Note: All conversations are imaginary of course.
Najib: Ungrateful Malaysians are complaining of rising costs of living - proposed electricity tariff increase, toll hikes, GST, et al. What do you think I should do?
Zahid: You should shoot first, boss!
Najib: You are right!
Zahid: But how would you do it, boss?
Najib: I will tell them that we can't spend more than we earn, otherwise the country will become bankrupt. We have to cut costs.
Zahid: But, boss, the government has been spending like crazy the last 16 years - we have had 16 consecutive years of budget deficits if you remember, boss. And the last 5 years the national budgets were under your call, boss. The sovereign debt has shot up to some 600 billion Ringgit already and we are not even talking of the contingent liabilities the government has undertaken to bear. It will be hard for the people to believe what you will say to them.
Najib: Look, I didn't make you to be in charge of Home to gainsay me, you understand?!
Zahid: Yes, boss. Sometimes I just tembak dulu saja (shoot first without thinking). Sorry, boss!
Najib: Good, don't talk too much when I am talking. You can tembak after I am finished talking.
Zahid: But how are you going to justify the increases?
Najib: Simple, I am going to tell them that they are to cut costs.
Zahid: I see, boss. The hikes will take away even the little the people have left so that they are forced to cut costs because they won't have anything left to spend. A brilliant idea, boss!
Najib: Now you are speaking, Zahid!
Zahid: Now, boss, I go looking for Shias?
Najib: That's not my horse! You do what you want.