Hornbill Unleashed

June 28, 2010

10MP: Cronies First, Corruption Now

By Pak Bui

The 10th Malaysian Plan (10MP) is a misnomer. It does not serve Malaysian interests, and there is no viable planning on display.

The 10MP was “unveiled” with typical fanfare in Parliament like some work of art. The document was bound in a gaudy colourful cover, designed to distract from its lack of content and economic innovation. The 10MP is another prime example of outward appearance trumping substance in Malaysian politics.

Its true slogan should have been splashed across the cover: “Cronies First, Profits Now” (to paraphrase Apco and 1Israel). (more…)


June 19, 2010

10MP neither inclusive nor needs-based


By Keruah Usit

A small primary school near Dalat, Sarawak, sits on the banks of a languid river, and is accessible only by boat. Getting there on the small express from Sibu takes almost two hours.

The school is a low wooden building, with a small walkway down to the jetty. Beside the walkway stands a small shack housing a diesel-driven generator.

The classroom, buzzing with 30 children, is neat and clean, with colourful children’s drawings decorating the walls. The children are charming but shy, as in most similar rural communities in Sarawak.

The teacher has a laptop computer, but the Internet remains alien territory for most of the students. Even the electricity supply is not dependable, leaving the children with no ceiling fan or lights when the generator breaks down. (more…)

June 17, 2010

Anwar says 10MP approaches failed in 8MP, 9MP

By Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim slammed the Najib administration for charting “ambitious” goals in the TenthMalaysia Plan (10MP), pointing out similar approaches in the plan had failed in the previous twodevelopment plans.

The Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader told the House that before these “grandiose” goals were celebrated, it was imperative for the government to revisit the failures of both the Eighth and Ninth Malaysia plans.

“Comparisons should however be made first so that we can have an honest assessment of the situation. What do all these grandiose announcements and presentation of policies in the House mean if previous targets were not even met?” Anwar said when debating the 10MP tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on June 10. (more…)

10MP mere rhetoric – Anwar

By MalaysiaKini

The 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) is no more a list of announcements amounting to billions of ringgit, said Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

It is no different to the previous Malaysia plans despite the country’s economy facing a critical crossroad, he said during his 90-minute speech to debate the 10MP at the Dewan Rakyat today.

The RM260 billion economic blueprint is supposed not only to restore the “sluggish economy” but it should also be capable of mobilising the economy out of an impasse suffered for more than a decade. (more…)

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