Governance 101: Wasteful & Short-Sighted Again

Governance

(In the Global Competitiveness Report 2010–2011, Malaysia ranks 25 out of 139 countries where public spending & governance is somewhat better managed than the rest but then again, if one reads deeper into the report, Malaysia’s ranking is only 4.2 out of the full 7 on the mark. We are no where close to our neighbour down south who ranks at the top at 6.1

Be Afraid of….“Undilah”

Certainly it is not the first time they have done something that defies logic.

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Interestingly in a country that is bent to promote greater democracy, the above non-partisan, urging fellow Malaysians to register themselves and vote video seems to have been blocked. More story here.

Bernama says that the withdrawal is due to the video yet to get approval from the Film Censorship Board but in Malaysiakini, it is reported “Media reports on Sept 23, quoting unnamed sources, said the MCMC letter to broadcast giants Media Prima and Astro cited two reasons behind the ‘ban’: BN MP Tengku Razaleigh’s admission that Malaysia was facing problems and the appearance of opposition politicians

Whatever the reason may be, it once again paints a bad picture on the Government.…

Case for PR’s 100 Day Plan

(Warning: Long post ahead)

(PR is making it case to the general public that it can make a positive difference if it becomes the Government but we need a more convincing case. Image source: http://wargamarhaen.blogspot.com)

Interesting topic for the beginning of the year…

Well, it is in our best interest (no matter which side of the politics we may be) to know what the opposition intends to do if they come in power – although the chances of that happening in recent months is almost nil, no thanks to the Oppositions shooting themselves in their foot numerous times in the last 4 years (but who knows what can happen in the next few years).…

The Highway Promise

It certainly looks like a highway robbery than a sincere promise to maintain the highway toll rates

(We are ok with highways and highway toll booths but we are pissed off with the one sided agreement and the huge compensation being paid from the tax payers’ pockets. Image source: http://travelerfolio.com)

During the recent Budget 2011, Najib made this bold statement that the toll rates on four highways owned by PLUS Expressways Berhad (other highway operators, apa macam?)…

2Malaysia Civil Servants

(I was prompted to write down this after I just came from overseas where I encountered first class service and  upon returning back, encountered a ‘tidak apa” attitude right here at home, Malaysia)

(Perhaps there should be a slogan writing contest for politicians. Some slogans looks good on paper. Image source: http://www.iluvislam.com)

The RM0.05 Increase

(Sight of things to come but we wonder where the framework for proper management of public funds is? We want to see evidence of proper controls and enforcement to go hand to hand with reduction of subsidies. Otherwise, we will be back on square one – the corrupt & rich making money at the expense of the poor.

Hitting Palace’s Fan

Money is everywhere to spend but almost none for the taxpayers

(The current palace is already looking majestic and we have already spent millions on it but we went ahead to construct a new palace. We end up looking like dungus but what the heck, we been in that situation before.

What is in 10MP?

What a show, my man!

(The problem with Najib is not his ideas but his will power and having the right character to make the actual change. After the stunt he pulled off in Perak, who is going to believe what he says? Image source: http://www.thenutgraph.com)

Najib had tabled the 10th Malaysia Plan yesterday and already there has been nothing but praises to this plan.…

Money for Schools

Here’s why we don’t trust the politicians to handle our future…

(Only in Malaysia…schools in shop lots. Image source: Malaysiakini)

Well, just contrast these reports on the same day:-

The Johor government will build 122 more religious schools which are estimated to cost about RM200mil.

“They will be completed within the next two years,” Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said.

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