Tak cukup duit?


Tadi baru shopping kat supermarket beli barang makan. Terlebih bajet lagi… Hayh…. Banyak kali dah jadi macam tu, kadang-kadang teruk sangat sampai mase kat cashier  tu kene buang sket barang supaya cukup-cukup je duit utk bayar. Itupun baru minggu lepas withdraw duit 6000 rubles (RM 840).

Cepat je 6000 rubles tu habis. Bayar hutang orang 1000+ rubles (RM 140+) sebab tak cukup duit beli barang makanan. Dekan Akademi ni cekik darah lagi mintak bayar untuk visa pulak, habis lagi 500 rubles (RM 70). Bayar internet yang super-mahal, bayar ikut megabyte, sebulan nak dekat 2000 rubles (RM 300) habis kat internet saja – sebab banyak download medical lectures yang lebih senang faham dari internet daripada apa yg diorang lecture kat sini.

Tu tak masuk barangan dapur yg makin mahal harganya, sarapan kat kantin hospital, tambang sana sini, buku-buku manual of medicine yg cikgu tulis, bahan-bahan fotostat lagi. Adehla… Boleh je nak mintak mama abah top up sket, tapi, buat apa nak menyusahkan mak bapak dari jauh… Kalo nak susahkan diorang, susahkan diorang mase kat rumah je aaa… Dan bukan semua orang ada mak dan bapak, dan bukan semua mak bapak orang kaya-raya…

Actually dah habis dah duit withdraw 6000 rubles dari minggu lepas tu, itu pun ade jugak berhutang lebih kurang 200 rubles dengan orang lain.

Dulu bila biasiswa naik dari 200USD ke 500USD rasa lega sungguh. Sekarang ni, sejak Rusia dah makin menaikkan harga barang, 500USD memang tak cukup. Tapi yang peliknya, baca berita ni:

More and more medical students sent abroad to study on government scholarships, many costing more than a million ringgit each, are breaking their 10-year bond by refusing to return and serve in public hospitals.

“This is a sore point with us. In 2006, 21 medical students in Britain did not return. Last year, the number was 63. For those studying in Ireland, three students did not come back in 2006 while last year, 27 did not return,” said Human Capital Development division director Datin Madinah Mohamad.

She said these students cost the Government up to RM1.1mil each in funding for the five-year course.

Gahhhh… dan kerajaan masih tambah biasiswa pelajar-pelajar kat UK/Ire! Kalau 63 pelajar perubatan tajaan kerajaan tak pulang ke Malaysia = RM 63+++ juta hilang macam tu je! Sedangkan duit sebanyak tu boleh sponsor hampir 200 lagi pelajar perubatan Rusia, terutamanya yang non-Bumiputra dan persendirian yang mengorbankan banyak wang mak ayah diorang utk belajar kat sini. Duit tu jugak boleh kurangkan beban pelajar-pelajar perubatan Rusia yang merasai bahang kenaikan menggila harga barangan!

Since 2003, 145 students from Britain and 85 from Ireland have not come back. However, only three from Russia, two from Jordan and one from Japan failed to return.

Hanya 3 pelajar perubatan Malaysia di Rusia yang tak pulang (tak boleh dipastikan tajaan kerajaan atau persendirian). Hampir semua pelajar perubatan Malaysia di Rusia akan pulang ke tanah air untuk serve the nation walaupun kebanyakan kami tahu bahawa kami akan dilayan macam taik atau double standard bila sudah mula bekerja.

Yet, the policy still favors the students who lack intention to return home to practice medicine. Government gives them lots of money only to let them drain to the first world countries. Baikla bagi duit tu kat kami, kurangkan sikit kesukaran hidup pelajar perubatan Rusia, Nizhniy Novgorod terutamanya…

Peliknya pelajar tajaan kerajaan di Eropah mendapat biasiswa yang sangat banyak. Walaupun mereka menyewa apartment yang sangat besar di luar kampus, mereka masih ada lebih 50% biasiswa bulanan yang berlebihan! Kat Nizhniy dah semakin tak cukup… Tambah pulak hidup dalam hostel dalam bilik yang sangat kecik untuk share 2-3 orang, dan sewa hostel pulak makin mahal setiap tahun!

Boleh je nak pinjam daripada along-along kat Rusia ni (kononnya diorang lagi friendly daripada along kat Malaysia) atau kerja sambilan kat mana-mana. Tapi rasa hinalah pulak pelajar perubatan yang sepatutnya belajar kena bekerja atau pinjam duit untuk kurangkan beban kewangan….

Apa nak buat kan, dunia memang tak adil. Tapi Allah Maha Adil. Apa-apa yang tak adil kat sini, Allah adilkan di akhirat nanti.

Tapi kenapa saya menulis dengan begitu buruk dan whiny di sini? Kerana saya tahu, Puan Wan Munirah (MARA Officer) akan datang jugak menjenguk blog saya sekali-sekala…. kan kan kan??😉

46 thoughts on “Tak cukup duit?

  1. seriously will mara or ehem ehem ever come to ur blog?😛 but seriously what u wrote up there is 100% true except that u forgot to mention bout the expensive internet rate.. oops! *hopefully im not glamor enuf here so that noone knows my nickname and give my name to the deans or russian teachers*

    stopet russians and *tooooooottttttt*! haish.. im so fricking jealous with students from UK, GERMANY or even US (n yeah im still jealous with my sis :-P) , they got like almost 1000 euro per month n guess what, msian students in london got like 1000 POUNDS per month!! POUNDS for God sake! and what poor nizhniy ppl get? just a merely 500USD = 314 Euro = 251.8 pounds.😦 !

