Saturday, January 26, 2008

RM500 ribu wang rakyat hangus / Fight inflation with white elephant

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RM500 ribu wang rakyat hangus sempena lawatan Najib ke Negeri Sembilan
Wan Nordin Wan Yaacob
Fri | Jan 25, 08 | 8:36:16 am MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Jan (Hrkh) - Sebanyak RM500 ribu wang rakyat didakwa 'hangus' sempena sambutan lawatan Timbalan Presiden Umno, Dato' Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak ke Negeri Sembilan 24 dan 25 Januari 2008, kata Ahli Majlis Tertinggi Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KeADILan), Badrul Hisham Shaharin.

Satu laporan Polis bernombor 001523/08 telah dibuat pada 24 Januari jam 11.00 pagi di Ibu Pejabat Polis Seremban berhubung penggunaan wang rakyat itu.

Laporan yang dibuat ke atas Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan, Dato' Seri Utama Mohamad Hassan dan tiga pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) atasa dakwaan menyalahgunakan dana dan kemudahan awam untuk tujuan politik.

Kata Badrul Hisham penggunaan wang rakyat hanyalah untuk sambutan politik sempena lawatan Timbalan Presiden Umno ke Negeri Sembilan pada 24 dan 25 Januari 2008.

Menurut Badrul Hisham, KeADILan mempunyai bukti bagaimana hampir RM500 ribu wang dana rakyat yang seharusnya membantu rakyat susah di Negeri ini dibazirkan hanya untuk tujuan kosmetik sempena lawatan Najib.

"Wang kerajaan digunakan untuk menyediakan bahan berlogo Umno dan BN, kakitangan kerajaan dan murid sekolah dipaksa hadir," katanya.

"Persiapan program melibatkan kakitangan kerajaan dan mereka dibayar kerja lebih masa menyediakan program BN, kain rentang dan 'bunting' serta logo Umno digantung tanpa permit sah.

"Pembelian dan penyediaan program bukan sahaja menggunakan wang rakyat tetapi turut di 'mark up' oleh beberapa pihak menjadikan perbelanjaan dalam jumlah yang amat tidak munasabah," katanya kepada Harakahdaily dalam satu kenyataan mengenai laporan polis yang dibuatnya semalam.

Hadir sama ketika laporan polis dibuat di Seremban ialah, Pengarah Pusat Aduan Rakyat KeADILan Negeri Sembilan, Norazizi Aziz; Ketua Angkatan Muda KeADILan Teluk Kemang, Amiruddin Wahab dan beberapa penyokong DAP serta parti pembangkang lain. --


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Fight inflation with white elephant

Jan 25th, 2008 by Tian

Najib said the Government will keep the inflation rate as low as 2.4%, anyone believe him?

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced a three-pronged strategy aimed at softening the impact of inflation:
1. a national food stockpile;
2. a National Price Council; and
3. a National Call Centre with a 24-hour hotline.

Is Malaysia facing an emergency? I guess Najib has just appointed himself the chief commander to combat inflation.

The measure is nonetheless an indication that the government has admitted to the seriousness of the crisis. Najib�s announcement seems to confirmed that we are now in a state of emergence.

Food stockpiling is a stupid idea. First of all, there is really no shortage of food items (rice, flour, beans, maize, sugar, cooking oil, or durian) in this country. Even if we have insufficient domestic supply from time to time, we can readily import food from neighbouring countries.

Why add extra storage cost on the controlled item? This will become another form of wasteful �subsidy�.

The government seems to have adopted a policy that makes no economic sense.

Not only the concept of food stockpile solves no problem, the establishment of a National Price Council and a National Call Centre is another redherring.

What is the function of National Price Council? The council will include all the government agencies as well as non-governmental representatives from FOMCA, MTUC, Cuepacs, FMM (Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers) , etc.

It is reported that the council �would also review and evaluate the price control regime to ensure fair prices, depending on domestic and global market and conditions of supply and demand. It would also monitor, review and recommend measures to rationalise government subsidies and price support activities covering the production and supply, including imports, of all price-controlled items.� (The Star, 24 Jan)

This is a longterm measure for facilitating better communication between different sectors. It has no direct impact on pricing mechanism.

Then how would the 24-hour National Call Centre help?

Najib said unemployed graduates would also be hired to man the hotline. People can call in to complain on high prices and shortage of goods in the country, and the information will then be reported to the council.

Can you see a white elephant coming?


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