Not a penny more, BN

— CL Tang
The Malaysian Insider
Feb 15, 2012

FEB 15 — After handing out one-off payments of RM500 to the poor, the government turns around and is now asking for a handout from the taxpayers, under the guise of paying for an improved healthcare system.

The people must now realise that this is a government that has neither the vision nor the will to move Malaysia forward in the global marketplace. After a lousy victory in 2008 general elections, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government has virtually been on a re-election campaign mode since, devising short-term populist agendas such as KR1M, BR1M, etc., none of which addresses the current malaise the country is facing — stagnant wages in the face of rising costs in the midst of a long-drawn out, slow global growth.

As it stretched out is left hand to hand out cash to poor households, its right hand is dipping into the pockets of ordinary Malaysians to fund its lavish spending and greedy cronies.

This is a government that, after half a century in power, actually praises itself as a “caring” government as it hands out a pittance to poor Malaysians, when it should be ashamed that for a country so blessed with natural resources and talent, we still have three-quarters of households with monthly incomes below RM3,000.

This is the same government that that forked out RM80 million to a foreign media outfit to boost its credentials, and the result was an embarrassing worldwide public relations disaster for Malaysia.

This is the same government that sees no wrong doing in lending out RM250 million of the people’s hard-earned money to a Cabinet minister’s family, one with no experience or credentials, to run a national project in which the 31-year-old CEO-son duly demonstrated his superior “cow management” skills by purchasing luxury multi-million condominiums. At the same time, the government has to resort to sticking its crummy hands into our retirement funds in order to come up with an initial RM300 million to help fund homes for poor families.

This is the same government that does not blink an eye when its naval defence procurements overshot its budget by billions, as it prepares to fight its imaginary enemies in the high seas, when the real pirates are running wild inland, hand-in-hand with their BN masters, grabbing projects, concessions and sweet deals.

This is the same government whose ministers live in posh mansions in Damansara Heights, send their kids to private schools or foreign universities, and travel around in chauffeur-driven German cars. Meanwhile, the average Malaysian can barely afford his first terrace house, worries about declining education standards in his children’s schools’, and drives an overpriced local car on overpriced and congested tolled roads.

And now with 1 Care, Malaysians are now asked to fork out more of our incomes so that the government can provide us with a better healthcare system. Instead of looking hard at its books, coming up with ways to trim excess and wasteful spending, and re-prioritising spending towards health and education, the government took the rather lazy and predictable route — more tax on Malaysians.

This is from a government that has given Malaysia its biggest national debt in decades. This is from a government who claims to understand the average Malaysian’s daily tribulations in the face of the current economic uncertainty.

This is from a government that is surely disconnected from the realities that we are facing. When it has the audacity to ask the people to pay more tax to feed its out-of-control spending frenzy that yields no long-term benefit to the country, but are more likely to fatten the bank accounts of well-connected individuals.

To you, BN, I say: No more — not a penny more.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 16 February 2012 - 11:49 am

    First of all, govt has nothing – they ALWAYS take from someone and give to others. The issue really who they take from and who they give to. In the past they could take from foreign investments and new private sector produtivity and give to themselves first and then the rest of us. ETP is a failure. There is nothing tranformed about it. So in other words, the only place the govt can take is from the everyone and then give it back. The problem is that the UMNO-Perkasa/BN take a large chunk of it first before we get whatever crumbs left.

    Its that simple. There is no reform or transform with UMNO-Perkasa/BN in power.

  2. #2 by k1980 on Thursday, 16 February 2012 - 12:04 pm

    A very simple question for voters– vote for Bn and pay more taxes or vote for PR to begin a new life under a new country, Malaysia 2.0

  3. #3 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Thursday, 16 February 2012 - 12:37 pm

    mooooooo …….
    “There.” “A nice heap of bullshit for you people.” Says jib.

  4. #4 by SENGLANG on Thursday, 16 February 2012 - 1:06 pm

    Too much money has been wasted or more accurately lost to unproductive corruptions. Billions are lost by capital freights during the pass decades. With the oil reserve drying fast and slowdown in the world economy, this country is finding it tough to sustain its usual practices. They have to ask more from the people.

    All those scheme and projects are well thought of but not for the benefits of the people but for a specific group of cronies. Just look at NFC project, who has benefit from the project, only one family members of cabinet minister.

    1 care will be another but this will benefit BN members.

    The same go to proposed EPF funded loans for the unqualified DBKL tenants to buy their own home. Those people who have been living in the rented DBKL flats for decades have never complaints and most of them are just happily paying rental and live there until they died, so why only now they make that proposal? 1.5billion is not a small sum. This amount if materialised will go to BN coffer and they will use to fund for the next GE. No sooner it will be another bill out by tax payers if most of the borrowers default payments, which is highly possible as most of the tenant are earning less than the minimum that enable them to get a loan from commercial banks.

    There are many smart fellow in BN whose job is designing well thought scheme to take the tax payers’ money away.

  5. #5 by cemerlang on Thursday, 16 February 2012 - 1:07 pm

    Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Then the rich steals from the poor. Then Robin Hood is at it again. Vicious cycle.

  6. #6 by monsterball on Thursday, 16 February 2012 - 7:49 pm

    They are trying to be jugglers to win applauses…thus winning more votes.
    No matter what con men or crooks do…nothing is beneficial to others….except to them.

  7. #7 by mm08 on Thursday, 16 February 2012 - 8:15 pm

    Enough is enough! May be BN is worry of losing in the next GE thus, they are finding all means and ways to grap as much money as possible. The next government may have to clear up the rubbish/shit they left over. However, too many lousy policy and plans that is not benefitting the country but they want to make our country bankrap as explained by Idris Jala. One side telling the people stop the subsidy, it will make the country bankrap, the other hand the Trade minister increase the subsidy of sugar and signed a contract of sugar at a higher price. It is all made in purpose to grab all the money and make the people suffer more with all the debts and extra taxes(1 care plan). What kind of government is this? Even a normal manager of a company can manage a country better than them. I strongly hope that the Pakatan Rakyat can have more new faces and capable candidates in the next GE. Although there may be bad apples sometimes. But more important is you walk the talk, you will terminate the service of those bad apples and not covering their faults. Very simple, we need a fair way of managing the country. Not a flip flop government. A government that is really thinking of the benefit of the people. We, Malaysian deserve a better government! Everybody out there, let’s do it!!

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