Post Tagged with: "budget"

Autopsy of a failed government

7 December, 2011
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A civil servant’s worst nightmare takes form in the annual Auditor General’s report, a revealing autopsy of the year’s financial misdeeds. It is the ghost of Christmases past coming back to haunt them. It is the night of the living dead where deeply buried scandals are dug up and put ... Full Article →


1 November, 2011
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Malaysia is rich with natural resources including petroleum and natural gas, how could more than half its citizens earn below RM3000 per month? The following statistics are a clear indictment of Barisan Nasional’s failure to create a high income society. The inconvenient truth Behind the façade of the massive, impressive ... Full Article →

Bankrupt by 2020?

1 November, 2011
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The Barisan Nasional government must either be clairvoyant, or in denial. Its 5% – 6% growth projection for 2012 is, politely put, over-optimistic. Put side by side with a list of financial institutions’ cautious figures, the discrepancy is stunning. RHB Research Instutute forecasts a mere 3.5% and Maybank Investment Bank ... Full Article →

Stretching your ringgit: A pre-budget analysis

14 October, 2011
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Thirty-year-old marketing executive Johan’s life hasn’t changed since Prime Minister Najib Razak rolled out BN’s “big is better” Budget 2011, best remembered for announcing the 100-storey Warisan Merdeka tower. Like many young working adults, the only house Johan can afford on his current salary is a two-room flat that would ... Full Article →

Parliment as the institution of democracy deserves a bigger budget

8 December, 2010
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By Ivy Kwek Standing at RM214 billion, the 2011 budget is the largest budget that Malaysians have received thus far. However, much of the hype has overshadowed an institution whose importance is often neglected – the Parliament. This year, the Parliament received an allocation of only RM78 million. Last year, ... Full Article →

No more Arms Procurement in 2011?

8 December, 2010
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By Foo Fei On October 14, Defence Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stated that the Ministry of Defence would receive less funding in 2011 as compared to 2010. Furthermore its allocation would not be spent on acquiring more military assets. The day after Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib ... Full Article →

PDRM – More money, more effective?

8 December, 2010
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Malaysians heaved a collective sigh of relief in September over the departure of one of the most notorious policeman ever to helm the Inspector General of Police (IGP) position. In addition, the government increased the police force’s (PDRM) 2011 financial budget by a whopping RM1.2 billion (28 percent). At a ... Full Article →

Budget 2011: Equipping the Workforce

5 October, 2010
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By T.K. Tan October is the month for budgetary number crunching again. It is time to reflect on what those numbers mean for us. It looks rosy on paper; the economy is still humming, with GDP growth expected to be more than six percent this year and with unemployment at ... Full Article →
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The evolution of political Islam in Malaysia

27 September, 2015 0 Comments

On Political realignment, Part 2 BY Liew Chin Tong, DAP Political Education Director and Kluang MP   I would divide the evolution of political Islam in Malaysia into three stages: Islamic revival/resurgent which culminated in changes in UMNO and PAS in 1982, the emergence of PAS’ progressive faction in 1998, ... Full Article →

Nurul Nuha: The face behind #KitaLawan

8 April, 2015 0 Comments

There is something about Nurul Nuha Anwar that seems familiar, the first time you meet her. You cannot really put your finger on it, but it is as if you have met her before, or have known her for absolutely ages. Which is unlikely to be so, since Nuha, who ... Full Article →

Penang launches campaign to combat violence against women

19 November, 2014 3 Comments

The Penang State Government has launched a historic three-week state-wide campaign against Violence Against Women (VAW) to raise awareness about preventing violence against women and girls. This is the first state-sponsored event of its kind organised by the Penang State Executive Council for Women, Family and Community Development, and the Penang ... Full Article →

Who’s afraid of the big, bad Sedition Act?

5 May, 2015 0 Comments

By Pauline Wong The recently passed amendments to the Sedition Act and the newly-minted Prevention of Terrorism Act have been divisive, to say the least. Opinions on these two Acts have been completely on opposite ends, with on side saying it is necessary to protect public peace and order, and ... Full Article →