Budget 2008 update.
Woohoo! Contrary to what was written in this original post, apparently the gomen did not raise taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. Not that I care about the former anyway.
And no, I didn’t sit through the whole tabling but I was ecstatic when my wheelchair comrade from Melaka sent an sms to inform me they are increasing the Elaun Perkerja Cacat (EPC) from RM200 to RM300 monthly. A spanking RM100 increment. Good news galore!
Personally I think this year’s ‘Bajet’ is good enough to win my vote. BUT, fat chance, fellas. The anarchism in me is still very thick. I shall remain a non-voter and refrain from casting my valuable vote.
The original post.
So the Budget is here again. Seriously, what else is new about this whole budget thing? Its too predictable and if I were in the Dewan I’d fell asleep.
I bet you we’ll hear the much-anticipated increment on sin taxes to the applaud of everyone present, including from the same YBs who smokes and drinks, immediately after the announcement.
Then you’ll get the usual “this year's budget is a gift for the rakyat. Its people friendly and blablabla shit”. Only this time around it is called the Merdeka Gift.
Haven’t we heard all that before?
How about this for a fresh idea. Increase on OKU’s allowance up to 50%. After all, you guys are supposed to be generous. So what is there for a lousy 50% from your part? Tax increment on the alcohol can be channeled to JKM, in line with government’s campaign in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
I may have to fork out a few more sens on cigarettes but apart from that, I don’t see any point to be glued in front of the tele witnessing the whole sitting.