Monday, 6 June 2011

The BN Government Listening To Us

Gearing into the PRU 13, we listed a few things the government need to look into, among others are...and BN Government plans for the listed expectations....

What the people expected from BN are -

1. Affordable houses.

My First House Scheme (Skim Rumah Pertamaku)
My First House Scheme (Skim Rumah Pertamaku) was introduced in Budget 2011 to provide first time home buyer 100% home loan financing for residential property priced below RM220,000. That means no down payment is required. The 10% down payment will be actually guaranteed by Cagamas Bhd. Bear in mind, the scheme is entitled only for those with family income below RM3,000.

First announced last October in Budget 2011 and officially launched in March by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the scheme (My First Home) is aimed at helping young professionals between 18 and 35 to own a home priced between RM100,000 and RM220,000. At the launch, Najib expressed his hope that the private sector would view participation in the scheme as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity, and not as a venture to profit from.

2. Abundant of employment opportunities.

The Economic Transformation Program (ETP) will result in Malaysia becoming a high income nation with GNI per capita  of RM 48'000 or USD 15'000 by 2020. This will be a private led sector transformation with 92% of the over RM 1.4trillion of investment required coming from the private sector. The ETP will raise income levels across Malaysia by creating an additional 3.3 Million Jobs, over 60% of which will be in medium-income or high income salary brackets.

3. Efficient Transportation Systems

Here are the estimated total project values for the future public transport plan in Malaysia:
  • RM7 billion – For Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension works
  • RM36 billion – For Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system construction and design
  • RM2 billion – For MRT station and MRT line land acquisition
  • RM3 billion – For all the vehicles that move on a railway (rolling stock)
  • RM2 billion – For MRT underground commercial space development

4. Principle Centered Government who takes action on all corruption cases without prejudice.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under the charge of Abu Kassim has dragged to court big fish and small fish, including a Tun and a former Minister. Last week, the conviction of BN Adun for Lenggeng marked another victory, although it was bitter-sweet at best, the dude going down for a RM2.000 bribe. Some crooks have escaped the net because their lawyers are too damn good or the cases against them not strong enough.The latest in the string of successes is the sensational bust of 62 customs officers nationwide, including nine female officers. In one swoop, Abu Kassim has established his intention of going after "systemic corruption". This will surely make a lot of people look over their shoulders - me next? We all want this beloved country of ours to be free of corruption. Abu Kassim is trying to do that for all of us. In the process, he is making a lot of enemies and the MACC has been subjected to a lot of bad press, an inquest, and an on-going Royal Commission of Inquiry. 

5. Efficient , service oriented and friendly Government Agencies and Civil Servants, bottom up.

Launched in 2005, myGovernment is the Malaysia government's official portal. The myGovernment initiative was undertaken by Malaysia Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), a central agency under the Prime Minister Department. The portal provides directory of government information and services and features online services (myServices, myForms, myBayar, myNews), downloadable forms, polling, myCommunity, government machinery, directory, tender notices, job vacancies, policies and public complaints. The portal also has information for citizen, business and non-citizen.

Launched by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) to seek the rakyat's ideas and suggestions for the on-going 8 Labs. Opinions are valuable to make GTP a success. Thus, everybody is encouraged to share their ideas and suggestions to make these Labs a success. GTP will focus on what the rakyat wants and needs ("People First") through ensuring fast delivery of results ("Performance Now") to contribute to 1Malaysia and Vision 2020. The 6 National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) identified to spearhead the Government's transformations are: Widening access to affordable and quality education; Improving urban public transport in the medium-term; Combating corruption; Reducing crime rate; Improving infrastructure in rural areas; Improving standards of living of low income households. The aim of GTP is two-fold - transform the government to be more effective and accountable; catapult Malaysia into an advanced, united, safe and just society with a high quality of life for all.

Incorporated on February 17, 2000 as I.T. Marvel Sdn Bhd. Renamed My E.G. Dot Com Sdn Bhd before assuming the present name on October 13, 2001. The company was public listed on April 13, 2005. MYEG's main objectives are development and implementation of E-Government services and the provision of other related services for the E-Government initiative. MYEG is a concessionaire for the E-Government MSC Flagship Application and provides the electronic link between the Government and the citizens and businesses. MYEG's businesses are categorised into 2 divisions - G2C and GES. G2C refers to services such as driving theory test bookings, issuance and renewal of licences, electronic bill payment and payment (EBPP) as well as online information services such as traffic summons checking and electronic bankruptcy or liquidation status searches (E-Insolvency). GES are non-Internet based services. The MYEG official website features CDL and road tax renewal, LDL application, JPJ booking and more.

6. Cheap consumer products and services. / 7. The government must check the rise of inflation.

1. To help Malaysia maintain the strong growth it has achieved, the Government has implemented difficult but long-needed economic reforms that will help Malaysia become a developed and high-income nation. In this regard, the Government has begun a planned and fair reform of a subsidy regime that for too long has been ineffective in helping those who need it most and, over time, has become a barrier to Malaysia’s progress.

2. The Government has made bold economic decisions over the past two years. Two stimulus packages were introduced, promoting growth, even as the global financial crisis spread.

Important sectors of our economy further liberalised were opened to new investment. The Government cut spending by RM24 billion, by reducing waste and inefficiency. As a result, the country’s economy has been reinvigorated, with 10.1 per cent growth in the first quarter of 2010, Malaysia’s best performance in a decade. Although there is still instability in the global economy, Malaysia is well positioned for the future – not by chance, but by the choices we have made together.

