Kasihanilah Mahathir

Insan yang pernah menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia selama 22 tahun kini hidup dalam keadaan yang amat tertekan.

Disebabkan keadaan ekonomi yang meruncing di bawah pentadbiran Najib Razak yang tidak cekap, Mahathir Mohamad tidak lagi mampu untuk terbang menggunakan pesawat-pesawat syarikat-syarikat penerbangan.

Petang tadi, Mahathir bersama isterinya Siti Hasmah terpaksa menggunakan khidmat jet peribadi untuk pergi ke Kuching dari Kuala Lumpur kerana tiket penerbangan berada di luar kemampuan beliau.

Jet peribadi yang membawa Mahathir dan Siti Hasmah ke Kuching

Mahathir diiringi polis ke bangunan terminal Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuching agar beliau tidak berpeluang meminta sedekah dari orang ramai akibat kewangan yang meruncing

Keluarga Mahathir sebelum ini terpaksa makan rumput yang dicelur dan dicicah dengan sos cili kerana pentadbiran Najib Razak tamatkan perkhidmatan tukang masak dan pembantu rumah mereka setelah 35 tahun berkhidmat.

Siti Hasmah memeluk tukang masak dan pembantu yang ditamatkan perkhidmatan oleh kerajaan. Mereka tidak mampu untuk mengupah sendiri para pekerja tersebut

Akibat tidak mampu membayar sendiri upah tukang masak dan pembantu rumah tersebut, mereka terpaksa redha dan mengupah seorang tukang buat chee cheong fun yang diambil dari seorang agen buruh di Permatang Pauh.

Siti Hasmah mengalukan ketibaan tukang buat Chee Cheong Fun baru dengan upah jauh lebih murah di kediaman buruk mereka

Mahathir pernah memberi amatan bahawa negara akan bankrap seperti Greece akibat sikap Najib Razak yang gemar berhutang dengan negara luar.


Kita perlu fahami Mahathir tidak pernah mengambil hutang dari negara luar semasa beliau menjadi Perdana Menteri.  Inilah sebabnya beliau tidak gemar sekiranya negara berhutang dengan negara luar.

Najib Razak umum ketahui tidak bijak menguruskan ekonomi Malaysia. Oleh itu, kadar pertumbuhan KDNK Malaysia untuk Suku Ke-2 tahun ini jauh melebihi jangkaan.

Ekspot bagi Malaysia tumbuh dengan pesat dalam bulan Ogos 2017

Kasihanilah Mahathir. Sama-samalah kita berdoa agar di usia yang senja ini beliau tidak lagi melakukan dosa berbohong dan fitnah, atau menyokong LGBT agar perginya beliau nanti dikenang sebagai wira dan bukannya badut.

Ketirisan Ekonomi?

The Opposition has run out of issues that they are recycling 2015 issues in WhatsApp groups. Here is one:

Nah.. baca ni, penulis dari group LHDN

Malaysia sebenarnya tidak berhadapan dengan masalah untuk mendapat sumber pendapatan negara tetapi sebenarnya negara bermasalah dalam menguruskan perbelanjaan. 

Kegagalan pengurusan perbelanjaan oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional memangsakan rakyat hari ini dirompak oleh cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST) zalim yang dikenakan secara paksa ke atas diri mereka untuk menambah hasil negara.

Seawal penubuhan Malaysia, pelbagai cukai dikenakan kepada golongan berkemampuan untuk menjadi sumber kepada negara sama ada menerusi cukai langsung korporat dan individu dan cukai tak langsung menerusi duti eksais dan cukai jualan dan perkhidmatan bagi sebahagian barangan dan perkhidmatan.

Malaysia juga memperolehi hasil lumayan dan mewah menerusi hasil bumi khususnya minyak sehingga menjangkau antara RM70-RM80 bilion setahun.

Sekiranya kerajaan Barisan Nasional mengamalkan konsep perbelanjaan berhemah, tidak boros dan mengelakkan ketirisan maka pendapatan daripada sumber cukai sedia ada dan hasil bumi sudah cukup untuk menguruskan sebuah negara dengan penduduk seramai 28 juta.

Namun, ternyata kerajaan untuk tempoh yang panjang telah gagal menguruskan perbelanjaan negara menurut panduan Islam dalam berekonomi. Ia dapat dilihat menerusi fakta-fakta berikut:

a. Belanjawan Tahunan

Kerajaan Barisan Nasional membentangkan belanjawan defisit selama 18 tahun berturut-turut sejak 1998. Belanjawan defisit bermaksud perbelanjaan yang dirancang melebihi pendapatan yang dijangka akan diperolehi. 

Kerajaan hanya menjangka akan membentangkan belanjawan berimbang iaitu pendapatan seimbang dengan perbelanjaan pada 2020. Ertinya negara bakal menyaksikan belanjawan defisit untuk lagi 4 tahun mendatang.

