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Budget 2018 needs national will to succeed

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The efforts to make a budget bear fruit demands everyone’s determination to clean up our nation, writes JD Lovernciear.

You cannot fault Pakatan Harapan’s first, historic national Budget tabled in Parliament on 2 November.

Despite the nation’s monumental debts piled high owing to greed, self interest, rent-seeking and unabated corruption, it is clear that PH is determined to prove its enemies wrong. If we want our new government to keep succeeding, we need an A+ improvement in our work attitudes and moral values.

To begin with, the allocations to beef up the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is not enough in itself to combat corruption, which has permeated all levels of the rank and file and infiltrated both private and public sectors.

We need an aggressive will to ‘just do it’. The police must go for good leadership. The countdown must begin immediately to sieve the entire force and make it a true badge of honour. Likewise for the immigration and all other enforcement agencies including city, town and municipal councils.

If corporations and respected businesses the world over can ensure that employees are clean and clear of frauds and cheats, the public sector of law-keepers cannot be an exception. It cannot be impossible to clean it up either.

Next, the oversized civil service need not be downsized. Instead get the whip cracking so that productivity doubles up so that quality, efficiency and efficacy of service delivery can be improved. Learn from the private sector. There should be no free meals and free rides.

If the whip is cracked in the first quarter of 2019, the Budget will see positive results. With the substantial allocations for education, there is no room for tolerating inefficiency and complaining. Instead, come down hard on non-performing or under-performing teachers, principals and faculty.

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The efforts to make a budget bear fruit demands everyone’s determination to clean up our nation. Pursuing an A+ in attitude and moral values is the essence. Emphasising religious forms instead of spiritual substance is a recipe for failure as we have witnessed these past six decades.

Time is running out for those who keep hoping for handouts, easy money, lazy jobs, profiteering loopholes and easy wealth at the expense of nationhood.

Are we ready?

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