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Sunday, August 31, 2008

From $3.6 Billion last year to $10.2 Billion this year

Apparently, this is the amount of "development allocation" for the Prime Minister’s Department, which has increased tremendously from RM3.6 billion last year to RM10.22 billion this year.

Source: http://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/badawis-2009-budget/ - see Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Bukit Bendera), DAP strategist comments.

RM 6.6 Billion (RM 6,600,000,000) increase over 12 months!


WTF is the purpose of this RM 10.22 Billion development expenditure?

Exactly how will this benefit Rakyat?

"Development allocation for Prime Minister's Department" is not exactly identical to things like roadworks, transportation, etc. isn't it?

Note this is separate from Operating Expenditure, which wasn't included in the above.

To quote Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Bukit Bendera), DAP strategist:

"... from RM3.6 billion last year to RM10.22 billion this year. This is a fund to buy over the MPs and to do politically linked works."


Let's ass-u-me half of the RM10.2 Billion is spent to buy over MPs. BN has 140 MPs.

50% x 10.2 Billion = RM 5.1 Billion.

This is less than the RM 6.6 Billion Increase, but let's be conservative anyway.

This means the Average amount per MP = 5.1 Billion / 140 = $36,000,000 each.

$36 Million!!!

Even the clean Singapore Prime Minister's annual salary falls far short than this figure.

According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hsien_Loong) Singapore PM's Annual Salary is S$3.9 million. When converted to RM, this should be around RM 10,000,000.

And yet, the average of the 140 Malaysian MP could potentially be receiving 3.6 times more than Singapore PM's Salary!

Please tell me I am wrong!

Please tell me that I am mistaken!

Shouldn't the newspapers be investigating deeply whether this claim by DAP is true or not?

Shouldn't the newspapers be exposing the truth in this 2009 Budget?

Compared to the $20 free electricity, is there even a comparison to what Rakyat is getting vs what these MPs could potentially be getting?

What is happening to this country?

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