There’s the budget, for sure, but along with the RM100 bus passes, RM20 from PTPTN borrowers if they can earn RM1001 a month and the fuel subsidy for the needy, came that moment. One which will long live in our memories.
Since Malaysian budgets were presented in Malay, predating the Tan Siew Sin days in a different Malaysia, and most certainly on live TV, never was a sight as such was to behold: A full chamber listen to a man present with no alacrity for the language of his country, present the national budget for his country.
The Penang High Court acquitted the freshman Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng, of corruption involving the purchase of a home at below market price from an interested party, Phang Li Koon, because Guan Eng had approved her land conversion application.
The issues boiled over in 2016, in the island-state where Guan Eng was chief minister for ten years till last May.
If Pakatan lost on May 9, there would be no betting man on the island or on its mainland settlement, Seberang Perai, wagering Guan Eng would have escaped jail.
You have to hold your breadth and maybe your disbelief when someone opens up the NEP (New Economic Policy) debate at a late dinner in Chilli’s Midvalley.
Surprisingly it ended up being fairly amicable.
There were two strands of thought. The veered away – that the policy started with many noble intentions and was necessary in the climate it came into being and has borne some tangible and longstanding benefits to the nation – however in the last twenty years or so has been sabotaged by the Umnoputras for self-engrandisement. Continue reading “The leader of will”→