2009 Budget – Abdullah fighting for his political life


“Abdullah attacks ‘populist’ claims while presenting populist budget”

This thought occurred to me when the Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced a string of goodies in his 2009 Budget in Parliament today, including the following:

“Those who use less than RM20 of electricity per month will not be charged.”

One would have thought that Abdullah is preparing to fight an early general election if one had not been held just less than six months ago from which Abdullah and the Barisan Nasional emerged badly mauled – followed by another blow to the solar plexus in the Permatang Pauh by-election only three days ago.

But Abdullah was fighting for his political life when he presented the 2009 Budget.

I am not the only one to read Abdullah’s 2009 budget,as his “last ditch bid to cling to power” as a Singapore-based analyst commented: “It is a populist budget to deflect the growing popularity of Anwar”

Never before in Malaysia’s 51-year history has a budget received so little national interest and public attention – as all focus is on how long the Barisan Nasional government can last or Abdullah survive as Prime Minister.

In the past three days after the Permatang Pauh by-election, demands have grown in UMNO for Abdullah to step down as Prime Minister and from the other Barisan Nasional component parties to quit the ruling coalition.

Abdullah referred to this deepening political, economic and nation-building multiple crisis of confidence in the conclusion of his budget speech.

He said:

“120. The tabling of the 2009 Budget demonstrates yet again that the Barisan Nasional Government is responsive to the concerns of the rakyat and has taken measures to lighten the burden of all Malaysians, particularly the lower income group. The approach taken is focused towards support and assistance, which not only improves the quality of life but also enables all Malaysians to enhance their productivity. This Budget is in line with the medium term plan as articulated in the National Mission and the Ninth Malaysia Plan to further develop the nation towards Vision 2020.

“121. The Barisan Nasional Government will continue to manage the economy responsibly. The Opposition, on the other hand, continues to make populist claims, which, if implemented, would undermine the Government’s financial position and bequeath a bankrupt nation to the next generation.”

A competition could be held as to the number of incorrect, misleading or downright baseless claims or false assertions in just these two paragraphs – symptomatic of a Prime Minister and government in deep crisis of confidence.

  1. #1 by m.hwang on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:19 pm

    Not bad..not bad at all. We get so many goodies voting for PR. We should do it more often.

  2. #2 by madmix on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:21 pm

    He is still counting on the support of the 1.5 million civil servants and pensioners and their families. That is why he is giving them more goodies so soon after a hefty pay rise last year.

  3. #3 by shiver on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:27 pm

    who in malaysia uses less than RM20 a month in their eletrical bills?
    and even so, who would dare to live by candle light to save RM20?
    really budget bodoh.

  4. #4 by Yee Siew Wah on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:29 pm

    I nearly felt asleep wen flipflop sleepy guy presented the budget. He just read it like any school kids. Very boring and monotonous. I beleive my kid reads better than him.
    It was clear that this guy is trying to buy the hearts of the millions of civil servants by giving a bonus even though they got their raise not long ago. At least this time the money was use in a “legal” way to buy the rakyat support.
    If not for PKR, I believe these BN go_ns will never have given these goodies to the rakyat. I should thank PKR for this.

  5. #5 by sjchange on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:31 pm

    Nothing is relevant!

  6. #6 by vchi on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:31 pm

    Titanic is going down and the PM, instead of turning around and listening or stepping down, is putting more coal into the engines and making the ship sink faster.

  7. #7 by I Malaysian on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:34 pm

    I agree to your opinion. This budget does not reflect a comprehensive plan of present government, instead it only shows its desperate attempt to please ordinary Malaysians with some sweet.

    One may wonder what is his immediate plan to put Malaysia back on its footing to overcome the economic uncertainties.

  8. #8 by gofortruth on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:35 pm

    ““121. The Barisan Nasional Government will continue to manage the economy responsibly.”
    ——————-
    Like putting up petrol price hastily by 41% and sending inflation to decades high of 8.5%, do you call that managing the economy responsibly????????

  9. #9 by boilingmad on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:35 pm

    shiver, I think only couples or singles living on their own, working 24 hours a day and the immigrant workers would qualify for this “free electricity”. So the immigrants should be thankful to AAB.

  10. #10 by ihavesomethingtosay on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:46 pm

    What is so grand about this budget? nothing!

    However, In the Absence of C.A.T.

    Budgets is for croonies and son in law

    :(

  11. #11 by baoqingtian on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:49 pm

    He is dumping the money into the sea before Malaysia Titanic sinks.

  12. #12 by gofortruth on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:49 pm

    “122….bequeath a bankrupt nation to the next generation.”
    —————–
    Who gave away Rm 500 million as commission for a submarine deal?
    Who spent Rm100 million on a ticket for a spece ride?
    Who is spending 100’s million each year for some ‘monsoon cup”?
    etc etc etc

    Who is likely to bequeath a bankrupt nation to the next generation????

    Now they are talking about nuclear energy deal, super maga money there!!!!

  13. #13 by shiver on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:50 pm

    dear boilingmad, remember last year budget, the dude said “free education” for schools? then we found out only the school fees of RM10+ was free, everything else was not and some fuming parents had to pay RM100+ for each kid this school term?

    but this RM20 free electricity a month, this one takes the cake.

    its like giving free parking for people who dont own a car..
    its like giving a free radio to the deaf
    its like giving us a winter jacket to wear at 32’celsius.

    yeah you are right bro, the immigrants would be voting for sleepyhead next GE !

  14. #14 by Mr Smith on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:55 pm

    RM 154 billion just for operating expenditure and a mere RM 54b for development exp. How much of this RM 54 will be leaked into UMNO’s pockets.
    Considering the rise in oil, building materials, transport and wages, I would say the development expenditure is less than in 2008.

    Tell me how will the rural folks from this budget?

  15. #15 by boh-liao on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:57 pm

    Abdullah unveils a RM207.9 billion budget, even more than analysts expected, in a bid to help the people cope with rising costs and to halt the opposition’s growing popularity.

    Sure, he can give away money freely since he knows that very soon he will not be responsible in balancing the budget. Spend, spend, spend.

  16. #16 by Mr Smith on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:57 pm

    This idiot PM said previously that Anwar is bluffling about the cross overs and BN MPs are solidly behind him. Then why is is making reference to it in his budget report?
    What does he mean by undemocratic means when the constitution allows it?

  17. #17 by raven77 on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:10 pm

    The idiotic PM continues, at the expense of the tax payer, to pander an inefficient civil service which has been the root cause of almost all the problems in this country…..little Napoleans rule………and become more emboldened……while the private sector suffers……..this government must be removed either thru elections or by Anwars method which Badawi claims is illegitimate……it was won illegimately by bribing civil servants……..Malaysians in general must note this important event in this country for it will have grave implications for its future……

  18. #18 by Yee Siew Wah on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:12 pm

    “For those who want to access MT”

    I am no IT expert. I managed to access MT just now.
    Anyone who want to access MT, just click the START button on your computer, select SETTING. Type cmd on space provided and press ENTER key. A black screen will appear. Finally type ipconfig/fushdns and press ENTER key.
    Then try entering MT using “http://202.75.62.114/2008/”
    I was able to access is because of one blogger in Susan’s blog recommended these steps
    I would like to thank him.
    BN g_ons especially baldie get screwed la.

    For those who want to access MT

  19. #19 by hadi on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:13 pm

    PM..can’t even read properly and then giving excuse for admitting his stupidity. It was true in the last PP by election Anwar was saying PM will be shivering and lacking confidence-my son was laughing and commented that he can prepare that kind of budget as 2nd year student. Don’t simply run this country and simply spend the money and hoping that rakyat will sympathize him. PM and his team again making wrong assessment of the rakyat. So in the final analysis ,what do you aspect from a 3rd division team. Mr. PM , dont bother and don’t try to impress.

  20. #20 by limkamput on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:17 pm

    The MINISTER of Health said the budget is an enpowering budget aimed increasing productivity. Can someone ask him what he is talking about? IN what way the budget is enpowering and how the productivity can be increased. What does he know about productivity growth. He is using big words without knowing the meaning of those words. I can sense it.

  21. #21 by raven77 on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:26 pm

    limkamput

    Liow is a nutritionist trying to be MCA president…..so have to learn to swallow large words……the bugger cant even sack his useless HP6 admin staff and reportedly is afraid of them…….which may explain why they are getting more money……..

  22. #22 by Timmy on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:31 pm

    A boring budget, nothing to shout about!Yawn…..

  23. #23 by Kasim Amat on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:36 pm

    I dismiss totally the saying that this is a budget our great PM fighting for his political life. There is no threat to his political life so why need to fight for it?

  24. #24 by devilmaster on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:37 pm

    There are so many spin doctors trying to portray the budget as being people-friendly and helping the poor.

    Oh my, take this statement for example:-

    “Those who use less than RM20 of electricity per month will not be charged.”

    How many households are left with using RM20 and below for electricity? Since the hike of electricity recently, there is hardly anymore household consuming below that figure.
    RM20 means usage of only 92 units of electricity per month.

    Overall, i see this record-deficit 2009 Budget as another round of plundering the nation’s coffers.

  25. #25 by Timmy on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:42 pm

    Hospital nowadays is the gate to death, not a healing place anymore especially for the critical cases.Ignorance, dishonest etc… can take away a life easily. Waiting queue too long…. even a dinasour will be dead! So wait for what MOH??, get budget to solve problem…or else MOHealth will become MOHell.So disappointed!