  2. despite the whining and dissatisfaction gruelling tone you projected via this post, i’ve got to admit that the facts are well delivered, and true..

    with the constant obligatory increase of hostel fees by 15% (or 10%? can’t remember)..

    telur ayam yang dulu masa saya mula2 sampai 2.50ruble sebijik dah jadi 4.2ruble sebijik sekarang ni. -_-”

    not to mention the obligatory increase of the transportation fares..

    adeh..ntahla. for the time being, memang la boleh hidup n cukup2 makan je. but for the upcoming years, cam saya ni at least lagi 3-4 tahun lagi..lambat laun kene guna duit parents jugak la kot. huhu.

    ps: kinda jeles tgk kawan2 kat uk n france, tiap2 tahun gi jalan2 merata2. baru sampai setahun dah habis jelajah satu europe. T_T

  3. jatdin: seriously from my observation, 1000 GBP is not enough for those living in London.
    their rental itself is around 150GBP PER WEEK.and the transportation there is freaking expensive.
    dining outside is a bit impossible..ie:nasi ayam per plate will cause you about 7GBP!!

    i think you people shouldnt complain too much though.you see, there are some people that i know with only RM500 for them to survive the entire month.
    its a bit too much (in my opinion) for some students to complain about not having enough money when they don’t have to pay their own school fees.
    when you see how your parents work for their hard earn money to support your education especially, then you’ll know earning money is not that easy.
    besides, i get really annoyed when some of our sponsored-students seems to be spending lavishly without having some savings at all.and at the end of the day, you’ll hear them saying..”500usd tak cukup”.
    *just my concern*

  4. Jatdin: The internet rate is so expensive, no doubt that I have to pay for the “best offer” ones – the 1 GB (for 1200 rubles) every half a month. Some people download stuffs for entertainment, some people have to download many other stuffs to learn medicine.

    Leokid: We can’t stop the increase in price… harga minyak masak pun naik hampir 100%! Gaaa… tahun depan naik lagi! Boleh je survive, tapi xyah guna minyak masak aa sepanjang belajar kat sini. Kalau JPA/MARA xnaikkan, memang akan terpaksa guna duit parents punye….

    Ileena: The whole idea of my entry is that students in serious courses like medicine should be studying his/her ass off instead of worrying about money. It does not matter who pays for the school fees, but it matters if money is the worry. Some people can survive RM500 in a month but they wont be using much of emedicine for reference on the coursework and they are on a very tight diet (who could survive RM500 a month in Russia?), some people spend a lot more for other stuffs for a relatively comfortable life as a medical student.

    We people are not complaining whether we can spend lavishly or not, but we just want a decent and comfortable lifestyle when we engage in this very noble field of medicine. For most of the students, 500USD is quite enough for this year. But how about next year?

  5. well well… 1000GBP is surely more than enough if u know well how to manage your money like finding a cheaper place to live or place to eat. n of coz if u eat at all those 1st class or 5-star places (… well that might sound exaggerating..3-star then :P) , 1000GBP wont be enough. and their transportation fee is not as expensive as u can imagine. they can simply buy the monthly student tickets (like what we do now) or some can even last for a year!

    and those who get rm500/month, they surely are not studying overseas i guess? and rm500/month is surely enough for them to last the entire month.. the internet access is free (for those staying in campus.. heck streamyx is not that expensive either eventho the connection sux real bad) and they dont really have to buy food stuff to cook (if they do, it saves a lot too). they can simply eat out which is cheap and delllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiicioussss (unlike russian foods)!

    well it is good to complain tho.. for the greater good some might say.😀

  6. In my opinion, 1000 pounds are much more than enough since the rent is only about 150 pounds. Beside, certain universities give allowance to their students. However, it depends on the stuff that they bought. If they bought branded, and expensive stuff only, for sure it wont be enough. And about 500usd for nizhny students, it definitely is not enough. Try to live by 500usd per month for 1 year without using your parents’ money..then you’ll understand.. Dont say as if you know everything.. The rent is increased year by year, the price for flight ticket, the food’s and even the bus fares..

  7. heh..you tell me how many people actually spend part of their allowance for emedicine thingi?am sure it is way lesser than 50% of the students.
    i wasnt responding 100% to ur entry about this student-allowance issue.it is what i personally think of some comments i’ve been listening to every now and then.
    as for next year, yeah i think ur sponsors should do something about it.
    hopefully we dont have to see students applying for part-time job just to earn more money.
    but then again, thankful for what you’ve had is still necessary.
    *seriously ade yg survive with 500rm per month here tau!u dont ask me how.i’ll be dead by now.but i pity them,really.it is just so hard for some people.*

  8. saya sebagai seorang pelajar persendirian yang kini belajar di Moscow rasa terpanggil untuk memberikan komen to your post.

