The Ringgit doesn't buy shit these days!
And so, our earnings as ordinary Malaysians remain the same while the prices of goods and services increase with incredible speed right before our eyes. Some friends tell me that's called inflation. Inevitable in an economy like ours faced with the global financial health as it is. So I'm told.
When I got home with the small little plastic bag of purchases that I received in exchange for many Ringgit notes of the blue-ish-green variety I read in the newspapers that our government had announced that members of the judiciary (and some other government VIP's) were going to be given new cars!!! Apparently, this was to replace the government's fleet of aging Proton Perdana's.
And the learned judges were being asked if they preferred Mercedes Benz or BMW!!!
And then today I read that Najib had announced the government was planning to cut back a little on its operating expenditure overall next year.
“Government spending has to be prudent and that includes procurement,” Najib told reporters at a briefing by Bank Negara.
Oh ya? Prudent spending issit? So what car you want. Merc or BM?
What the hell is going on? Does anybody in this government know exactly what the plan is? Is there a plan?