  26. #26 by Vidya Young on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:47 pm

    Kasim,

    If he is not fighting for his political life, then explain the entire BN machinery against one man! Why run helter skelter at the mere mention of Anwar Ibrahim? Why get East Malaysia MPs to pledge loyalty if he is c%*k sure there is no threat to his political career?

    Take that AAB blinkers off, for heaven’s sake!!!!!

    We see a drowning AAB clutching at straws, no not straws but nothing, to stay afloat! Get it?

  27. #27 by James on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:47 pm

    Ya, man, this budget is indeed meant to benefit the illegal immigrants. Bodohwi & his goons are so desperate that they can no longer fool the rakyat. They are thus trying to entice these poor souls to vote for BN. Not eligible to vote? Not a problem at all, the disgraced immigration dept can easily convert all the illegals to citizens overnite for them to vote. How dumb these BN buffoons are and how low they stoop to cling to illicit power.

  28. #28 by Kasim Amat on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:48 pm

    People should be thankful for this friendliest ever budget. There is nothing for people to complain anymore. The budget shows that the PM cares for his people, even though they have voted for the opposition. This is a great character possessed by our PM.

    The government is confident that this budget will have a very position on the economy in the year to come.

    Please do not forget the second most important person behind this Budget, the great Mr Khairy Jamaluddinthe. From this, it also shows that the is a well qualified potential leader for Malaysia who cares for the people and who possess good management skills coupled with visions and foreights.

  29. #29 by Timmy on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:51 pm

    PM so relax and smiley during speech…i hope he will leave with a smiley face too.very soon hopefully we hv a new budget to make it 2nd budget of the year!Budget to reduce petrol price to rm 1.50 is NOT IMPOSSIBLE! Petronas earns more as the world oil price soars, isn’t it isn’t it isn’t it?wake up! M’sia is a laughing stock as an oil producing nation!

  30. #30 by just a moment on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:52 pm

    Can anyone get acess to M’sia today?
    Pls let me know how? Thnks.

    The above heading parallel what I thought.
    Other than just parroting what’s in the text,
    which incidently, commensurate that of
    Uni students standards – He’s simply trying desperately to
    hit out at PKR. Like its last grasping moments of the dead?

    This shall be his his last speech. They knew it,
    We knew it, but wld this slezzzzzzz head knows?

  31. #31 by devilmaster on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:55 pm

    Can anyone get acess to M’sia today?

    http://117.120.1.155/2008/

  32. #32 by Timmy on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 8:58 pm

    No minimum wages RM1500 in the budget ,some more wan to claim ‘prihatin’ budget. Better say pergilah budget….

  33. #33 by just a moment on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:00 pm

    Great! Thanks devilmaster.

    O ya, one other person I almost forgot –
    (con’t from my previous line..)
    Kasim feels its the friendliest ever budget????.
    So that makes two Sleppzzzzz head.
    Anyway, its surely the best joke for today!!!
    Thanks friendliest Kasim..

  34. #34 by KennyGan on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:00 pm

    Free electricity for those using RM20 or less is an insult. Who can keep usage within this small amount? Not even the poor. If you have no heart to give, then better don’t give instead of dangling something nobody can reach.

  35. #35 by RKP on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:02 pm

    This act is like throwing out those things you can salvage from a sinking ship. Its going to get ‘wet’ and ‘soiled’ anyway.Some of the things salvaged can only be used for a short while. Let them enjoy it for a short while more..

    Most of the irreparable damage to the ship has already been done by themselves.What can they do more than this? They have to save themselves from the coming third ‘sweeping’ tsunami wave….
    this is their last desperate move. Thats why he said,”We will do all we can to…..”

  36. #36 by Mr Smith on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:14 pm

    In two 2208 the projected deficit was 3.1% but jumped to 4.8%. In simple terms Abdullah spent more than he promised.
    In the 2009 budget he said the deficit is 3.6%. Another lie as he is going to spend more and perhaps cross the 5% mark.
    He is spending oil money without thinking about the future generations and there is no allocation for diversion to alternative sources of energy.
    Public Transport????????????

  37. #37 by concerned_citizen on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:20 pm

    Did he know what he was reading in the parliment?

    I watched the tv and it seemed that he wanted to fall down into his dream??

    I dun have airconditioned system installed at my house, also cannot maintaince electricity bill under 2o bucks. Perhaps have to pakai lilin dan kipas tangan. That’s will do!

    Thanks for the sweets, mister Penutup Mata!

  38. #38 by parameswara on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:25 pm

    if not for the leaders of pakatan rakyat, who gave BN such a scare; there won’t be this “friendly” budget.

  39. #39 by cvl on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:27 pm

    A national budget has to do with economic modeling while simultaneously promoting universal values of life, I would like to think. The oral presentation has to be a show of confidence this budget is borne out of tireless homework, that milestones are clearly defined, critical paths towards a [future] surplus budget are identified, and that applauds are best left in its mid term reviews.

    What would it have taken for the Malaysian Finance Minister to spread the exectuive summary in his opening remarks and share with all Malaysian thus:

    ‘ Budget 2009 is a balanced budget, aimed at providing for our well being, while at the same time reaching out towards a surpluss budget to ensure the well being of our future generations to come. Elements of classical and modern economics are closely factored in this budget modeling, taking in the world renown views of economist Dr Abdullah who recently was the sole recipeint of the Nobel Prize 2007 on “Rejuvenation of the Pacific Rim Economics”……..’

    Realms of dreams do run wild on the face of a flotsam-budget by the Malaysian finance Minister. However did he dare himself the Malaysian Finance Minister!

  40. #40 by subject on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:30 pm

    Anyone could able to pull down these 3 idiol fellows: Pak lah, Najis, and Khairyyyyy???

    Soonest possibe…

  41. #41 by dont_give_up on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:32 pm

    mirror image of malaysia today being block also :(. The ‘son’ is been kill off too.

    Waiting for the 2nd son to be born :)

  42. #42 by parameswara on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:36 pm

    In Malaysiakini:

    “David Cohen, director of Action Economics, Singapore:
    It is a populist budget to deflect the growing popularity of Anwar (Ibrahim). (Prime Minister) Abdullah (Ahmad Badawi) is obviously under pressure as witnessed by the rollback in fuel prices last week.”

    ================================

    everything is done out of fear of losing power.

  43. #43 by Richardqed on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:41 pm

    ““Those who use less than RM20 of electricity per month will not be charged.” — AAB

    What a hypocrite. They would have discussed this with TNB and found that there is an insignificant number of people having under RM20 for an electricity bill. Hardly anyone will be able to take advantage of that. Do not expect them to place the rakyat’s interest above TNB’s interest.

    They should be giving the first RM20 free to everyone. Oh, but that’s too much to expect from a bunch of thieves, isn’t it?

  44. #44 by Ramesh Laxman on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:52 pm

    Forget about the goodies. Look at the development budget. Billions for projects. That means more negotiated tenders and that will mean more funds to play around with. The PAC and owner of this blog should wake up and make sure that we the people get value for our Ringgit.

  45. #45 by kisshogroup on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:52 pm

    Dear Kit, interesting page for all malaysians.
    http://www.shanghaidaily.com/national
    Go to Page 7 (its about swearing and land grab)
    Regards

  46. #46 by kwmark on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:54 pm

    Fellow Malaysians…frankly we can’t blame AAB but the whole team from BN.It’s not fair as he has being intoxicated by his konco-konco and his DPM II…KJ…

    It’s an insult the poor who really need financial assistances. I personally think those only consumed less than RM20.00 electricity bill need even more assistance and aids. Who on earth in Malaysia fell on this segment?

    What a Budget…..PR please help the rakyats!!! Let’s all support PR all the way to Putrajaya and implement CAT all across Malaysia!!!

    Saya Anak Malaysia

  47. #47 by Richardqed on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:54 pm

    “Abdullah warned that efforts by certain parties to destabilise the country by attempting to seize power through illegitimate means and without the mandate of the people must be rejected.” — malaysianinsider reporting on AAB.

    He must be indirectly endorsing Anwar then. Because getting any number of MPs to cross over to PR and form a new government is perfectly legal, and all MPs were voted into Parliament with the rakyat’s mandate.

  48. #48 by bystander on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:04 pm

    to quote Obama ” he does not get it”. Bodowi has lost the plot and he does not know what is happening on the ground. what a stupid budget without any resolutions to all the socio-economic issues. RM 20/ month can only win votes from Bangladeshis and indons. not even the poorest malaysians use less than that. Get it, bodowi.

  49. #49 by Godfather on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:09 pm

    Kesian Amat:

    You’ve made 2 postings so far in this thread. Go collect your RM 400 from Mike Tyson for your efforts.

  50. #50 by solcroft on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:10 pm

    Lim Kit Siang,

    It appears that even after so many years in the Parliament you have not grown beyond anything but a rabble-rouser. You certainly know how to pick your fights, but you pick only the ones where you can win with cheap shots. Granted, AAB is a sitting target, but I think people are more interested in how a veteran Opposition politician views the Budget and coming here to hear your analysis, instead of seeing a man of your age and seniority continuing to simply take hollow potshots against easy targets.

  51. #51 by malimdeman on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:10 pm

    Ai yo yo, how to use only $20 electricity a month! Rumah atap also use more than that!

  52. #52 by zak_hammaad on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:11 pm

    parameswara, I concur on your point. BN will also be working flat out to make sure that the budget is implemented at the earliest so that people can tangibly feel the difference. I would think this is their last attempt at “legally” holding on the power; what comes after this is very ugly politicking.

