The joy of receiving RM500 has been fleeting. Now, the coffee shops, market traders, hawkers and food courts have all increased their prices, and the pain will not go away, observes P Ramakrishnan.
Handouts and populist policies can only go that far, beyond which they would eventually hurt the human dignity of the very people these policies are supposed to serve, writes Mustafa K Anuar.
The BN right hand gives to the lower income community, whilst the left hand of the BN rakes it back from them, into government and crony coffers, observes Rakyat Jelata.
The BN-led government is dishing out cash and other handouts in a desperate attempt to win votes. But Rakyat Jelata warns the rakyat not to be swayed by janji kosong.
In an open letter to the Prime Minister, P Ramakrishnan takes to task Najib’s cakap-tak-serupa-bikin rhetoric.
‘Inspired’ by Najib’s spree of handouts, People Watch was prompted to write this little poem.
All it would have take is RM634m a year to eliminate poverty in the country by a direct handout to poor households, says our correspondent.