Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Another day of work

Today is another day of work. As I check my wallet, I realised I have almost exhausted all of wages for this month. As I placed my wallet back to my pocket, I felt a few sheets of paper. I took them out and have a look. Oh… they are the 2 summons I got last night. That made it a total of 13 I have yet to settle.

I can never settle them. My wages barely feeds my family. My children are all young and though my wife is working, we struggle to make ends meet. My company did not provide me with any allowance to settle my summons. They are just interested to get the route done. And I have no choice but drive beyond the speed limit as I am paid by the amount of route I complete. I need the money to support my family.

This one which I am going to drive today seems to have some problems with the brakes. I have been telling my boss a few times now that this bus needs some servicing done. He will just nod walks away every time I mentioned it. I hope the bus can complete the journey today. I kissed my family goodbye and left for work.





Today is another day of work. There will be 5 buses going up and down the expressway today. I think 2 of the buses are not exactly in tip-top condition. I want to repair them by business has been slow lately. Since the last crackdown on buses, we were all ‘requested’ to make some ‘contributions’. If we refuse, we will be shut down. All the money is gone to them. I have to make enough before I can service those buses properly

Besides, it’s the new year and all the permits and licences will need renewal. It will be another round of application fees, renewal fees and of course, we will again need to give some ‘contributions’. If otherwise, I have a funny feeling the permits and licences will encounter some unforeseen circumstances thus affecting the renewal processes.

The weather seems fine today. I hope the bus can complete the designated route safely. I will tidy up everything when give more wages to the driver when I make enough. That’s provided there will not be any more reasons for ‘contribution’. Today looks like another day of work.





What if today is just another day of work?

Are you doing the right thing to not make this another day of work?


23 comments:

kyh said...

oh boy must CHUPPP! :P

ur children??? o.O

today, erm, i mean the whole week is holiday for me!!! :P

whoalse said...

I like this post simply because it's very much open to one's interpretations!

To all those "lucky" bloggers/readers at home, have a great CNY. Eat on behalf for those of us not able to be back for CNY. Be safe....

Gong Xi Fa Chai

blackjack said...

zewt, i wonder how many got your message here.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i love this post..very subtle but carried the whole msg

Huei said...

Today is just another day of work..we'll just have to put the lives of 40+ people per bus on risk. Hey, they die better than we die. We have a family to feed. The important thing is, they pay us first before going on their journey.

Our pockets are safe!

=P

missironic said...

hmm..yeah..i tink its best to not make ur working day as not just another day of work..shud do sumting abt it, yeah? i'll tink abt my day at work then..lolz..

neway, Gong Xi Fa Cai, Zewt! =D

_butt said...

no choice... support family... contribution... excuses!

so we hoped that today will be all dandy and fine as the weather. hope is an illusion, a false promise that something will happen when nothing will. and we fell for it. go figure.

wish you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year =)

-Princess Shin- said...

No wonder I have no idea what you're talking about. Its about the current news issues. Argh.. I'm so out of it now. You're my source of Malaysian news.. This is bad...

But thanks anyway! You inspire me to read more and be more updated!

3POINT8 said...

Ouch....the way u wrote it, thats kinda saddening.

Terra Shield said...

This kinda makes you think... never looked at it this way, before. Very profound!

Melly said...

This is what we call looking at all the angles and not just one. This is what Malaysians need to learn, to look at everything in a wider scale and not so quick into hammering punishments. Doing so will only let those that bears a bigger portion responsibility slip away. Wake up and Grow people.

Hor ny Ang Moh said...

So whose fault it is???It is just a day work!!!

zewt said...

kyh - whole week! i am jealous!!

whoalse - so we are not lucky huh... we are away ...:P

blackjack - well, did u?

constant craver joe - Let's see how many got the message.

huei - possible... possible... :)

missironic - not easy to change it...gong xi gong xi to you too!

zewt said...

_butt - indeed...we all have to figure the angle we wanna approach things. gongxi gongxi to you too!

princess shin - didnt i say... u wont be missing home as time goes by?

3POINT8 - it does isnt it... but that might not be the case... but what if it is?

terra shield - thinking is always a good thing :)

melly - yes, we always want a scapegoat... we never solve the problem.

hor ny - the fault is of cos those who are not throwing starfish into the sea .... :) :)

Kimberley Ho said...

gosh. you sure blog seriously often don't you? not that it's a bad thing or anything. you've just inspired me to blog more often now heh =p

whoalse said...

Depends on how you look at it, zewt. Being away might be a good thing in the long run! LoL.....

10months to learn and improve should be sufficient. it's just that it's a friend's wedding that i want to give them the memorable captured moments.

mob1900 said...

13 summonses is typical bus-driver's day? I doubt a conscious and a responsible bus-driver could live with so many offences and NOT feel he was wrong to play with his passenger's lives. Driving a bus is not performing a crime out-right like let's say selling estacy pills to patrons. Being a little responsible and careful with your own life and share a little concern for others is all that is asked.

Having 13 summonses, 7 for speeding, 5 for illegal overtaking is plain psychotic and reckless. Plus, witnesses(survivors) told the press, this particular suicidal driver was SMSing and standing up right before he 'made his mistake'.

Telling the story from his 'angle' sounds refreshing but it's too far-fetched, I believe he is uniquely a character of reckless behaviour.

missironic said...

yeah..tats true..to change is not easy..got to put lots of effort, yea?

thanks thanks! have a joyous cny! =D

ah nel said...

i everyday also not enough money use so how?

Happy Chinese New Year

Danny said...

???? I dont think u work at london just to drive bus? And i believe bus companies at england are much better than in malaysia..

and you married not long ago. impossible u got children so fast?

i'm confused ....

zewt said...

Kimberly Ho - well, i must say i am glad i inspired u to such direction...

whoalse - well, i just met someone who has been away for a long time and he surprises me! shall blog about it.

mob1900 - well, i do not deny that this one is bad... which is why i said... what if?

missironic - same to u!

ah nel - then... work harder lor :P

Danny - hmmm... dont be confuse... it's a metaphorical piece.

Wuching said...

Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

zewt said...

wuching - thanks thanks :)