  53. #53 by The Enforcer on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:11 pm

    Dear bro bloggers,
    Need help!
    Anyone out there able to access MT?
    The mirror site can’t be accessed!
    Thanks in advance.
    P/S Sorry uncle Lim, need to use your blog to get info. on MT.

  54. #54 by cemerlang on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:23 pm

    If Malaysia is serious about being an industralized nation, the people’s salaries should be on par with the salaries in other developed nations. Not just a one off bonus once a year. The salaries that Malaysians have been getting are those of 3rd going on 2nd world countries’ salaries. Glad yes but nothing to be that proud of.

    There are too much unfairness. Undeserving people getting what they do not deserve. People getting things because they can be manipulated and they can manipulate others. People who are serious in work not only get no recognition but also being suppressed and put aside. Nobody cares. The big bosses do not care. The small bosses also do not care. Everyone is just like puppets and dolls, following every order like robots. A lot of time is wasted. There is a fine line drawn between men’s work and God’s blessing. Don’t be busy for nothing but be busy because there is something urgent that needs to be done, to be solved, to be changed. Or else you can appear to be busy but you are actually wasting time.

  55. #55 by alphoti on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:24 pm

    The budget is not going to benefit the rakyat much. As Richardqed put it, free electricity should be for the 1st RM20 to benefit the rakyat & not for those who consume less than RM20. When was the last time we pay less than RM20 per month for electricity? PM never know how much electricity cost because he never need to pay!

    In view of the large sum of money involved, it sure will help keep many greedy BN MPs with BN for the moment. It was estimated only about 50% of development funds allocated by the government actually go to where it intended to be. The rest……… so, we are talking about billions RM for those who choose stay.

  56. #56 by Godfather on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:24 pm

    The budget is representative of a leadership that sees shadows at every corner. You could sense the fear permeating downwards from Badawi to the entire cabinet.

  57. #57 by Mr Smith on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:25 pm

    The Enforcer:
    Here it is http://117.120.1.155/2008/

  58. #58 by solcroft on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:28 pm

    The Enforcer:

    MT is currently located at http://mt.m2day.org where a very professional analysis of the Budget by Tony Pua (DAP MP for Petaling Jaya) was posted. If only Lim Kit Siang could do the same, instead of just continuing to entertain himself by taking cheap shots.

  59. #59 by zak_hammaad on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:30 pm

    dont_give_up, I am in S’pore at the moment and able to access MT :^) There are some juicy articles on Najib! Although I condone all aspects of MT that touch upon race and religion, I have no qualms about the political can of worms RP is good at opening.

    Perhaps it’s an idea for someone to create a quick blog site and cut and paste all new politically charged MT articles there. Or maybe someone is willing to share their personal site/s?

    Nigh night.

  60. #60 by wanderer on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:32 pm

    One month of burning candles will be more expensive than to bring your electricity bill to below $20.00. Budget friendly, who really will benefit.
    Kasim, you have many opportunities now to earn your 10%

  61. #61 by devilmaster on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:38 pm

    The Enforcer Says:
    Today at 22: 11.32 (2 minutes ago)
    Dear bro bloggers,
    Need help!
    Anyone out there able to access MT?
    The mirror site can’t be accessed!

    http://117.120.1.155/2008/

  62. #62 by tenaciousB on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:46 pm

    hey uncle lim, what r u guys doing, get the BN defectors quickly and take over the government, before badawi swindels all the peoples funds!!!!

  63. #63 by lew1328 on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:51 pm

    Greetings!

    Kasim said it was the “friendliest ever budget”, I says this is “Friendless ever budget”.

    All I wanted to add on is too bad, it shown that Malaysian in average are still living “Poor” because of poor governed by group of lamb AAB & his team.

    It looks like the only choice here is to change court and its players.

  64. #64 by k1980 on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:52 pm

    This is like saying “Those who eat less than RM30 of food per month will not be charged for the food.” Even beggars eat more than RM1 of food per day

  65. #65 by robert wong on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:54 pm

    Bodohwi is really bodoh, he had repeatedly publicly announced that sabah and sarawak will be allocated with extra 1 billion for development fund each, but now each of the state has to share only 1 billion. where is the other 1 billion ? who whallop the other 1 billion ? Your guess is as good as my guess

  66. #66 by pathfinder on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 10:55 pm

    Populist Budget my FOOT. Free electricity for those below RM20, Rumah ATTAP pun lebih oh!!Bodoh betul. AAB can’t even copy properly not to mention match khalid free water.

  67. #67 by dapsupporter8888 on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 11:00 pm

    I dismiss totally the saying that this is a budget our great PM fighting for his political life. There is no threat to his political life so why need to fight for it? – Kasim Amat.

    Yeah, you are right. But if there is no threat, then why do the BN MPs in East Msia need to sign & pledge their support for AAB? Why does the entire govt machinery shivering & running helter skelter the moment Anwar farts? Why were there calls from within Gerakan Perak, a member of the BN to pull out from BN? Why did SAPP President keep on criticising AAB’s policies & administration? Why did SAPP attempted to file a motion of no confidence against AAB? Why must AAB pass remarks about BN will continue to rule this country and critising opposition party creating havoc to the country? Who is creating havoc now? Who is mismanaging the country now?

    Please do not forget the second most important person behind this Budget, the great Mr Khairy Jamaluddinthe. From this, it also shows that the is a well qualified potential leader for Malaysia who cares for the people and who possess good management skills coupled with visions and foreights. – Kasim Amat.

    Dear Mr. UMNOPutra Kasim,

    Are you trying to show your “support” to UMNO yet being sarcastic? Yeah the “GREAT” Khairy Jamaluddin. He hasn’t proven how great he is yet. The only “greatest” thing that he has ever proved was to influence his FIL in the running of this country and getting 27 million people swearing at them every other day.

    With YOUR kind of mentality, I know what kind of members UMNO and BN has.

  68. #68 by Penang-boy on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 11:02 pm

    Abdullah can go to hell!!! What a load of crap and bull! What a waste of funds!

    They are using taxes, squeezed from our hard earned money to build on their racist platform…..I bet sooner or later, they will tell us that we will not be able to withdraw our savings from the EPF in one whole lump sum. The day when we can only withdraw a small sum a month over a 30 year period will surely come, mark my words, if the stupid BN remains in power. Once the bodoh fella and his family and the alleged murderer have raided enough from Petronas, that day will come.

    On anotther note….the nation is made up of 13 states, and 26 odd million people yet allocation for public transportation is entirely for Klang Valley? What about JB? Penang? KK? Kuching? Do we need for these cities to be jammed packed b4 we talk abt trains/trams/monorials etc? Preventon is better than cure.

  69. #69 by Penang-boy on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 11:13 pm

    Dear stupid, bodoh fella abdullah gong-kia,

    Can you please share with us the percentage of Malaysians who spends less than RM20 per month on electricity? If you really want to help these people, do you really think that by not charging them the RM20 will actually help them?

    If you can identify the people who fall under this bracket, don’t you think that the better way is to give them a hardcore poor allowance and assist them on (i) skills development/education (ii) housing (iii) healthcare etc. rather than givign them RM20? What can RM20 buy nowdays? 5 packets of rice with vege and chicken?

    Bodoh, you will never know how the “real” people in Malaysia feel since you, your family and your cronies are livign in castles in Australia and travelling in private jets and yachts aroudn the world you will never know the meaning of being poor. You keep on mixing with the rich, the corrupt and the ugly and i bet you to the last cent that you lose your Kepala Batas seat if an election is held tomorrow.

  70. #70 by robert wong on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 11:17 pm

    4 units x 40 watts light, 1 unit x 100 watts fan , 1 unit x 250 watts TV x 5 hours/day x 30 days usage = 100kwh = RM20 . Now, how many households in Malaysia are having this type of electricity usage ? My Indon worker kongsi certainly fit the bill.

  71. #71 by imranj78 on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 11:18 pm

    You guys are really cry babies. Rather then look at the bright side of things, you condemn even without thinking through. Free electricity with bills of less then RM20 goes a lot to ease the pain off the hardcore poor. I disagree that EVERYONE should be given this freebie. Do you think the rich and medium classes also deserve RM20 when they have air con etc in their houses when some people hardly have a fan?

    You guys are complaining that the budget is populist in nature. Well don’t blame AAB at least he is trying to keep the populist gestures targeted to those who need them. PR does populist moves (like free water for all) that benefit even those who do not deserve them i.e. the rich.

    To AAB, while your budget isn’t perfect, it is a good budget considering the circumstances. Just implement them properly especially the public transport portion.

  72. #72 by 9to5 on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 11:45 pm

    In a word, this 2009 Budget is not so much for the Rakyat but more for BN MPs!

    In a net oil exporting and resources rich (palm oil, rubber, manufactured products, abundance from the sea, etc) country we could easily afford to have a good expansionary budget, like this 2009 Budget (a record of RM208 billion), year after year if not for the leakages and wastages. It is an irony that only when UMNO is fighting for its political survival and in its death bed, will we ever see such goodies like this!

    If you look at the gist of the budget, two things stick out as a sore thumb –

    1. a colossal, record busting amount of RM154.2 billion allocated for government operational expenditure i.e. for rental, maintenance, stationery supplies, civil service wages etc. In just a short period of four to five years, government operational expenditure has increased by 91.5% or RM73.7 billion. Mind you, this is just for operation expenses consumed in 2009 alone with no further spin-offs and enduring benefits unlike expenditure incurred on infrastructure or building where the benefits are enduring for the life of the assets.

