Malaysia ushers in a new year filled with uncertainty



Fireworks explode above George Town at the stroke of midnight and illuminate the sea around the island – Photos taken from mainland Penang


Malaysians are ushering New Year tonight, making the most of the start of what will be a difficult year ahead. Jobs are likely to be lost as the economy slows or even sinks into a recession. In the meantime, we are entering an equally uncertain period of political transition.

Still, amidst all the gloom, perhaps it would not be too much to hope that we can come up with creative, sustainable solutions to empower workers and marginalised communities and to transform the economy, promoting social justice and self-sufficiency while protecting the environment.I wish all of you a very happy new year and peace and blessings in the coming year. I know you may not always agree with me but I hope this blog encourages a rational discussion of the issues that matter and we can continue to learn from one another despite our differences of opinion.

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Pao Sium

Happy New Year, Penang!


“Happy New Year” to all my brother and sister Penangites, wish 2009 is a year of change for the better for Penang under PR. You all are making a different to the rest of us from other states.


A very happy new and cleaner 2009 year is wished for you over there Anil. Some here are busy today awarding some gratuitous End Of Year (EoY) honours so here is your well-earned EoY award of a three three-star cheers for your good mind-food postings in 2008. So it’s: πŸ™‚ HIP HIP HOORAY for ANIL!*** x3 Now please post more such good mind-food thoughts in 2009 okay. WE SAY YEAH! πŸ™‚ AND HARIS FOR AG & RPK FOR IGP! AND GO FOR DSAI FOR PM & LKS FOR DPM & KIND WAN AZIZAH FOR HOME MINISTER. New Year Resolution: Seek… Read more »

Samuel Goh Kim Eng

These are my wishes for you in 2009… May peace and love break into your house. May thieves come to steal only your debts away. May your pockets be magnets for only RM/$/etc 100 (or more) notes. May laughter assault you on your lips (with every sip or swing of hip) May happiness slap you in your face (with enough grace to make you amazed) May your tears be that of sheer joy (without any ploy to be deployed) May all your health problems be snatched away by the time you finish reading this sms… AND May 2009 BE THE… Read more »

Samuel Goh Kim Eng


When you’re in a car you better wear your seat-belt
To avoid getting a ‘belting’ with fine and prison
And to see your precious financial resource melt
All because of better road safety as the official reason

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 010109
Thur. 1st Jan. 2009.


Nice fireworks on top… Penang is still very dirty down there. Today’s article in The Star on the negative comments of the tourists to Penang vindicated the statement by Tourism Minister Azalina Osman. Happy New Year to all Penangites, let us not throw rubbish everywhere, can or not?


Happy New Year Anil! πŸ™‚


While you people in Bolehland have many things to complain about, you have not ponder to count your blessings. You are too negative. Look things at the positive angle. When compared to our southern neighbour, Singapore, we are truly very fortunate indeed. While Singapore continues to add up more world-class achievements to their laurels, this is normal and expected. Anything that is predictable is not exciting. Life needs to be unpredictable and full of fun. In Singapore everything is so clinical, tidy and well-oiled; and mind you, there are many things that Singaporeans cannot do that the denizens in Bolehland… Read more »

Samuel Goh Kim Eng


In the year Two Zero Zero Nine
May everything in your life be fine
Free from all unnecessary man-made fines
As we seek peace for this world of yours & mine

“Wishing All Bloggers & Blog Visitors
A Happy & Blessed New 2009 Year!”

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 010109
Thur. 1st Jan. 2009


2009 is going to be a tough year but let’s hope that the typhoon will wash away most of the crap and leave us clean, lean and mean!

Best wishes to all! πŸ™‚


Anil, A very Happy New Year! Thanks for allowing us to share your thoughts.


Happy new year 2009. Good health and peace. “Another chance for us to get it right”-Mark Twain. Happy New Year.

anna brella

Wishing you a happy and successful New Year 2009!

Good luck with the good fight for peace and justice for ALL – you can’t help but win in the end!

“Imagine Power To The People” John Lennon.


How very true, there is nothing much to celebrate. The global financial crisis has certainly put a dent of a promising year. Retrenchment and unemployment will increase, as we enter deeper into the new year. Malaysia is not immune to this crisis, may even, goes into recession. What measure has this UMNO-BN administration done so far to counter this unavoidable problem and to boost the economy…so far NOTHING! Still playing politics and revealing just half truth to the nation, it is a joke. In Australia, with a relative strong economy for the past few years, has now predicted a rise… Read more »


happy new year, anil.

yeah sad… 2009 will be a bleak year as recession comes a calling.

Dalbinder Singh Gill

happy new year anil, and remember i am always with you in any efforts towards the betterment of anything.

Dalbinder Singh Gill

Estrelita Soliano Grosse

Happy New Year, Anil! After spending many hours visiting your blog, it would be remiss of me not to send wishes! God bless! πŸ™‚