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Private Healthcare in Malaysia Gains Strength Against Public Healthcare

The federal government’s share of investments in our healthcare sector has been lagging behind the private sector in 2012 when compared to 2001. This can be observed in terms of the number of hospitals that has been built in the … Continue reading



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‘Kejayaan’ 56 Tahun Kerajaan BN #4

Source:  Sections 4.1 and 4.3 of UMNO-Nomics: the Dark Side of the Budget. Written by Teh Chi-Chang, illustrated by Johnny Ong and published by REFSA in July 2012.



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‘Kejayaan’ 56 Tahun Kerajaan BN #3

  Notes:  Lies, damned lies and crime statistics, 7 Feb 2013, the Rocket, Available at www.therocket.com.my MyWatch’s Allegation: Police Deny Tweaking Crime Statistics, 7 Feb 2013, www.malaysiandigest.com. MyWatch is an anti-crime NGO whose patron is former Inspector-General of Police, Tan … Continue reading



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‘Kejayaan’ 56 Tahun Kerajaan BN #2

Notes: The World Bank conservatively estimates that 827,000 Malaysians were overseas as at 2010, with Singapore (385,000) and Australia (102,000) being the top 2 destinations. Source: Table 3.7, pg 98, Malaysia Economic Monitor: Brain Drain, Apr 2011, The World Bank.  Many … Continue reading



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‘Kejayaan’ 56 Tahun Kerajaan BN #1

Note: According to the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 recently released by the Ministry of Education, 15% of our schools lack access to clean water. 20% have inadequate science labs and 27% have inadequate computer labs.



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Choose Progression, not Regression

Everything in life boils down to one thing: choice. Behind every action is a choice, followed by a decision. The Budget itself is constructed from decisions, of how best to spend our resources to deliver public goods and services and … Continue reading



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Rational Rationing of Resources

As Malaysia’s resources start to dwindle, it’s imperative for the federal government to be more accountable in its management of our increasingly scarce remaining resources. For one, Petronas cannot be expected to constantly bail us out of catastrophic mismanagement messes. … Continue reading



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Federal Government: Power Hog?

The greedy hog at the table is the one who ends up hogging everything in sight. Aside from very small grants based on population and roads, payments to the state governments are at the discretion of the federal government. On … Continue reading



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A Tender Situation
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A Tender Situation

The federal government’s policies favouring negotiated contracts and gatekeepers such as PEMANDU have fostered an anti-competitive economy, where the likelihood of procuring a contract depends on who you know, rather than how good your products or services actually are. If there isn’t any incentive … Continue reading



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Janji Ditepati or Janji Diketepi?

In the run-up to our 55th Merdeka Day celebrations, the federal government has been particularly keen on reminding Malaysians of all it has done for us. Full-page newspaper advertisements and massive roadside billboards trumpeting ‘Janji Ditepati’ (Fulfilling our Promises) and … Continue reading



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