Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wah! Damn expensive man.
Najib himself has, since Day 1, advocated a People First Performance Now style of management. I am guessing he meant a no bullshit style since he also went on walkabouts to 'meet the people' and get a feel of what was happening on ground level. Najib also has been known to want a no frills approach for his administration. In other words do the job and don't expect red carpets, bunga mangga, polystyrene backdrops and expensive 'souvenirs' at official functions. Unfortunately, the last bit never filtered through.
Today, in 'celebration' of Najib's first 100 days there were 9 full-paged, full colour advertisements taken out in the New Straits Times alone to congratulate the man. Now you do the math. Each full-page, full colour ad costs Rm30,000!!! So okay, those are taken out by corporations who don't really care how they spend shareholders money. But there is also one ad from the state government and the people of the state of Perak!!! Now I wonder how many Perak tax-payers were consulted on how their money should be spent?
So okay, congratulations Najib. Keep up the good work and all that. But can you also ask those carriers of round objects to stop wasting money on these things? I was going to say "useless things" but then corporations are also not known for doing things for nothing. So I guess when these corporations make presentations for this project and that approval you will remember their ads congratulating you on your first 100 days in office. At least they hope you will remember.