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Monday, October 30, 2017

Mahathir’s criticism of Budget 2018


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s views on Budget 2018 lacks coherence and consistency. This is what happens when someone talks for the sake of talking but does not really have anything to say. Mahathir grumbles that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s budget is merely meant to please the rakyat and make them happy. But then is this not what a government must do; make the people happy? How long would a government that makes the people unhappy last?

Mahathir said he does not know how the government is going to pay for the cost of running the country if all the government does is hand out benefits to the people. But then is this not what the opposition is grumbling about: that the government does not look after the financial needs of the people and that the people are suffering under the Barisan Nasional government? Then when the government takes care of the financial needs of the people in Budget 2018 Mahathir says he does not know where the money is going to come from and complains that the government will have to borrow more money.

Is it not Pakatan Harapan that said it wants to abolish all toll charges throughout Malaysia and abolish the GST as well as many other forms of taxes? If this is done how will the government pay for development? Then they say they can make back the money by reducing leakages and eliminating corruption? How much are the so-called leakages and corruption? How did they come to the figure when they do not even know the details? Saying that the government will reduce taxes and then recover the lost taxes through savings is utter nonsense.

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