    This raises the question as to whether the Federal BN Government will be allocating these monies for its ministers and MPs to spend thereby providing a means for kick-backs to them. Year in year out, we have heard horror stories from the Auditor General Report that a screw driver costs over $500, a notebook costs over $7,000, filming a 3 minute tourism advertisement costs over $300,000, maintaining and repairing a Perdana car costs more than the car itself of over $130,000 inspite that it is still under the warranty period, etc.

    Now we know how the Government operating expenditure could increase by 91.5% over 4-5 short years and why an UMNOputra leader could afford to bust RM28 million in gambling debt in a luxurious London casino!

    2. Another mind bogging RM53.7 billion was allocated for development, the major part of it is in the BN controlled states like Iskandar Development Corridor in Johore and in Sabah and Sarawak. (Too bad for the guys in Selangor, Penang, Perak, Kedah and Kelantan!). Whether the Federal BN Government actually has that amount of money to spend is another question. Again, this raises the suspicion as to whether this BN Government will be allocating these huge sums of monies for its MPs to spend and providing a means for kick-backs to them.

    We all know that it is the unwritten reward and perks for being a BN MP. We all know about leakages and swiss bank accounts, properties in overseas prime area and lavish overseas spending!

    There is no prize for guessing that the purpose for the huge, record breaking budget deficit of 4.8% is to provide funds for the BN MPs for their political purposes and to secure the allegiance of these BN MPs and preventing them from hopping to the opposition.

    All these should be alright except that the money that they use for their own selfish purpose is from and belongs to the Rakyat jelata!

    And what does the Rakyat get? A miserable RM20 electricity exemption and even then you will only qualify if your house is barren of any electrical appliances and only if you switch on no more than 3 or 4 lights at night in the house!

    So this 2009 Budget is more a budget for the BN MPs!

  73. #73 by walao on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 11:49 pm

    * Effective Jan 1 2009, civil servants with a monthly household income of RM3,000 eligible for a subsidy of RM180 per month

    * For civil servants, tenure of new housing loans extended from 25 years to 30 years. They will also be provided housing loan facility for renovation works on houses not purchased through Government housing loan

    * A bonus of one-month salary, subject to a minimum of RM1,000 for 2008. The bonus will be paid in two instalments, namely in September and December 2008.

    * Government pensioners who had served at least 25 years upon retirement, will receive a pension of not less than RM720 per month, effective Jan 1 2009.

    ER….How many civil servants we got in Malaysia. Are they really productive in their works? Is this where our money go to??

  74. #74 by kerishamuddinitis on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:05 am

    [deleted] He needs to throw a lot more at the people for the truth to be revealed – like throwing out the RACIST strategy that UMNO is using to appeal to the Malays and honestly admitting that UMNO is taking Malays for fools just as they have always done for the last 50 years.

    Anyway, how can any effort be ‘populist’ from Mr Utterly STUPID when the price of petrol is raised by 40% which throws open the floodgates of price increases leading to a higher cost of living and pathetic attempts are now drawn from politically empty pockets to bribe Malaysians with paltry sums of handouts. Even the rojak man at the street corner where I live says, ‘…dia ingat kita bodoh-kah? Naik harga minyak 70sen, sekarang kurang balik 15sen! Dia ingat kita tahu kira-kah? Sial…’

    [deleted]

    WELCOME YAB DSAI – PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA MULAI 16 SEPT 2008! KITA RAKYAT MALAYSIA TANPA KIRA BANGSA SOKONG SEPENUHNYA!

  75. #75 by kerishamuddinitis on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:11 am

    apologies for the error ‘…Dia ingat kita tak tahu kira-kah. Sial…’

  76. #76 by FY Lim on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:13 am

    When the Selangor PR govt. introduce the first 20 m3 water to be free, there was a huge hue and cry that the PR govt is implementing a populist approach. Cries of ” membajir ” air etc.
    Will those NGO’s now cry ” membajir ” electricity ?

    What has AAB and his croonies say when they implement the first RM 20 free electricty ? If this is not populist , then what is it ?What a padan muka ! The BN knows how to follow the good governance by the PR govt and does not have ingenuity of their own.
    Even that for those using less than RM 20 of electricity and more
    ( RM 20.01 and more )you do not quallify. In the end , not even one rakyat will benefit but just to hoodwinked the people.

  77. #77 by Tulip Crescent on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:14 am

    As always, the trick is to draw a pie in the sky or an egg on the wall and convince the hungry to eat that.

    H.H. Christ, it looks like a runaway train chugging into …

  78. #78 by AsalUsuLMalaysiaHacked on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:17 am

    i agree with imran78…

    the implementation for the electricity bill already been approved to eased the very poor, even it goess to migrant i wouldn’t mind.

    But theres one thing bothers me, AAB had warn the media who plays important role “AS HE CLAIM” to sustained the country peace.

    In U.S today, Barack OBAMA was a “black” candidates campaigning for the next presidantial seats. The american are much fascism arrogant “white” as our BNputra in this country.

    But their arrogant didnt stop the media nor freedom of speech, they have given fair transperancy broadcast around the world.
    Yet Obama had full support from fellow white comrade in democrats party.

    Now, do we get the moral here? AAB anouncement was not just agains democracy but dictator showing their supremacy.

    We faught and shape this country hundreds of years ago, we are Nation in awhole, AAB Not withstanding commitment and promises, the incidence of corruption and bribery, favoritism and nepotism has increased unabated.

    The question is, “How long can this country last from this kinda Party leading our country”?

  79. #79 by chin on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:20 am

    Snoozy ! Thats a good word !
    Should make a damn doll out of this coming Christmas…will sell like hot cakes.
    Our snoozy should engage a well spoken fellow rather than announcing himself. I just wonder whats the feeling sitting directly opposite of DSAI. No hard feelings ! I guess that should live up the parliament, right !
    Cheers !

  80. #80 by chin on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:29 am

    FOC for less than RM20 electrical bill !
    Thats possible ! When you practise the followings :
    1) Spend RM40 monthly for candles
    2) Spend RM100++ for batteries
    3) Spend RM20K for solar generators
    4) Spend RM100 each monthly for new pairs of spectacle
    5) Spend nothing by living in the streets.

  81. #81 by yhsiew on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:47 am

    Abdullah’s populist budget comes at a price; world institutions will downgrade the country’s monetary ratings due to massive spending and rising deficits. Such downgrading will inevitably dampen investment sentiments and bring more woes to the Malaysian economy.

  82. #82 by Richardqed on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:50 am

    “You guys are really cry babies. Rather then look at the bright side of things, you condemn even without thinking through. Free electricity with bills of less then RM20 goes a lot to ease the pain off the hardcore poor. I disagree that EVERYONE should be given this freebie. Do you think the rich and medium classes also deserve RM20 when they have air con etc in their houses when some people hardly have a fan?” — imranj78

    Even the hardcore poor’s bill, would EXCEED RM20 la. No one is saying everyone wants the benefit (except the thieves want to you think that way). But it’s a blatant fact that this is just a gimmick that no one will benefit from. People must learn to be aware of such cheap tricks from the thieves.

  83. #83 by m.hwang on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:01 am

    It would be useful if our MPs can ask how many households will benefit from this RM20.

    Anyway this point is bothering me:
    If the Budget 2008 was supposed to reduce the deficit to 3.1% but the deficit was actually 4.8% for 2008 (That’s about 55% under estimated),

    then Budget 2009, with the highest allocation ever, is projected to incur a deficit of 3.6%. Assuming we underestimate the deficit like last year, what is the actual deficit gonna be like in 2009??

    A staggering 5.6%!!

  84. #84 by Malaysian Mummy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:08 am

    A SUMMARY OF BATUK BUDGET 2009 ANNOUNCED TODAY

    BANGSA MALAYSIA & KETUANAN MELAYU COMMENTED :-

    ” A BAD BATUK BUDGET 2009 IS TASTELESS, HOPELESS AND DOES NOT BENEFITS RAKYAT MALAYSIA, THE BUDGET ALLOCATIONS OF BILLIONS $$- MEGA PROJECTS HERE AND THERE ARE TO SATISFY THE ARROGANT, COCKY, GREEDY AND CORRUPT NAFSU ANAK ANAK KRONI KRONI AND ANAK MENANTU GILA POWER AND ANAK ANAK RACIST POLITIC ONLY. ”

    MERDEKA SLOGAN :- “UNITY TERAS KEJAYAAN ” – BUT PENANG UMNO DIVISION HEAD RAISED RACIST SLOGAN OF NON-MALAY SQUATTERS TO INSULT OTHER MALAYSIANS – DO BN MERDEKA SLOGAN WALK THE TALK IN COMING MERDEKA DAY ? MY FOOT !

  85. #85 by Elwin Heng on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:16 am

    PR : Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak, & Selangor.

    BN :Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu, Perlis, Pahang, Sabah, & Sarawak.

    The tabling of 2009 budget, RM580 millions -> Sabah, RM420 millions -> Sarawak, tens million -> Terengganu, & etc… How about other states, especially citizen of Johor, aren’t they being ignored by BN?

    Question to PM-cum-FM,
    Aren’t we still living in Malaysia, identity of warga-negara?

    Question to MPs (BN, MCA, Gerakan, MIC, & etc.) of Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Pahang,
    How are you going to explain to your voters upon these 2009 budget (without (or min.) RM budget?)?