Secara ringkas boleh dilihat perbezaan rancangan perbelanjaan kerajaan berbanding hasil yang dijangka sebagaimana tahun-tahun berikut:

Perbelanjaan (P) Hasil (H)

2008 (P) 176 bilion (H) 148 bilion

2009 (P) 207 bilion (H) 161 bilion

2010 (P) 191 bilion (H)148 bilion

2011 (P) 212 bilion (H) 165 bilion

2012 (P) 232 bilion (H) 186 bilion

2013 (P) 251 bilion (H) 208 bilion

2014 (P) 264 bilion (H) 224 bilion

2015 (P) 273 bilion (H) 235 bilion

b. Hutang Negara

Belanjawan defisit menyumbang untuk negara meningkatkan hutang negara daripada setahun ke setahun. 

Pada 2006 hutang negara hanyalah 247 bilion. Tetapi pada 2013 hutang negara telah meningkat kepada 546 bilion dengan peningkatan 299 bilion. Laporan terakhir 2015 hutang negara telah menjangkau 847 bilion.

Perhatikan jadual Hutang Negara sebagaimana berikut mengikut tahun:

1997 RM90 bilion

1998 RM103 bilion

1999 RM112 bilion

2000 RM125 bilion

2001 RM145 bilion

2002 RM164 bilion

2003 RM188 bilion

2004 RM216 bilion

2005 RM232 bilion

2006 RM247 bilion

2007 RM274 bilion

2008 RM317 bilion 

2009 RM376 bilion

2010 RM405 bilion  

2011 RM465 bilion

2012 RM501 bilion

2013 RM546 bilion

(Sumber International Monetary Fund)

2014 RM677 bilion

2015 RM847 bilion 

(Sumber The Economist)

Bayangkan, hutang kerajaan pada 1997 hanyalah RM90 bilion tetapi selepas 17 tahun pada tahun 2014 telah menjadi RM677 bilion.

Pada 2003 ketika Tun Abdullah Badawi mengambil alih negara hutang negara ialah RM188 bilion.

Selepas 6 tahun pada 2009 ketika beliau melepaskan jawatan kepada Datuk Seri Najib ia meningkat sekali ganda sebanyak RM188 bilion kepada RM376 bilion.

Selepas 5 tahun Najib mengambil alih negara, hutang pada 2014 meningkat hampir sekali ganda sebanyak 301 bilion kepada RM677 bilion.

c. Ketirisan Perbelanjaan

Kajian yang dibuat oleh Pusat Membanteras Rasuah dan Kronisme terhadap laporan tahunan Ketua Audit Negara menunjukkan berlaku ketirisan dan salah urus perbelanjaan antara RM23 bilion hingga RM40 bilion. Sedangkan GST hanya dijangka menyumbang sebanyak RM23 bilion pada tahun 2015. Jika ketirisan ditangani maka GST tidak diperlukan.

Pada tahun 2008 perbelanjaan untuk mengurus negara hanyalah RM128 bilion tetapi untuk 2015 kerajaan merancang perbelanjaan mengurus sebanyak RM223 bilion. 

Tidakkah ia merupakan peningkatan yang melampau untuk tempoh yang pendek iaitu 7 tahun dengan peningkatan hampir RM100 bilion?

Hasil daripada kegagalan menguruskan perbelanjaan inilah maka kerajaan mula berfikir untuk meluaskan lagi sumber kewangan negara sedangkan sebenarnya kerajaan tidak berhadapan dengan masalah sumber tetapi pada masalah berbelanja.

Penyelesaian mudah kerajaan ialah memperkenalkan Cukai Jualan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) kerana GST adalah cara paling mudah untuk mengutip sumber daripada rakyat.

GST dikenakan pada semua barangan dan perkhidmatan melainkan yang dikecualikan. Ertinya kerajaan mendapat ruang yang sangat besar dan luas untuk mendapat hasil menerusi cukai.

GST kena kepada semua rakyat tanpa mengira kaya atau miskin yang berbelanja dan mendapat perkhidmatan. Ertinya GST mempunyai cakupan cukai sangat luas. 

Jika sebelumnya hanya sekitar 1.7 juta terpaksa membayar cukai maka dengan GST berjuta-juta rakyat terpaksa membayar cukai setiap hari termasuk orang miskin.

Apabila cukai dikenakan kepada si kaya dan si miskin maka di sinilah ketidakadilan sosial dan kezaliman berlaku. Kerana itulah cukai GST adalah zalim dan haram menurut kaedah percukaian Islam kerana cukai sepatutnya hanya kena kepada orang yang berkemampuan sahaja.

Data 2012 menunjukkan 31.7% isi rumah Malaysia berpendapatan kurang daripada rm2500 dan 23.8% lagi berpendapatan antara RM2,500 – RM4,000. Ertinya lebih separuh rakyat Malaysia mempunyai pendapatan di bawah RM4,000 iaitu di bawah paras kemiskinan.

MUNGKIN ANDA MASIH KABUR, DARI MANA DATANG NYA DANA UNTUK MEMBAYAR HUTANG SEBANYAG RM 847 BILION DAN FAEDAH NYA, TENTUNYA DARI RAKYAT YAKNI CUKAI.

CUBA KITA KIRA – 847 BILION/30 JUTA RAKYAT MALAYSIA:

847000,000,000/30=

RM28233.3 JUTA, JADI SETIAP RAKYAT MALAYSIA MEMPUNYAI HUTANG SEBANYAK RM 28.23 BILION.

