Najib completely misses the CORRUPTION factor in Budget 2013: Or is it DELIBERATE?
Now that the national budget has been presented, the truth is certainly
surfacing. The politicians are using the all important catalyst for
socio-economic resilience purely to serve political party survival and not nation-building commitment.
The very fact that the PM has rubbished the opposition pact’s viewpoints
and proposals as ‘not worth the paper it is printed on’ and that it is
all mere ‘populist’ propaganda, speaks volumes of the real motivating
factor for crafting Budget 2013.
The handouts that seem to be the BN’s trumpeting of ‘Janji Ditepati’
further tells us that Budget 2013 is basically a sweetener-budget
cunningly crafted to bag votes.
Yes, even the opposition pact’s alternative Budget proposal may be
suspect of becoming a ‘populist’ strategy. But at least, it offers no
immediate sweeteners but takes on the battle of creating sustainable
socio-economic buffers to combat potentially hard times.
Above all, no measures to combat corruption
What we are missing in singing melodies for the Budget 2013 in our
post-budget analysis is the fact that the crux of the plaques affecting
society is corruption. Corruption at all levels in all facets of
businesses and services is punching too many holes into the
socio-economic fabric of everyday life in Malaysia.
Yes, no nation is free of corruption. That is rhetoric. But when the man
on the street is fighting a losing battle in his everyday living, then
the battle against corruption is a foregone conclusion.
If only the government of the day can marshal its strengths and
decisively reduce corruption significantly, there is no need to pump
billions of ringgit to serve as short term sweeteners. If only the will
to banish all the corrupt practices from mega-billion ringgit swaps to
the street cop taking bribes is decisively tackled by the government,
the ordinary Malaysian will be able to see his ringgit stretch far
If only all that unhealthy and unaccounted profiteering can be plugged
by the authorities, we do not have to feed the rakyat with sweeteners to
make ends meet. If only enforcement was performing to healthy
standards, we do not have to continue to cheat and be cheated in our
everyday obligations for survival.
But the root cause of all our ills is not addressed. The authorities
will say corruption is only a ‘perception’. Law enforcers will back up
by saying that since there are no ‘reports’ made, they cannot act.
High prices and still rocketing
Meanwhile, we know that prices are at an all time inflated high – from
properties to land to vehicles to groceries. Everybody is desperately
wanting to make an additional extra ringgit to make ends meet. What more
of the tycoons who have to rape and plunder while the going is still
Conveniently we blame it on world prices. We play blind and deaf to the
fact that we have oil money and yet cannot see this blessed revenue
reach the little piggy bank in our homes. Instead we are living a
nightmare of trying to balance the last fifty ringgit in the purse for
the week and so clamor for the sweeteners and handouts from a political
party that is determined to form the next government.
For as long as the battle against corruption at all levels remains a lip
service the national budget will always be used to serve political
interests. For as long as national budgets are tailored to meet
political survival objectives, the nation bleeds, and the future of the
citizens are pawned forever.