But a big, tacit NOD for KJ
Kuala Lumpur, 24 Oct: 16 YEARS at the Business Times, I think I've covered my fair share of the Federal government's annual Budget sessions in Parliament.
One chore was to try and "label" each Budget in order to simplify or capture its essence for the busy readers.
The most overused till this day has to be "the people's Budget" (and its variations "a budget for all/everyone/rakyat etc).
At the height of his power (over the media bosses, at least), Anwar Ibrahim described his own Budget "a caring Budget".
At the height of his, Dr Mahathir Mohamad officially changed Belanjawan, the old Bahasa Malaysia word for Budget, to Bajet.
I think Ibrahim Ali was spot on to call Najib Razak's 2017 Budget tabled last Friday Bajet roti dan keju (bread and butter Budget). There's quite a lot for civil servants and those in the bottom 40 per cent of the salary scale. What I don't understand is why the Perkasa chief was so unhappy with the fact that Najib is trying to ensure that the people's welfare is made a priority in these trying times. As former banker and Cabinet Minister Abdul Wahid Omar pointed out, this has got to be one of the most challenging Budgets that Najib has had to prepare, given the limited financial resources and the sluggish world economy.
My circle of friends wanted me to thank the PM specifically for:
The bikers have complained about the bike lanes for years and many had actually given up hope that something would actually be done. I hope the relevant authorities have bicyclists in mind, too, when upgrading those lanes. A lot more cyclists are using those narrow lanes these days ...
The gadget-laden kids, meanwhile, are grateful about this:
|For their assignments, of course, |
not for anime and those silly computer games
There are actually a lot of little things for the small people in the Budet. That's why Wahid calls it "a people-centric responsible Budget", I suppose.
But the "monkeys" won't know it, said social media journalist Ahmad Cendana on his Facebook, in reference to Opposition politicians who had staged a walkout during Najib's Budget speech.
“Monkeys – that’s a harsh word to use, but it is well justified in this case. Come to think of it their actions are a good thing. They have inadvertently exposed themselves to their supporters as to what they really are. A bunch of uncouth empty barrels without much substance. So these are the people who are being promoted to replace the present government?” - Malaysians still disgusted over MPs' budget storm out The Mole 23 Oct