Power to the poor
KINIBIZ Tiger is an equal-opportunity sort of cat. All delicious four- and two-legged meat steaks are par for the course (second or main, usually), never mind whether they are lonely, or lame, or half-starved or profess to a cult that doesn’t allow them to be eaten by awesome predators. It is a predator-eat-prey world and Tiger is the ruler (unless Hippo tries to infringe).
Tiger admits this is all well and good in the natural world, but when it comes to running a country, blanket insensitivity is far from the way things should be implemented. At least that’s what Tiger assumes from his few and far-between interactions with humans who are constantly complaining about injustice and unfairness when it comes to money, mating and life in general.
The Malaysian government announced that the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia handouts would be increased to RM1,200 per low-income family. Later they announced that there would be bumiputera empowerment programmes where RM30 billion would be injected into a Bumiputera Economic Council that would distribute it to the relevant bodies.
Down in the dirty jungle, this is what’s called ‘throw money at the problem’ policy (actually that’s not true, there is no printed currency in the jungle).
With all these efforts, how much of it actually reaches the poor, the disempowered? Bumiputra progress has been lagging since 2009, and the bottom 40 percent has shown little improvement despite the existence of beneficial policies.
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This article was written by Samantha Joseph.