looming large nearby. YAB Abang Jo and I shared an office and published a newsweekly for a while, in the early 1980s. Our paths diverged after that – he climbed up the political ladder, slowly but surely, while I dived deeper into other businesses, often unsuccessfully. I’m hopeful that the CM, despite Harapan’s inroads, will lead all state politicians to put aside their personal and partisan interests for the common good of the state. I feel it’s not impossible, though rare, for lawmakers from opposite sides to unite over causes that are clearly serving public interests.


Selected followers’ comments:

Linda Cheung: I don’t trust politicians from both sides. At the end of the day they are all in it for themselves. They try to portray themselves as being altruistic but that’s just political positioning. I call BS in most of them!

Shenna Dot: Of course they can put aside partisanship, as long as it benefits them personally and enlarge their bank accounts.

Ling Liong Ming: It would be interesting to know how willing is Abang Jo’s government going to join the federal PH government and how willing is the latter going to accept it.