My last posting was ‘WHO CARES’ that reflects my utter frustration at the manner in which our national leaders react to the massive ‘fraud’ inherent within the recently released Auditor General’s (AG) report. Their response is one of shameless denial; this despite the obvious detailed observations and comments recorded by the AG, that even an infant would know that there is a lot wrong in the financial management of government funds by ministries and departments. This is not my first exposure to the AG report; rather I have read some previous ones too. But this report I think is the worse ever to reflect the government’s mismanagement of its finances and spending, and what we get in return are denials upon denials by our national leaders. If denials are the only response that our leaders knows best, than I say that we might as well do away with the AG report.
Have we not read how silly the response we get from the Agriculture Minister Noh Omar regarding the financial mismanagement of the National Feedlot Centre (NFC)? If he does not know anything, it is better that he shut up. And what about the response from Tourism Minister Yen Yen that does not make any sense to me. Now, I have been told that even our PM in his written response has defended the failed NFC for reasons best known to him. Of course, being the PM he has no other choice but to defend the lady minister and her family members; rightfully or wrongfully. That’s the essence of a true UMNO leader. I think I would have done the same if I were the PM.
Now, I am told that the MACC finds that there isn’t any financial irregularities involved in the purchase of two pairs of night vision goggles by the Marine Park Department at ten times higher than the market price, and this is blamed on improper market survey. What stupidity is this? Does this mean that no one is to be blamed, and that the ‘improper market survey’ is at fault? My intuition tells me that there is a deliberate attempt by someone to cheat, and that cheat must be brought to justice. I now say that even the MACC investigators are not doing justice by making such remarks and judgment that only makes a mockery of them supposedly being the experts in the art of fighting and investigating corruption. I now believe that these investigators are incompetent and they need to learn much more. Why don’t they learn from the Hongkies?
And what about the statement made by Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni when he said that RM407 billion national debt that grew 12.3% last year (I believe it is constantly growing) was “manageable as it had yet to breach critical threshold”. Does this mean that we have to wait till it reaches the threshold for us to start panicking? And that will certainly come if our leaders continue to remain complacent and play ignorant that the financial woe of the country isn’t too worrying. The same can be said of the country’s external debt that has yet to breach the threshold of RM35 billion. It will certainly come if we are not careful.
Idris Jala has once again reminded us that “the country will go bankrupt if it spends borrowed money on operating expenditure such as subsidies instead of investing the cash” Idris Jala’s argument is simple i.e. if our growth is dismal and if we do not cut on operating expenditure, then we are heading for ‘dooms day’. Just read what other renowned economist and financial gurus say of our economy and it does not sound good. So stop listening to some of those ‘half baked politicians’ who only knows nothing better to do, other than to spew sex stories.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION