Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Financial Engineer

As a FE graduate, the jobs are in major world financial markets like NY, London, HK and SG.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Dress Down Day" policies

E-mail 1: 1.00pm, Monday: Dress Policy:
From tomorrow, a casual dress policy will be implemented company-wide. Enjoy leaving your dark suits and white shirts at home!

E-mail 2: 9.30am, Tuesday: Dress Amendment 1:
Thanks for supporting the new policy. But please note: jeans and T-shirts should NOT be worn.

E-mail 3: 9.50am, Tuesday: Dress Policy Amendment 2:
When we said jeans and T-shirts should not be worn, we did not mean we wished you to remove those garments. Would the humorous guy in the junior division please note: the rest of us do not wish to see your baggy underpants and saggy singlets!

E-mail 4: 9.59am, Tuesday: Policy Amendment 3.
Urgent. We were all amused when the junior division took the previous e-mail as instructions to remove their underpants and singlets. Indecent exposure is a criminal offense.

E-mail 5: 10.19am, Tuesday: Dress Policy Amendment 4:
Our in-house legal counsel informs us that indecent exposure is NOT a criminal offense on private property. But in the interests of decorum, all staff MUST wear smart-casual clothes, such as sports jackets or mid-length dresses, from tomorrow.

E-mail 6: 9am, Wednesday: Amendment 5:
We are all highly amused the gentlemen of the junior division have come to work in mid- length dresses today. From tomorrow, only women are allowed to come to work in dresses.

E-mail 7: 9.25am, Wednesday: Amendment 6:
Thank you for referring us to the Equal Opportunities Commission. No sexual discrimination was intended by the previous e-mail. Senior partners are meeting to review the policy. Men from the junior division may retain their dresses until then.

E-mail 8: 11am, Wednesday: Dress Policy Amendment 8:
The dress casual policy is canceled. All staff are required to wear dark suits and white shirts from now on.

Monday, January 18, 2010

North Borneo Federation

The territory of the proposed federation

The flag of the North Borneo Federation
The North Borneo Federation, also known as Kalimantan Utara or North Kalimantan was a proposed political entity which would have comprised the British Colonies of Sarawak, British North Borneo (now known as the Malaysian state of Sabah) and the protectorate of Brunei.

The proposed federation was originally proposed by A. M. Azahari and was particularly favoured by the Brunei People's Party, which he led. This was seen as an alternative to joining the Federation of Malaysia; which was seen as an unnatural and unfavorable union by some. Joining to form Malaysia was seen as a new form of colonialism under Malaya.

The basic concept behind the formation of a union of British Borneo was partly based upon the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in Southern Africa. After the defeat of the pro-democracy revolutionaries in the Brunei Revolt, the idea was put to rest. Had the federation been formed, the capital city would probably have been Kuching, Kota Kinabalu or Bandar Seri Begawan (the historical capital of the region).

Currently, there still remains a small group of people who favor the creation of such a state and desire separation from the rest of Malaysia. These groups see current state of affairs as being unfair to the people of North Borneo, particularly Sabah, as the majority of the region's wealth goes to the federal government; only about 5% of the region's oil revenue goes to the state governments of Sabah and Sarawak.

Furthermore, Malaysian politics have usually been West Malaysia-centred and seen as neglecting the needs of East Malaysians. However, this changed following the Malaysian general election, 2008 which saw both the East Malaysian states keeping the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in power. Since then, much development and importance has been given to the two states.

Prior to that, some opposition parties in the Sarawak State Assembly have tried to evolve such a federation. The matter was refused to be debated in the Assembly due to its sensitivity, by the coalition of governing parties in Sarawak, namely the Barisan Nasional lead by Pehin Seri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The sultanate of Brunei has traditionally opposed such a federation. When it was first proposed during the 1960s the Sultan of Brunei favoured joining Malaysia, though, in the end, disagreement of the nature of such a federation and disagreement on oil royalties stopped this from happening.