Thursday, July 23, 2009

Agriculture Minister Tells to Avoid Opposition Functions

It is an interesting news in the NST on 22/7/09 which tittled: "Noh tells ministry officials to avoid opposition functions".

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Noh Omar has directed his ministry officials to stay away from functions and meetings by state governments in opposition-held states.

The Minister said it was pointless for officials to attend since the "opposition government" do not fund any state programmes or activities. This directive takes place with immediate effect.

He said "it's all a waste of time. What is the point of attending the meeting only to listen to the opposition giving out instructions but not funds? We need funds for any development or to carry out activities."

As a Malaysian citizen, I would like to raise a few questions:

(1) Is it a fair statement made by a Federal Government minister? Is it a political statement or a federal goverment policy?

(2) What is the different between 'Barisan Nasional Government' and 'Opposition Government' where people (rakyat) have the right to choose the government?

(3) If a state government does not have the fund, do we need to change the laws and constitution in order for a state has a right to collect state taxes as it has been practiced in developed countries such as United States.

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