October 24, 2008

Show me the Money

Posted in Malaysia, Tricia's Writings at 12:24 pm by egalitaria

Haven’t had the time to blog properly! I’m just putting up blurbs of my recent articles is all.. Shameful I know.
Show me the money
15 Oct 08 : 9.00AM

By Tricia Yeoh

IN opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s 13 Oct 2008 speech in Parliament, he called for a fresh budget, considering the ongoing global financial crisis. He said it was impossible for Members of Parliament (MPs) to debate an outdated budget. Furthermore, he said the budget was tabled under the former finance minister.

The coming weeks will see Parliament scrutinising a thick document on national revenues and expenditures, before it is due to be passed in December 2008 as the Supply Act. Opposition parliamentarians are bound to question the government, in critical analysis of this important document that outlines the nation’s money matters.

That parliamentarians are given the opportunity to debate the Supply Bill before it is passed is indeed an element of the democratic process. However, is the debate itself enough to qualify as being reflective of a well-governed country?

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