Mr Prime Minister, Can I Advise You Something?

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“I think if we go to the ground, we will probably find the kitchens of homes to be full (with supplies). I don’t mean this is the case for everyone, that’s why we have a registration system so that distribution can be fair.” – Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin

Your acidic words must have hit the hearts of millions of Malaysians in these difficult times, especially those who have lost their jobs and have no source of income. To conclude that the needy are involved in a game of deception is the unkindest cut of all from no less than Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

I am still wondering what made you utter those words. It is unbecoming of any politician, let alone a sitting prime minister. It could be a clear sign that you are either naïve and ignorant or being misled by your coterie of hangers-on and cronies who may not have gone to the ground. Perhaps their minds are tuned and fixated on telling you what you would like to hear.

Your scathing comments lacked empathy and citizens were quick to quip that “maybe you live in a different world”. Klang MP Charles Santiago’s remarks were more scornful: “I think we have a delusional prime minister who is quite divorced from what’s happening on the ground.” Rightly or wrongly, many Malaysians agree with this assertion.

The kitchens filled with supplies you talked about may be those of your party members or the political elite or those who live in upmarket neighbourhoods like Bukit Damansara or Bukit Tunku. Of course, they have different tastes and traits like wearing an RM100,000 watch, using an RM120 face mask, owning an Alphard (as a second car), and sending their children, not to the neighbourhood tadika, but to a Montessori in France.

Sir, have you or members of your family ever gone to bed on an empty stomach? You should also be reminded that the political elite never had experienced empty stomachs and had never been subjected to surviving on a meal of only bread and tap water.

Every day, several thousands of empty stomachs are filled, thanks to contributions from fellow Malaysians from all walks of life. For the hungry, food did not drop from the sky, nor did they get food from the government. They were identified by the white flags they raised.

This is not politics where you keep denying and passing the buck, hoping that people will forget the transgressions soon enough. The government of which you are the leader has a real problem in its hands. By brushing it aside and pooh-poohing it with rhetoric is not going to make the problem go away.

Mr Prime Minister, you were also quoted as saying that the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has a record of those who need assistance but these records are not up to date.

If aid has indeed been given, why are there long queues at soup kitchens and service centres run by individuals and charity organisations? In times of restricted movement of people, how and where does one register for such aid?

Even then, the ministry, for lack of a better phrase, does not have a good record when distributing food items to the needy. Last year, despite being allocated RM100 for each pack, what was delivered to residents in Seremban were packs with items worth less than RM35.

Sir, you were quoted as saying: “Most of the target groups, be they from the M40, B40 or the T20 households, were affected by the pandemic as they may have lost their jobs, cannot run their business, so we give them aid.”

What aid has been accorded to businesses? They have been clamouring for some easing of restrictions so that they can carry out their business activities, but this plea has fallen on deaf ears.

In Cameron Highlands, tonnes of vegetables are going to waste every day because the farmers are unable to leave their homes to harvest their produce. Elsewhere, restaurants and coffee shops are closing down and thousands have become unemployed.

Not a day passes without one sector or industry pleading for help. The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been severely hit and despite assurances by all and sundry, they continue with their pleas. Ditto for mall operators and retailers.

Mr Prime Minister, you can no longer rely on your ministers or your aides to give you accurate feedback on what is happening on the ground. The time has come for you to pound the streets and get a first-hand look at the issues and problems.

Please do so unannounced, sans the fanfare and protocol. Otherwise, it will be a repeat of what happened at the Klang General Hospital, where the “bad” side of what was really happening was hidden and kept away from your entourage.

And finally, providing constructive criticism of the prime minister and the government does not make me unpatriotic or a lesser Malaysian.


R NADESWARAN is a veteran journalist who writes on bread and butter issues.

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The LG Styler™: Complete Clothing Hygiene & Care. Now Available for Pre-Order!

(PETALING JAYA, Jul 17) Award winning home appliance manufacturer LG Electronics (LG) is setting the bar for the home appliance market with the introduction of its premium LG Styler in Malaysia, dubbed as ‘The Smart Wardrobe’. The LG Styler is a one-of-a-kind smart wardrobe with the promise of ‘Hygiene in Style” that offers consumers cutting-edge technology to keep clothes hygienic and fresh for families, while caring for its longevity.