    Thanks to my parents, I am able to be here kerana walaupun keputusan yang baik dan layak menerima scholar, but alas it wasn’t my rezeki to get support from any gomen agencies like you (which i believe is getting support from mara)

    i can’t agree more with you that prices of stuff in russia has gone ballistic! everything is bursting over the roof, harga hostel, makan, naik ziguli, semua naiklah kiranya.

    however, being someone who gets monies from the parental unit every month at a sum which is sooo much less than you or my other gov sponsored friends, i can’t understand the whining.

    because i still see most of the gomen scholars still have cash for extra yet not necessary indulgences. let me see, new phones, concerts, those big lens cameras, branded stuff, etc and not forgetting the obligatory vacations to europe, turkey or egypt, etc as well as the summer ritual of balik kampung.

    call me bitter or sore or even jealous, i don’t really mind because that is what i do feel deep down inside seeing so many of you having the opportunity of studying (and having fun) at gomen’s expense. i feel you also have the same feelings towards our friends in the UK who are getting more than you. Alhamdulillah, time has thought me that i need to syukur that at least i am here. And i hope you would be too.

    and yeah, takde hinanya pelajar perubatan kerja untuk mencari duit tambah kalau mmg benar-benar tak cukup. my brother worked as a flower packer while he was studying in some far away land years ago. yang penting duit tuh halal.

  9. mr/ms out of nowhere: chill2. i didnt say like as though i know everything.it is just my point of view. i do get the same amount like you guys, but i feel like its just not fair to complain wayyy to much when some of our friends have to really survive with lesser amount.and er…lavish doesnt apply only to expansive and branded things okay.it can be something else,(ie:lazy to cook and dining out only).

    jatdin:the 500rm im referring to ade je in nizhny tau.
    yeah maybe ur right also, some of my friends in london (whom i stayed with last winter), they do spend lavishly.so that explains why their allowances cukup2 only;).can always cook and that’ll save you a lot.

  10. Some people, yeah..they do tend to spend ~500rm per month.. But do they pay the rent by their own, or through their parents? and how aboout the air ticket? I dont deny that some of us spent their money lavishly.. Most probably they have back-ups.. But some of us, who are not from wealthy family suffer living here. By hook or by crook, they have to ask their parents for help… What we are discussing now is that, why did the government increase the allowance for students in Uk, Ireland n etc.. My friends in UK change their hp constantly even without the increment.. But anyhow, we should be thankful with what we got and make the best out of it..

  11. Whaow! Ok since most of people who drop by here are my dear friends from Nizhniy except emphorsis who happens to be from Moscow, I will respond only to his/her comment.

    You are from Moscow. Pastinya anda juga merasakan bahang kenaikan harga. I am sure you have very lovely parents who are willing to support your education, but just a reminder that medicine is no cheap course nor a playground for med students.

    I have nothing but total respect for both government or private students for their own choice on how to spend their money, either to buy branded-stuffs, europe vacations, unnecessary medical textbooks, 2 months worth of groceries which could be finished in just a week etc. But what I brought here is now no more indulgence. They are basic necessities for a relatively good lifestyle as a medical student.

    For those in getting gomen scholarship with very little as 500USD a month – surely that is no indulgence. If they indulge, they must have used someone else’s money, my guess – parents! They indulge themselves at their parents’ cost. Not a mere 500 USD.

    Those unfortunate ones who spend very little in a month – this should not happen. The accessories for medical education empowerment itself is already expensive. And those who have fun – please be reminded that we are in a very serious business of life and death. But whatever you do in your free time or how you spend your money – I have nothing against it.

    Memang xhina bekerja untuk dapatkan duit yang halal, tapi kene ingat, bidang medicine bukan senang. Mungkin nampak senang sebab sistem kat sini agak menyenangkan, tapi, side effectnye mase kite bekerja nanti??? So, tumpuan sepatutnya 100% to this field of medicine only, but not having to worry about money.

    P/S: So far there’s no fight between commenters, let’s keep it that way. If you start fighting, I will edit your comments so that you will be praising and complimenting each other like nobody’s business! And I will also edit to make you compliment the commandant and me!!!!😉

  12. mr/ms o.o.n: yeah, it is good to be thankful at the same time. about the 500rm thing, for sure they have their parents paying for the rent, air-tic but still, 500rm for food stuff,transportation is still a burden, dont u think?hermm,,at least for me, it is.sorry if my comment kinda annoyed you because ur right, some people might not be able to ask more from their parents.

    i think the best way is to appeal to the deans office to lower the rental starting for next year, esp to those living in a small room in 3rd and 1st hostel.
    i cant complain much though, because i think mine is quite reasonable;)
    MSA…i think here comes another job for you people;)

  13. ileena: muehehe.. well i know some ppl who do spend rm500/month or even 150USD/month here. but then again, they still have parental financial support except that they prefer to not ask for more (than 500rm or 150usd) but still, they can ask for it whenever needed. just like what out of nowhere said. all other expenses are mostly paid by their parents.

    emphorsis: “because i still see most of the gomen scholars still have cash for extra yet not necessary indulgences. let me see, new phones, concerts, those big lens cameras, branded stuff, etc and not forgetting the obligatory vacations to europe, turkey or egypt, etc as well as the summer ritual of balik kampung.”

    i dont really agree on this part. seriously do u think we buy all these stuff without any slightest sacrifice? (Well.. maybe no for some). but for majority of ppl ( i hope), we have to ikat perut months b4 buying all this stuff or going for vacation.

  14. well afterall, all work and no play make jack a dumb boy. so we need sometimes to indulge ourself with these kinda things.

