It’s that time of the year again when the nation is gearing up for the tabling of the 2015 national Budget by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
This is when issues about the economy and finances start cropping up taking centre stage in the people’s minds. And of course the number one topic has to be cost of living.
And why wouldn’t it be, right? The rising cost of living in Malaysia affects every person in the country who is, well, living.
Without a doubt, every year, things get more expensive and we have to continue to spend more just to maintain a certain standard or quality of living that is considered decent.
It’s different for different people. Some are happy just being able to survive and put food on the table for themselves and their family while others want a little bit more of an enhanced lifestyle.
How ever you define your standard of living, one thing is constant – as the years go by, you need more and more financially to be able to maintain it, what more to improve.
It is only natural for human beings to expect that to improve your financial situation, you will most probably have to put in more effort.
We are taught that if we put in effort, be it more thought or even more physical work, we will reap the benefits. And for the most parts, this is true.
If we work harder at our jobs, we expect to be recognised and rewarded for it. If we work hard and pursue and education, we also expect there to be a reward for it.
So, I cannot fathom the reasoning of elected leaders who go on and on about how we need to appreciate the fact that the government of the day is so generous in giving handouts.
They go on and on about how cash handouts like the ever increasing BR1M money giveaway and subsidies for petrol, cooking oil, flour, etc, improves people’s lives.
For example, the deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan recently said that with all the handouts given, it should cover the living expenses of Malaysians for three months. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]