Laura: Free buses, allowance, grants, capital....knudge, knudge, wink, wink....heh heh heh...semuanya okay one. Hor?It is very early in the morning. For me that is. Actually it is 0805 hrs. 8.05 am la. There were no newspapers to read and I didn't really want to turn on the television so early in the morning and set a bad example for Adam who was preparing to go to school. And so I turned on the laptop and started surfing for news of my country. And then I came across this Bernama news story. It was headlined....
Terengganu provides RM1M fund for bus companies
Now we all know that Terengganu is quite the centre of political attention these days with the run-up to the state's by-elections pitting BN against PKR. Even if that wasn't happening doesn't that headline make you wonder why a state government is providing a million Ringgit fund to bus companies? The Menteri Besar, Ahmad Said, announced that the money would be given to the bus companies in the form of grants and capital. I don't really know is meant by the latter. Government giving commercial bus companies capital? To do what?
Later in the story it is revealed that there is a bus company in Kuala Terengganu that provides FREE bus service for the people. The government was planning to give this company 4 new buses to help improve their free service. Now that is GREAT! A bus company that provides free service. I presume that they have been doing that for some time and not just before the campaigning began.
Then the MB announced that 2500 Imams and bilals from the state were going to receive a monthly allowance of RM650. Do the math. That's a total of RM1,625,000 a month. Okay, so nothing wrong with that if that is part of the Imams and bilals pay package for doing their work. But why did the MB choose to announce this allowance during this particular time when the by-elections are looming and BN is expecting a tough fight from PKR? Got ulterior motives for this free buses-grants-capital-allowance "incentive" package or not?
Money politics ah? Eh! No la. In Malaysia we don't practise money politics. Oh, that I also know. No need to practise ma. Already Experts what!