One Nation Different States Tax Varies

One Nation Different States Tax Varies

One Nation Different States Tax Varies.  A tales of two cities.

I live in Johor state after returning from my oversea tertiary education. I work in Johor trough out my working life with a short stint in Singapore. After married, I often travel to Kuching, my wife hometown.  There is where my culture shock began.

Transport charges

My wife bought her first home need extensive renovation at the front car porch. Off we went to the hardware shop dealing with ceramic tile. After an hour viewing and selection, we finally settled for tile costing more than RM2,000.00

” Boss, There is an RM50.00 transport charge that you need to pay.” the sweet damsel told us.

” Wh…at! Why? We brought over RM2,000.00 worth of tiles, there is no such practice in Johor, moreover, the distance between here and to our house is merely 5 kilometers away. You cut throat ” I probed.

” It is standard practice here. No transport charges, no delivery, our business is still very good, Look at the crowd of buyers outside.” she cockily answered me.

Now, I understand why my fifth brother built a Japenses factory shipped all the building material from Johor. The houses here have very low ceiling regardless the types of house, be it bungalow or low- cost house. I hardly seeing a house built by the developer has a 15 ft high ceiling. 

I questioned my brother-in-law about this issue. He advises not to compare with Johor with a question mark?

Deposit

We were busily cooking our meal one day, the gas had finished. I called the gas delivery man to send me two cylinders of gas.

” OK. no problem, but you need to pay RM200.00 for the deposit of the new cylinder gas tank” the boss briefed me over the phone.

” Why RM200.00 for the deposit, not RM80.00 in West Malaysia, moreover, the gas is a control item in Malaysia” I questioned him. 

” Then you wait for RM200.00 drop to Rm80.00.” He told me off.

Identity issue.

I am Johorean, each time at the arrival hall at the Kuching International Airport, I need to go the immigration counter.  I need to sign a small note of paper, keep it safely, present to them after leaving the Sarawak, but there is no such issue when East Malaysian entered West Malaysia.

Once I questioned about it.  

” Inilah procedure, jangan tanya saya kenapa. Tanya orang di atas” the muka asam immigration ooficer answered me like that.

East Malaysia has joined the Federal on 16 Sept 1963, I just don’t under why such an issue exists until today. 

Can anyone know the true answer?

One Nation Different States Tax Varies. A tales of two states

No House Assessment

During my trip back to Kuching to celebrate Chinese New Year with my wife’s sibling. We went to the land surveyor office to pay the house assessment which is due soon in May 2017.

” I am here to pay the house assessment” I politely told the smiling face cashier at the counter.

” Sir, Good afternoon, there is is no more house assessment since July 2016. It has been abolished. The commercial lot only need to pay” she told me with her warmth smile.

We went off smiling ear to ear.

No Land Tax

My son and I went to the Kota Samarahan to pay the land tax for a small piece of agriculture land.

” Sir, this is the identity card, I would like to check how much I have to pay for the ‘Cukai Tanah?” He asked.

After a few minutes after checking with the computer system, there is no outstanding. He briefed us, “you don’t have to any the land tax from January 2016 onward.”

We could not believe what he said.

” Yes, sir, it has been abolished by the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem since 2016. Another Ang Pao for us in this 2017 Rooster Year. I really pay through my nose for land tax and house assessment in Johor for a few thousand ringgit a year.

We have a hard time in the high cost of living in Malaysia, where everything goes up, never comes down the only exception Malaysia  Ringgit down more than 30% against US$ since last year.

A poem to console me before I can retire to bed tonight.

UP$ UP$ UP$

Last year, Cooking Oil Up

Recently, fuel 20 cents up 

Grocery bill goes up

Petrol bill also goes up 

My Goreng Pisang also up

Mama Mee Goreng also up 

Malay Nasi Goreng Kampung also up

Chinese Kung Fu noodle also up

Harga Kangkong pun Naik

Gaji x Naik

But my “Kepala Angin” naik

Then my doctor fee also Naik.

Only Malaysian Ringgit RM is down.

 

 

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Kluang Famous Hot Spicy Botak’s Curry Mee

Kluang Famous Hot Spicy Botak's Curry Mee

What is Curry Mee ?

Malaysian and Singapore are famous for a unique signature  dish called curry mee. It is a cuisine heavily fusion of the Chinese and Indian influence.  The Chinese and Indian migrated to then Malaya to work in tin mining and rubber plantation sector respectively during the early 19-century era.  

It is made up of thin yellow noodle or and mee hoon (rice vermicelli withy spicy curry soup, sambal chili, and coconut satan. With a variety of choice like dried tofu, chicken, prawn, cuttlefish, egg,  cockle and  bean sprout. 

In  southern Malaysia and Singapore, it is called “curry laksa”  It is a cross between the Singapore laksa and a spicy variation of the mee rebus (an Indonesian noodle dish with yellow noodles).

Malaysians returning home from overseas, after home cooking, would head for their favorite hawkers to relive the taste of long missed  spicy foods.


Kluang Famous Hot Spicy Botak’s Curry Mee

Botak’s curry mee, inheritance with over 3 generation with a span of 60 years,  It’s loyalty  customers  spread across the global besides, the Malaysian patron and the local folks.

Ground Spices

The curry soup uses ground spices. The tasty and mildly spicy smooth curry has a pleasant slight grainy feel from the ground spices. Less oily due to  lesser use of coconut satan in the preparation. It is more healthy comparing with local other curry mee stall which is heavily reliant on coconut for flavor.