JADI JIKA PENGURUSAN KEWANGAN NEGARA TIDAK DIUBAH MALAYSIA AKAN BENGKRAP, ITU SEBAB MENGAPA PENGURUSAN NAJIB SENTIASA MAHU MENAIKKAN SEMUA CUKAI BARANGAN DAN PERHIDMATAN, SUDAH BEGITU PUN NAJIB MASIH MENGEKALKAN HIDUP BERMEWAH2……

Copy n paste dr group LHDN utk sama2 Kita fikirkn bagai mana utk menghadapi situasi yg genting ini. [truncated by. WhatsApp]

TOLONG VIRAL KAN AGAR SEMUA RAKYAT TAHU TAK KIRA LA ANDA DI PIHAK YG MANA.

#SELAMATKANMALAYSIA

#ISTIQOMAH HINGGA KEMENANGAN”

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My reply is as follows:

I don’t have to study economics to know that what counts is the ability of the government to service the debt. Therefore what counts most is debt vs gdp.

Our debt to gdp as at December 2016 stands at 53.20 percent compared to 54.50 percent the previous year. We are 67th highest out of 184 nations.
In comparison, Japan has the highest debt vs gdp which is 250.40 percent, Singapore at 10th place with 112 percent up from 106 percent in 2015 and the US at 12th with 106.10 percent, UK 18th with 89.30 percent.
In 1986 our debt vs gdp was at 103.4 percent, and 1987 it was at 101.7 percent. For two consecutive years we did not have the ability to service its debts. Everyone knows having a debt vs gdp ratio of 100 percent or more means we were living beyond our means. If we did not panic at 103.4 percent then, why should we panic now at 53.20 percent?
What also counts is our Gross National Income that has increased over the last 10 years from RM199.03 billion at the beginning of 2006 to RM285.20 billion in 2016.
Our GNI is at 838.9 billion in Purchasing Power Parity Dollars compared to Singapore’s 476.9 billion in 2016.
As for poverty level income, it is RM930 for Semenanjung, RM1,170 in Sabah and RM990 in Sarawak.
For hardcore poor household income level it is RM580 for Semenanjung, RM710 for Sabah and RM660 for Sarawak. Not RM4,000 plucked from the sky by this “person from LHDN.”

Real Growth For The East Coast

Graphic courtesy of The Star

The first rail line was opened in 1885 running between Port Weld and Taiping.  The line to the east coast running between Gemas and Tumpat was only completed in 1931, by passing major towns such as Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu.

For decades after that there was no real growth in terms of communications in the east coast.

As a punishment to the people of the east coast for not voting in the Barisan Nasional, aid to Kelantan was curbed and was changed into the form of ‘Wang Ihsan‘ in 1990, and the East Coast Highway terminated near Kuantan because Barisan Nasional was ousted by the people of Terengganu in 1999.

Najib Razak changed all that.

Phase 3 of the East Coast Highway which will terminate at Kota Bharu will commence during the 11th Malaysian Plan (2016-2020), as well as the East Coast Rail Link, a new rail link cutting through green fields.

The first phase will see the Klang Valley connected to Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu in the second phase and Kota Bharu and Wakaf Bharu in the third and final phase.


Announcing at the handover ceremony of the Ganchong Water Treatment Plant, he said that the GDP of the state of Pahang would increase by 1.5 percent when the ECRL comes online.

The Opposition as usual is opposed to anything that is good for the people if it comes from the government.

PAN’s Mujahid Yusof Rawa, for instance, questioned how it will benefit the local economy – and you do not need to be a member of Parliament let alone a rocket scientist to figure out the answer.

The ECRL will act as a land bridge for goods coming from the west coast going to especially Shenzen in China through Kuantan port, and similarly goods from the east coast get sent to the Middle East and India through Port Klang.

This land bridge would also allow goods from the eastern part of the globe be sent to the western part through these two ports without having to circumnavigate the Singapore strait.

This cuts down the over-reliance on the Strait of Malacca. Today, more than 80 percent of China’s energy needs pass through that narrow waterway.

So if you imagine it takes just four hours for goods to be transported by a lorry from Kota Bharu to Port Klang using the ECRL as compared to seven hours using the Gua Musang way or nine hours via the East Coast highway, you would be able to imagine the kind of economic growth the east coast states would stand to benefit from the ECRL.

No longer would SME or heavy industries have to be centred in the Klang Valley where the costs of land and living are far higher compared to in Kelantan and Terengganu. More jobs would be created and the luxury gap lessened tremendously.

The time for goods to be transported from Shenzen to Port Klang would be 30 hours lesser than having to sail them around Singapore.

Cost issues aside, this new network will create new alternative routes to boost trade for Asean, with Malaysia as the base; and why this has to be taken seriously is because the Chinese have a direct interest in the (Kuantan) port and the rail link,” said Mr G. Durairaj, managing director of maritime and logistics consultancy PortsWorld.

Already Kuantan port is home to several petrochemical companies such as the BASF-PETRONAS Chemicals. 

