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Allocation for Prime Minister’s Department is unnecessarily huge

The Prime Minister’s Department will receive an allocation of RM 15.94 billion in 2017, of which RM 4.92 billion is for Administration and RM 11.01 billion for Development. The allocation is unnecessarily huge when most other ministries, especially health, education, welfare and policing suffer substantial cuts. Yesterday, I received a written reply from Dato’ Seri… Read More

PM’s ostrich response to multiple crises in ‘Budget Season 2017’

Budget 2017 presented by Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister Najib Razak feels like an ostrich’s response to the multiple crises facing the nation. Instead of taking the bull by its horns, Najib decided to bury his head in the sand in the hope that the storm would be over by some stroke of good luck. That is… Read More

Budget 2017 Curbing Prime Ministerial “slush funds” a national priority

Making a choice Budgeting is about making choices and setting priorities. Budget 2017, which will be presented on 21st October 2016, is set against an increasingly difficult and slowing global economy that inevitably means less corporate taxes for the government. Oil prices plunged since October 2014 and will not return to its erstwhile levels for… Read More

Bajet 2016 : Bajet Najib, oleh Najib, untuk Najib

Saya sifatkan Bajet 2016 tidak lebih sekadar ‘Bajet Najib, oleh Najib dan untuk Najib’ semata-mata. Bajet tersebut antaranya menampilkan 3 intisari penting: Pertama, jumlah perbelanjaan bajet menurun buat pertama kalinya sejak tahun 2010 yang lalu. Perbelanjaan bagi tahun 2015 adalah RM 274 bilion manakala RM267 bilion telah diperuntukkan bagi 2016, menunjukkan penurunan sebanyak RM7 bilion…. Read More

Budget 2016: A budget “of Najib, by Najib, for Najib”

Budget 2016 is unmistakably a budget essentially “of Najib, by Najib and for Najib.” The Budget has three salient features: First, total budgeted expenditure decreased for the first time since 2010. Budgeted expenditure for 2015 was RM 274 billion while RM267 billion was allocated for 2016, a decline of RM 67 billion. Second, the cuts… Read More

Najib’s Special Economic Committee is a waste of time

The freshly-formed Special Economic Committee (JKE), which convened for the first time on 1st September, is a complete waste of time if the trust deficit of the Najib Government is not addressed up front. I therefore call on credible independent figures like Dato’ Seri Nazir Razak and Tan Sri Andrew Sheng to withdraw from the… Read More

GST: Customs must stop harassing small businesses

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 3rd April 2015 in Kluang: I call on Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to instruct the Customs Department to halt all enforcement activities and focus on hand-holding small businesses to adapt to GST collections. In my visits to… Read More

Budget 2015 “revision” is just a PR exercise, USD55 per barrel price unrealistic

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 20th January 2015 On 27 October 2014, when the crude oil price was hovering at the US$80-85 per barrel mark, I called on Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak to revise the budget which had been… Read More

Najib’s excessive control over developmental allocation

Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More

Call on Najib to brief Parliament on the impact of failing oil prices on the Budget

Budget Speech (Part 1) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP by Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 28th October 2014 in Parliament One of the “Black Swan events” that the current budget did not anticipate is the falling oil prices. The black swan theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a metaphor that describes… Read More