  15. i suppose it all finally boils down to how you spend ur money..if u want to save it, u can..if u wanna waste it on unnecesssary things, u may..

    but maybe u shudnt complain as much since u r getting it foc in case u are sponsored..cos u definitely dun have to worry about paying back – some dun even bother returning at all..some studying here are completely covered by their parents and they dun own money mints..

    and there are others still who have to apply for loans to make ends meet..these people upon returning are beginning a new phase in life with debts to settle..

    yes, there are people living here in nizhny with rm500 a month – me..and i m doin pretty fine..i know people who have 4000rubles!!! to spend for a month – SERIOUSLY!! and this person is faring pretty well too..dun say that transport is a problem cos with the student ticket, we r saving more than wat we have previously spent – that is if u attend ur lectures and all ur classes..probably by that, u’d be savin on ur replacement classes..n this 4000ruble miracle-person does not miss a single lecture or class for any reason AT ALL..

    learn to appreciate wat u have now..cos for now u DO have more than most of us..once u start workin, we will all be on the same par..n for all u know, u may have to take up another job to support your lavish spending tendencies – berkebun??

  16. efenem:
    point taken. similarly, i have the utmost respect to my sponsored friends and my buddies who are here on their own. and yes, we have the right to the choices. its just that we shouldn’t be showcasing an extra comfortable lifestyle (if not luxurious) but at the same time say that we don’t have enuff. kalau betul not enuff, then vacations only once every 2 years or refrain from getting that nice MNG jacket because your old is still fine. that some nice dough we could save

    jatdin:
    my point exactly. if you have to seksa ourselves just to go to vacations or buy stuff that we want (and not what we need), does the whole thing gel?

    lebih baik kita guna the money that we sacrificed to ikat perut for the stuff that really matters. am not saying that we should take the opportunity to see the world, but really sometimes its too much. re my reply to efenem

  17. 7t: Different people have different needs. Some people save a lot; they shut off all the pics in the internet to save their megabytes, they wont photostat notes, just take/borrow from someone/seniors, they are real good in managing their dietary and financial lifestyle.

    Since “grateful” is an overly used word which has almost lost its meaning, I wont say that I am grateful. I am relieved to get some money from government. But as I said, different people have different needs. While you can survive on RM 500 a month, I cannot. I need a lot of stuffs to feed my gut, a lot of precious materials to download (explains why i am very stingy on that part), supplements and medications. In fact, most people here cannot feed on RM 500 a month. People are simply different.

    That’s why I lament the government’s act on spending hundreds of million down the drain for medic students in UK/Ire only to have them serving in the first world countries. Those money can be spent for people like you and me, and not to forget for those who apply loans to make ends meet.

  18. all i can say is… it’s not the amount of money that we have, but the way we spend it….

    i’ve been living in moscow for the past 5 years… i didn’t go back home when i got only 2oousd, i still remember that time when only me and another 3 frens stayed here for the whole summer… then i borrowed money from my teacher back at school to go back during my 2nd year, during my 3rd year i borrowed money from my sister, i had to lie to her just to get back cuz i know how hard it is to stay here without money… after the increment from 200 to 700, i settled all my debts, and for the first time during winter break 4th year, i went for euro-trip….

    still whatever it is, even with 500usd, i know lotsa fella from nizhni really travel all the europe, and u guys seriously can go shopping here and there…

    nape kite selalu cemburu pada kesenangan org lain, biarkan mereka… bersimpatilah pada sahabat2 di middle east yang diam tak pernah mengungkit betapa sedikitnya elaun yang diorang dapat…. kalau nakkan elaun naik lagi, hantarlah petisyen banyak2 sebagaimana kami buat 5 tahun yang lepas… dan tunggulah 3-4 tahun seterusnya untuk mendapat jawapan….

    kalau selamanya kita jadikan duit sebagai alasan, hidup ni takkan ke mana… lebih banyak duit kita dapat, lebih berat tanggungjawab kita pegang, lebih perit untuk kite menjawab di akhirat kelak… saya menulis buat pedoman diri saya sendiri yang kadang kala terlalu taksub dgn duit..

  19. tiffany: Thank you for dropping by. I really sympathize what happened to you few years ago, really. But that’s what I wanna avoid; borrowing money not knowing when can we pay back (whatever happens if we die?) and basically worrying about money. And I agree, it is on how we spend the money that matters…

    Mind you, I am not obsessed with money. If I really want a lot of money, I would have gone into business school instead of med school. What I am saying here is that; medicine is a serious business, treating us like 2nd class professions are very resentful. A decent lifestyle for med students without having to worry about money is already nice. I am not expecting 1000 GBP per month. I just hope for something decent.

    Kalo pelajar2 middle east memang dpt sket tapi diorang xungkit, itu masalah diorang. Boleh je diorang nak ungkit menggunakan apa2 saluran yang ada. Boleh je hantar petisyen, tapi since biasiswa pelajar Rusia didasarkan pada Moscow je, kami di Nizhniy ni seolah-olah tak diambil peduli langsung.

    Traveling europe, shopping here and there? You’re giving too much credit for the Nizhnians. We travel Europe on our parents’ expenses (or if really ours – we go on a very tight budget). Places for shopping are limited – but thank God still decent. Whoever Nizhnian you saw/talk to, is probably not the best representative of what nizhniy Malaysian students are.

  20. ileena: ha you were talking to her? Well well, not one person, not me, not you, not anyone here is the single best representative of Nizhnians. A group of people is seen collectively, not individually.

  21. Well said my dear faiz, frankly speaking I do agree upon some of the points highlighted but still… I would like to remind you that our life is like a rollercoaster; at one moment you’ll be on top and suddenly at the bottom ~ it continues until it stops at its destiny but in this case it will never be. It’s not easy to get everything that you wanted in life be it in your study, work yada yada but to earn it ~ to be a doctor; you have to work hard for it despite of whatever USD you get hold every month safely into your pocket.

