So, Prime Minister Najib Razak went to the US and threw around a few billions to “strengthen the US economy” with our money — US$24 billion, including EPF money, to build infrastructure there. Wow, how generous of him!
Meanwhile, we don’t have enough money to install CCTVs at police stations to find out why a policeman was found inside one station with bullet wounds. We don’t have enough money to give cops better salaries to discourage them from taking bribes.
We don’t have money to pay the Selangor government a full price to take over water concessionaire SPLASH which owns the Selangor Dam and two water treatment plants.
We don’t have enough to pay Sabah and Sarawak more oil royalties to build their own infrastructure and grow their own economies.
We also don’t have enough money to fit religious schools with adequate safety measures and monitor them to maintain high safety standards. We often read and hear of fire-related deaths at these schools. The latest was the fire at the religious school in Taman Keramat in Kuala Lumpur which killed 19 students and 2 teachers because the escape route was blocked.
No, no! These are not urgent issues that require an allocation of money. But buying 737s and investing EPF funds in the US are!
Prices keep shooting up and cost of living has gone up so high many are slipping to a lower standard of living.
So much to consider in our own economy but the prime minister is generously investing abroad. Well, we’ll have to see if it will benefit us in significant ways and that his trips abroad and money thrown are not another PR exercise to change public perception ahead of the general election.
If it is, we have come to expect the prime minister to do no better. Despite all the public caution and criticisms, he chooses to act as he always has — befuddling common sense.
Well, what I find more frightening than his abilities is the support he gets. His coalition partners have no choice but to prop him up. But the voters who still will vote for him and the Barisan Nasional (BN)?
They read his actions as he wants them to. On a daily diet of mainstream BN propaganda, they are convinced of BN invincibility. Well, the rest of us have to prove them wrong. We need to counter their effort by exposing the mainstream media as pure propaganda.
I know I sound like a broken record but the next general elections is very important. If there’s no change of government we’ll have to put up with more of Najibism and it’s very doubtful that would be good for this nation
So, everyone has to do our part now — even if it’s a small part — to influence the one who can’t see and make him or her see.
One vote turned away from the BN is one vote more for the good of the nation. Hopefully, that would lead to a definite change of government. I’m actively rooting for it!