The high-performing and unique LG Styler is a Smart Wardrobe that reduces 99.9% of bacteria and viruses as well as keeps clothes smelling fresh

Prior to the official launch on 1st August, customers can now pre-order and purchase the LG Styler starting 17th to 31st July at a discounted price. The first 50 customers who purchase the LG Styler during the pre-order period will each receive a brand-new LG PuriCare 360° Air Purifier for free.

Recognised as one of the products for its sleek design at this year’s Red Dot Award, the LG Styler is both form and function, featuring a refined, modern design while meeting consumers’ needs with its state-of-the-art technologies and useful functions for hygiene and clothing care.  

“As a smart wardrobe, LG Styler is one of the products that rely on the effectiveness of its steam technology, which is the result of years of research and development. We strive to better serve our customers with innovative technology and advanced home appliances such as the LG Styler, especially at a time where hygiene is the utmost priority for many, even to the extent of the clothes we wear,” said Kim Kyutae, Managing Director of LG Electronics Malaysia.

Healthy and Hygienic Clothing Care

The LG Styler is fitted with innovative yet practical features that are perfect for hassle-free home dry-cleaning sessions.
  • Sanitise & Refresh: The LG Styler efficiently reduces 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and allergens with LG’s advanced TrueSteam technology. It also easily sanitises fabrics and items that are difficult or impossible to wash traditionally. The TrueSteam consists of 100 per cent water, with no chemical additives. Its patented Moving Hanger helps to shake off fine dusts, allergens, wrinkles as well as removes odours in clothes with low noise operation at 41dB and 200 vibrations per minute, leaving them fresh as daisies! The LG Styler also dehumidifies closets and indoor spaces to keep the surrounding atmosphere refreshed. 
  • Gentle Dry: With the heat pump system, its low-temperature drying system dries clothing faster than air drying. Gently dry your clothes that require special care without worrying about shrinkage or damage caused by heat. Care for suits, dresses, sweaters, and other delicate pieces of clothing becomes easier and more convenient. 
  • Pants Press: Bring your A-game when it comes to wearing suits with the pants press compartment. It is a quick and easy care for suit pants that are often difficult to hang while maintaining a perfect crease. 

The Smart Wardrobe with Eco-friendly Design

The LG Styler is also equipped with smart and eco-friendly functions that enable you to contribute to environmental awareness and sustainability. 

  • LGThinQ: LG ThinQ technology lets you operate or monitor precious garments from anywhere, anytime with just one click of a button on your smartphone. Connect the LG Styler to the LG ThinQ app using Wi-Fi and you can control, track energy consumption, or use Cycle Download to add newly developed care cycles. The app will also alert you when your garments are clean and ready to wear.  
  • Eco-Friendly: LG Styler uses the TrueSteam technology, which operates with only pure water, no chemicals. Also, the heat pump system uses less energy to dry. Not only does it save energy and cost, but it also contributes to the wellness of the environment. 

The LG Styler is not just limited to clothing care and sanitisation. Personal belongings such as handbags (suitable for steam cleaning), belts and soft toys can also be sanitised in it. The best part is the LG Styler caters to all user groups’ needs, be it an athlete, a pet owner or someone who loves their clothing collection; the LG Styler is made for everyone!

Pricing & Availability

To find out more information or purchase the LG Styler, be sure to visit LG Electronics Malaysia’s website or go to your nearest LG authorised dealer nationwide, when the Movement Control Order (MCO) has lifted. 

  • S3WF – LG Styler in White: (MSRP) RM8,499
  • S3MFC – LG Styler Essence Mirrored Finish in Silver: (MSRP) RM8,499

Additionally, prior the arrival of the LG Styler in Malaysia, customers can purchase the LG Styler during the pre-order period from 17th July to 31st July at a discounted price of RM 7,399. With the first 50 purchase of the product during the pre-order period, LG is giving away ONE LG PuriCare 360° Air Purifier (worth RM3,300) each for free on a first come-first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on this great deal and the opportunity to own both the LG Styler and LG PuriCare 360° Air Purifier!

Check out this link to find the nearest LG authorised dealer and get your hands on the innovative LG Styler during the pre-order period. For more information on the LG Styler, visit https://www.lg.com/my/lg-styler or follow LG’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LGEMalaysia/ for the latest updates, news and promotions.