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Monday, July 30, 2012

Janji Ditepati...part 1





With the issuance of the standard “avoid misunderstanding” excuse, the much maligned Janji Ditepati slogan is removed from Merdeka Day but perhaps reserved for BN Day celebration later.

Gov't scraps controversial Merdeka logo
 9:18AM Jul 29, 2012  
The government has decided to replace the 55th National Day celebrations logo with the standard 1Malaysia logo after a week of public outcry.
Announcing this in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter, Information, Communications and Culture Rais Yatim said this is to "quell misunderstanding".
"To quell some misunderstanding, we (will) only have 1Malaysia as (the) logo for Merdeka (and) Hari Malaysia," he said


The lyrics of the songs celebrates Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia,  the way this country is runned until welfare payout is celebrated, is most unusual by world standards.
The back pedaling however, do not excuse tax payers and public at large for examining the current administration’s intention and performance , as it claims that it fulfills promises.


I ploughed through some of the promises aired in the Prime Minister's or was it the Finance Minister’s 2010 budget speechand pick up some promises as follows:

1)      Corruption
Combating corruption is critical and the current administration promises wonderful solutions including a Whistle Blower Act.




But what happen to a whistler blower involved in a prominent case less than 2 years later?
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
Rafizi: Why me and not NFC chief?
 “While I respect Bank Negara’s responsibility and the authorities in conducting investigations, but I’m worried that the constant pressure on me and Johari Mohamad (a former Public Bank clerk) are to cover up the scandal involving NFC,” Rafizi said in a statement today.
Speaking to reporters after the approximately 90-minute interrogation, he said investigation officers Nur Sharina Rosli and Azizul Abdul Ghafar asked questions regarding how he obtained the confidential documents.
The issue is related to claims by Rafizi on purchases in KL Eco Cityby Mohamad Salleh and his family, which are worth at least RM10 million.
However, hauling him up for investigations showed that “the authorities do not welcome whistleblowers”.
Rafizi challenged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to deny that his administration was victimising informants and protecting those involved in corruption.
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2)      Crime
Yes, crime is a serious matter. It was one of the key grouse against the previous “Work With Me” administration.  No point being a high income nation if there are high income robbers too.





Barely 2 years later, we have criminals who may have read the book “Blue Ocean Strategy” and expanded operations into previously uncharted territory of car parks in malls.
Meanwhile as Putrajaya are working hard at the crime statistics and perception managementwe can track if the promise resource allocation (i.e. how taxes collected are spent) is being applied as promised.
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PKR: Putrajaya spent 71pc GTP funds on police publicity, not fighting crime
UPDATED @ 12:59:30 PM
 12-07-2012 By Amin Iskandar
PETALING JAYA, July 10 — The federal government spent a whopping 71 per cent of funds for its Government Transformation Programme (GTP) on public relations exercises this year instead of using it to fight crime, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.
The PKR president highlighted the Najib administration’s decision to spend a large slice of its 2012 Budget to boost public perception towards the police instead of helping Malaysians feel safer on the streets.
“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Government Transformation Programme based on the 2012 Budget showed a greater focus on how to manage public perception than overcoming the problem of crime,” she told a news conference here.
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3)      Finances

Budget is a promise; I hope the current Finance Minister and his administration understand this.
Just like explain what is offside to a bimbo, let me do a Budget 101 here:
A budget is a plan that is expressed in numbers. If our actual performance is better than the plan (i.e. we earn more than plan, or we spend less than plan) then we can congratulate ourselves and ask for a pay raise, a bonus or whatever.
 A national budget is a promise by the elected administration on how money collected from tax payers aka voters are to be used.

Ok back in 2010, there was a promise to reduce the nation’s increasing debt level (read paragraph 85)





Barely 2 years later, our National Heart Institution has been mortgaged to get another USD2billion


And our Hutang Dalam Negeri Persekutuan kept going up and up, with amount of borrowing from EPF  ever increasing in tandem...


Ministry of finance report up to June 2011
and the huge and ballooning "Lain-lain" comprise mainly Malaysian Government Securities and bonds which could also be tken up by EPF

One good thing about Hutang Dalam Negeri Persekutuan is that many of the borrowers are not in a position to press as hard for repayment as syndicated foreign lenders who for example, hold the National Heart Foundation as a security.


Should we be surprise with all these breach of promises?
Well,  for more than a decades, national budgets which are promises expressed and measured in tax payers’ money are breached via additional cash requests called Supplementary Supply Bills.

 


A more recent example of a breach follows closely after the 2012 budget speech.

Barely 3 months after tabling the 2012 budget, another RM10.3 billion was requested for unexpected spending. This is aRM10,290,000,000.00 breach of promise. This render the 2012 budget a joke and worthless piece of nonsense and not worth the TV live telecast air time as well as pages and pages of advertisement in controlled news papers.
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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 07:04
Three months into 2012, Najib seeks additional RM10.2 bil
Where will the money come from?” was the question on everyone's lips when prime minister Najib Razak announced his RM232 billion 2012 budget last year.
But only a quarter into 2012, he will be seeking a parliamentary approval for RM10.29 billion in supplemental budget this week.
The manner cash has been dished out in the past few months - through the RM500 cash aid, revision of civil servants pay scheme which requires extra RM3.4 billion, as well as camouflaged extra costs following toll abolition at the Cheras-Kajang Highway - is enough reason why the huge amount being requested should not surprise anyone.
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The additional RM10,290,000,000 no doubt  finances the effort to generate feel good feeling and part of that trade secret.
The legendary "You Help Me, I Help You" promise in Sibu would perhaps provide an insight of the current campaign trails undertaken.

Now retract back to paragraph 86 of the 2010 budget speech . The current administration is studying GST for some years now and the uncontrolled spending and mountaining debts needs to be replaced. The promise in paragraph 85 and 86 promises GST...but when?

GST is a potential hard blow to current administration's bid to retain power so a wise person in it give the public a snapshot on the until today, well concealed execution phase of this Janji.

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