With the upcoming budget, several opposition characters from PR have had their own public thoughts on the way the country’s finances are to be managed. Fair enough, as the opposition they need to have opinions and stay relevant, or at least try to.
What we find hilarious is the forked way in which some of these characters make their arguments on the way they will run the country if they ever have a chance.
BN does fuel subsidy rationalisation? Wrong!
BN implements BRIM? Wrong!
There is nothing the government can do that is right. Okay lah…the government also don’t exactly cover themselves in glory but let’s be reasonable.
The DAP fellows, especially people like Ong Kian Ming and Tony Pua continuously lament that Malaysians live in an artificial economy where everything is subsidised. But they are also the first to scream when the PM attempts to gradually rationalise fuel subsidies according to world prices.
They look even more stupid when they insist this subsidy rationalisation affects the poor but at the same time they condemn the BRIM idea.
BRIM is a targeted subsidy which goes direct to the pockets of the poor. So, this means a farmer with a Proton Wira may need to pay RM2.10 for RON95 but he gets back RM1,000-RM1,500 into his bank account through the BRIM system.
The filthy rich lawyer on the other hand still pays a subsidised RM 2.10 for RON95 but gets no BRIM. Why not you ask?
Because they can very well afford not to!!
This is what the global market system terms as ‘targeted subsidy’. It is the way forward which means the PM is brave enough to remove blanket subsidies gradually.
So you see Ong and Tony…
Targeted subsidy – Good!
Blanket Subsidy – Bad!
Don’t lah simply criticise everything….