I FEEL rather affronted by the remarks made by Datuk Seri Idris Jala insinuating that Malaysians have a subsidy culture and it would bankrupt the Government if subsidies aren’t removed.
While I recognise this burden our Government carries, I think the larger issue is not about subsidy; it is about a systemic change that is required in managing our Government’s revenue and expenses while at the same time ensuring that the people continue to enjoy a tenable quality of life.
The people have put up with a rather less than effective Government for a long time. We have read about leakages of government revenues to questionable practices. Idris should start there.
Just look into government procurement and asset acquisition and liquidation processes. We have seen examples such as the PKFZ fiasco.
The people have also put up with high prices of certain necessities, and the car is one example. Why pick fuel and not look into the total cost of car ownership?
I have a lot of respect for Idris for what he has done for MAS. He should use that knowledge to genuinely transform our Government. It is not therakyat that Idris needs to change because we will adapt and move along.
It is the government machinery that he needs to look into.