OCT 26 — Recently, my employers gave out pink forms after they re-listed and made an initial public offering (IPO). I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was allocated a relatively generous amount.
I thought I was in for a nice bonus once the share prices go up and I get to cash in. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as we plan and the market went down.
I had also recently moved into a new house, and normal people out there who have experienced this know that quite a lot of money is spent in the process.
Aside from the initial purchase and renovation costs, there are the other miscellaneous costs of moving such as movers, arrangement of utilities, etc.
A baby also tends to up the cost of living too. There’s the medical bills, milk, diapers, music and play classes, trips to Aquaria KLCC and Kizsports, etc.
To make matters even worse, I had to carelessly “bump” into a car in front of me at a junction while I was driving home a couple days ago. Thank god the damage was very minimal.
But I’m not complaining. Such is life and I’m working hard (and quite thankfully, loving what I do) to make a living along with my wife.
Still, certain events in the news seem to be making a mockery out of everything that I strive and work hard for.
Now, money is always an issue for everyone. Those who don’t have it want it. Those who have it want more of it. And those who have a lot of it are just ridiculous!
Finding out how ridiculously rich people spend their money ridiculously is just annoying. And thinking about how they got that ridiculously rich just makes me furious.
Those who work hard and smart and get what they deserve is fine by me. And, honestly, how do we really judge if they are deserving of it or not?
But how are you supposed to feel when you hear that politicians — who are supposed to serve the people — can spend RM600,000 for their child’s wedding (some claim that it was closer to RM13 million)?
How would you feel about some other politician’s child who can actually have an accumulated cash worth of over RM1 billion and can rack up a RM750,000 bill on a single credit card?
As much as I get annoyed and angry to see things like this in the news, I have to say that I wouldn’t trade my life for theirs.
The life that my family and I have is pretty cool. Our daughter Athena is the best thing to ever happen to us and I would even recycle tin cans if I had to provide for her.
We get to spend a lot of time together as a family and, seriously, we’re having the time of our lives.
But I’m still very annoyed when I think of those politicians and their money.
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.