    As a sponsor, I can’t say much.. I’m bounded to rules and regulations. If you or your friends say the augmentation of price in food, internet access, dining out, branded stuffs, annual vacation and what not are the factors of not having enough USD then you have to limit yourself spending lavishly on unnecessary items. I’ve been wondering all these years, how can private students accepted and be thankful on what they have even though it is just a smaller amount of USD and yet most of my students ~ nearly 35% of MARA students (or maybe more?) kept on whining about us the sponsor not generously giving you guys extra USD to spend on.

    It has been only 3 years since J** revised the rate in Russia particularly in Nizhny from USD200 to USD500 and if you think it’s not sufficient, therefore you need to plan out your monthly budget wisely as what I used to do back then. It’s hard to pleases each of you and it’s impossible to change everything abruptly since it needs a lot of work = research and paperwork in order for J** to execute new or improve existing policy. I hope you’ll understand or at least try ok..

    Best wishes in your studies and I’ll keep my eyes on you guys as long as I’m in-charge..

  22. i can totally understand ur POV about emedicine..i’m proud to be a part of that minority too!🙂 haha..nothing i can add here that hasn’t been said. you guys were talking about people surviving on rm500 a month? thats nothing..i know someone surviving on rm300!!! i wouldn’t be able to do it too but that person manages very well.

    anyway, wht i wanted to say was that i think government students get way more money than most (not all) privates..yet i’ve heard them complaining that 500USD should be 500euros..tsk tsk tsk..ppl always want something they don’t hv i guess

  23. Puan Wan Munirah: It’s a real honor of you to drop by. As I’ve said in my point earlier, people are different. Those who spend lavishly, they do it in either way; ikat perut jadi kurus xpayah makan or parents’ money. There’s no way a person with 500USD can spend lavishly without saving.

    For example my parents support me in spending time in Europe, buying a new desktop since my laptop has expired, air ticket to return home, other medical books and accessories that needs the use of credit card. MARA is very generous indeed, but 500USD couldnt simply pay for all of the abovementioned stuffs.

    If this year is 35%, perhaps the whining people will grow till 75% next year🙂 but if there is increment, this is unhealthy as well, especially with the widening gaps between the private and government students. That’s already peer pressure to them, and they will keep questioning whether we deserve this scholarship or not. Since it’s hard to please all of us, why not making things a little less difficult?😉

    Thank you for keeping an eye on us!🙂

    Sarah: The way I see it, a comfortable lifestyle as a med student in Nizhniy requires 600-700 euros a month. But, if this increase in on effect (haha I wish), it will give great strain to private students as well.

    What to do. Student’s life~ Sometimes we are broke, sometimes we keep whining and spread the toxic around😉

  24. If only I could find a job here, definitely I’ll do it right away. Easy to point out, this person could live by spending very little amount of money n why can’t u do the same thing? But in my opinion, sponsored studs r those chosen ones who excel in their studies and r required by the government to study and serve as the manpower in the country later on. I take it as a privilege or reward for really studying hard and compete to get the scholarship. So as a student, I should be worrying about studies and not how to save money by really2 ikat perut. Not that I’m a big spender but I just wanna lead a comfortable life..

    Yup agree with efenem, I went into really tight budget to travel europe. Even in europe, we stayed in motel, restrict eating to once per day, bought budget airlines ticket. Trying to limit everything that cause u fortune

  25. Let me remind everybody that my entry here is not about PRIVATE vs SPONSORED students in Russia. If you survive with as little as 3000 rubles a month, good for you, but please do not ask everyone else to be like you. That’s very condescending and disrespectful.

    My point in this entry is the government; why they want to spend so much on people who are bright but have very little intention to return home, when we students in Nizhniy Novgorod are cared too little? The money they spent down the drain in UK/Ire could have support us here, whether we are private or sponsored…

    And I still stand on my case “$500 is not enough for a relatively comfortable life as a medical student in Nizhniy Novgorod”

  26. Salam faiz.

    Wahh hangat-hangat.

    Aku sebenarnye takleh la cakap banyak sgt, memandangkan aku duduk Moscow. (conflict of interest)

    Dulu masa kita dapat 200USD, kita semua complain duit tak cukup. Tapi ada yang mati tak? Huhu. Aku ingat lagi masa 200USD dulu aku cuma belanja 100USD sebulan, dan simpan lagi 100USD untuk tiket balik Malaysia. Bila fikir2 balik, perghh sungguh mission impossible nak belanja cuma 100USD dekat Moscow nie. But people would find their ways and people usually survived.

    Bila tiba-tiba MARA naikkan ke 700USD (3.5 fold, mind you), suddenly everybody was ecstatic and started to think about a new way of spending. Eg: put aside 200 for saving, 300 for food and expenses and 200 for tiket balik or travels. As years pass by, everybody started to feel the heat of price hike in everything~ metro, bas, sewa hostel. Suddenly the formula of 200-300-200 (sbg contohlah) no longer works. U can no longer survive with only 300usd per month for food without having to sacrifice on your winter vacations.

    But then again, I never even bothered to think about winter vacation when I used to receive 200USD per month, let alone super speedy internet connections, new handphones, gadgets etc.

