Beyond 2021, we will see a lot of changes in our society. These are mostly due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that started in the end of 2019. A new world order will be arriving. In chaos theory, the butterfly effect describes a small change that can have massive, unpredictable consequences. An insect flaps its wings and, weeks later, causes a tornado.

The coronavirus is more like an earthquake, with aftershocks that will permanently reshape the world.

The world after COVID-19 is unlikely to return to the world that was.

Here are some developments:

Work from Home (or anywhere in the world) If remote work becomes the mainstay, a lot of commercial real estates will be devalue. This will mean that residential real estates will recover faster compared to the commercial real estates. With work forces now located in kitchens, basements, and attics, what will happen to all those sleek urban office towers and their glossy suburban counterparts? …

Word of mouth on the internet — in the first 30 days, we got orders from all 50 states and 45 different countries, with not a dollar of advertising, just all word of mouth.

How to know share value — if you could know for certain just two things: company’s future cash flows and its future number of shares outstanding, you would have an excellent idea of the fair value of share of that company’s stock today.

Disagree and commit — This will save alot of time, IF you have a conviction on a particular direction even though there’s no consensus, it’s helpful to say, “ look, i know we disagree on this but will you gamble with me on it? …

There was much excitement in Malaysia when Vision 2020 was unveiled some 30 years ago. Vision 2020 was heralded as the game changer that would hugely transform the Malaysian economy. There was much hope — not to mention the hype — that Malaysia could finally take off on a long ambitious journey towards the coveted developed-country status.

It even seemed easily doable in the early 1990s when the Malaysian economy was flying high at near-double-digit GDP growth rates. Calculations showed that it would take annual GDP growth of only 7%, on average, for the country to reach the high-income goal. The benchmark for a high-income economy was then set at US$10,000 per capita by the World Bank. …

Welch says that depending on whom you ask, he is somewhere between a prince and a pig.

“ a pompous bullfrog who’d heard stories of other frogs being kissed by princesses and turned into handsome princes. He figured he would be an excellent candidate. He went to a fortune-teller and told her he was sure a beautiful woman somewhere was looking for him. The fortune teller looked into her crystal ball and, sure enough, said, i see a beautiful young woman watching you… exploring your body for hours… driven to know everything about you. “i knew it,” said the frog. “where will i meet this woman?” The fortune teller looked again into her crystal ball. …

For your information, every standard broadband installation in Malaysia comes with a modem and a router.

To put things short, the modem connects to the internet. So, you can’t the change the Unifi Modem (most of the time even Maxis is using an Unifi Modem)

The router establishes local area network either through LAN or WiFi. And the router that Unifi/Maxis give to the customer for free is an entry-level router. This makes sense for them to save cost. And high-end users can replace the existing router on their own for better internet experience.

We have handpicked the best WiFi router for Unifi & Maxis as…

HONG KONG — Notoriously media-shy Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok agreed at age of 95 to be interviewed by The Asahi Shimbun to share what he heard and saw during fighting in the Asia-Pacific region during World War II.

Kuok made his fortune in sugar refining and the real estate business, and also founded the Shangri-La hotel chain. According to Forbes business magazine, he is the wealthiest person in Malaysia. He also served on an advisory panel to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad last year.

He published his memoirs two years ago and Kuok spent the interview talking mainly about his wartime experiences, saying he did so because he wants young people to learn what happened more than 70 years ago. …

The book shows you how to reduce your work without working like an ordinary 9 to 5 worker.

Doing less is not laziness

Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is not laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.

Few people choose to do less. Despite fewer hours in the office, we can produce more meaningful results than burying ourselves in work.

Let’s redefine laziness anew — to endure a non-ideal existence to let circumstance or others decide life for you or to amass a fortune while passing through life like a spectator from an office window. …

With the recent Wuhan Corona Virus outbreak, the world has shown its colors once again.

Less than 0.001% of chinese people have coronavirus yet more than 99.999% have already experienced coronaracism

Chinese Xenophobia or Anti-Chinese sentiment or Sinophobia has been well documented throughout the past 200 years. Examples are such as Chinese Exclusion Act 1882, USA, Japanese atrocities to chinese during World War 2 and Australia’s White Australia Policy 1902.

1882 Chinese Exclusion Act: Chinese workers were forbidden and treated as second-class citizens

However, anti-China sentiment has remained permanent in the West and one Asian country: only 28% of Germans and Italians and 37% of Americans viewed China favorably while in Japan, just 5% of respondents had a favorable opinion of the country. …

Today we are served the news that Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines will be working together.

Source: Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines sign wide-ranging partnership agreement

Here are some history for those who may not know it.

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MSA before it is broken up into Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines with the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1963.

Malaysia–Singapore Airlines (MSA) was the airline of Malaysia and Singapore. It came into being in 1966 as a result of a joint ownership of the airline by the governments of the two countries. The airline ceased operations after 6 years in 1972 when both governments decided to set up their own national airlines, Malaysian Airline System (now named Malaysia Airlines) and Singapore Airlines.

Now that we are up to speed, what used to be one airline is now two. As time passes, Singapore Airlines has become one of the best managed airline and the most profitable in the world while Malaysia Airlines has become a loss-making 1-Billion-per-year airline for the past 5 years. This has been the stark difference between the two airlines in 2019. …

When boys and girls are not in the same class together, it upsets the balance of the class. A class is a presentation of mini society. As a society is a mixture of both boys and girls, the natural thing to do is not to separate.

If they were not separated in class, there will be more interactions between them ,therefore better teamwork in the future. Mutual respects will also be nurtured somewhat. Communication will be a certain problem between boys and girls who are separated in classes.

Single-gender education has been practiced in many catholic schools throughout Sarawak. I, too, was in St. Elizabeth girls’ school growing up. I have always felt that boys are harder for me to talk to apart from the men in my family. In the presence of boys, some of my girlfriends are awkward and uncomfortable. Many of these are the result of the lack of interaction between boys and girls who are separated in classes. …


MC Wong

Sarawak Blogger

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