    What is your answer, “BN government will continue to manage the economy responsibly (financial position and bequeath a percent of -4.8%)”?
    Isn’t it ridiculous, RM-million-billions wasted or money loses, irrespectively insulting “PR, on the other hand, continues to make populist claims?”!

    Pity to TUN M, you built;
    PM-cum-FM destroying it!

    Salute to TUN M, you earned;
    PM-cum-FM million-billions wasted!

    “It is a populist budget to deflect the growing popularity of Anwar.”

    Boycott?
    Objection!
    Disappointment!

    51th Merdeka, I prefer to spend time at home with my family, rather than going out to waste time and money!

    TQ.
    Warmest regards.

  86. #86 by Malaysian Mummy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:21 am

    Pak Bodowi think Malaysians are damn foolish, stupid and less educated to understand the facts and figures on how much electricity power required to value at RM20 usage per month. Even the electricity power usage in dog’s kennel house is more than RM20 per month.

    Malaysians are so unfortunate to have a`Minister of Finance cum PM with so low IQ and EQ?

    Free electricity freebies with bills of less then RM20 goes a lot to ease the pain off the hardcore poor. Even the hardcore poor’s bill, would EXCEED RM20 a month.

    The Free electricity of RM20 p.m. is a beggar gift to insult all Malaysians today.

    Bravo ! Voters of Permatang Pauh voted correctly and timely to remove BE END low IQ and EQ leaders today.

  87. #87 by xplora on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:42 am

    “Those who use less than RM20 of electricity per month will not be charged.” <- If BN really got intention to reduce public burden, they should give RM20 discount and not this. Even Kampung also about RM30 per month because they need to boil rice.

    * Excise duty specific on cigarettes increased by three sen from 15 sen per stick to 18 sen per stick. With this, the duty for a 20-stick pack of cigarettes is now increased by 60 sen. <- Good, we expect more thieves to snatches / pickpocket just because they want for more cigarettes.

    * The existing LRT system in the Klang Valley will be extended by 30km, that is 15km respectively, for Kelana Jaya and Ampang lines. Upon completion in 2011, the extensions are expected to benefit 2.6 million residents in the Subang Jaya-USJ and Kinrara-Puchong areas, compared with 1.9 million currently. <- Doesn’t this has been published to public long time ago and now it becomes new issue again?

    * Road tax will also be reduce to RM20 a year for all bus, taxi, car rental and limousine operators.
    – reduce toll charges by 50% for all buses, except at border entry points, namely Johor Causeway, Second Link and Bukit Kayu Hitam, for a period of two years, effective Sept 15 2008. <- Too late, bus operator has raised at least 30% more fare.

    * RM220mil is allocated in 2009 for the construction of police headquarters and stations nationwide. <- What’s the point of building more police HQ and stations nationwide if police failed to care the public?

    * For the period 2008 to 2010, a total of 22,800 constables and 3,000 inspectors will be recruited. In addition, the special incentive allowance for PDRM personnel will be increased from RM100 to RM200 monthly, effective Jan 1 2009. <- Please, Quality is better than Quantity.

    * Reduce import duties on various consumer durables from between 10% and 60% to between 5% and 30%. These include blender, rice cooker, microwave oven and electric kettle.
    *Full import duty exemption on several food items, which currently attract import duties of between 2% and 20%. These include vermicelli, biscuits, fruit juices and canned sweet corn. <- <- I feel sad for those local company who produce these stuff because public always prefers imported than local made.

  88. #88 by parajurit sarawak on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:55 am

    Mr Lim,
    I must admit I am not a good writer, but I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the so call popularist budget. As a retired soldier, I was also expecting some goodies for my pensioner comrade and also for the single mother of the deceased comrade who is struggling to feed their children. On the other hand, I have wasted my time listening to the budget.. very boring..only benefited the serving personel.

    But I must thank Pak Lah for providing first RM 20 free electricty because in my long house each of us only have one flouresent lamp and a small colour tv operated by a private operator (generator set) from our long house. The free RM 20 electricity for the poor is baseless. Does not make any sense as long as the electrical infrustructure untill now does not reach our long house.
    This is just a very very cheap propaganda, after midnight we all resort to kerosine lamp.

    Apai is considered lucky to enjoy free electricity when staying in military barrack while in service. Now retired, Apai feel like living in the 50’s before Merdeka.

    Apai

  89. #89 by gofortruth on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:01 am

    Who is creating havoc in the country?

    BN has mindlesssly up the petrol price by 41% all of a sudden that has directly pushed up inflation to decades high – this is national economic HAVOC and who knows the full extend of the negative impacts that 27 millions of Malaysians will now have to suffer???

    Who can be so irresponsible????

  90. #90 by trublumsian on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:35 am

    kasim kiss-my-S amat

    the budget is merely a paper w/ printed text n numbers on it. anyone can do it n more can do it better. every budget from sorry asss umno is the same. some nice words, but few concrete action outlined. it’s a feel good document, but at the end of the day, nothing is done, until the next budget document n the feel good happens again for 5 minutes.

  91. #91 by undergrad2 on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 3:56 am

    “Assuming we underestimate the deficit like last year, what is the actual deficit gonna be like in 2009?? A staggering 5.6%!!” m.hwang

    That’s right! It is all about how the deficit is going to be financed. If it is going to be financed by a massive increase in borrowing, then we would be burdening the next generation. You’re mortgaging your children’s future!

    And for what reason? To make sure these corrupt leaders stay in office. It would be easier and cheaper to just dump them!

  92. #92 by monsterball on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 5:30 am

    He said he will not allow crossovers.
    Does this mean Dollah intends to control freedom of movements…besides no freedom of speeches?
    Ah well..talk is cheap…especially from Dollah.
    Only way…is for him to plan Emergency rule….and we can then… join Vietnam and Cambodia.

  93. #93 by trublumsian on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 6:20 am

    so what is aab going to do if people cross over? he’s asking people to sign loyalty pledges.
    WHAT?? ? seriously? that is UNbelievable. who does that?? and what happens if people breaks he pledge?

    http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/8/29/nation/20080829130533&sec=nation

  94. #94 by trublumsian on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 6:27 am

    no surprise (umno not included) in panel’s finding in the 1988 judicial scandal. the 5-man panel (3 foreigners) found the sacking of justices in 1988 were not legal n were not ethical. the justices were systematically removed because they were upholding separation of powers for the sake of government integrity. who was the mastermind? dr. mastermind himself!

  95. #96 by bolehlandor on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 7:16 am

    YB KIT

    I respectfully disagree with your view that Bodohwi is fighting for his political life when presenting the nonsensical 2009 budget. No, Sir. His political life was already over when he abdicated his power to KJ on the fourth floor.

    Obviously Oxford is not so good as compared to IV league Unis. Since all he wants is to SLEEP and DOZE that is not a wrong decision except that he misread his sil’s intentions. So rakyat in Bolehland has to suffer,

  96. #97 by k1980 on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 7:41 am

    Budget 2010 ( If Dollah’s still Finance Minister)
    “Those who use less than RM1 of water per month will not be charged.”

  97. #98 by max2811 on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 8:13 am

    My electric bill went up from RM80 plus to touch RM100. My petrol bill for my wife’s car and mine, up from RM500 pm to RM700 plus. Everything is up except my pay!

    What is worse than the present Gov? If there were no corruption and wastage in the BN/UMNO gov machinery, none of these would have happened.

    The wastage/corruption in the last 2 years can fund half the 2009 budget. I acccept any anyone/anything but UMNO to rule Msia.

  98. #99 by max2811 on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 8:17 am

    I think he added another RM10 billion as pocket money to UMNO ppl.

  99. #100 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 8:55 am

    There is no doubt this budget is an attempt being populist but except for civil servants, I think it fall significantly short for just about everyone. Every hand out does not translate to much even for those in Sabah and Sarawak which it tried hard to do.

    It reflects his administration for the last 5 years. Without vision, without courage, battling political fires all the time, hesitant on his initiatives. In the end, any goodwill generated will evaporate quickly with EVERYONE!!!

    He is fixated on Sept 16 as the supporters of PR are. He and every top BN leader is saying they do not believe it but he is doing all he can as if its impending. Its a tragic comedy!!!

  100. #101 by yhsiew on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 9:10 am

    I don’t see any real effort and strategies taken by the government in the budget to curb inflation, render the economy more competitive and promote foreign investments. There are important issues which affect the nation’s survival. The entire budget merely centered on giving goodies to the rakyat! Obviously Abdullah is desperate to save his party.

  101. #102 by lew1328 on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 9:11 am

    Greetings!

    The poor long house story mentioned by “Parajurit Sarawak” was reflected the actual situation happenings in Sabah & Sarawak today. This is unknown story or story behind hiding from many of us from west Malaysia. I feel sorry to say that. You have creates the awareness once again, good job.

    It looks like the east Malaysia MP’s care more on their pocket/project more than the poor rakyat a group whose considers chickabiddy.

  102. #103 by Hidup Pakatan Rakyat on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 9:40 am

    Thanks for Pakatan Rakyat, Thanks to DAP, PKR, PAS who have helped people to voice out all the concerns, 2009 budget
    – as usual always please the public servants..
    – why only this round more fund channel to Sabah/Sarawak, the fund is needed 46 years and after 308 tsunami politik
    – RM20 electricity waive… what a lame

    blah-blah blah….

    Bravo again to Pakatan Rakyat….we need you to help people to voice out more …..

    btw….all of us are Rakyat Malaysia who gain are indeed defined as Malaysian, not this tom, dick or harry simply talk nonsense…..

