Slightly more than two years ago, Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) was ailing financially. Remember MPSP having to absorb responsibility for the white elephant called the Batu Kawan stadium built by the previous administration despite protests from local civil activists? Remember the over-priced spanking new MPSP building which cost them RM80 million when the same building could have been built at under RM40 million?
The MPSP was a different creature all together then. Then it was a creation of corrupt politicians (and their appointees) who wielded the reigns of power in Penang. But thankfully not anymore since 2008.
Just to give you an idea about MPSP’s finances, look at the chart below.
2000 – (RM5.1 million)
2001 – (RM31.2 million)
2002 – (RM36.7 million)
2003 – (RM39.0 million)
2004 – (RM48.9 million)
2005 – (RM57.1 million)
2006 – (RM5.4 million)
2007 – (RM5.1 million)
2008 – RM3.0 million
2009 – RM14.6 million
2010 – RM54.39 million (as at 4 October 2010)
Now tell me who are the better administrators, where public money is concerned and should be used for the public, and those who regard public money as “loot” to be shared amongst themselves and their cronies?
Imperfect as Pakatan Rakyat may be at the moment, at least they don’t steal from us and the public’s money is being protected and enhanced by appointed professionals! To the detractors of PR, yes I agree their problems may be unpalatable to many of us who yearn for meaningful change from race politics and self-interests but surely they are the ONLYchoice when we only have a rock and a hard place to choose from, given the present electorate’s indifference and ignorance.
Dear readers who have been asking me why I have been so silent on this blog about the shenanigans of the ongoing PKR polls and the call for the third force by prominent civil activists; time willing I will address this issue soon, but I foresee that it will require a long posting to truly explain my stand – it is that complicated. Hopefully, I will be able to address this issue soon once I get those nitty-gritty events which sap my free time out of the way first.
Rest assured, this blog will not shy away from difficult issues that needs addressing – personal preferences notwithstanding. Thank you for your patience.
Credit to Romerz