A well-received budget that puts us back on track

Emmanuel Joseph

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and other members of the cabinet showing the red case where the budget speech is stored before tabling in parliament last Friday. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 16, 2019.

THE rather well-received Budget 2020 came as a welcome respite from the litany of bad news to befall Pakatan Harapan the past six months or so.

Quite balanced, considerate and with something for most Malaysians, the fiscal plan also took pains to assuage Malay-Muslim concerns that Putrajaya was neglecting its traditional role of developing Bumiputeras.

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  • Put us back on track?
    On track for what?
    A budget is but one component in the larger context of nation building.
    Are we on track where social justice, race and religious mongering is concerned?
    Are we on track where statesmen like political leaders are needed? Or politicians of integrity (from both sides of the divide)?
    Are we on track iro getting rid of red tape and civil service bureaucracy and Napoleons? How long does it take you to get a phone call answered in any jabatan Kerajaan? Or the inefficiencies encountered therein?

    Well, whaddya think?

    Posted 4 months ago by Rock Hensem