  103. #104 by jw on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 9:46 am

    To access use the address http://mt.m2day.org/ You can check the site status at http://m2day.org/ or google for “Malaysia Today”.

  104. #105 by HJ Angus on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 9:50 am

    I think major allocations have been given to Sabah and Sabah as poverty is still widespread; reflecting the neglect of both the state and federal governments over many years.

    Of course the large influx of illegals who have now become citizens compounds the problem.

    http://malaysiawatch3.blogspot.com/2008/08/nothing-much-to-shout-about-but-some.html

  105. #106 by Navinda on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 9:53 am

    The idiot we have for a prime minister, does he not think when he makes statements. A quick glance at the budget (I am no expert) tells me that he is trying to make amends for his idiotic mistake of raising petrol price by a hefty 40% and causing unprecedented inflation in spite of the global trend. You can bet that the so called assistance is not going to bring relief to the needy, but cause further inflationary trends. Happens each time civil servants get a pay rise or other perks.

  106. #107 by cheng on on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:21 am

    The RM20 rebate in monthly elect. bill is a no brainer, better give 40% discount to all who use less than RM50 elect. per month.
    Big damages already done by the 78 sen increase in petrol, no way to bring back to cost of living situation before 4 Jun 2008

  107. #108 by La Pax on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:26 am

    shiver Says:
    who in malaysia uses less than RM20 a month in their eletrical bills?
    and even so, who would dare to live by candle light to save RM20?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Giving you something you don’t need. Is this called blessings to malaysians? It doesn’t make sense at all. The planning is not creative but very passive…how about rebate $20? And they block MT again.

  108. #109 by pulau_sibu on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:28 am

    http://ranking.heeact.edu.tw/
    another world ranking.
    1-500 boleh universities not seen. by country, we don’t find boleh.

  109. #110 by Penang-boy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:30 am

    Having an idiot running the show and dogs (MCA, MIC, Gerakan and all those component parties) running around waiting for scraps to be thrown to them (instead of taking care of the interest of the people) is a recipe for failure.

    Here in Malaysia, the worst case of all scenarios “the master-slave” relationship will result in utter failure of the country should this be left uncontrolled. We need to be vigilant, and to ensure that the extremely corrupt government is kicked out of office.

    We must say no to these “hand-outs” which would not only bankrupt our country’s coffers, but would also transfer billions into the pockets of the monkeys (UMNO politicians). This budget reflects the worst colours of the UMNO-led BN. They have shon their true colours and it is time we reject them. My plead to all PR MPs, please vote against this budget. We don’t need all these hand-outs, at a time when more investments should be on building up human capital, healthcare, helping the poor, trying to attract investments etc, not giving billions to the 1.2m civil servants (1.2m odd to service 26m Malaysian?????? Do we really have that many? If so, why do we have to queue for hours to get things done in Govt dept which are usually under-staffed? We don’t have enough teachers in schools. They can’t be in the army, coz we would have one of the biggest army in the world……so where did the govt hide the 1.2m people then????)

    The day when the UMNO-led BN is kicked out, will there be an opportunity for us as a nation.

  110. #111 by kglim on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:30 am

    Someone out that please help. RPK’s site blocked again. Anyone know the new URL?

  111. #112 by js on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:31 am

    By the way, does DSAI really need to fix the 16/9 for taking over the government? Can it be done before his hearing taken place? We really cannot wait liao….

  112. #113 by alancheah on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:33 am

    I could not believe that Pak Lah took such a chance in
    the last part of his speech in delivering political-related
    messages!

    Pak Lah, this is Budget Speech, an important
    Budget Speech relating to all rakyat’s life. I was
    listening to you in delivering Budget related speech,
    but out of sudden at the end of your speech, you talked
    about politcal issues. How can you bring in political topic
    to Budget Speech?

    Truely fed up!!!

  113. #114 by Godfather on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:47 am

    These guys are so out of touch with reality it is simply unbelievable. That’s what 30 years of abuse and neglect have done to this country – a bunch of incompetents who try so hard to hang on to power, but does not even have the basic skills to help improve our lives.

    We recognise that Pak Bodoh is what he is, but then what about the rest of the Treasury team ? Nor Mohamed may be a maverick, but about about the DG downwards ? No brains to craft something that is truly workable for the poor on utilities and transportation ?

    We don’t need a budget to tell us what is wrong with our country. The fact that the poor and needy could have been helped with the proper implementation of the NEP is a damning indictment of the failed implementation of BN policies.

  114. #115 by Penang-boy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:54 am

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  115. #116 by yhsiew on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 11:05 am

    MalaysiaToday son’s site is blocked. Here is the latest site for MalaysiaToday:

    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/

  116. #117 by penang308 on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 11:05 am

    They said this is the “BIGGEST BUDGET EVER”!

    Thet question is, “WHY THE BIGGEST BUDGET!” when he is going to retire in 2 years time?

    I guess the answer is “TOO SAPU AS MUCH AS POSSIBEL B4 RETIRING”.

  117. #118 by MyFoot on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 11:28 am

    AAB don’t know what he is doing. Just trying to survive.

  118. #119 by lew1328 on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 11:39 am

    Greetings!

    I think out of all, our “Legal Street Gangster” who got 5.4 billions must be damned happy at this moment. Cheers… Rusa

  119. #120 by KennyGan on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 11:44 am

    Free electricity for RM20 usage or less is an insult to the rakyat. A small fridge (100W) running 24 hrs a day uses:

    0.1kW x 24 hrs x 30 days =72 kWH
    Cost per month = 72 KWH x RM0.30 = RM21.60

    Poorah!

  120. #121 by noohceekeel on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 11:55 am

    i wonder did the sleepyhead pass his math during schoolday…
    rm54bil for developement exp, guess >40% will flow into their pocket, n his son-in-law need to make a bigger pocket for his shirt n pants..obviously the budjet is not relevant..why don’t use the budjet for free electricity below rm20 to invest more in public transportation..i feel sick using the LRT n KTM..and use the budjet to improve the quality of road..bump n hole here n there along the journey..

  121. #122 by oknyua on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:06 pm

    To parajurit Sarawak,

    Each time the white-hair man make a statement, applauses could be heard from ALL IBAN MPs and ADUNs. The mighty Jabu called him “yang di Sayangi, Yang di Sanjungi.” When timber company Samling gave SALT to burnt Punan longhouse lat week, NO Iban, Kayan Kelabit MP, ADUN and minister said a word. Only two Chinese said something it was improper.

    Parajurit, use your logistic knowledge to register all friends as supporters of DAP or PKR. Contact the nearest DAP office. Start small and collect all dissatisfactions and record them. Retrieve them when election time comes. Play it quietly less white-hair man “balas dendam.”

    I spent one week in E Malaysia 2 weeks ago. There are dissatisfactions, but would that translate into votes during election time? To ascertain this, register all friends with DAP, okay.

  122. #123 by smashchye on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:26 pm

    let me tel u guys that actually he does not have a slightest interest in giving the goodies to the public. but despite anwar’s winning in pp seat, he has to give the goodies he saved for himself to public because he is scared that anwar really can take over the government this september. well, regardless of what he said that anwar’s winning means nothing, it actually means A LOT to him because from wat anwar said, pm was nervous while presenting the budget because he was scared and feel sorry for letting the goodies slip from his hand…pity pm.. he can save alot by not giving the bonus and others out but wat to do… hev to save his career first.. if not MALU looooooooooooooooooooo…and ending his budget presentation, sempat lagi he criticize the opposition and the MONKEYS of his did not lose any time but to agree alot with him and this is the time to bodek him.. look and listen to the way he talked and all the sudden the MONKEYS cannot control their bodekness..haha so fani

  123. #124 by parajurit sarawak on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:47 pm

    Mr Lim

    Thank you (lew1328). You understand how we survive in the long house which was built before Sarawak joining Malaysia.

    To continue with my comments, I must say here that the only person in our long house who receive free electricity from the “private operator” is the Tuai Rumah (head man). He laughed at me when I mentioned that the government is giving RM20 free electricity for every door in our long house.

    You know why Mr Lim, we were always promised by the politician in every election that we will be provided with Electricity supply.

    Until now, it is just a dream.
    Apai used to the life with no electricity in the jungle operations area in the name of fighting for peace for our country. So AAB, just keep your RM20 electricity for your next year populist budget. Even the Tuai Rumah (head man) refused to accept your so called goodies. Pointless..

    So, just leave us alone, let us continue with our living like before Merdeka (Fair Land Sarawak). Continue to increase the budget for the “White Hair (replacing White Rajah)” and family so as to get his fullest support for you.

    Apai continue dreaming……..with moon light…

    Apai

  124. #125 by swipenter on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:48 pm

    Yesteryear RM50 can buy u something , now RM100 cant buy u much. Friendly budget? Try a simple experiment. Change a RM100 note into demonination of RM5,RM10 and RM50 notes and see how fast your RM100 disappears and what it can buy you. We want a budget that is investment and biz friendly that can create jobs, anti inflationary and making our country competitive and not giving handouts to make the govt look good . Trying to spend to get out of the ecomonic stagflation with your impressive budget figures?

