Monday, March 15, 2010

Sorry, You Are Left Behind

People,we are left behind! We never noticed that Malaysians live cheaply but paid poorly too.This has been proven by the research done by banking group, UBS. It states that the world's cheapest places to live were Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur along with Manila in Philipines and India's Delhi and Mumbai.

Why this is happened? Is it an advantage to us or it will indirectly affected our economy growth? Can the expectation of our Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak to achieve the 6% of annual economy growth this year can be achieved if something like this is happened to us, Malaysians?

Malaysians are too rely on the subsidy from the governments and too sensitive to the price issues. Are u agree with me? This is one of the factor why Malaysians are paid poorly. Since the NEP (New economic Plan) launched by the Malaysian Government in 1971, the NEP's success has been a subject of heated debate. The NEP targeted a 30% share of the economy for the Bumiputra, but according to official government statistics, the NEP did not succeed in reaching this target.

It’s a curious situation, indeed. Which subsidies should be continued? Fuel or NEP?Since fuel subsidies help keep prices down generally – because everything is ultimately produced, transported, lighted up or cooked by something using fuel – would that not help the poor generally too?

Well, some sections of Umno itself do not think so. After the general election, they staged demonstrations in Penang, Ipoh and Shah Alam criticising new Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and calling on NEP (New Economic Policy) subsidies to be maintained. Yet their Federal leadership thinks that the fuel subsidy (for petrol, diesel and gas) cannot continue.

Some may call it “political matters”, but the call to use RM10bil (from Petronas’ annual profits of RM80bil) to subsidise fuel, struck a chord in the electorate; and this is something the Barisan Government has to address to recapture hearts and minds in 2013.As we move forward, we have to appreciate our Nation's achievements and stop relying to the government so that Malaysians will be paid higher than what we have now. Majulah Malaysia Untuk semua!

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