Pakatan Harapan Economic Policies Of Abolishing GST, Corruption And Crony Capitalism Would Improve Malaysians’ Livelihood Unlike BN’s Failed Economic Management That Compels Each Of Us To Take 2 Jobs To Survive.(e/c)

2016 New Year Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.1.2016

Pakatan Harapan(PH) economic policies of abolishing GST, corruption and crony capitalism would improve Malaysians’ livelihood unlike BN’s failed economic management that compels each of us to take 2 jobs to survive. Financial scandals and failed economic policies have resulted in high national government debt, high personal household debt(87% of GDP that is the second highest in Asia), high budget deficit, high depreciation of the ringgit and high cost of living.

This has necessitated the suggestion by Deputy Minister of International Trade And Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan that Malaysians need to take two jobs to survive.

Ahmad Maslan is effectively conceding that BN has failed to manage the economy well. The adverse impact of GST and the financial scandals of the RM42 billion 1MDB and RM2.6 billion controversies by BN, on families’ shrinking income until one job is not enough. Coupled with crony capitalism, best epitomised by the expected hike in highway tolls this year, Ahmad Maslan is correct that Malaysians now need two jobs under BN to survive.

For Ahmad Maslan to portray himself as a model of hard work, by saying that he does three jobs as a Member of Parliaament, deputy minister, and Umno information chief is the height of arrogance, that shows how out of touch he is with the sufferings of the rakyat who can not make ends meet. Unlike the ordinary rakyat, Ahmad Maslan is highly paid(some say overpaid) for doing 3 jobs and would be adequately paid for doing any one of the 3 jobs he holds.

I would also advise Ahmad Maslan not to try to drag me into his personal situation by equating the 3 jobs he has with the 3 jobs I do. Even though I wear many hats in my various responsibilities in government and to my political party, I have only one job – that is to serve the people.

Under PH, Malaysians Do Not Need To Hold At Least 2 Jobs To Survive.

Under PH, Malaysians do not need to hold at least 2 jobs to survive. PH will lighten the burden of 30 million Malaysians by abolishing the GST. Malaysians can still afford to receive BR1M payouts without the GST by running a clean government and conducting open competitive tenders.

A good example is Penang that recorded annual budget surpluses, historic low debts and higher cash reserves without imposing any GST or received any Federal government funding. In fact the Penang state government even directed the local government councils to bear GST payouts on behalf of the rakyat as well as give a one-off exemption for assessment rates for low-cost and low medium cost units in 2016.

The time has come for Malaysians to put BN leaders like Ahmad Maslan out of their jobs so we can live with economic dignity with one job and choose with our own free will or volition if we wish to work two jobs. If we are compelled to adopt Ahmad Maslan’s suggestion of taking 2 jobs, what difference are we from foreign workers from Bangladesh or Myanmar in Malaysia that takes 2 or 3 jobs to send money back home?

Malaysians do not deserve such economic servitude from BN. BN must be replaced in the next general elections so that we do not become economic refugees or economic slaves in our own country!

LIM GUAN ENG

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼国会议员林冠英于2016年1月1日在吉隆坡发表的2016年新年献词

希联政府要取消消费税、贪污及朋党资本主义的经济政策将提升马来西亚人的生活,不像国阵失败的经济管理迫使我们每个人必须打两份工存活。

希联政府要取消消费税、贪污及朋党资本主义的经济政策将提升马来西亚人的生活,不像国阵失败的经济管理迫使我们每个人必须打两份工存活。种种金融丑闻及失败的经济政策已经导致高国家政府债务、高个人家庭债务(占87%国民生产总值,居亚洲第二高)、高预算赤字、高马币贬值率及高生活费。

种种的“步步高升”连国际贸易与工业副部长拿督阿末玛斯兰也不得不要求大马人必须打两份工。玛斯兰非常“有效率”地承认国阵已经无法管好经济。消费税、一马发展公司的420亿令吉及国阵26亿令吉金融丑闻已经严重冲击国家经济,导致家庭收入萎缩到每人只打一份工不足以支撑。今年大道所预料的过路费高涨,是朋党资本主义猖獗的最佳证明,由此看来玛斯兰还真说对了,大马人在国阵治下必须靠两份工作来生存。

玛斯兰将自己形容为勤勉工作的人,称自己身兼国会议员、副部长及巫统资讯长三职是一个极度傲慢的行为,显示他完全不知民间疾苦,不懂人民现在已经入不敷出了。不像普通老百姓,玛斯兰身兼三职可是身领高薪(有人说是超薪),他三项职位的每一分工作可都获得了充分的报酬。

我也建议玛斯兰别把我拖下水将我所司职的三项职责与他的三项“工作”比较。即便我目前在政府及政党内司职各种不同职责,我的工作只有一份,那就是为人民服务。

在希联治下,人民不必至少打两份工存活

在民联治下,人民不必至少要打两份工存活。希联将减轻3千万大马人的负担,取消消费税。只要政府廉洁及推行公开招标,人民即使在免消费税之下,还是可以领取一马津贴(BR1M)。

槟城就是一个最佳例子,州政府在没有向人民征收消费税及没有获得联邦政府拨款之下,每年预算皆有盈余,创下历史性的低债务及高现金储备。而且,不久前州政府已经指示地方政府议会为前来寻求服务的人民承担消费税及2016年一次性豁免征收廉价及中廉价屋的门牌税。

大马人是时候让玛斯兰这样的国阵领袖通通“没工做”,好让我们能凭着我们的自由意志与喜好,选择打一份工或打两分工,活得更有经济尊严。如果我们听取玛斯兰建议,被迫要打两份工,我们现下的状况与来自孟加拉及缅甸的移工们为了寄钱回家辛苦打2至3份工作又有何异?

大马人不应该遭到国阵如此这般的经济奴役。下届大选,国阵必须被替换掉,我们才不会在我们自己的国土内成为经济难民与经济奴隶!
林冠英

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