By Michael Tay, Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman.
Having travelled to China and the United States countless times over the years, I am saddened by the current state of affairs, especially the ongoing US-China trade war at a time when the world is combating Covid-19.
Firstly, I think China should ease up on its totalitarian and dictatorial ways of doing things. Take the South China Sea dispute, for instance, China should hold talks to appease the countries concerned over the issue.
Being a strong world economic power, it should be magnanimous and try to have more countries on its side as allies. Not wanting to do this will give the US more leverage. After all, the other nations know the US longer than they know China. They’ve worked with the US since the 2nd World War.
If China wants to continue to be a global super power, it needs to improve its diplomatic relations with other nations.
The world is already disagreeing with China with the way it has treated Hong Kong. In my humble opinion, China should continue to let Hong Kong go on with its 1 country 2 system policy, and continue to enjoy the tax collection instead of resorting to force which has led to the current economic situation.
Even Macau, touted as the world’s biggest gambling hub, is currently facing uncertainty with Covid-19 coupled with the US-China trade war and the Hong Kong turmoil.
China should also seek legal help to fight the call to delist Chinese companies from the New York Stock Exchange. On the other hand, China should also reflect why its own billionaires’ net worth can’t match that of their US counterparts like Jack Bezos, Elon Musk and Mark Zukerberg.
For China to become a strong world economic power, it has to be more open and transparent. It should help other countries and make them its allies. They should also not be at loggerheads with India, an emerging superpower. As for the US, I feel that they should resolve its own racial issue first before criticising and demonising China.
“Not every jobseeker that came to us for assistance was a blue-collar worker. We have professionals who were earning as high as SGD7,000 before they were laid off during the MCO,” said Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs Chairman, Michael Tay, when asked about the response of the public to the MCA Pandemic Task Force programme, a job matching campaign to pair the job with the right job applicant.
The programme was started nearly a fortnight ago to help Malaysians who were working in Singapore but lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Some were white-collar workers who lost their jobs and were contemplating being forklift operators, renovation contractors, lorry drivers, crane operators, painters, container workers and landscape workers, among others.
“We’ve successfully found jobs for accountants who were laid off in Singapore — even Singapore permanent residents have found jobs in Johor — and we are proud of our success in this respect,” Tay said.
“We would love to work with other NGOs and government bodies who share our goal, which is to find jobs for displaced Malaysian workers formerly employed in Singapore.
“The surprising thing is that our team of volunteers are receiving calls from jobseekers who are desperate to cling onto any jobs that they can find in Malaysia, and many were formerly paid huge salaries but they were prepared to accept lower wages in Malaysia, much lower than what they were getting in Singapore.
“We laud the work done by SOCSO Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman who has come up with various programmes to assist all Malaysians to look for jobs.
“Johor MCA is collaborating with Johor Indian Business Association and Johor Consumers Movement helmed by Mohd Salleh Sadijo, which have jointly formulated a system that matches jobseekers with jobs,” Tay said.
China Press reported that since the beginning of the year till August 18, 15,324 jobseekers nationwide have found new employment with the help of SOCSO and 1,310 of the jobseekers found new employment in Johor Bahru.
Meanwhile, Star reported that until August 12, the Socso Employment Insurance System (EIS) received 71,805 unemployment benefit claims due to the economic impact of Covid-19.
The Red Yeast Rice Deep Cleansing Oil (left) and the Red Yeast Rice Facial Foaming Cleanser from Georganic.
I’m not a big fan of oil-based cleansers but the Red Yeast Rice Deep Cleansing Oil doesn’t feel oily at all. After cleansing, the skin feels soft and so refreshed.
It has ingredients like olive oil, isoamyl laurate (which is a lightweight oily ester) and red yeast rice. As you know fermented rice is packed with enzymes and amino acids which are nourishing and moisturising to the skin. On top of that, olive oil is hydrating, acts an an oxidant, contains vitamins A,D,E and K and has been shown to have antibacterial effects.
Below is a full list of the ingredients of the Red Yeast Rice Deep Cleansing Oil.
The Red Yeast Facial Foaming Cleanser is not super foamy. I usually use this cleanser in the morning and I use the oil during the night, and on days when I use heavy makeup, I will do a double cleanse where I will use the oil first to remove the makeup, followed by the foam cleanser.