The port has also attracted RM8.9 billion worrh of investments including a RM3.5 billion steel facility.

The integrated steel mill will occupy a 287ha site – half the size of Singapore’s Sentosa island – and have an annual production of 3.5 million tonnes.

Imagine the size of investments that the ECRL could bring into the east coast states. Would you now question the benefits the ECRL would bring?

Proof Of Malaysians Suffering Financially 

Malaysians are getting poorer that university students can afford to holiday in South Korea and Lombok now
Every day you could read online how Malaysia is going bankrupt and how ordinary Malaysian are suffering because they pay in USD for their roti canai banjir and GST for zero-rated household items.

A proof that Malaysians are suffering financially is that car sales have gone up.

According to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), car sales in March 2017 jumped by 26.5% compared to February. That is a whopping 11,262 units more!

That is also a 10% increase compared to March 2016 – 53,717 units compared to 48,788 last year.

Almost 141,000 cars were sold in the first quarter of 2017. That is almost 10,000 units more than the corresponding period in 2016.

Of course, Najib Razak has failed to turn the economy around. Things were far more affordable back then and the USD was at RM2.50 compared to what it is now.

The following table will show how cars were far more affordable during U-Turn Mahathir’s time.

Just before Mahathir became the Prime Minister, only 97,262 vehicles were registered. 19 years into his premiership registration was at 343,173.

The population of Malaysia then was 23.42 million. Therefore the ratio was one vehicle to every 68 Malaysians.

When Najib Razak took over in 2009, the population was 27.79 million. The number of registered vehicles for that year was at 536,905. The ratio was one vehicle for every 52 Malaysians.

Najib Razak has been running the economy down since then. In 2015, six years into his premiership, the numner of vehicles sold and registered for that year was 666,674. The population was at 30.33 million.

Therefore the ratio of vehicles to population was 1:45.

What does this say? Only one thing.

Malaysians are getting poorer because they can afford to spend and buy more cars.

Then they complain about car prices.

Morons.

Whine Even When Others Think You’re Lucky

Long before most netizens and majority of the current workforce were born, DAP’s Emperor Lim Kit Siang complained on 1st September 1977 about the lack of public transport and increase in fares by now-defunct well-known bus company, Sri Jaya.  Four days later, he called for the resignation of both Ganie Gilong of Sabah who was the Transport Minister, and Dr Goh Cheng Teik who was the Deputy Transport Minister to resign.

Political and monetary instabilities as a result of the international monetary crises in the early 1970s and the oil crisis in late 1973 contributed to the worldwide recession, stagflation and very slow recovery.  Consumer Price Index (1967 = 100) jumped by 10.5 percent in 1973 and 17.4 percent the following year. In 1977 it was down to 4.7 percent, the lowest since 1973, and the CPI figure never went down further until 1984.

Money, Income and Prices of Malaysia (1966-89) from the book The Monetary and Banking Development of Singapore and Malaysia by Sheng-Yi Lee

It was a time when Malaysians could hardly afford anything. In order to assist the rakyat, Tun Abdul Razak set up the Restoran Rakyat in August 1973. It was where a nasi lemak breakfast would cost only 20 sen and a simple lunch of rice, fish curry and vegetables would cost only 80 sen.  Of course, 20 sen those days is like RM2.00 of today but any balanced meal today that costs less than RM10.00 per plate is greatly welcomed.

The Restoran Rakyat, near today’s Dataran Merdeka – Tun Razak’s way of helping the rakyat in KL to overcome inflation (courtesy of harithsidek.blogspot.com)

Also introduced by Tun Razak was the BMW – Bas Mini Wilayah, in September 1975.  The fare to any destination was 40 sen then and was only increased to 50 sen in 1991 and 60 sen two years later.  The BMW services were discontinued in July 1998 when it was replaced by Intrakota and subsequently RapidKL in 2005.

The notorious BMW – BERNAMA Images/Paul Tan

Today, as a result of a great foresight by the current government, land public transport and infrastructure have improved in leaps and bounds.  According to a research report published on the 4th April 2017 by the Financial Times, Malaysia’s transport users get the best deals in ASEAN.

Graphs comparing Malaysia and the rest of the ASEAN-5 in terms of spending on transport as well as the WEF’s ranking for the ASEAN-5 transportation infrastructure (Financial Times)

The graph shows that Malaysian commuters spend about USD12 per day on commuting as opposed to Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines where commuting could cost up to USD20 per day, the only exception being Thailand where it could get to USD15 per day.

Malaysia is also ranked in the Top 20 from 138 nations in terms of transportation infrastructure, according to the World Economic Forum.

Malaysian spending on transportation rose to 0.7 percent of the GDP in 2016 compared to 2015, and the Financial Times research report attributes this to Prime Minister Najib Razak who continues to make infrastructure a key priority.

While the completion of the MRT SBK (Sungai Buloh-Kajang) Line 1 targetted for July 2017 and the construction of the MRT SSP (Sungai Buloh-Putrajaya) Line 2 and LRT 3 now taking place, urban and suburban dwellers in the Klang Valley can expect a much economical and more integrated mode of getting around, while feeder services such as the ETS, KTM Komuter, and the soon-to-be-expected HSR and double-tracking projects will allow growth in other areas and allow for cross-country commuting to and from work.