3. As set out by the Prime Minister when he announced the 10th Malaysia Plan, Malaysia’s national goals cannot be achieved by simply managing through a crisis. Malaysia’s ambition is to be a high-income nation, with opportunity for all.

4. In the New Economic Model, the Prime Minister set out plans for further investment in key strategic sectors, upgrading our infrastructure, creating additional private sector investment opportunities and realizing higher levels of GDP growth. However, growth alone will not allow us to meet our goals. As the Government has consistently said over recent months, we must also implement subsidy reforms that will remove distortions in the marketplace and enable us

to better target our resources on those most in need, and on investments that will provide lasting benefits for Malaysians.

5. With these priorities in mind, the Cabinet has decided that, effective 16 July 2010, subsidies for fuel, specifically petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), as well as sugar, will be reduced as the first step of a gradual subsidy rationalisation programme. Subsidies for RON 95 and diesel will be reduced by 5 sen per liter. LPG will be reduced by 10 sen per kilogram. RON 97 will no longer be subsidised. It will be subjected to a managed float, where the price will be determined by the automatic pricing mechanism. For sugar, the upward price adjustment will be 25 sen per kilogram. The details of these changes are now available on the PMO and PEMANDU websites, at: and 

6. These minimal changes will help Malaysia achieve a position of fiscal responsibility and put us on a path toward reducing our deficit. To meet these objectives, we have chosen to make adjustments to our subsidies. Even after these changes, the Government will still spend an estimated RM 7.82 billion on fuel and sugar subsidies in 2010. The prices of fuel and sugar in Malaysia will still be among the lowest in the region. 

7. This subsidy rationalisation will, according to estimates, allow Malaysia to reduce Government expenditure by more than RM 750 million in 2010.

8. The decision to reduce subsidies for fuel and sugar is based on the fact that reducing fuel subsidies will have the greatest impact on government spending and reducing sugar subsidies will allow us to promote healthier lifestyles. The decision is also grounded on three main concerns:

a. First, these subsidies also benefit foreigners and wealthier Malaysians, who can well afford to pay unsubsidised prices. Our focus should be on helping the family sharing a motorcycle or Kancil to get to work and school, but instead our spending on subsidies has provided the same benefits to those driving imported luxury cars. The sugar subsidy disproportionately benefits industries, not families. Businesses have been using almost twice as much subsidised sugar as Malaysian households. 

b. Second, highly subsidised prices often lead to illegal smuggling of these goods. Because subsidies make these products the cheapest in the region, in 2009 alone smugglers were caught heading out of Malaysia with more than 200 metric tonnes of sugar to be sold across borders. Also, subsidised diesel continues to go to the black market or across our borders, instead of to those we meant to assist. Law enforcement have been doing their best to prevent smuggling, with 109 sugar related arrests last year. This is the tip of the iceberg. As long as there are big price differences, smuggling will continue. And: 

c. Third, unless we reduce our consumption of fuel and sugar, we face potentially serious consequences as a nation. We are quickly depleting our domestic fuel resources. It is vital that we rationalise our fuel use – as well as develop new energy technologies - as a matter of economic, energy and national security. In this regard, we have implemented a number of policies to protect the environment. We must also reduce our sugar consumption. 40 per cent of Malaysians are now either overweight or obese. Incidents of diabetes are rising quickly. Statistics show that the percentage of Malaysians with diabetes now exceeds that in the United States. We must, as a matter of urgency, take every step available to tackle what is clearly a public health issue for our nation. Reducing sugar consumption, among our children in particular, is a step in the right direction. 

9. These are among the reasons why the Government has chosen to focus on sugar and fuel subsidies. Subsidies for education and health care will continue. These are areas of importance for our economy and our society where the Government should be investing. These include, providing support to develop skills, training the knowledge based workforce of the future and improving the well-being of the nation. 

10. The Government arrived at this decision following robust consultations with the people. Thousands of Malaysians participated in the policy labs, Open Day and an unprecedented public feedback process. As with subsidy reform, the budget, the Government Transformation Program and now the National Key Economic Areas, the Government has made a determined effort to engage the public, listen and learn, and then act in the best interest of the nation.

11. These measures are designed to have a minimal impact on individual families, but long-term benefits for the nation. The reduction in expenditure from these reforms will allow us to better use resources for families, communities and business growth. Measures such as the 1Malaysia clinics, the 1Malaysia mobile clinics, as well as the scholarships for all 9A+ and
deserving students, specifically those who have done well, but come from lower income families, are made possible by such reforms. Similarly, by reducing expenditure on subsidies we will be able to continue strengthening such initiatives as the price standardisation project, which seeks to harmonise prices of essential goods between urban and rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak.

12. The Government has made a difficult, but bold decision. By choosing to implement these modest subsidy reforms, we have taken a crucial step in the right direction towards meeting our commitment to reduce the fiscal deficit, without overburdening the Malaysian people. These measures are a demonstration of our fiscal responsibility. They will enhance Malaysia’s financial stability, while also protecting the Rakyat. 

Prime Minister’s Office
15 July 2010

Read more: Statement from Prime Minister's Office:<br>Rationalising subsidies for Malaysia’s future

8. Younger and new candidates for Dewan Undangan Negeri and Parlimen seats with clean track record but performing old horses must be retained. 

We wait for the 13th Election coming soon !

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