The Prime Minister seems to be playing Santa Claus. He is very generously dishing out goodies from seemingly bottomless coffers, convinced that Malaysians are a greedy, unthinking lot who can be bought easily.
It is commendable that the federal government is making an effort to provide opportunities for some 20000 people currently renting houses from Kuala Lumpur City Hall to apply for loans that will enable them to get low-cost housing.
It is a worrying trend to assume that no protests or pickets should be held against the PR government as the PR is supposed to be more pro-people compared to the BN, writes A Sivarajan.
Low wages and economic policies that are not in the interest of the ordinary people are driving households deeper into debt, observes Anil Netto.
Many of us have been helpless and at the mercy of all-powerful appointed councillors and heads who are meant to serve us. Local council elections will thus benefit us, the ordinary rakyat, asserts Rani Rasiah.
As we celebrate Merdeka and look ahead to Malaysia Day, Anil Netto wonders whether we have OneMalaysia or “two Malaysia’s” – one for the rich and the other for the lower-income group.
Politicians need to be reminded not to abdicate their responsibility or forget their promises, writes Dalbinder Singh Gill, regarding the plight of villagers in Penang who are facing eviction from their homes.
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.
Selangor government exco member for housing, building management and
urban pionners, Iskandar Abdul Samad, has assured housing rights activists that all evictions of urban pioneers have been halted in the state and all eviction notices withdrawn. Parames E has the story.
The kris-kissing, self-proclaimed champions of the Malay race were not there to protect the homes of the villagers when the bulldozers rumbled in, observes Rani Rasiah.