I don't know anything about gold, except it's gold in colour!! And it's very precious. A search in Wikipedia comes out with its description and grading, amongst other things. The international grading of gold is by carats. As pure gold is too soft for ordinary use it is typically hardened by alloying with copper or other base metals. The gold content of gold alloys is measured in carats (k), pure gold being designated as 24k.
I don't know about other countries; but if you visit any goldsmith shop you will see the "916" and price per gramme. "916" gold, I suppose should be equivaleny to 24K. But never mind about this gold. I for one, doesn't have much to spare to buy gold anyway.
There is another type of "Gold" in Malaysia and it is also called "916". It is actually the date of a very significant milestone. As all Malaysians will know, "916" means September 16. And it is drawing very near. This date sends uncontrollable shivers and convulsions to some, while soothes the souls of others. Like pure gold, this 916 is of pure vision. A vision of a new Government by a new wave of incumbents. A Government that is fair to all its citizens. A Government that will rid this country of the false doctrine of racial fear and hatred which had been indoctrinated by an evil and corrupted regime.
"916" is a set of figures that cannot be toppled. Whichever way you turn it, it remains "916"! Let us hope that the new Government is like pure 916 gold. May the new 916 government be like gold as decribed in Wikipedia which I quote:
"Gold readily forms alloys with many other metals. These alloys can be produced to increase the hardness or to create exotic colors (see below). Gold is a good conductor of heat and electricity, and is not affected by air and most reagents. Heat, moisture, oxygen, and most corrosive agents have very little chemical effect on gold, making it well-suited for use in coins and jewelry;"
And this is my "translation":
"The new Government readily forms allies with many other parties. These allies can be harnessed to create cooperation amongst people of different colours. The new Government is a good agent of fairness and efficiency, and is not affected by corruption and nepotism. Subversive agents have very little effect on this new Government, making it well-suited for serving the people."
May our dream come true; come 916 !
POSTSCRIPT: Now I know why it's called "916"