    The point here is to prioritize your needs. I honestly think that for students in Moscow, 700USD is actually more than enough, up to the point of being an excess in government spending. (not that I’m against or or anything, thank you). Students have since begun to get distracted from their studies, (me inclusive), eyeing new gadgets, thinking about planning their winter vacation, afford to buy new games, superpowerful laptops for gaming etc. Whatever justification you make about a medical student needs to have an ease of mind at everything else so that they can concentrate on their studies might be true. But a lot of students have been to known to succeed with far less priveleges that what we have today.

    C’mon la faiz. I know a lot of us see ourselves as the anak emas, just because we worked hard in SPM to be deserving a scholarship from the government, it is still the people’s money nonetheless. The money that actually could be channeled to other things like providing school equipment to a poor rural areas, getting impoverished children to school etc. But since the government is looking at things rather differently (and quite commendably) , they decide to train more doctors and thus send us abroad so that we can become good doctors and benefit the rural folks or typical Malaysians who still yearn for good public healthcare/medical personnels. Next time we think about our next winter break in Switzerland or Belgium or Paris, just think about how that weighs against what the government has intended in the very first place. I’m not saying that I am against all this, but to whine and complain while we still can afford unnecessary and lavish items here, i think thats quite unfair.

    The government just don’t allocate a certain amount of taxpayer’s money for us to have a very very very comfortable 6 years life here and then go on to make ourselves rich.

    Just be flexible la faiz. I’m sure we all can make our ways around this. There’s always something that we can cut on.

    Hoho, since I’m from Moscow, what we pay for hostel fee is darab 3, 4 atau 5 from what you people pay. So just don’t go around and say that Moscow people are living a life totally opposite of yours.

  27. there r 2 main points dat we should consider.1st is the exchange rate.2nd – inflation rate.

    During the last increment…USD1=Rm3.8=28rubles…now…USD1=RM3.14=23.40rubles.so…over time…USD500 will become less..less…less…less…and lesssssssssssssssss…we are getting less compare to 2006!!!

    2nd point – inflation rate
    russia has the highest inflation rate (in 2006 – 11.00)compare to UK (2.20) n malaysia (2.90)..so.the tendency for goods to get more expensive is higher in russia compare to uk n msia…in reality eg. bread n milk’s price increase over 30 – 50 % compare to last year.

    wif the less income and more expense, i think the gov should increase ‘elaun sara hidup’

    so, i believe the revision of an increment doesn’t solely depend on the period of last increment…but some economic parameters should be included.

  28. JPA medstew: I’ve given this papersheet facts about all the stuffs you mention to the appropriate parties, but nothing really changed.

    Hazreen: For a person who doesnt want to talk a lot, you surely talk a lot.

    Since many people have brought up this budget thingy, I’ve done some calculations myself. When I was in my frist year, 100USD was enough. Thank God. At that time I got a credit card, even when I went shopping bulk, I used that credit card, so money was not really much of a problem then. But then, tragedies happened. I loss quite a lotta items with lotta values of money in it.

    2nd year – relieve! I spent like $200 a month and I could save a lot. I gladly see increase in my Maybank account month by month back then. Things got better.

    3rd year – still same, but I kinda spent a little bit more to $300. Big malls open, more stuffs I could buy (nothing lavish – just some decent stuffs to replace sucky stuffs I got from cheap markets and the commandant). Still I could see increase in my account every month.

    4th year – changed to a larger room, paid for many stuffs for the room, got a whole lot of new stuffs. Things got real expensive now (minyak masak naik 80%??). I spend more than $400 (keeping in mind I’m still using the $1 = RM3.80 rate since MARA didnt change that rate from 2006 thank God). April was a liitle off, I spent on something a bit too much.

    But to think back; I really need to prioritize and be flexible. My largest budget is on food, internet and other accessories. Cut back on some very limited internet here. No more breakfast in hospital during classes, the food is really overpriced (who couldnt survive a bit of hypoglycemia right? So you just lose focus for a bit, so what?). Cut back on halia, cili padi, taugeh, kueyteow, mee, shampinion mushroom, kotlet. Instead of 2 selery and kubis a day, I can survive with one. So the same for oranges and apples. Half for today, half for the tomorrow. Who needs overpriced breads and Nutella chocolate paste? Maggi from home should be enough.

    Ordering clean drinking water can be expensive, maybe I should just boil the water from toilet. Dove, Head&Shoulders, Gillette, Colgate, Nivea are pretty expensive. Try find a cheaper, better Russian products shouldnt be much of a problem. How about the thing I use to color my hair? No worries, it’s just 33 rubles and I still have half left.

    Meds are for pansies. Lotions, creams for eczema? Who needs inhaler for asthma – you’ll get better in 2 hours. Antihistamine sleeping pills? 3-4 hours of sleep every day is enough daa… Fever, Flu, Diarrhea? Oh come on, just toughen up a bit!

    Except for my latest desktop, I dont buy any new gadgets. My Nokia mobile phone from 3 years ago is still functioning. If I really cut on this, I can save more than 70% of what I’m spending now!

    How about the obligatory eurotrip I have every semester break? 70% was from parents, and 30% from the stipend- a person’s got to eat right?

    It’s the taxpayer’s money. I suggest to reduce the amount of stipend that Moscow people got, since Hazreen has confimed it’s more than enough. Czech too, since they save like 70% of their stipend in a month. Other places in Europe, US, Japan, Korea that seem more than enough as well.