Projects like the ECRL and the Pan-Borneo highway will provide for the growth and availability of jobs not only in the urban areas but also in greenfields as well as pockets of rural towns where meaningful economic activities have thus far eluded.

With a projected population of 32.5 million by 2030, elaborate and efficient land public transport systems must be in place to ensure efficient mobility within and between spatial conurbations across Malaysia while the introduced National Land Public Transport Master Plan (NLPTMP) will ensure continual improvements and additions are made to the land public transport systems.

Malaysians should be thankful that plans have been made to improve transportation infrastructure instead of constantly complaining.

Rindukan Zaman Mahathir?

Ada saja yang mengeluh mengenai harga barang serta nilai Ringgit yang tidak seperti zaman Tok Kadok.  Tidak kurang juga yang membandingkan bagaimana harga rokok pada zaman Mahathir Mohamad adalah jauh lebih murah dari zaman Najib Razak.

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Benar. Harga rokok Dunhill 20 sekotak kini mencecah RM17.00.  Namun ianya bukan disebabkan kelemahan matawang tetapi diakibatkan oleh kenaikan cukai ke atas rokok.

Saya berterima kasih kepada Cik Lim Sian See kerana menulis dengan panjang lebar mengenai kos sara hidup di Malaysia berbanding kualiti hidup.  Beliau telah menggunakan Indeks Big Mac yang membandingkan harga jualan burger Big Mac di setiap negara sejak 30 tahun yang lalu.

Kita ambil tahun 1993, iaitu zaman pemerintahan Mahathir Mohamad.  Harga Big Mac pada masa itu ialah RM3.35 manakala harga minyak RON92 (semasa itu minyak RON95 masih belum wujud di Malaysia) berharga RM1.06 seliter.

Pendapatan median bulanan setiap keluarga di Malaysia pada tahun 1993 ialah RM1,077 manakala bagi Bumiputera ianya adalah RM887.

Ini bermakna sekiranya kesemua pendapatan tersebut digunakan untuk membeli Big Mac maka setiap keluarga mampu membeli sebanyak 321 Big Mac manakala bagi sebuah keluarga Bumiputera hanya termampu sebanyak 265 Big Mac.

Untuk pembelian minyak RON92 pula setiap keluarga di Malaysia boleh membeli sebanyak 1,016 liter manakala keluarga Bumiputera boleh membeli 837 liter.

16 tahun kemudian apabila pentadbiran Najib Razak mengambil alih pucuk pimpinan pendapatan median bulanan setiap keluarga di Malaysia meningkat kepada RM2,830 dan RM2,531 bagi keluarga Bumiputera.

Harga Big Mac telah meningkat kepada RM6.80 (kenaikan sebanyak RM3.45 berbanding tahun 1993) manakala minyak RON95 setelah RON92 tidak lagi dijual di Malaysia berharga RM1.80 seliter (kenaikan sebanyak 74 sen).

Ini menjadikan kemampuan bulanan setiap keluarga pada tahun 2009 membeli Big Mac meningkat kepada 416 biji manakala keluarga Bumiputera membeli 372 biji Big Mac. Peningkatan  berbanding tahun 1993 ialah sebanyak 95 biji Big Mac (peningkatan 29.45 peratus) manakala bagi keluarga Bumiputera pula ialah sebanyak 107 biji Big Mac (peningkatan 40.6 peratus).

Untuk pembelian minyak RON95 pula, kemampuan bulanan setiap keluarga pada tahun 2009 membeli minyak RON95 meningkat kepada 1,572 liter manakala keluarga Bumiputera membeli 1,406 liter. Peningkatan  berbanding tahun 1993 ialah sebanyak 556 liter (peningkatan 54.74 peratus) manakala bagi keluarga Bumiputera pula ialah sebanyak 569 liter (peningkatan 68.04 peratus).

Ini bermakna taraf hidup bagi setiap keluarga di Malaysia telah meningkat walaupun harga barangan juga meningkat berbanding pada zaman pentadbiran Mahathir Mohamad.  Bagi keluarga Bumiputera pula, walaupun pendapatan mereka masih di bawah purata pendapatan setiap keluarga di Malaysia, kualiti hidup mereka meningkat dengan mendadak melebihi dari peningkatan purata keluarga di Malaysia pada tahun 2009 berbanding 1993.

Lima tahun kemudian, iaitu pada tahun 2014, pendapatan bulanan setiap keluarga di Malaysia adalah RM4,585 (kenaikan RM1,755 atau RM351 setahun) dan RM4,214 (kenaikan RM1,683 atau RM336 setahun) bagi keluarga Bumiputera.

Manakala harga Big Mac dan RON95 pula berada pada paras RM7.60 sebiji dan RM2.30 seliter (iaitu sama dengan harga minyak pada bulan Februari 2017).