When I was younger I used to like foam-based cleansers as I like that squeaky clean feeling. My skin was oily back then. The taut and tight feel after cleansing didn’t bother me, but now I know a mild cleanser is better as it doesn’t strip away the essential oils.
Here’s the ingredients for the foam cleanser. Spirulina Maxima extract is said to help achieve youthful skin.
Sometimes I do forget to wear sun block even on a hot sunny day. So I’m hoping these two cleansers can help to even out the age spots and pigmentation.
When it comes to skin care, it is not necessary to overdo it. Just give your skin what it needs. It’s not possible to stay young forever, but we can try to stay youthful for as long as possible. All it takes is self-love, self-care and a little effort.
I read somewhere that yeast in the rice ferment filtrate will support the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process, thus helping the skin to look and feel soft.
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Johor MCA in collaboration with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has set up the MCA Pandemic Task Force to help the local community, especially those who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, find new employment.
Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman Michael Tay said the programme is a joint initiative between MCA and Johor Indian Business Association (JIBA) and the Johor Consumers Movement Association, which have received a total of 1,030 complaints related to job loss due to the pandemic since March.
Tay said being dependent on only one job, namely those working in Singapore, and the loss of income would lead to psychological and social problems.
“The MCA Pandemic Task Force initiative aims to provide a platform to coordinate and monitor the provision of job matching opportunities, as well as assist the target group.
“We expect to receive more than 1,000 applications through this platform for the first three to six months, and we encourage employers to come to us if they’re looking for workers.
“Training opportunities are also offered for those who want to explore new fields such as services, health, small and medium-sized industries and Information Technology,” Tay said when met at his office in Johor Bahru here today.
For more information, visit the Pandemic Task Force Facebook page or visit the JIBA office. The job matching form can be downloaded from FB and the completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp (017-201 8982)
Johor MCA and Johor Indian Business Association (JIBA) will collaborate to set up a platform to identify retrenched workers due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and help them to find employment again.
A massive number of Malaysians — I was told 300,000 — have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and border closure.
Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman Michael Tay said a task force will also be formed to reach out to the jobseekers and provide them with training, if needed, to get them re-employed in Johor.
Tay said the task force comprises of a team of individuals who were experts in their respective fields and will have their own approach to assist the public in looking for jobs.
“The task force will match the right candidate to the right job and also schedule training and upskilling programmes for the right job seekers. This would make Malaysians less reliant on the Singapore job market,” he said.
When I first got this container I was fumbling with the snap-on lid which is made of polypropylene with silicone around the rim to ensure that the container is airtight. I found it so hard to close the lid and was complaining about it. I thought there was a problem with the product design.
But after a few days, closing the lid became quite effortless. I stored my mix grain walnut bread in the container the other day and brought it to my workplace to share the bread with my colleagues.
Walnuts have numerous health benefits such as supporting weight control and good brain function, among others.
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In my last post I wrote about reducing plastics, but it’s just not possible because there are way too many plastics in the world today. And there are different types of plastics. The aim is to reduce, not totally abstain or avoid; and another thing is to know your plastics.
Manufactured by NINEWARE, these tableware from South Korea are just too captivating to ignore. They’re made of polypropylene, which is also a form of plastics, but it is considered a safer plastic option for food and drinks, compared to the other plastics.
Polypropylene or PP is regarded as microwave-safe as it has a high resistant to heat and does not leach harmful chemicals into foods or liquids.
These tableware make ideal gift items, and it’s competitively priced too.
It comes in 4 colours – vintage green, vintage violet, vintage gray and ivory. My personal favourite is violet.
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Using plastic food containers is economical and convenient. I use it too all the time. But sometimes the food containers we dump into the trash can may end up as marine litter.
We’ve seen videos and read stories about turtles and seabirds eating these plastic straws and other kinds of plastic wastes. We may not have the intention to indirectly cause their death and some people may not even care. We all have a choice in life. We can choose to be the problem. We can can choose to be the solution.
I’m going to reduce my dependence on plastic by switching to these stainless steel containers (pictured below) from South Korea.
This will keep the seabirds, turtles and other marine life safe. We can also conserve the environment by doing this, and some plastics can have adverse effects on our health so do try to reduce the use of plastic.
These stainless steeel containers are made of POSCO 304 stainless steel and polypropylene lid with internal silicone seal come in various sizes and shapes.
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