Budget 2006: New Fiscal Year, Same Old Stuff

While the local Malaysian media are applauding Budget 2006, with the same phrases that has been used since the mid 1990s, the average guy on the street is getting sick and tired of hearing the same old things which was supposed to solve the same old problems, but in the end, there doesn’t seem to be much progress.

The “sin taxes” has risen again (booze and fags, 13% and 9% respectively), and the bloody government workers (I refuse to call them “civil servants”, because the last thing they don’t think of themselves as servants, especially to the public) gets bonuses… and for the life of me I can’t understand why. Most government agencies are slow, inefficient, and wasteful. Contrary to being the driving force of Malaysia’s economy, these agencies are what slows it down.

Before you bombard me with calls of “bullshit” and what not, answer these few questions first;

  1. Have you ever had to deal with government agencies with regards to setting up businesses?
  2. Have you ever had to hunt for a government officer for days just to sort up some minor issue which in other civilised countries is just a matter of minutes?
  3. Have you found out how bloody painful the process of dealing with government agencies without knowing “someone inside”?
  4. Are you a registered voter?

If you can’t answer “yes” to all the questions above, then you definitely have lived a very sheltered life. Please visit this page again after you have experienced the things I’ve mentioned above and you might appreciate my reasonings that government workers do not deserve a bonus of any kind considering how they’ve managed to successfully screw this country up since time immemorial.

When people have been in the government all their life, they tend to forget that there is a real country out there, that’s being run mostly by the efforts of the private sector. These people represents the majority of actual productivity in this nation, and not just pay lip service whenever there’re “issues” that need to be addressed. While the governmental cats get fatter, what can the private sector worker expect from Budget 2006?

Now if you think that I’m venting because Budget 2006 has little to no good news for the average Malaysian, let me just say that this is not the reason for my rant. I’m just majorly pissed that every bloody year, our inefficient government workers keep getting undeserved bonuses from their bosses. Sure, there are road tax reductions and whatnots… a goo overview can be found here. However, the cream just keeps on piling for government workers… RM 1.1 billion will be spent to build more housing for some government agencies… haven’t these people stolen enough of the public’s money already by cheating on their housing loans?

When you think things couldn’t get worse… we have bloody useless opposition to “balance off” our incompetent ruling coalition. How I pray that I’ll see the day when Malaysia is run by academics and technocrats. Technocracy wouldn’t be bad system of governance at all… At least those people should have a clue or two, instead of spending hours upon hours just spewing bullshit in front of journalists and TV cameras. And it sure beats the tired race-based politics that is ohh so early 1900s!