Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Inflation and Crime

My colleague were telling me that her house was burglarised yesterday. Luckily only the 2 tong of cooking gas outside the house was stolen. The house alarm must have scared the thieves away. The neighbor actually saw the whole thing but dare not make a peep. He saw 4 men carry away the tong gas and escape using motorbikes. I guess we can blame him perhaps if he have shouted from his house, the thieves might have been too scared to do anything and run off?

But has situation become so bad that 4 men is willing to risk it and trespass to a stranger house just for 2 gas tong? I mean most likely they will only be able to sell it for a couple hundred ringgit and divide that by four of them, RM50 each? Situation in Kuching has been increasing scary in the recent months actually. Just recently, the newspaper reported that the thieves actually waited to pounce on a contractor and his family just as the wife was opening the gate to go into the house. The thieves then proceed tie the contractor's family up and force the contractor to reveal where all the valuables are. And worse still, thieves actually have weapons such as gun and knives with them!

And not too long ago, Kuchingnites, ladies especially, were all warned to be careful where they place their handbags. Apparently, there seem to be a trend where the snatcher riding a motorbike will smash the passenger seat window and grab the handbag right off the seats. However, seems that some people just never learn. A lady just withdraw some money from a bank and just about to leave in her car got the shock of her life when a motorbike came right up to her and smash her back passenger window and snatch the handbag (Forgive me for saying this but SILLY WOMAN, leaving the handbag full of cash at the back seat!).

I am just wondering if the inflation and crime is related. I mean, it seems that just about everything has increased in price and keep on increasing. Especially since after the increment of the civil servant salary, the floodgate seems to have open and flooding everything! Just imagine, abowl of kolo mee which as selling for RM2-2.20 is now RM2.50-2.80. Some are even selling them at RM3. The reason given, increase in price of the flour. What the heck! I thought the flour only increase 20 - 30 cents per kg? Well, I dont know how many bowls of noodles can be made from a kg of flour but I think it should be more than 1 bowl?

Yesterday, during lunch, a colleague was commenting that she is thinking to go away for the CNY holidays as a vacation might be cheaper than the CNY preparation. Then last night, mom ask if there is still any cheap fare around CNY time. Apparently, she and dad went to look for pork floss and discovered that the dried pork is now at least RM85-100 per kg! Unless I dont mind eating the dried pork from China which is alot cheaper @ RM25-30 per kg and face the potential risk to health, then I think my house will not be serving any dried pork during CNY this year. OMG! It would be like serving gold nuggets!

Honestly speaking, I think I need to seriously look into finding source of side income if the inflation rate continue to go up this way. Just hope Smorty and Sponsoredreviews will approve my account soon and start giving me assignment!

10 comments:

Barrett Laurie said...

Hey there Jen Jen! Sorry I have not inroduced myself sooner. I am Barrett Laurie, from Huma B Post. I wanted to say thank you for including me in your blogroll! I have returned the favor by adding you to mine as well! Interesting post. We have an interesting crime that is garnering a lot of media attention here in the US. A man in Texas shot and killed two "would-be thieves, as the two men tried to rob his neighbors house. He is being tried for murder. Some believe that he should be freed. Crazy stuff. What has the world come to? I think you may be on to somehting with your theory about inflation! I wish you the best on your side of the world!

Rose said...

Jen, interesting stuff!!

Yes, I feel that inflation and crime are inter-related!!! This morning, I heard over the radio, that we may be going into further inflation and low GDP on 4.5???? Er, resulting in higher price, petrol, and everthing else! That include crime rate! Just our salary remain the same. Hahahah!

Jen's Place said...

Hi Barrett!
Hope to share with my readers the blogs that I find interesting. So, the hardwork was all yours actually ^_^

Wow! I really hope that it wont get to that in Kuching. As far as I know, ppl here have not start owning guns yet...gosh...I am actually scared to go out on my own nowadays even in broad daylight!

Anyway, all the best Barrett and take care yah ^_^

Jen's Place said...

rose
OMG! Petrol goes up, everything else will have more excuse to increase in price as well! I think pretty soon we will all be living on a very very strict budget. I wonder if we ever get to the extend of owning guns for self protection!! ~_~

Billy's Mom said...

Wah!!Dried pork cost close to RM100per kg now????? You must be kidding Jen! That's ridicilous!
Yeah, look like the crime rate back home is sky rocketing. Sad sad! Inflation and crime - I think they are related. :-(

Jen's Place said...

Billy's mom, *nods nods* ridiculous rite? Rose was sharing a blog with homemade honey dried pork that sounds pretty easy. Gona try to make them and post it here after the cny:P

-_-" I think need to look for pepper spray or something and keep in handbag soon....

Nick Phillips said...

What a horrible neighbour you have there. If it was me I'd have shouted at them. I guess people these days just want to keep to themselves.

Jen's Place said...

Nick - To be frank, if it was me alone at home, I dont know if I will dare to shout at them. I know, not very neighborly but what if they decided to take revenge?

Mariuca said...

Hey Jen! I'm sure Smorty will approve ur blog soon, then ul be on ur way to earning some major bucks! Good luck to u! :):):)

Jen's Place said...

Mariuca, you are so kind! I like your miaw miaw..so cute! hehe