  125. #126 by k1980 on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 12:54 pm

    This is very much like the village bully extorting 30 sen from every kid who passes by his house, and then returning 5 sen to each of the kids when their parents confront him

  126. #127 by cheng on on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:08 pm

    To get the RM20, rebate, let’s see, at 21.8 sen / kwh
    20*100/21.8 = 91.7 kwh per month,
    91.7/30.42 = 3 kwh per day.
    so, no fridge, no aircond, no ironing, no washing mc, no cooker, no kettle, no oven, etc
    those who wan this saving, ensure yr elect mtr read less than 3kwh per day, read everyday! maybe candlelight dinner every evening!

  127. #128 by m.hwang on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:35 pm

    ‘undergrad2 Says:

    Today at 03: 56.52 (9 hours ago)
    “Assuming we underestimate the deficit like last year, what is the actual deficit gonna be like in 2009?? A staggering 5.6%!!” m.hwang

    That’s right! It is all about how the deficit is going to be financed. If it is going to be financed by a massive increase in borrowing, then we would be burdening the next generation. You’re mortgaging your children’s future!

    And for what reason? To make sure these corrupt leaders stay in office. It would be easier and cheaper to just dump them!’

    Spot on. And the bigger one’s deficit, the lower the ratings. That means borrowing at a higher cost. It’s just like getting a personal loan to finance your house. The better your record e.g. prompt repayment, low gearing etc. will ensure that you get the best interest rates. Otherwise you pay through your nose.

    The only way out is to introduce policies that can increase our income e.g.aggresive and sound incentives to encourage foreign investment.

    Recently a prominent figure in Petronas has warned the government that unless we reduce our dependancy on oil we are going to be in trouble in as a few years time. He also lamented that so much has been spent and policies bent on improving the manufacturing sector to the detriment of the rest of the nation and yet we have so little to show for it.

    Question: Do you see anything that will attract foreign investments in Budget 2009? Has Muhyiddin done anything to ensure that we increase foreign investment 6 months on? Is our government so engrossed in politicking and ensuring their own political survival that the country is on auto pilot mode to destruction?

  128. #129 by cheng on on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:52 pm

    To finance deficit??
    a). More borrowing–next generation suffer
    b). Increase taxes,–rakyat suffer now.
    c). Print more banknote–inflation, RM purchase power erode.

  129. #130 by cheng on on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:54 pm

    Finance deficit?
    Issue bonds = borrowing too !

  130. #131 by cheng on on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 1:57 pm

    As long as bn continue its present styles, policies, not many ppl (local & foreign) will seriously invest big time in Msia

  131. #132 by parameswara on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:00 pm

    imranj78 Says:

    “You guys are really cry babies. Rather then look at the bright side of things, you condemn even without thinking through. Free electricity with bills of less then RM20 goes a lot to ease the pain off the hardcore poor.”

    =============================

    hardcore poors may not even have electricity in their homes.

  132. #133 by m.hwang on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:10 pm

    The government should let us know how many households will benefit from this. I have not come across anyone whose bill is less than 20 thus far. Does anybody know of anyone who does?

  133. #134 by ReformMalaysia on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:18 pm

    Among the ‘candies ‘ offered by ‘kerajaan prihatin’ of Pak Lah in Budget 09 are reduction of import duties on microwave ovens, rice cooker, blender and electric kettle.

    The problem is are the people buy these items every month?

    Most people only buy these items once in 5-7 years!

  134. #135 by Anak Msia on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:21 pm

    inflation is in its highest, stock market dip to lowest, price of everything is up but my bank balance is in it lowest, i wonder the budget will help me as i am not civil servant.

  135. #136 by yhsiew on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:24 pm

    During the budget speech, Abdullah said in English: “We need to get on with the business of governing and not waste any more time with opportunistic threats to seize the people’s mandate through undemocratic means.”

    Abdullah please remember that the present government was never elected through democratic means. Don’t forget how your MPs were helped by postal votes, phantom voters, vote-buying, controlling the main stream media and a biased EC. It is only natural that an undemocratic government be rendered democratic by more noble political parties such as PR.

  136. #137 by ReformMalaysia on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:42 pm

    ‘If your electricity usage not more than RM20, the bill would be free’.

    Soon the government would increase the electricity tariff …..

    so the government don’t even need to shoulder this small subsidy anymore, because none would have electricity bill below RM20

  137. #138 by boilingmad on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:46 pm

    Ahhh, free electricity for those spending RM20 or less a month means more money for AAB and his cronies’ pockets.

    Yeah, this free electricity really got my toes laughing!!

  138. #139 by toyolbuster on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:47 pm

    Why inflict upon the Rakyat with the greatest hardship in Malaysian history and then try to pacify with a meaningless effort to lighten the burden of all who have been suffering tremendously, even with many suicide cases being reported daily as a direct effect.

  139. #140 by La Pax on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:49 pm

    what’s the difference between badawi and shabbery? almost the same. It’s better don’t including this in the budget “Those who use less than RM20 of electricity per month will not be charged.”
    Pls don’t keep squeeze..sqeece..sqeezing us to use less than 20 electricity..like going back to the jungle.

  140. #141 by yhsiew on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 2:54 pm

    Malaysia unveils expansionary budget, deficit shocks – YAHOO ASIA NEWS:

    Spending would push the budget deficit to 3.6 percent of gross domestic product in 2009 and 4.8 percent this year, way above the government’s earlier targets — a move that is likely to hit the ringgit currency and bond yields.

    “The 4.8 percent fiscal deficit is a whopper,” said Suresh Kumar Ramanathan, head of currency and rates strategy at CIMB Investment Bank. “Large and clearly to exert pressure on the ringgit.”

  141. #142 by citizenwatch on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 3:16 pm

    PM believes that if not for Thomas Edison’s invention of the electric bulb, his people would have prepared the 2009 Budget on the personal computers by candlelight. Hence, the tribute of use of less than RM20 free electricity reminiscent of Edison’s era in usage.

  142. #143 by akarmalaysian on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 3:42 pm

    to be honest i dun care a damn how this budget sounds like.it benefits no one but the greedy people fr umno itself.a whopping 200 over billion budget.my……how much more do u think they will korek again fr thr.and for this brainless pm of ours……pls tell him to teach us how to spend less than 20 ringgit electricity in a mth.who is he trying to kid.i told u most of these leaders dun even knw wat they are talking abt each time they open up their mouth.i dun believe in stupid people.but this pm of ours is just proof that he is really plain stupid or a plain useless bird brain.if he can really show us how to spend 20 ringgit of electricity in a mth i will hv my sss bent down for anyone to cucuk instead of saifuls but i wont be able to swear on the quran cos i am not a muslim.

  143. #144 by StevePCH on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 3:46 pm

    RM 20 free electricity not good enough kah !!!

    Ok, LAH … Later will be free phone bill if usage less than RM 3 telephone bill , free NS “sex education”, free wheelies “RempIt”, Free PDRM water cannons for peaceful demo , Free stay in Kamunting/Sg Buloh, Free flood water, Free internet blockade, free useless leaders, free nearly useless healthcare , free UiTM from non Malays, free conspiracies , freely increase fuel prices , free toll plazas.

    It’s all in the budget, just that you can’t see it.

    Stop complaining guys … so many things oredi free, only we don’t have true FREEdom from BeEnd yet.

  144. #145 by taiking on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 3:59 pm

    What about the budget?

    Oh its good.
    Its the best ever.
    The poor people will be cheering away.
    The business people too.
    It will help the economy.
    It is a caring budget.
    Good for the future.
    etc etc etc

    See I could roll all of these out of my tongue without any trouble.
    And I hv not even seen or heard anything about the budget yet.
    Its like faking an orgasm – all those who praise the budget.
    And it isnt hard to do at all.

  145. #146 by The Enforcer on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 4:00 pm

    Thanks bro MrSmith, solcroft and devilmaster for the info. to MT.
    Hope it’s not too late thanking all my bros on the blog who are so helpful and speedy in response.
    Just got back, slogging to make ends meet. Only now have the time for my bros, uncle Lim and RPK.

  146. #147 by Timmy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 4:01 pm

    Have to serve 25 long..long .years only to get pension rm 720, silly!

  147. #148 by Timmy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 4:05 pm

    hopefully klse will start to bull from NOW! ITS 50-50 maybe…..

  148. #149 by akarmalaysian on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 4:21 pm

    ok…i am too free today.lets see in order to hv no charges on my electricity bill…

    1. use candles for lighting?
    2. charcoal for cooking?
    3. go waterfall for bathing?
    4. plant vegetables in my room?
    5. borrow newspaper fr neighbours?
    6. go kopi tiam or mamak stall to watch astro?
    7. ask my children to walk to school?
    8. ask my family to sh*t in the longkang and use old newspaper to
    chebok?
    9. no more kotex for my wife.must ask her to use toilet rolls or old
    newspaper?
    10. using candles also must be limited at nite for my childrens
    school revision?
    11. make a point i will kayuh basikal to work?(save petrol)
    12. buy ice to keep fish and meat and put them in ice box?
    13. ask my in laws to sit under the lamp post in order to hv dinner?
    14. use iron that put charcoal to iron baju?
    15. in order to save everything…maybe rear chickens or pigs in my
    room?

    so….if this deek head pm is thinking and asking the people to save fr his 200 over billion budget…pls ask him to do this as our fine example leader first before he utter another rubbish fr his mouth.

  149. #150 by Timmy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 4:27 pm

    i hope klse will bull if it can rise above 1101 in a few days. But can it maintain the trend?i think only for very short period!

