We keep planting more and more thorn trees and then give handy-plasters and sweets to the people in the annual Budget announcements, writes Jeyakumar Devaraj.
Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj reports that Parliament is now in the Committee Stage of the discussion of a Supplementary Budget amounting to RM20 billion. This will bring the Budget for 2008 to over RM150 billion! At the committee stage, the House discusses the budget ministry by ministry and MPs are constrained to only raise issues related to items mentioned in the Supplementary Budget.
Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj has questioned the rationale behind the Supplementary Budget Estimate of RM18.7 billion and called on the Health Ministry to stop promoting health tourism during an intervention in Parliament yesterday. He has also called for the establishment of a fund to assist retrenched workers in servicing their housing loans if they are retrenched.