Kemampuan untuk membeli Big Mac sebulan bagi setiap keluarga di Malaysia telah meningkat kepada 603 biji (peningkatan 44.96 peratus) manakala bagi keluarga Bumiputera pula sebanyak 554 biji (peningkatan 48.97 peratus).  Peningkatan bagi kemampuan keluarga Bumiputera sekali lagi mengatasi peningkatan setiap keluarga di Malaysia.

Bagi RON95 pula, kemampuan pembelian bulanan bagi setiap keluarga di Malaysia telah meningkat kepada 1,993 liter (peningkatan 26.79 peratus) manakala bagi keluarga Bumiputera pula sebanyak 1,832 liter (peningkatan 30.30 peratus).  Peningkatan bagi kemampuan keluarga Bumiputera sekali lagi mengatasi peningkatan setiap keluarga di Malaysia.

Big Mac di Malaysia - gambar ehsan NST
Big Mac di Malaysia – gambar ehsan NST

Malah, akhbar Singapura AsiaOne pada tahun 2014 melaporkan bahawa Big Mac di Malaysia adalah yang ketiga termurah di dunia.

Itu tahun 2014. Bagaimana pula dengan dakwaan bahawa kadar inflasi membuatkan rakyat Malaysia kini tidak mampu untuk membeli makanan?

Perbandingan harga Big Mac dari 2009 hingga 2017 mengikut matawang masing-masing negara
Perbandingan harga Big Mac dari 2009 hingga 2017 mengikut matawang masing-masing negara

Perbandingan di atas menunjukkan kenaikan harga Big Mac di antara tahun 2009 hingga 2017 menunjukkan kenaikan harga Big Mac Malaysia adalah kedua terendah berbanding negara lain.  Kalau kita lihat restoran-restoran terutamanya yang mahal seperti Serai di Empire Subang masih penuh pada waktu makan tengahari tidak mengira hari hinggakan barisan yang beratur menunggu tempat duduk begitu panjang setiap hari.

Begitu juga di Facebook dan Instagram kita dapat melihat betapa ramai rakyat Malaysia yang mampu bercuti sama ada di dalam mahupun luar negara.  Ini berlaku mahupun dakwaan bahawa rakyat Malaysia tertekan akibat kekurangan wang dan Ringgit tidak laku di luar negara.

Semasa saya menunaikan ibadah Umrah setiap tahun dari tahun 1998 hingga musim Haji 2001, setiap pengendali pakej hanya memenuhi satu buah bas setiap penerbangan.  Yang pergi secara puratanya berumur 45 tahun ke atas.  Jarang ada yang berumur kurang dari 30 tahun.

Apabila saya kembali ke Mekah pada tahun 2014, ia menjadi tiga buah bas setiap pengendali pakej bagi setiap penerbangan dan lebih ramai pasangan muda turut serta.  Baru-baru ini ia telah meningkat kepada empat buah bas setiap pengendali pakej setiap penerbangan dan begitu ramai pasangan muda yang membawa anak-anak kecil, atau pergi beribadah bersama seluruh keluarga.  Bukan sahaja mereka yang menjalankan perniagaan atau kerja dengan syarikat swasta, malah guru-guru peringkat bawahan juga mampu pergi anak-beranak.

Anda boleh membaca dengan lebih lanjut lagi mengenai jumlah kerusi penerbangan yang diperlukan untuk jemaah Umrah dari Malaysia setiap hari DI SINI.

Mahukah anda kembali ke tahun 2001 semasa pentadbiran Mahathir Mohamad?
Mahukah anda kembali ke tahun 2001 semasa pentadbiran Mahathir Mohamad?

Perangkaan tidak pernah berbohong.  Tidak seperti puak Pakatan yang suka menabur fitnah mencanangkan bagaimana harga barang naik di bawah kerajaan Barisan Nasional.  Tidak pula mereka menceritakan bagaimana kualiti dan taraf hidup juga telah naik melebihi kenaikan harga barangan.

Untuk perbandingan, janji untuk menghapuskan tol di negeri Selangor masih tinggal janji.

Janji untuk menghapuskan tol di Sungai Nyior, Pulau Pinang masih tinggal janji.

Malah kerajaan Pulau Pinang DAP sejak 2008 telah menaikkan harga lesen, kadar parkir, lesen perniagaan (begitu juga di Selangor) dan menaikkan kadar tarif air di Pulau Pinang sebanyak EMPAT kali.

Tidak cukup dengan itu, di Selangor anda dikehendaki membayar 20 sen untuk setiap beg plastik yang anda perlukan semasa membeli barang.

Dulu anda mendapat beg plastik secara percuma sekiranya anda membeli barangan berharga, sebagai contoh, RM10.  Ini bermakna kos pembelian beg plastik oleh peniaga telah difaktorkan ke dalam kos penjualan barangan.  Dicampur dengan GST anda membayar RM10.60.

Kini anda dikenakan RM10 + 20 sen menjadikan RM10.20 dan apabila dikenakan GST anda perlu membayar RM10.81!  Anda membayar sebanya dua kali untuk satu beg plastik dan peniaga membuat keuntungan atas angin sebanyak 21 sen bagi setiap beg plastik.

