Out of the many points highlighted by our Prime Minister during the presentation of Malaysia’s Budget 2011, I have my thoughts on 12 points.
For the rest, it’s either I’m okay with it, seems reasonable or I simply don’t understand.
1) Greater KL MRT to be implemented from 2011. When completed, public transport utilisation rate is expected to rise to at least 40%.
This sounds like a great improvement but I seriously hope they don’t blindly come up with ideas like special coaches for lesbians and transgenders.
Or even buying the usage rights of Hello Kitty images to indicate female coaches.
2) A new landmark, Warisan Merdeka, is expected to be completed in 2020. It will include a 100-storey tower, the tallest in Malaysia.
What’s the point of building another skyscraper, when only the Malaysia Book of Records will acknowledge it? The money should be used at other sectors instead of fame.
Now, what can it do for the country? Oh wait, contracts – which will lead to more income!
3) The Govt proposes that import duty on approximately 300 goods preferred by tourists and locals, at 5% to 30%, be abolished.
The “goods” include daily use products such as shampoos, handbags, hair colouring, powders, lamps, shirts and especially – undergarments, lingerie, nightwear, perfumes.
Oh wait, sexy stuff cheaper price right?
Then more Malaysian ladies will have better night outfit. Not a bad thing. ;)
4) The Government proposes that the rate of service tax be increased from 5% to 6%.
Although it’s just a tiny 1% increment, it’s 100% troublesome for us when having meals with a group of friends. This may be petty, but it’ll be harder to calculate and split the bill.
Why not reduce the 10% Service Charge to 9% to balance it up?
5) The Govt will establish a Talent Corporation under the Prime Minister’s Office in early 2011.
What talent? Malaysia’s Got Talent competition?
6) RM213mil is allocated to reward high-performance schools.
In my humble opinion, the money should be allocated to improvements and upgrading of poor schools.
7) RM213mil is allocated to enhance proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia, strengthen the English Language.
Many would believe that the Education Ministry is gonna spend the money on language courses and campaigns. Well, that’s a good thing.
But – with any campaigns, comes free food. And a whole lot money would be eventually spent on food itself.
One of my teachers used to say “Go courses just eat whole day only, learn nothing wan”.
8) The 1Malaysia Training Program will commence in January 2011 with an allocation of RM500mil.
What is 1Malaysia Training Program all about? With RM500mil? Wow that’s seriously a huge sum of money!
What are they gonna train? Learn how to sing 1Malaysia song?
Wait, is this the official 1Malaysia song? Seriously, I don’t even know! Maybe the program will benefit me.
9) To develop football, the Govt will establish a Football Academy in Pahang with RM20mil to produce quality football players.
I personally think this is unnecessary. You can certainly figure out why.
But, I’m actually a footballer too, so can I join in and become a quality football player like Cristiano Ronaldo?
This upcoming Football Academy will certainly fulfill my footballing dreams! Real Madrid is so gonna buy me then! :)
10) First-time house buyers will be given stamp duty exemption of 50% on instruments of transfer on a house price not exceeding RM350,000.
In Kuala Lumpur, where to get houses at RM350,000?
11) RM350mil is allocated to implement various programs to combat crime, including burglary, motorcycle and car thefts.
Okay, reasonable implementations. But what about combating Mat Rempits?
12) 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) will provide RM20mil to the 1Malaysia Youth Fund. This fund will be utilized to instill the 1Malaysia spirit.
To be frank, I don’t believe that money is the solution in instilling a certain spirit to youths. Money can’t buy that.
But since they insist on doing so, what are they gonna do?
Yo PM. This would be a great effort!
So, what do you think about the 2011 Malaysian Budget?