Posted: 31 Oct 2013 10:36 AM PDT
This, to me, is blatant racism and discriminatory. Maybe the Prime Minister doesn't see it that way. He is after all the expert who coined 1Malaysia.
Zan Azlee, TMI
So it's been exactly one week since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabled the National Budget 2014 in Parliament.
There I was, sitting in the newsroom listening to him speaking and enjoying the attention he was getting.
So, among the highlights would have to be the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) in May 2014. And at 6%, it is definitely higher than the 4% to 5% that everyone was expecting to be announced.
There is also the cut in subsidy for sugar. It's going to cost substantially more now so we won't be a diabetic nation. But it is guaranteed that every other food product in the market will increase in price too.
There is also the increase in the income tax bracket and also the abolishment people having to file their tax returns.
So it really looks like Budget 2014 is trying very hard to address the country's fiscal deficit. That's what everyone is focusing on and it's all good and well. But I think I'll choose to highlight something else.
If you notice, the Prime Minister announced all kinds of incentives for the Bumiputeras and the Indian community.
And guess what? Hardly any incentives were announced for the Chinese community. Actually, there was nothing.
In fact, the PM even said that he was thanking the Indian community for voting Barisan Nasional in the General Election.
So, by not giving any incentives to the Chinese, he was basically saying, serves you right for pulling that "tsunami" stunt.
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