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I'm in the process of recruiting a shirtmaker who can also sew trousers. Right now, both garments are sewn by independent workshops to patterns created by us. It has always been like this. Hopefully, soon, both types of garments will be sewn on-premise. 

It will be done by a veteran. Either an aunty or an uncle. I've found that young people sew extremely slowly. If I were to pay them market rates for the garments they produce, they'd be dead from starvation by now. They are like 10X slower than veterans. 

I could never just hire a shirtmaker because I do not sell enough shirts to keep a full time shirtmaker operating at a reasonable capacity utilisation. Same for a trouser maker. But a tailor who can sew both would be kept quite busy by me, and would therefore earn his/her salary. 

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Suing someone takes forever. I received this email from the lawyer today. 

Dear Mr Tok, 

 
We refer to the above matter which came up for case management today before Puan Nurliana Binti Ismail. 
 
Please be informed that the defendant (Celcom Axiata Berhad) has appointed Messrs Ram Caroline Sha & Syah as their solicitors for the above matter. 

Kindly be informed that the Court has directed the defendant to file their Affidavit in Reply by 31.3.2020 and the plaintiff's affidavit in reply by 21.4.2020. The Court has fixed a case management on 22.4.2020. We shall do the needful and keep you informed in this regard. Many thanks.

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A rather interesting thing happened today. See, many years ago, I read that if you wish for unity in your team, it is necessary to eat together. For that reason, those who work at JT Global Campus go out for lunch together. 

While going out for lunch with an employee today (the other employee has today off), the police did a random check on the employee's car. Whereupon they found a stub of something that interested them greatly. They insisted it isn't just tobacco. Would we follow them to the balai please? 

At the balai, the employee admitted he is unlikely to pass a urine test. So, we had to find an arrangement. Which resulted in me walking to a nearby CIMB and withdrawing a big chunk of cash. 

The transfer of wealth took place (from me to the civil servants) under cloak and dagger, and we proceeded to lunch and some supplies shopping. 

Tomorrow, I shall meet with his parents to discuss this issue. 

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25 minutes ago, Nabilalif said:

How much was the bribe?

Bribe???

You mean an anonymous and generous donation to the public fund for the welfare of our peace officers?

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Just now, Loh said:

Bribe???

You mean an anonymous and generous donation to the public fund for the welfare of our peace officers?

Jeremy should donate me his suits

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1 minute ago, Nabilalif said:

Jeremy should donate me his suits

Maybe you if you donate to JT Global Campus education fund.

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While I was at the balai, they showed me pictures of people posing for the camera with bricks of the substance. They were photographed sitting on the same sofa we were sitting on. 

How many of these dealers do you catch a month, I asked. Three or four, he said. 

They all hang? I asked. We cannot settle with dealers, he said. "They hang." 

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So I had a talk with the father. He had eaten before he came, so he looked at me as I munched on multi grain rice with vegan organic bah kut teh. 

I retold what transpired yesterday. And told him how much he owes me after I prepaid on his behalf a generous donation to several members of the law enforcement. 

I told him that contrary to his son's representations, he is not an occasional user of the substance. He is, in fact, a habitual user. Only one thing stops him from being a full blown addict: the lack of opportunity. We both know how he often he lies, I said. He lies even at work? The father was startled. All the time, I said. 

He said he had a major conversation about this with his son yesterday. What is the conclusion? I asked. That he stops immediately, he said. 

I told him that he can't stop on his own. The stuff is just too addictive. It gives you immediate intense happiness. It makes everyday normal life feel so boring, so tedious, so pointless. His son is powerless to stop, I told him. 

The only way is to impose external restrictions on his freedoms, I said. He cannot be allowed to socialise with his current group of friends. They're all junkies, and is the source of his supply.

It was an hour-long conversation, not just about his son, but about his and my businesses, and about aging and the wearing out of the knees and decline in physical abilities. 

He asked me what I plan to do about his son's employment. I haven't decided, I said. 

At this point, his son needs JT more than JT needs his son. At least for 8 hours of the day, he is kept busy and out of mischief. 

We talked about the future of those I employ. He wanted to know how they can become high-income and thus stand on their own two feet financially. I said I see two routes, and explained them to him. 

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