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Sakmongkol ak 47

Wednesday 3 September 2008

The arithmetic of laziness

Just ponder this. It’s a mental teaser to prevent the mind dozing off in this fasting month.

Malaysia has 1.4 million civil servants. The highest in the ASEAN region. There we find all sort of characters. The slothful, lazy and those who think the government is their rich uncle. When you have no money, uncle is here.

Let us say, that out of the 1.4 million, 30% are really the worse of the lot. They spend on average, 2 hours in a day having their coffees/teas/nasi lemak, roti canai and what not. Going to the mamak stall, warung takes half an hour return trip. Half an hour of makan time, cigarette time and sembang kosong and talk cock. That’s 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour after lunch, makes 2 hours a day.

30% of them makes 420,000. So we have 420,000 taking 2 hours off in a day, for 5 days in a week, for 52 weeks in a year result in 218.4 million hours lost in productive work. Ok so far?.

Our GDP.

What is our typical GDP in recent years? Lets take as an average, 450 billion a year or 450 billion is earned over the number of working days, which is 260 days. We assume, the number of working days to be 5 days/week x 52 weeks.

Suppose the civil servants’ contribution to this 450 billion a year is 30%. This makes it as RM 135 billion a year.

In order to produce this 135 billion a year, all the 1.4 million civil servants will need to work 8 hours a day, for 5 days a week for 52 weeks. That’s 2.912 billion hours.

From here, we can work out the hour’s value for their work. Divide the 135 billion with the 2.912 billion hours. It works out to be RM46 per hour. In other words, in order to produce the RM 135 billion a year, all the 1.4 million civil servants need to work 8 hours a day for 5 days in 52 weeks.

Lost productive hours.

How many hours of productive hours are lost by the 420,000 lazy bums a year? 218.4 million hours.

What is the value of the lost productive hours? Multiply this 218.4 million hours by RM46. Its RM 10.125 billion a year.

Hence each year, 30% or 420,000 of the 1.4 million civil servants honoured and feared by the common folks because of their office, even though they are peons and thambys, head of departments, 3rd rate graduates, swindle us, the taxpayers, of RM 10.125 billion a year.


So when we meet a civil servant taking time off to talk cock , we can say to him/her, that you are wasting RM 46 per hour of our money. Then we shall tell him/her, that you and 419,000 others of your species are costing us RM 10.125 billion worth of productive hours. And you are giving a bad name to the other 1 million of hardworking civil servants.

Ada patut kah? And you want to treat us like sampah?


Anonymous,  3 September 2008 at 22:51  

mat tomoi

your english is 2 bombardstic. pls use layman terms le!

Ariff Sabri 3 September 2008 at 23:07  

dear anonymous,
you have the choice not to read it. i take it by the way you spell bombastic, that figures

Anonymous,  4 September 2008 at 08:39  

nicely done..

What more can I say, it's the culture created in any govt departments..and it's an ardous task to have this reformed.

But dont worry, reform is on it's way..the Pak Lah's way.

Please keep up with the current 'bombardstic' english you're using.

I can assure you that layman like understand them perfectly =)

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