  29. lets all hope that our so-called beloved J** rep here in russia (En Azman) would someday come to ur blog page as well and tell J** headquater to increase our allowances once again since M*** cant really do anything unless if J** take the 1st step..

    hazreen: well.. we’re lucky enuf that our hostel fee is not darab 3,4 or even 5. if not, how r we going to survive with just $500/month? oh yeah.. ashan ada jual ikan kering dgn harga yg agak affordable. so surely we can survive with that as well. afterall, byk org2 kampung yg survive mkn ikan kering sahaja (no offense to any org kg here.. im org kg as well!). a slight or moderate hypernatremia wont hurt u much…. we can always buy diuretics anywhere, anytime at the apteka.
    but then again.. for our internet rate, u should darab 8,9 0r even 10 i think compared to what u r having now! and if we have the same like yours, surely we wont whine a lot.😀

  30. oh! the thing is still hot in here!;)
    well, as human beings, it is normal to over react,to whine and wanting more than what we’ve had.
    u know, from Jimmy Choo to Christian Louboutin, from Prada to Gucci, from COACH to LV ,from 5series to Z4..etc etc.
    hehe;)
    cheer up people, no need to argue, after all the decision is not in our hands.still, pray hard and be thankful for what we’ve had, be it 500usd,500rm or any others.😉

  31. i was blog hopping and came across this interesting discussion. just wanted to add a few points.
    1. been a good student (achieving straight A’s in your spm does not mean that one is bright or smart). and again it’s misleading (equal to misdiagnosis) to think that it’s your privilage or you rightly deserve the schlorship for achieving straight A’s in your spm exam). Rightly a schlorship is meant for a good student from a less privilage society – meaning to say that if your parents are earning in excess of rm 10K per month (taking into consideration of the current situation) then in my humble opinion he or she does not deserve the schlorship (a loan is more applicable here). these kind of people should be ashame of themself, more so if their parents were themself previous reciever of government schlorships. they should break the cycle – schlorship should not be a hereditary thing which is pass from their parents to their children. unfortunately and sadly to say this group of people are the most unmotivated and selfish.
    2. the aim of a schlorship is to help you ease your parents financial burden, thus you cannot use it as a benchmark to set you life style. as superbly said by hazreen you should adjust you life style, prioritize your needs and made the necessary adjustments. a good doctor usually thinks wisely and rationally. you’ll soon realize that when you start working, the financial resources and grants for your clinical work and researches are very very limited (unfortunate that the government has set aside much more allocation to train/sponsor medical students that to enhance clinical work and researches). trust me, only those doctors who can adapt to this drastic changes will do well and excel. then there goes to the majority of the young doctors – opted for an easy life and left the government service for a greener pasteau at a very early stage in their carrier -and there goes the promise of serving the community (almost all will utter this promise during their schlorship interview) and the tax payers money. way back in the mid 90’s when i was doing my postgraduate in medical economics, the schlorship then was only 450 GBP . i have my wife and 2 kids with me and we spend about 280 GBP for the accomodation, city council taxes and utility bills. an undergraduate student (single without a family and living in the university accomodation get about 340 GBP). but with some adjustments i do survive very well – but of course i don’t buy a mercedes or go on yearly holidays like the undergrad students. you should be very grateful for the fact that you have the oppurtunity to study in a foreign land and experience a different culture at the expense of the tax payers money.
    3. just ponder on this saying by a great chinese philosopher ” i complaint of having no shoes until i saw a man with no foot”.

  32. I wud like to say sorry, before i even begin, to any1 who mite get hurt wif my comment.
    1st of all, it all goes down to survival, how u want to lead this life wif wat u hv. Today u hv sum1 to blame , one day u mite not hv that luxury, on that day wat r u going to do? U definitely won’t blame ur self, u will say “Wat to do? This is how it is” n u will HV to learn to live wif it.
    y not take this insufficiency is an oppurtunity to learn to budget n organise ur spending? Heck, if our organs can learn to compensate, y can’t our soul n mind?
    Whining n complaining is gonna bring nothing good. Be productive n optimistic.
    I spend only 4500(mind u, this is the max my parents wud ever cough up for me) rubles a month n i can say my life is comfortable. I spend on wat I hv to spend on, on wat is absolutely necessary. Baju, once in three months i buy sumthing tat is chep yet stylish n serves its purpose. E.g i just bot myself a jacket worth 400rubles, it fits its purpose n i am happy wif it.
    internet 400 MB a month which includes chatting via webcam wif my parents every week once for at least two hours.Cukupla, I gembire dah.
    i wud like to make a point here to Mr/ms Pelajar: We ALL excel in sumthing n BRAGGING about it may hurt others, we the private students also excelled in our studies, if not we won’t be med students, mind u. Pls be careful on wat u comment, many ppl read these blogs.
    Last but not least, chill ppl, this is just a blog…ambik mane yg baik n learn from it, kalo ade bende tak baik try to fix it or ignore it.
    Life has many things in store for u, dun waste ur time on whining n complaining!

  33. Ahmad Sidek: I am very honored to have a wise person such as youself dropping by here.

    1. SPM is a past thing and I have no interest whatsoever in it. If scholarship is only for the unfortunate ones, that poses a problem as well. You see, NOT ALL the unfortunate ones want to be doctors. If all the scholarships are for the less fortunate (which these people keep saying), this leaves the more fortunate with certain financial burden. Medicine is not cheap, mind you, even if they are people who come from very rich background will feel the strain out of it. And we are all already adults, taking parents monthly salary into account of whether you deserve scholarship or not is very weird. How about the people who really want to be doctors but have a bad relationship with their rich parents? Are we gonna say “You should reconcile with your rich parents so that we dont have to give you any scholarship”? The second idea of scholarship is to make you financially independent from parents so that you wouldnt have to burden them so much.

