The Malaysian 2011 budget is usually a good indicator of whether there’ll be a general election the coming year. A general election budget will be full of “goodies” such as income tax rebates, price controls on essentials and generous projects for the poor. Otherwise, it would be a budget that’s meant to keep the country coasting along. The 2011 Malaysian National budget seems to be a different kind of category altogether. I call it the “Let’s take as much money as we can before we’re kicked out in the next general elections” budget. Or the STFU budget for short.
Why do I say so?
As the Malaysian Insider has pointed out, it’s the return of Big Malaysia. To transform Malaysian citizens into high-income earners, apparently the best way to do it is to… Build big things. Really big. Like a RM3 billion eco park. A financial district estimated to cost RM26 billion ringgit. Or perhaps the most telling of all.
A RM5 billion 100-storey
penis I mean tower.
Yeah. Ok, so I can understand the desire for an eco-park. I can understand the want for a financial district. Heck, I can even understand why you’d want to build a Women and Children’s Hospital, developed by the International Islamic University Malaysia Teaching Hospital in Kuantan. Those, in my opinion, are perfectly good ideas. My only question is, “WHY THE HELL DO THEY COST SO MUCH?”
But let’s put that aside for now. You see, I still have a fascination with the
penis tower. Why do I have such a fascination with it?
Because while we’re building that, our postmen are getting paid only RM710 a MONTH. And that’s after an increase. Their previous salary used to be RM610.
I don’t care whether I’m comparing apples and oranges. If we can’t even take care of the humble men and women who run our most basic communication systems, who the hell are we to even think of building a 100-storey tower?
I’ll be making sure to mark Pakatan Rakyat next general election. Hey, if Penang can show a profit AND pay their state civil servants a hefty bonus after just ONE YEAR in power, I have no doubt that Pakatan can do the same for the federal govt.
Then again, this is the STFU budget. Which means that no matter what, Pakatan will be getting a bankrupt country once the next general elections roll around. So yeah. No matter what, we’re still screwed.
Well, at least we know what to call the current generation of politicians. GBM. Generasi Bankrupt Malaysia.