Monday, March 30, 2015

Is The GST A Tampon?

It seems that a Facebook account has been created raising the issue of consumption tax on the sanitary pad.

When the matter was first brought up in Parliament, it seemed that some smart alec MPs thought it was funny.

Though the GST may be a tampon (whatever that means and no disrespect to the ladies), Bolehlanders don't think that it was funny.

GST will impact negatively and hard on Bolehlanders, most of whom don't earn enough for their daily keep.

Not, especially with the shrinking value of the Ringgit and the ever rising cost living.

What is even more heartless of the government that unashamedly claims it is caring, is that it thought it fit to buy an official brand new jet for the Pm's use that allegedly cost tens of millions just to refurbish, when everyone else is suffering.

When 1MDB - the sovereign investment fund - is still reeling like a drunken tiger from the mountain of debt that it is said to have incurred from imprudent and opaque dealings, with no end in sight and no accountability and no one taking responsibility for the mess it is said to be.

Someone should tell the government that you could only do business when you know how to do business and that it is no business of theirs to make others suffer for your own folly.

The Goods & Services Tax is indecent, especially at this time when most of us ordinary Bolehlanders still struggle to put food on the table.

When the cost of everything shoots up at the slightest excuse and never seems to go down.

When the profligate atrocious wastages enumerated annually by the Auditor General go unchecked and carry on like business as usual and par for the course.

When corrupt practices go largely unchecked and unpunished.

When the government itself seems to be spending imprudently and seemingly with nary a care, to burgeon the sovereign debt to a dangerous level, following 17 consecutive years of deficit budgets.

Stripped down to its barest, GST means that the government wants a share of the things and services you buy that are subject to it. 6% of the cost of the bed you buy to sleep in, even a 6% share of the tampons the ladies need, et al.

The ultimate suckers are the consumers. The hardest hit are the poorest.

And is it really 6% the ultimate consumers have to pay for the yoke that is GST?

When you consider all the stages that GST has to be imposed before a product finally reaches the consumer? (Correct me if I am wrong)

And can Bolehlanders trust the government of the day with the tax monies from the yoke?

Would the consumption tax collected be put to good use?

Bolehlanders have their doubts. And these are capital ones.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Ultimate Losers Are The Ordinary Bolehlanders

There is a utensil that we call the kettle. And there is the utensil we call the pot.

There is the saying "The kettle calling the pot black"

Why these fellows would call each other black when they all seem the same, is hard to fathom.

Like how Ah Jib , instead of answering questions that many Bolehlanders are asking about the scandal that 1MDB has become, is asking Mahathir about the financial scandals that took place under the former Pm's watch?

When nobody is taking responsibility, the losers are the long suffering ordinary Bolehlanders.

They are the ones who have to bear the consequences of any financial shenanigans.

They are the ones who have to suffer the rising costs of living and be further yoked with the GST hitting their already limited pockets come April.

Not the rich and well-off, the politically connected and the privileged circle of power barons.

However one looks at it, Ah Jib as the head of the sovereign fund cannot escape from being answerable for 1MDB

It will not do to just pass the buck by claiming ignorance of what is happening on the ground and shifting the burden and blame onto others.

Of course, two wrongs do not a right make.

If Ah Jib as the current Pm and head of 1MDB is serious, he  should be responsible for explaining what really has happened to the sovereign fund and why it is said to have incurred a huge debt of some 40 billion Ringgit in just five years that the fund had been established and why it is said to have to resort to borrowing 2 billion Ringgit from a private company just to service its debts and is still needing government intervention.

And of course, to start investigations into the financial scandals that Ah Jib himself is asking Mahathir to explain.

Bolehland  cannot afford expensive failures and indiscretions that threaten the economic and financial welfare of the country that will choke the lives out of the ordinary rakyat

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Is The Ghost Of Altantuya Still Haunting Us?

The murder of Altantuya is one case that just refuses to go away. Like the case also of Teoh Beng Hock?

Just when we thought that the Federal Court's final decision on the case that upheld the conviction of the two special police personnel for the murder of the Mongolian beauty would draw the curtain on the case, one of the two convicts absconded to the Land Down Under.

How Sirul managed to do so while still awaiting the apex court's decision on a capital offence is perhaps a peculiarly Bolehland phenomenon. Just like how there was no immigration record of the murdered Mongolian beauty's entry into the country.

Perhaps the restless spirit of Altantuya is still haunting us, seeking for ultimate truth and closure.

For, though Bolehlanders aren't exactly disputing the apex court's conviction of the two police personnel, they are wondering what motive the policemen had for so ruthlessly killing the Mongolian beauty who was not known to them.

Rightly or wrongly, this has only led to speculation that someone or some persons had the motive to want to do away with the Mongolian beauty for one reason or another, and that it may all lead up to the people holding the reins of power.

That, of course, is a scary prospect and might well explain why the government of the day is scrambling hard (before any beans get spilled?) to extradite Sirul from the Land Down Under, allegedly even to the extent of being willing to consider commuting the death sentence on Sirul in order to do so.

How they plan to commute the death sentence on Sirul is altogether a different thing. The only way seems to be to seek a royal pardon for Sirul. But it won't do for the government of the day or the Attorney General (AG) to seek a royal pardon on the convict's behalf, would it?

This has not, however, allegedly deterred a smart alec from claiming that the AG has the power to commute a death sentence.

If indeed the AG has such a magical power, it is interesting to know under what law the AG is conferred the privilege.

But if indeed the AG has the power to commute a death sentence, wouldn't that be anathema to our system of justice - for then, in effect, wouldn't the AG be BOTH the prosecutor and judge?

Of course, the government of the day could always attempt to pass a law doing away with the death sentence altogether and making it retrospective to cover Sirul's case. But people would be wondering why just for the Sirul's instance, the government would altogether abolish the death sentence across the board.

The last would only reinforce Bolehlanders' suspicion that there is something more than meets the eye in the despicable murder of Altantuya.

So, it does seem that the Bolehland government is caught in a bind.

But more probably, it is the restless ghost of Altantuya that won't go away in peace until the ultimate truth comes to light.

Until then, perhaps even the King of Hades himself might be awaiting a just resolution to balance and close the book of life and death in the nether world in the Mongolian beauty's case.

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