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Selangor’s budget is like “empty tin cans”

WhatsApp Image 2017-11-09 at 17.09.35MO, 9/11/2017 – While Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presented the Budget 2018 on 27 October 2017, the leaders of Pakatan Harapan continued to summarize that this is the budget “sugar-coating” budget or the election budget.

Budget 2018 is seen as comprehensive and has been well received by the public, and this in fact is a cause for concern to the leaders of the coalition, including Chief Minister of Selangor, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Aside from this, Azmin, without shame, has considered Budget 2018 by the Barisan Nasional government as somewhat a copy of the welfare budget implemented by the PKR government of Selangor.

Following this, many awaited what Azmin presented as Selangor’s budget, whether it would be better than that of the Prime Minister’s.

What is shocking is that while the leaders of the opposition criticised the deficit in Budget 2018, the deficit in the expenditure of the PKR government is way higher, at 26 per cent of the RM3.12 billion that is the earnings of the state.

At the same time, this writer assumes that Azmin is trying to confuse the people, especially civil servants of Selangor when he announced the three months’ bonus, when factually this is just an increment of a month’s bonus.

Perhaps Azmin did this as he felt “compelled to” with the various announcements regarding special incentives and assistance of the government in Budget 2018. Therefore, to appear as if the PKR government is as good, these sorts of announcements were made.

This writer also sees Azmin as being under pressure as a result of the attentiveness of the Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Tan Sri Noh Omar in tackling the issue of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Selangor.

Therefore, in order to cover up his failure at handling this issue, Azmin has announced the cancellation of arrears in rent for the PPR. But what is questionable is, for which PPR? Has the PPR issue caught Azmin’s attention in previous budgets?

Due to this, this writer believes that Azmin is in fact feeling more pressured and is disorganised with the diligence and attentiveness of Noh who is also the Chairman of the UMNO Relations, Selangor, which has been seen to have successfully solved a number of problems relating to the PPR.

What is more worrying to Azmin is that PPR residents appreciates what Noh has done and that the PKR government failed to assist them. Although Noh is only doing his job as minister and is championing the lives of PPR residents as part of his responsibility, from the political point of view, Azmin and the leaders of the Selangor state is politicising Noh’s actions.

However, this writer also believes that the people of Selangor particularly residents of the PPR will no longer be fooled by Azmin’s political theatrics when he presents the Selangor state budget. What more, if the budget is analysed, if it does not even come close to Budget 2018 presented by the Prime Minister, especially in ensuring that not one segment of society is left behind.

While Azmin repeatedly claims that Selangor is demonstrating leadership on the basis of a welfare state, this can be questioned in the budget presented. This is as the budget does not contain elements or approaches of the Selangor PKR government in assisting the people in reducing the high cost of living.

If it is true that the PKR Selangor government cares and feels that they are in a better position to assist the people in this angle, why is that not one announcement points to this? Why is it that they are repeating the same old script on programmes that have been implemented before but with questionable outcomes?

It is apparent that the Selangor state budget presented by Azmin is full of questions and will not benefit the people of Selangor. This is the result of those who only point fingers and question what is done by others.

Therefore this writer hopes that the people can assess what Azmin is doing. The tabling of the budget by the Chief Minister of Selangor has proven that Pakatan Harapan, which aims to lead the country, is not that great.

The fact of the matter is, Selangor’s state budget is not only “sugar-coating” the quest for political support but more of “empty cans making the most noise”.

Filed in: Ekonomi, Nasional, Politik, Topik Pilihan

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