The Alcohol Tax Which Killed Some Dudes

An easy problem?

A bunch of guys died, and the health ministry and government struggles to respond.

Why?

Deadly alcohol poisoning from bootleg was always going to happen. Because it has got out of control for decades, and no one in power cares.

The nonchalant response from the health ministry is case in point.

This is a problem 35-years in making.

We have to go back to the 1980s. And even this is related to Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad.

In the wake of Anwar’s entry into the Umno government, to stave off PAS the Mahathir administration was keen to appear overtly Islamic.

An easy target was to punish alcohol consumers.

They literally get to have their cake and eat it too. Continue reading “The Alcohol Tax Which Killed Some Dudes”

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Bumiputera Congress Farce: Have we ever left the 1960s?

Getting the game plan sorted. Anwar chats with Mahathir at the congress at the KLCC.

While the Malay vote was split three ways at the last election, it has not fazed Pakatan Harapan’s unquenchable priority to dominate Malay support.

But let’s remove the facade, about this congress

It was a Malay agenda event, not a bumiputera agenda setting congress. The double speak of using the Borneo population to up the relevance of the numbers, in terms of population percentage and also the size of poverty is very old.

Perhaps it should be discarded? Because uplifting all of the Bumiputera was not the point.

Power of the economy minister.

As EPU points to 71% of the B-40 are Bumiputera, as a basis of urgency for this congress, it does not distinguish between how much of the 71% is Malay, as opposed to non-Malay Bumiputera (read Melanau, Kadazan, Iban, Bidayuh, Murut, Siamese, Eurasian and Orang Asli, for instance). Continue reading “Bumiputera Congress Farce: Have we ever left the 1960s?”

A new MB for Selangor?

Quick change in Selangor after election day? Seems like it.

With the swearing-ins fresh and the general public coming to terms with the new line-ups at the federal and state levels, there may be a shake up in Selangor.

With MB Azmin Ali named as economy minister, his shift to Putrajaya will likely see him vacate Shah Alam.

Azmin may be eager for the joys a national job can offer while being circumspect about losing the plum job of driving the richest state in Selangor. Continue reading “A new MB for Selangor?”

Petronas money direct to the People

“Petronas paid out a total of RM26.839 billion in royalties to the Federal Government and the state governments of Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak for the financial years ended March 2004 till March 2007.” http://www.Malaysianinsider.com May 14 2008

Here’s an idea, why not pay the royalties from Petronas direct to Malaysians. Most of of it to the residents of Trengganu, Sabah and Sarawak. If the oil is from there, then the money should be channeled for the present and long term benefit of the people of these states. Continue reading “Petronas money direct to the People”