Actually, nothing special about today, 16th August 2008... it's just a normal Saturday, a normal weekend, nothing to special about.
However, there are few things that we can mentioned about this day. For Sabah and Sarawak, 16th of August means exactly one month to go before the anniversary of Malaysia Federation establishment. Sabah & Sarawak joined Malaya to form the Federation of Malaysia on 16th September 1963. That's why 16th days of September is named Hari Malaysia (Malaysia day).
I thought we are talking about today, 16th August and not about the day after one month right? So, back to the topic, 16th August. Today is the 8th day of Beijing Olympic after its opening ceremony on 8th of August 2008. Today we witnessed Michael Phelps, a swimmer from USA had tied the record of most gold medal won in a single olympic games (7 medals) previously hold by Mark Spitz, also a simmer from the same country in 1972. Tomorrow we may see another new record being created if Michael Phelps manages to win his 8th gold medal.
Oh ya, 16th August is also the 8th day this blog was created, the 8th day of my blogging life.
16th August is also the nomination day of Permatang Pauh by-election where we will see the three-way fight between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the de facto leader from Parti Keadilan Rakyat(PKR), Seberang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah from UMNO and the UMNO-based vote disturber Hanafi Hamat, Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) president (ape tu?). The by-election will be held on 26th of August.
Among all the happening on 16th August, I think the most excited one is today I received the RM625 subsidy from the government. This is the first time in my life so far that get the cash from the government. Although it's not a big amount which can really lighten my life burden, but please tell me who is not happy when receiving money? Not to say RM625, if you let me win RM200 lottery consolation prize, I will be jumping up and down to express my excitement already. Honestly, RM625 can't do much nowadays especially when the inflation is so serious in the country. But it's better than none, don't you feel so? We always have chance to pay money to the government and rare chance to receive money from them. That explain why I said it's the most excited happening on 16th August 2008!
Here are the 4 simple steps how to get government's money:
1. Fill in the form and take a queuing number.
2. Have a sit and wait for your turn. Please go early, otherwise you have to be seated for hours!
3. When the queuing machine calling your number, go to the counter, give your I.C. and form to the officer and chop your finger print.
4. There goes the government money! It's yours!!