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Friday, November 21, 2003
100 Ways To Save Tax in Malaysia - Reviewed by Kew L. Ang 
Book: 100 Ways To Save Tax in Malaysia
Author: Richard Thornton
Publisher:Sweet & Maxwell Asia
ISBN: 983-9088-65-3
Price at MPH: RM70.00
I was looking for a book to help me to get some tax relieve from the Malaysian Goverment, and I pop into the local MPH looking for one. Manage to found this book, and fliped thorugh it, seams to have some interesting information and calculations in it, and quickly grab it as I was rushing for time.

To my dissapointment, the book touches just on the surface of Tax accounting. The book only provide the general knowlege information that could also be obtain from IRB for free. Some of the suggestions are such as gifts, books, medical claims, etc. All these I have known filing my previous year's tax. There is nothing interesting from this book, and nothing that is useful at all.

For those who are filing their tax for the first time this year, this may help a little, but nothing that you would not know from the information provided by IRB for you to do your own tax calculations.

The book however, did give some good tips on filing tax with a spouse, how to file for investment income, oversea income, and some ideas for people in business. Of which these are not applicable to me, and that's why I did not find this book's worth. Some may.

Do not recomend this book to anyone, too high of a price to pay for free information.

graceshu  # 5:21 PM


IBM and the Holocaust, A Book Review by Nicholas Chan 

Name: IBM and the Holocaust:
The Strategic Alliance
Between Nazi Germany
And America's Most
Powerful Corporation
Author: Black, Edwin
Publisher: Crown Publishing
ISBN: 0609607995
Being an avid reader since the tender wee ages before Kindergarden, i've always had the notions (as a kid no less) that everything always ended with "happily ever after". Boy, was i wrong and foolish!

As I grew up, i've come to embrace reading as a passage of rite for myself in order to avail my intellect to the absorption of knowledge, no longer will my naive notion as a kid obsfuscate me to the realities of life. Thus, i will use this blog to help encourage people to open their minds and learn to critically assess perceived notions of reality.

Today's book review is very profound as it deals with an issue that has been dear to my heart, human atrocities and the enduring ignorance of man, please enjoy!

"This book will be profoundly uncomfortable to read; as it was profoundly uncomfortable to write" -Edwin Black

Edwin Black begins his book with the above quote, his book details the vivid story of how a legendary American company and its enigmatic owner contributed to the single most massive annihilation of human lives, mainly 6 million Jews. The enigmatic man was Thomas J. Watson and the company, International Business Machines or IBM.

It is an uncomfortable book to read as the author has exhumed evidence that IBM, aided Nazi Germany in decimating the Jewish population of Europe.

Existing literature on the Jewish holocaust tend to focus on the sheer detailed magnitude of human life loss is terms of methods, ideology and moral motivation. But most or all of these authors did not address on the most important question that we must ask in order to understand how this massive genocidal endeavor was undertaken,

How did Hitler manage to locate 6 million Jews and Undesirables in 5 - 6 years?

Back in 1933, when Hitler came to power and the dreams of his Thousand Year Third Reich emerged, and thus began the systematic coordinated drive to eliminate the undesirable threats to the Aryan genetic order, mainly Jews, dissidents, Gypsies, artists and thespians and many more. There was said that the estimated number of Jews in Europe numbered in millions. In order to organize and tabulate this vast statistical amount of information, logically would require a computer, but in the 1930s, there was no computer!

But there was the IBM Hollerith punch card and tabulation technology, IBM's involvement in the Jewish Holocaust came in the form of IBM's German subsidiary, Dehomag Gmbh. Dehomag made available to the government of the Third Reich, the tabulation machines that would enable it to create a census to catalogue the population of German citizens of Jewish descent. Thus, when the time came for the great culling, Hitler already had a master list of names and locations of which to start his genocidal ride of death, all tabulated and recorded with American ingenuity, Marketed by IBM.

The collusion between Nazi Germany and IBM runs deep and Black delves deep into the organizational and political culture of the protagonists, from corporate profit wrangling to managerial betrayals. The interesting fact that Black puts forward was that not only did IBM continue to trade with Dehomag, despite trade restrictions, but knew of the specific purpose of the IBM tabulation machines. Thus, amplifying the rallying banner of capitalism, which is 'The Business of Business is Business!'

The research of content for this book was thoroughly done by the author and his immense detailed bibliography of sources is evident of his efforts to enlighten the world of the monstrosity of unrestrained capitalism. The intentions of the author are noble and idealistic but somewhat irrelevant to the fact that businesses will inherently forgo social ethical and moral considerations to achieve profit and corporate market gain and this was the case of IBM in this book.

In the finality of the situation, it was evident that the American industrial might with its Fordist manufacturing philosophies won the war, for the allies and it is INDEED ironic that IBM, the blue gem of American hegemony contributed to the greatest human atrocities in history, all in the name of profits.

Reviewed by Nicholas Chan
Also featured in Ceteris Paribus (Dept. of Econs, HELP)

graceshu  # 5:19 PM


Thursday, November 20, 2003
And we met!! Finally!  
On 19 November 2003, The Book Review Blog had its very first Mod and CM meet. An hour before the meet was to commence founder and owner, Graceshu was found have sneakily downed four plates of sushi at Sushi King. Several minutes later, Vlad and Khalilur were discovered hiding behind pillars and what-nots whilst sneakily sharing thoughts and conversations with undernourished ferns and potted plants. Pleasantries were exchanged and then Ms Justine arrived with The Phantom Tollbooth and piercings, followed by Honesty Shrine's queen Hani and Ze Katana.

Mushrooms and pizzas later, the meeting commenced. It was ... seriously serious. Visions, Objectives, Goals... the lot... you will find this all in the minutes to be announced on the NEXT blog meet. But the gist of it is this:

We shall now be known as Blog My Book.
We shall aspire to be the Blog where all Bloggers can be passionate about Books
We shall be meeting for our very first Bimonthly Book Swap Meet on the 6th of December.

Watch this space for details and other contract fineprints. And, if you'll excuse me, I shall go and blog my book now. Or book my blog. Whatever.

minishorts  # 9:33 AM


Monday, November 17, 2003
Revised Dates 
Grace and moi did a short sms stint and here it is. See you guys day after tomorrow and do look nice, behave nice and talk nice.

Date: Wednesday 19 November 2003
Time: 7.30 pm (Grace and me will be there around 6pm though, feel free to sms either one of us; mail for numbers, we don't post them up here)
Place: Sunway Pyramid, wait outside Starbucks Cafe

The final venue has been decided based on the location of most of the mods and cms prior to the meet. Its not easy to accomodate everyone, but well, its only going to be a mod/cm meet, not the official Book Swap meet, so there!

*Prepares for stink bombs and tomato splats!!*

See ya all!!

minishorts  # 6:15 PM