  150. #151 by citizenwatch on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 5:05 pm

    Scribbling on the wall:

    “The sad thing is we see less bull at the stockmarket than in the govt”

  151. #152 by Timmy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 5:17 pm

  152. #153 by Dr.Ken on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 5:44 pm

    Timmy ,

    I agree with u that our Hospital is a gateway to Death , not a Healing Place> Shortage of Good Medicine & Doctors & Poor management contribute to this. The World Laugh at us for a Free electric for those who use less than RM 20 a month.What a joke ?

    Why a PM is also a Finance Minister ? what about his Salary ? Does he get pay as PM and also as a Finance minister too ?

  153. #154 by Timmy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 5:50 pm

    For eg, waiting queue for brain surgery!is it only a matter of Shortage of Good Medicine & Doctors & Poor management ?Need another operation threatre? Where is the BUDGET?? Come on, PM!You haven’t seen it with your eyes, i bet!!

  154. #155 by La Pax on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 6:09 pm

    The more title he(PM) carries the more salary he’ll get.

  155. #156 by IloveDAPforever on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 6:10 pm

    The budget is a load of rubbish, nothing to cheer about for the average income people.

    Thought sleepyhead Bodohwi would have at least come up with better reduced personal taxes to take the load off the rakyat’s shoulders in coping with the increase in cost of living resulting in the hike in fuel. Flipflop again did not keep his promise in addressing this issue.

    Big chunk goes to welfare to help the needy, but the question is does it actually reach the hardcore poor or as usual get hijacked along the way. Welfare minister Ng Yen Yen should be transparent and accountable on the distributions. But I doubt she will, judging from her $200 handouts to the elderly at PP definitely the money will end up elsewhere.

    No relief in sight & more suffering in store for the rakyat. To end our sufferings, we have to put to an end the whole batallion of arrogant BeEnd idiots. Only Pakatan can help us now!

  156. #157 by IloveDAPforever on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 6:14 pm

    increase in cost of living should read .. resulting from (not in) the hike in fuel.

  157. #158 by Timmy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 6:17 pm

    i salute him if he fund in another op room in hkl !!! Life of patient is overlooked! poor guy, us.

  158. #159 by Timmy on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 6:21 pm

    what is there to cheers, and hold on to the pm post??The God must be blind.

  159. #160 by Godfather on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 8:39 pm

    Yes, Badawi gets 2 allowances as PM and Finance Minister. He gets 2 different cars, two private secretaries and, basically, 2 of everything else including 2 offices, 2 separate entertainment allowances.

    I don’t think he is holding 2 positions just to double his perks. He is holding 2 positions to double the level of influence in awarding goodies to his cronies and relatives.

  160. #161 by aquaimplotec on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 9:20 pm

    A few quick and effective ways to help yourselves instead of waiting for AAB to help you via the budget. The BUDGET is as is meaning what Khairy’s BUDdies GET for 2009.

    Save your money:-
    Don’t pay your income tax.
    Don’t pay for road tax
    Don’t pay your land assessment and quit rent.
    Don’t pay for fines.
    Don’t pay for municipal parking.
    Businesses:-
    Don’t pay over to the Customs Department the service tax, government tax. The Bandaraya Signboard licence, whatever licence. IRB Monthly tax deductions whatever.

    Lets ALL in Malaysia do this starting from tommorrow and continue for a period of two months or until ABDULLAH BADAWI steps down!!!!!

    STOP THE CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT MACHINERY FROM OPERATING!

  161. #162 by ktteokt on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 9:57 pm

    An ordinary secondary school student would have been able to formulate and present such a stupid budget!!!!

  162. #163 by undergrad2 on Sunday, 31 August 2008 - 12:03 am

    “I don’t think he is holding 2 positions …” Godfather

    How many positions do you want Bad*S to hold?? There are some 169 positions in the Kamastura! You’d have to be an Olympics gymnast to try all.

  163. #164 by takazawa on Sunday, 31 August 2008 - 12:46 am

    What ktteokt said reminds me of a Star World TV program on Astro every Wednesday called “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?”. As for that retard, I dare say everyone would agree with me that he’s not even smarter than a pre-school grader who is not even 1st grade!

    I believe he must be thinking that RM20 of electricity bill a month is a great deal to save for every Malaysian except for his relatives and cronies. He thinks we are like some school kids who get easily pacified just by giving us some cheap skate chocolates and candy bars.

    I still remember that even my monthly pocket money as a primary school kid 15 years ago was even more than that pathetic RM20 a month lah. I was only given a meagre 2 bucks daily for my meal allowance including drinks and even managed to come back with some change for my savings, and that monthly saving was already more than 20 bucks! So why do we need to save that pathetic 20 bucks when even a student like me could afford it? Not that I come from a well to do family or what, just that the idea of saving that pathetic 20 bucks is too ridiculous that even a beggar would feel insulted by this “freebie” proposed. This is just to say that 20 bucks nowadays is just like a drop in the ocean.

    He could have saved his sorry ‘S’ by proposing things like, annual road tax waiver, lowering of toll rates, reducing the land assessment fee, free water supply regardless of usage, 5% GST waiver, free parking on government parking bays, free driver’s license renewal, and not to mention fuel and gas prices.

  164. #165 by takazawa on Sunday, 31 August 2008 - 1:07 am

    Further to what aquaimplotec said, ever since I got my new car 2 years ago, I have not settled a single summon after having collected a total of 25 summonses! Not that I liked parking indiscrimately, just that I did not have a choice because all the parking bays were fully occupied and so I had to park by the roadside. Heck, there was no line drawn along the road but boy, I got slapped with a fine. Initially, I felt so guilty about it but when I asked my friend how he dealt with it, he said, “don’t care lah, no need to settle also nevermind one cuz they won’t dare to sue you one. When I received a few summonses, I even burnt them in front of the MBPJ office!” So after hearing this, I told myself that I need not give a damn about parking offences anymore. After all, life is already tough enough living in this country run by those draculas who constantly squeeze and suck every drop of blood out of us.

  165. #166 by takazawa on Sunday, 31 August 2008 - 2:53 am

    If Budget 2008 was known as an election budget, then what is Budget 2009 known as? Erection budget? It sounds parallel to 2007 Tahun Melawat Malaysia and 2008 Tahun Meliwat Malaysia. What about Tahun 2009? Tahun Melawak Malaysia? Meaning, 2009 year of making Malaysia a laughing stock.

  166. #167 by undergrad2 on Sunday, 31 August 2008 - 3:29 am

    …oooops ‘kamasutra’

  167. #168 by mamatsamad on Sunday, 31 August 2008 - 8:41 am

    Public safety gets RM5.4bil and schools/Varsities gets RM150 mil !!! I think the Gov should really look into better benefits for the schools/Varsities. Can we get RM1 bil from the safety budget and give it to school budget. Where is our free education ?

  168. #169 by undergrad2 on Sunday, 31 August 2008 - 8:53 am

    takazawa Says:

    Today at 02: 53.46 (5 hours ago)
    If Budget 2008 was known as an election budget, then what is Budget 2009 known as? Erection budget?”

    Yes, that’s right the Japanese cannot pronounce ‘election’ but instead pronounce it as ‘erection’. Whereas the Chinese pronounce ‘erection’ as ‘election’. So you need to erect in order to elect – or is it the other way round??

  169. #170 by aquaimplotec on Sunday, 31 August 2008 - 1:39 pm

    Looks like aab has bequeathed himself and his cronies a hefty pension of RM200,000,000,000.

    Surprising thing is that I don’t see anyone objecting to this!!!!

  170. #171 by ktteokt on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 8:52 am

    takazawa, do not expect AAB to cut all those things mentioned by you otherwise he will be offending a lot of UMNOPUTRAS and cronies and soon lose all support. As it is, he is already losing support of the rakyat, and if he lose his UMNOPUTRAS and cronies, he will be seen packing up to balik kampong in Kepala Batas which is so close to Permatang Pauh that maybe he will be attacked by “rotten eggs” thrown from PP to KB!

  171. #172 by bclee on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 1:23 pm

    when out income are 160B but spent 207B,how long can we live,this is the 12th times deficit account man.
    comodities price start to slip now but our oil price still rocket high.
    when the goverement want to increase the petrol price today announce tommorow immedialy up but international crude oil drop we need to wait 1 month to studies in order to drop the petrol price,what u mean follow current market price?

  172. #173 by yhsiew on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 8:53 pm

    Bloomberg reported Friday (29 August 08) that the widening budget deficit, caused by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s tax cuts and spending boosts to fend off the opposition’s move to take over the country, is putting its credit rating and currency at risk. Inflation spiked to 8.5 percent in July, a 26-year high.

  173. #174 by boh-liao on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 9:59 pm

    Grab a copy of the Auditor-General’s Report for 2007, read the many horror stories of how government/tax payers’ money was callously spent or siphoned off, and then we will shudder to think how the billions allocated under the 2009 budget will be siphoned off very quickly by Umnoputras and their cronies before the fall of the present Federal Government! Kaya raya time again for the connected few!

  174. #175 by cheng on on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 - 12:36 am

    If do some maths, a family of 4, pay how much (average) for budget of RM 206 bil,
    4 X (206 bil/ 27 mil) = 30,500, wow , RM30,500 per year , i.e. more than average annual pay of a fresh graduate.

  175. #176 by PHUAKL on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 - 7:53 am

    Dear YB Lim

    This reinforces my belief in the power of
    popular democracy!

    Phua Kai Lit

  176. #177 by guguweng on Wednesday, 3 September 2008 - 12:46 pm

    bodowi want to gain popularity! but he denied, U all believe him ah?

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