Sambal Chili 

Curry mee would not you do not try the sambal chili , it is free self- services adding in a small plastic plate .  You can add any amount depending individual taste bud.  Made from fresh chili and fried in oil, it is spicy and adds oomph to the curry for those who prefer their curry extra hot. This sambal chili is so yummy .

“Boss, Can I packed RM10.00 for the sambal chili?”

“Sure, you can, where are you people coming from?” He asked us.

” I am local, these two gentlemen are from Perth , Australia another two gentlemen are  from Kuching, Sarawak, ” I replied.

” Ohh, with his unbelievable look. 

The delicious looking bowl of curry noodle topped with bean sprouts, char siew, cockles, fish cake, pork skin etc. It rare people use the pork skin on curry noodles.  The tasteless pork skin when soaked up the curry like a sponge. The curry is the main star in Botak curry mee.  

“Boss, give me another bowl of rice vermicelli with an additional portion of cockle.” shout from another table.

It was hot  sundry afternoon, the fan was orbited with the mixture of the smelly customer’s perspiration and the aromatic smell of the curry soup. Nobody seems to bother about it, keep devour on the hot curry mee. 

Botak’s Kampung Paya shop showcases.  

 The  unique funny looking table with cement leg.  It was a collection ex- flooding recycle material. The owner’s love for liquor and alcohol is apparent by his collection of alcohol bottles lined up against the walls. The colorful psychedelic ceilings were quite a change. 

Why Botak Curry Mee?

Its name originated from the earlier generation, present owner’s   grandfather was a bald man! But the grandson who is manning the stall only had short, cropped hair. There are 2 stalls, brother, and sister taking care of their own respective stalls. 

Son’s address: Jalan Paya 2, Kampung Paya, Kluang

GPS: 2.040879,103.334977

Daughter’s address: Jalan Panggung, Kampung Masjid Lama, Kluang (Mengkibol River Hawker Centre) 

GPS: 2.029777,103.320971

Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm


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Hainanese’s Tranditional Way of Making Aromatic Fresh Coffee Bean

Hainanese's Traditional Way of Making Aromatic Fresh Coffee Bean

Hainanese’s  Traditional Way of Making Aromatic Fresh Coffee Bean

Coffee, the miraculous brew that gives our mornings the extra kick we require to last throughout the day. With an ever popular coffee culture on the rise, it is amazing to realize Kluang is a heritage town since earlier 1900 era.

Learn How to Make fresh Coffee Bean The Hainanese’s Traditional way 

First, a Roaster  roasted the green bean. One needs the experience and expertise to roast coffee traditional coffee. The duration of time to roast the coffee bean is about estimation.

The Hainanese will NEVER reveal their trade secret how to make the perfect aromatic coffee bean to the public no matter how I trick him several times. You listen for the sound when you roast the beans. During the first crack, you will hear popping sounds like firecrackers. When the second crack happens, it is a louder, more insistent firecracker sound, then you know it is already roasted.

A large mixing wok where Foreigner  especially the young Bangladesh  workers mix the roasted bean with margarine and sugar.

“Why Bangladesh , not Malaysian workers?’

“Ai you, you don’t may, Malaysian where can stand the heat and hot plus dark dirty working area.  Here , no air-con, local people see “terus cabur” he answered with local slag  Malaysian English.

“What is the ratio for the coffee bean with margarine and sugar” I probed further.

“Sorry lah, it is a trade secret!” He annoyed with my question.

After this process, Another machine is used the dry the coffee bean.  At this point, the coffee beans are in clumps due to the mixture of  margarine and sugar.

A customised designed  machine is used to the clumps. The final step is optional, grind the beans or not. Most of the delighted customers prefer to grind the coffee beans right under their nose to determine the freshness of the coffee powder.

Roasting traditional local coffee is a tough job because of the smoke and the heat.

Why Hainanese Makes the Best Coffee 

There is saying among the local people.

If one day in the morning, the Hainanese don’t drink a cuppa , they go “gila“.  It means go crazy.

Hainan coffee, called “kopi,” is for some an acquired taste. Made by pouring boiling water through grounds held in a cloth “sock” filter. It has a thick, strong and bitter taste . It is drunk hot or iced, usually mellowed with sweetened condensed milk. Served along  “Western” dishes like toast and eggs, and Malaysian standards such as fried rice and noodles and the famous local dish “Nasi Lemak” wrapping in the freshly cut banana leaf. Not to miss the slice of bread , wholemeal or Hainan’s Bread is charcoal-grilled toast with butter and kaya, a coconut jam.

Liberica coffee, a variety native to Africa finds it way to the small holder in mostly in the central and southern states of Selangor and Johor in 1800.  It is inferior and cheap quality, the Hainanese adding margarine and sugar to the coffee bean to give a disguise and uniqueness taste.  The coffee bean  has the distinctive burnt flavor.

Do you agreed with me, the Hainanese take to pain to make a cuppa welcoming the day. ? Your opinions and comments are welcomed.

Glossary

Kopi: A cup of hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk

Kopi O: with sugar only

Kopi kosong: hot coffee with no sugar and no milk

Kopi C: A cuppa with evaporated milk and sugar.

Kopi C Kosong: coffee with evaporated milk and NO sugar.

Kopi camp: A mixture of coffee with tea and sweetened condensed milk.

“Peng” added to any of the above will get you the said version in a glass, over ice.

“Kaow” added to any of the above will get you an extra strong cup (or glass).

 

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