Ada yang mengatakan bahawa polisi membayar untuk beg plastik ini bagus kerana kutipan akan diserahkan kepada kerajaan negeri untuk tujuan memerangi pencemaran.  Apa kata Azmin Ali?

Azmin tak kata pun dia suruh kita bayar 20 sen untuk beg plastik
Azmin tak kata pun dia suruh kita bayar 20 sen untuk beg plastik

Ada pula yang kata kutipan akan disalurkan ke badan-badan amal dan bukan kerajaan.  Apa pula kata Exco Selangor Elizabeth Wong?

Eli Wong pun kata dia hanya BERHARAP agar para peniaga akan menyalurkan kutipan 20 sen kepada badan-badan amal dan bukan kerajaan. Dia tak suruh. Jadi siapa kena tipu?
Eli Wong pun kata dia hanya BERHARAP agar para peniaga akan menyalurkan kutipan 20 sen kepada badan-badan amal dan bukan kerajaan. Dia tak suruh. Jadi siapa kena tipu?

Rafizi yang menjanjikan penurunan harga barangan akan berlaku dengan penurunan harga minyak juga masih belum tunaikan janji walhal minyak pernah turun dari RM2.70 seliter pada zaman Pak Lah kepada RM1.60 seliter pada awal tahun 2016.  Namun hingga kini tidak nampak penurunan harga barangan.

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Apabila disoal di dalam group WhatsApp, beliau hanya menjawab bahawa itu bukan masalah beliau.

Perangai sotong
Perangai sotong

Seingat anda, pernahkah ibubapa anda menyebut bagaimana barangan langsung tidak mahal?  Dan sekiranya anda masih mahu membuat perbandingan di antara zaman Mahathir Mohamad dan zaman Najib Razak dan rindukan zaman Mahathir Mohamad, kenapa anda tidak mahu rindukan zaman pentadbiran penasihat British dan Kapitan Yap Ah Shak?

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Kelepetokrasi

KELEPET.

The word means hem or a fold on a piece of cloth or paper.  A Malay synonym would be ‘lipatan.’  To Lipat or to Kelepet would colloquially mean ‘to pillage.’

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800

Malaysia Airlines has always been a favourite airline of mine.  The national flag carrier is THE symbol of Malaysia’s global reach.  However, the airline which roots can be traced back to 71 years ago has been suffering badly from an especially bad episode of mismanagement dating back from 1994.

Disguised under the New Economic Policy that was supposed to assist the Bumiputeras to be economically stronger, U-Turn Mahathir and financial henchman Daim Zainuddin selected several cronies to helm public-listed companies.  They include Amin Shah Omar Shah (who screwed up the Kedah-class NGPV programme) and Tajuddin Ramli (TR) who stripped Malaysia Airlines of its edge and finances.

TR took over Malaysia Airlines in 1994 through his company Naluri as instructed by U-Turn Mahathir and Daim, the year Jaffar Hussein resigned as the Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia after making a loss in the region of RM30 billion in US Dollars through foreign exchange gambling.

Malaysia Airlines was okay for about two years before crashing in 1997 with a net loss of RM259.85 million (RM426.15 million in today’s terms) from a net profit the year before of RM333.01 million (RM546.14 million in today’s terms).

Like the collosal losses of real money the nation had to absorb through the BMF as well as the BNM Forex scandals, U-Turn Mahathir and Daim saw it fit for Malaysia Airlines, or rather their crony Tajuddin Ramli, be bailed-out using, again, the rakyat’s money.

An infuriated Lim Kit Siang (thank you again, Uncle) released a press statement on the 20th February 2002 saying among others:

The Malaysian Airlines System (MAS) police report on January 9 and the police investigations into alleged million-ringgit  management irregularities at  the MAS  cargo division during   the tenure of  former MAS executive chairman and key shareholder Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli is  a most welcome  departure from the invariable past practice of government and  corporate cover-ups, especially  in government-owned or controlled companies, making Malaysia notorious as a country teeming with “heinous crimes without criminals” – starting with the infamous Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal in the eighties. 

It has been reported that the alleged management irregularities centred on business arrangements between MAS and a Germany-based cargo handler controlled by Tajudin Ramli and focussed on contracts between MAS and ACL Advanced Cargo Logistic GmbH, a 60%-owned unit of Naluri Bhd., a listed Malaysian company in which Tajudin is the largest shareholder.  ACL operates a cargo facility in Hahn, Germany, that MAS in 1999 contracted to use as its global cargo hub.  

The management irregularities being investigated by the police can only be  the tip of an  iceberg as MAS has chalked up colossal debts of RM9.2 billion and accumulated losses of R2.5 billion, requiring repeated billion-ringgit bailouts at the public taxpayers’ expense – and the Malaysian public are entitled to demand a  full accountability as to how the national airline could end up as such a sick company, a national embarrassment and a burden on public coffers.  

It was reported that the management irregularities in the cargo division  were discovered in   an audit ordered by the government after taking control of MAS early last year  following  the scandalous RM1.79 billion buyback  bailout of Tajudin’s 29.09 per cent stake at RM8 a share when the market price was only RM3.68.