    2. Everybody should prioritize the needs no doubt. Heck everyone could still survive even if JPA/MARA gives $200 a month. But as I’ve stressed earlier, medicine is a noble and serious field of life and death. Having students to worry about money is the last thing you want to do. I dont know how much GBPs have change since 1990, but Nizhniy Novgorod is simply a different place from the UK. UK/Ire undergrads stay there to practice medicine, draining more taxpayers money into rich countries in search for greener pasteurs, than us med students in Russia who only enjoy during our studies, but we return home to serve anyways, despite being treated like trash.

    Malini: I guess my whining is very toxic that everyone keeps asking me to stop. But anyways, this is my blog. I can whine as much as I want. Dont get into the toxic if you dont like it.

    My blog is one of the ways I keep myself sane, so your point of whining is not productive is not true. Plus, MARA officer have dropped by, altho I doubt anything would ever change. And my super IP stats control room detected the embassy people have dropped by here. That makes you right in one point; MANY PEOPLE READ THIS BLOG, although they do not love it and poisoned by too much toxic in my latest entry here.

    Different people have different needs and goals to achieve. Can’t force people to be someone else. I certainly need to learn more about money management, but unfortunately there’s no such course over here. In the US, postgrad medical students have this course, so they can settle their debts from medical school and manage their money well.

    P/s: Before you start commenting, please please read the main entry 1st before reading the comments which mostly focus on money management or PRIVATEvsSPONSORED students. It’s kinda annoying if you people start deviating…

  34. Haha..you are entitled to your own opinion faiz, so do others..maybe some of the comments are against you but i think you shouldn’t respond to it even though this is your blog.just ignore it then..

    as for me.500usd is enough..at least for now..

  35. 400rbls for visa lah. but you ppl can claim, if my source of information is reliable? and any other denda also you are able to claim, if i’m not mistaken. so why the fuss? i know people surviving on RM500 a month, some RM300 a month. aren’t you happy you’re studying for ‘free’? so i suppose it’s just human nature to never be satisfied with what you have, innit?

  36. wah..since this issue is getting hotter and some ppl had covered up this topic pretty well, i wont like 2 comment too much..

    briefly say, just lead our normal life as it’s now..dont worry,be happy =]

  37. My dear colleagues of NNSMA:

    1. It’s confirmed there won’t be any increase in my stipend, even if this entry has entered the realm of JPA/MARA. So no one should feel any pressure about it.

    2. People keep telling me to be grateful that I got this scholarship, school fees paid for free yada yada; I am grateful in my own way, if you want me to prove my gratefulness in my blog, you will never find it.

    3. Some of you commenters never got the gist of my entry because you’re too flamed by the comments which keep deviating from the message I’d like to convey.

    4. In my entry (in case you haven’t realized), I resent the gomen’s action to drain money down the toilet when those amount of money can sponsor and pay school fees for all NNSMA students. So far, all NNSMA Malaysian students would like to return home and serve the country after graduation, instead of some few in UK/Ire not wanting to return home despite being blessed with more than a million ringgit of taxpayer’s money funding their education.

    5. If I am the one who’s broke, why should any people be angry at all?

  38. menyemak jap~

    my personal opinion to the whole matter is; sbenarnya masalah bukan sbb duit tajaan xcukup ke ape..masalahnya harga barang yg makin naik n nilai USD yg makin jatuh ni yg menyebabkan kite rase bahangnya…

    i ingat lagi last year, bulan 4, cek akaun dekat2 rm9000 duit scholar masuk.., thn ni, dpt rm7307.36 je to be exact..padahal jumlah yg jpa masukkan same je, usd1500 plus duit buku tahunan usd700…banding ngan harga brg2 kat sini mase tu..jauh lebih murah kalau banding skrg..trase sgt bezanye…

    nak cakap cukup, memang la cukup…tp masalahnye nilai tu makin kecik…barang pulak makin mahal…secara xlangsung, seolah2 duit scholar tu kurang (wpun same je usd) so rase xpuas hati tu wujud dari situ la…

    pasal spending lavishly tu xleh nak ckp ape la..duit tu dah bagi kat kite, hak kite la nak spend mcmne…ade org yg family die mampu tu, duit scholar die wat shopping n enjoy je…ppl like me, i have to rely completely ngan duit scholar…bayar hostel, bayar air ticket, bayr intenet, beli brg2 dapur,n barang2 keperluan…bayar itu ini, berape je la tinggal baki die…

  39. woah.. hotdog! hm, so.. off the topic jap.. govt shud send more med students to russia instead of uk/ire? sbb student russia ofkos tak saba lg nak balik keje kat msia kan! heh. sapa nak stay sini angkat tangan!

  40. Itu baru nizhny, tak kira budak moscow, nk cekik darah dh barang kat sini, baru je tahun lepas naik duit hostel hampir 100% – YA! 2 kali ganda.. tambah lagi tiket bas yang semakin menaik, harga tiket metro pun naik lagi… ntah macam mane nak hidup dah ni..

    Pn Munirah tu, ko ‘kan?’ la sampai grad, aku rase die buat tak tau je.. ktorg dh bagitau berjuta-juta kali – takde respone pun. Even budak czech yg taraf hidup lg rendah dr moscow ni pun dpt 700 euro..MANA ACI!!

    Sabar2..

  41. beznyer..pat study medic..sy still dip…major in science..meniti peluang tuk study medic..tak kira kt mane skali pun…

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