The papers these days are full of "advice" for traders not to increase prices (ya, RIGHT!) & tips for us plebs on how to make ends meet.
We are grateful for all the help we can get, but what is our government doing to show us as a real living everyday example, that they too are hurting, & that they too are sacrificing to make ends meet - much as the the Rakyat does?
Are our ministers growing their own vegetables themselves?
Are they "parking, walking, waiting & riding" ie using public transport, come rain come shine?
Are they economising by...say...taking economy on flights? not buying a Soyuz (or 2)?, not leasing private jets? not going to KLCC, London, NY or Paris for shopping?
Now we even have the wife of our PM (by all accounts a lovely person) trying to motivate us by taking us on a tour of the PM's edible garden.
Thanks Datin Seri. That's kind of you.
If you don't mind, can you share with us your tips on:
1. How you personally is able to grow this edible garden?
2. How big must the garden be, & what types of garden/plants do we need in order to yield enough to feed a family of 4 for a week?
3. Can you share with us how, as breadwinner, parent, spouse & even caretaker of elderly folks, you are able to find the time to do your own gardening?
You know ofcourse what a typical day for working parents are like. We start at 6am and end at 9pm. Weekends are yet another round of kids tuition, family activities & housework..with some "me" time.
I am not saying we shouldn't do something to help ourselves.
I am not saying we should all just be lazy buggers and lounge around waiting to die.
But you know what? I don't think any amount of gardening or parking & riding will help me save enough to pay for escalating food bills, elderly parent's medical bills, the mortgage or the kids' future.
So Thanks for the Effort Jeanne. Next time a Minister walks the talk, call me!