This raises the question as to why an audit was not conducted before the government’s  buyback  bailout of Tajudin’s MAS stake – which would have a very important bearing on the proper price of the government buyout. 

I am sure Uncle Ah Siang has not forgotten this episode too when he became pally with U-Turn Mahathir recently.  Surely the interest of the rakyat is paramount to the God of DAP.

Or is it still?

He continued:

On March 21 last year,  the then Finance Minister, Tun Daim Zainuddin, gave a long and most unsatisfactory reply in Parliament during question time to justify the buy-back bailout of  Tajudin’s MAS stake which took place under his watch, but he  failed to address or  answer the  two most important questions, viz:

  • Why no independent professional valuation was ever done when the government agreed to  pay Tajudin’s Naluri Bhd for the MAS stake at RM8  per share representing  a premium of  RM4.32 or 117 per cent over the closing market price at RM3.68 per share when the deal  was signed on 20th December 2000; and 
  • Why rules for the bail-out of companies established by the National Economic Action Council  in the “National Economic Recovery Plan” was violated and  Tajudin was not only spared from having to “take his appropriate hair-cuts” but was given a bonanza at taxpayers’ expense to reward for his mismanagement of MAS by  being given  117% premium for the  MAS shares over the  market price, transforming it into a personal rescue for Tajudin instead of a public rescue for MAS.  

The  current police investigations into management irregularities in MASkargo Sdn. Bhd. have again brought to the fore  the  questions concerning  prudence, propriety, responsibility,  integrity, accountability and transparency of the decision to use RM1.79 billion public funds for the buy-back bailout of Tajudin’s MAS stake.  

Last month, the government announced a RM6.1 billion MAS restructuring exercise involving assets sale to enable the national carrier to retire some of its debts and provide RM820 million as working capital, which is just a creative way for a second round of government bailout for the national airline.

Malaysia Airlines, Perwaja, Renong as well as other companies steered towards oblivion by their cronies had to be bailed out using the rakyat’s coffers, and not one person has ever been charged in a court of law for the breach of trust they committed.  This included Amin Shah Omar Shah who, prior to being given the contract to build our Navy’s vessels, had never built a single fishing boat!

Kit Siang the self-proclaimed rakyat’s champion as recent as 2012 stated in the DAP’s mouthpiece Roketkini that Mahathir cannot pretend to be ignorant of the MAS scandal.

In fact it as also reported that “Mahathir had his hand in getting Petronas to bail out his son Mirzan Mahathir’s shipping company, then Konsortium Perkapalan, which had trouble servicing US$490 million debt!”

(courtesy of Finance Twitter)
(courtesy of Finance Twitter)

Lim Kit Siang was so furious about the bailout of Konsortium Perkapalan using the rakyat’s money that on the 16th June 1998 he wrote:

But Mahathir should similarly give full co-operation to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Nepotism, particularly as to whether there is any nepotism in the government, through Petronas, using hundreds of millions of ringgit of public funds to bail out Mirzan Mahathir’s Konsortium Perkapalan Bhd.

Just recently, a copy of a directive from the Ministry of Finance to Telekom Malaysia regarding a direct negotiation contract award totalling RM214.2 million to Mukhriz Mahathir’s OPCOM made its rounds on the Internet:

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A blog post by a Sup Torpedo wrote about this back in 2006:

Mahathir’s criticism of Scomi is justified. It has proved that Scomi does not garner very much government work and now that’s all open to scrutiny. Unlike a company called Opcom Sdn. Bhd. who had a direct nego approved by the Finance Ministry way back in 2003 when Mahathir was both Prime Minister and Finance Minister. The amount of the tender by Telekom Malaysia Berhad was two hundred and fourteen MILLION ringgit. The Ministry of Finance approved it, no doubt with the blessing of the then Finance Minister and Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Hey! What’s new?  If you look at the above letter, it was dated on the 7th October 2003.  The old fart stepped down as the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister on the 31st October 2003.

It was an eleventh-hour effort to enrich his kin – a true nepotistic egoist dictator who was afraid that money made during his 22-year dictatorship would not be enough to cover his grave.

Even in 2006, during the peak of the old fart’s attacks on his successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, observers such as Sup Torpedo could see that it was little about putting the interest of the rakyat ahead as compared to securing money for the Thousand-year Reich of his:

Don’t miss the wood for the trees. This fight that Mahathir got going on with Pak Lah is not about doing the right thing. It is at best about putting his old crony’s rice bowl firmly where the padi fields grow. At the very worst of motives might be the will to further advance Mukhriz’s political career and provide continuity to the old ways.

Again, what is new now? Virtually nothing, except for one little glaring fact: WHY IS UNCLE KIT SIANG SELLING HIS SOUL AND PUTTING HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL INTERESTS AHEAD OF THE RAKYAT’S BY MAKING A U-TURN ON HIS ATTACKS ON MAHATHIR?

A simple answer would be that he is nothing but the stinking, arrogant cow-dung for brain hypocrite he has always been.  Power is what he seeks for power ensures riches, just like his charged-for-corruption son.

And what of the rakyat then?

As the saying goes: “The meek shall inherit shit.”