Friday, October 15, 2010

The National Budget 2011

Here are some interesting comments that have been tweeted around since the announcement of Budget 2011:

Special gift for special someone

Teo Nie Ching (Serdang MP): Tax deduction for bags, hairspray, perfume... Najib's early Christmas present for Rosmah (Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor)?

Nasrudin Hassan (PAS Youth): The rakyat is fortunate to be able to wear imported underwear without having to pay tax. Who is going to buy undies in bulk after this? I think I know.

yahyashukor: Underwear plays an important part in achieving the objectives of the Economic Transformation Programme and the seven percent economic growth rate.

Pimo: So Budget 2011 means more Coach, Kate Spade, Miu Miu (handbags) for all? Why not free health services?

Tian Chua (Batu MP): Najib kept a secret gift for the first lady - RM111 million for Permata! What a surprise for Rosmah. Thank you, hubby! So sweet!

Mikichoo: I think the opposition are being a little bit naughty here. Everyone knows Rosmah prefers to do her shopping overseas!

FarisMuhandisu: 'Kosmahtic' budget.

100-storey tower: Outdoing Mahathir

georgettetan: Do we need another huge erection?

Fahmi Fadzil (Fairly Current Show): What would a 100-storey tower really do for the country? Oh wait, contracts.

pratamad: I suspect Najib is like Dr Mahathir - both want a retirement office on top of a skyscrapper. Dr Mahathir has got (Petronas) TwinTowers, Najib wants Warisan Merdeka.

Bumilangit: Guess how many low-cost homes can be built with that money?

strung_out80: Taking (the saying) 'the sky's the limit' a bit too seriously.

Bumilangit: I hope it won't be designed by Rosmah. But why do I think that I would be wrong?

Payrise for the lucky few

Edmund Bon (Bar Council): The crux is in increased allowance for Tok Batin. Who gives it? Where is the accountability? Is it a way to control the Orang Asli?

Amir Muhamad (Filmmaker): Imams and postmen earning RM700? It doesn't pay to seek the right path, or deliver messages in this country.

amai amai: A strategy to buy votes!

What about our future?

CKGord: Looks like EPF funds will be used for development. Hey, that one is not 'tax' money but 'our future' money!

Z4r4z4in: No increase of toll rates for the next five years for PLUS highways - there goes our EPF dividends.

IamMalaysian: RM146 mil to support oil, gas and energy and a "commitment" for green technology. Sweet.

Thumbs up

Erna Mahyuni (Writer): No mention of alcohol tax! Let's drink to that!

Some pats on the back:

Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor MP): RM500 million for re-tooling and upscaling skills. That's good, PM! Make sure there are no leakages for cronies.

Khairy Jamaluddin (Rembau MP): I'm glad suggestions by BN Youth Lab made it to the budget: first home-owner scheme, skills training, minimum wage and 1Malaysia fund.

rubus_pheonic: The 3-months maternity leave sounds great. Are all you Astro subscribers ready for the six percent service tax?

Question marks

RashidYusoff11: I waited over an hour. What's the deal with my income tax?

IreneJY: I thought they said if we don't cut down the spending we'd go bankrupt? Why the budget increase this year?

And the conclusion is …

Shahredzuan: It's an election budget!

[Source: Mkini]

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