16 October 2010

Post-Budget 2011 Interview with Finance Malaysia

* Please take note that this blog is for reading pleasure only, and NOT intended to offend any party.

Below are some questions posted to Finance Malaysia (FM), with some interesting reply:

Q    : Let's start off with the famous KL MRT project. Any comment?
FM : Well, this is definitely a good public transport reformations for KL citizen. However, please bare in mind that the extensions of two existing LRT lines still not yet started. Implementation is problem, not project.

Q    : How about the development of the Malaysian Rubber Board land in Sg. Buloh by EPF?
FM : The project costs RM10bil for 15 years. I don't know when EPF (Malaysians' retirement fund) role has changed to being a developer?

Q    : Malaysia's tallest building - 100-storey Warisan Merdeka. Is it necessary?
FM : So that Osama can either choose this or Twin-towers. Haha. Since EPF can be a developer, why not PNB? Malaysia Boleh spirit for all...

Q    : Existing income tax relief of up to RM6,000 extended to Private Pension Fund contributions. Good?
FM : Sounds good, but not viable. Because, first, those who afford private pension fund most likely already exceed the limit. Second, if we bought a simple life insurance, the premium plus with EPF contributions, already exceed the limit. Instead, government should separate life insurance premium with those contributions.

Q    : Wow... RM 3bil Karambunai eco-nature resort in Sabah.
FM : Yes. We have another "first" of the world, but, with RM 3bil we can buy the whole Sabah already.

Q    : Service tax increased from 5% to 6%. How would it affect us?
FM : Watch online TV, instead of Astro. 20% (5% to 6%) increase yet considered minimal as stated?

Q    : To develop football, a Football Academy will be build in Pahang. Why Pahang?
FM : First, can we revive our football team? Second, maybe Pahang is the home of prime minister (not football).

Q    : NO toll rate hike from PLUS expressway for next 5 years?
FM : I believe this is the only thing which directly benefiting me. Would it be better if this is permanent?

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