[Malaysiakini] Budget 2011: What Malaysians are tweeting?
~ Compiled by Aidila Razak
Twitter has been abuzz with brickbats and bouquets on the heels of Prime Minister Najib Razak's 2011 budget speech. Here is a survey of what Malaysians are tweeting, edited for clarity.
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.
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?
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!
Taken from Malaysiakini.