• 2015 Budget shows that the Prime Minister has failed his promise to decrease unnecessary expenditure and to increase transparency in government spending

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 10th October, 2014

    2015 Budget shows that the Prime Minister has failed his promise to decrease unnecessary expenditure and to increase transparency in government spending

    Prime Minister Najib has announced that the 2015 budget will incur an estimated expenditure of RM273.94 billion, an increase of RM9.74 billion from the announced 2014 budget of RM264.2, at increase of 3.7%.

    At the same time, the Economic Report 2014/2015 has estimated that the amount spent on subsidies will be reduced from RM40.6b to RM37.7b, a decrease of RM2.9b or 7.1%. This is a result of the continued subsidy rationalisation program and expected increase in the price of petrol and diesel.

    While the people will be burdened with an increase in the cost of living due to the subsidy rationalisation program and the introduction of GST in 2015, it is clear from the 2015 Budget that the government has not tightened its own belt.

    According to the Economic Report 2014/2015, the amount spent on supplies and services, which is where much of the wastage that is reported year in year out in the National Audit Report comes from, is expected to rise from RM36.4b to RM38.1b, an increase of RM1.7b or 4.6%.

    This is in spite of the promise made by Prime Minister Najib that the public sector will undertake 11 cuts in expenditure.[1]

    At the same time, the estimated expenditure in the Prime Minister’s Office is expected to increase by RM2.6 billion which is the largest absolute increase among all the Ministries, even more than the RM2.03 billion increase in the Ministry of Education’s allocation. (See Table 1 below)

    This includes items in the development expenditure which lacks total transparency in terms of the purpose of expenditure. For example, under the title ‘Projek Khas’ or special projects, the development expenditure has increased from RM180m in 2014 to RM1.61 billion in 2015, an increase of RM1.43b or a 793.1% increase!

    This kind of black box spending is exactly what the Anti-Corruption NKRA under the Government Transformation Program (GTP) was and is trying to reduce. Sadly, it seems that the Prime Minister has not taken the advice of the unit within his own Ministry.

    The upcoming debate sessions will present an opportune time for Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament to question the spending and policies of put forth in the 2015 Budget and for us to present our alternative policies, some of which have been outlined in the Pakatan Rakyat Alternative Budget 2015.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/12/31/Costcutting-measures-start-tomorrow-Public-sector-will-see-11-steps-implemented-to-compensate-for-pr/

  • Bajet 2015 membuktikan bahawa Perdana Menteri telah memungkiri janji beliau untuk mengurangkan perbelanjaan yang tidak perlu dan meningkatkan ketelusan dalam perbelanjaan kerajaan

    Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang pada 10hb Oktober 2014

    Bajet 2015 membuktikan bahawa Perdana Menteri telah memungkiri janji beliau untuk mengurangkan perbelanjaan yang tidak perlu dan meningkatkan ketelusan dalam perbelanjaan kerajaan.

    Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak telah mengumumkan bahawa Bajet 2015 akan merangkumi perbelanjaan anggaran RM273.94 bilion, iaitu peningkatan sebanyak RM9.74 bilion dari Bajet 2014 yang diumumkan iaitu RM264.2 bilion atau peningkatan sebanyak 3.7%.

    Pada masa yang sama, menurut Laporan Ekonomi 2014/2015, jumlah yang dianggarkan akan dibelanjakan untuk subsidi akan dikurangkan daripada RM40.6 bilion kepada RM37.7 bilion, iaitu penurunan sebanyak RM2.9 bilion atau 7.1%. Ini adalah hasil daripada Program Rasionalisasi Subsidi yang berterusan dan peningkatan harga petrol dan diesel yang dijangkakan.

    Walaupun rakyat akan terbeban dengan peningkatan kos sara hidup akibat Program Rasionalisasi Subsidi dan pengenalan GST pada tahun 2015 nanti, namun, Bajet 2015 jelas menunjukkan bahawa kerajaan tidak mengetatkan tali pinggang sendiri.

    Menurut Laporan Ekonomi 2014/2015, jumlah yang dibelanjakan untuk bekalan dan perkhidmatan, di mana banyak pembaziran yang dilaporkan berterusan di dalam Laporan Audit Negara berlaku, dijangka meningkat daripada RM36.4 bilion kepada RM38.1 bilion, iaitu peningkatan sebanyak RM1.7 bilion atau 4.6%.

    Ini bercanggah dengan janji Perdana Menteri Najib bahawa sektor awam akan melakukan 11 pemotongan dalam perbelanjaan.[1]

    Pada masa yang sama, anggaran perbelanjaan di Pejabat Perdana Menteri dijangka meningkat sebanyak RM2.6 bilion iaitu peningkatan paling banyak di kalangan semua Kementerian, malah mengatasi peningkatan peruntukan RM2.03 bilion untuk Kementerian Pendidikan. (Lihat Jadual 1 di bawah)

    Ini termasuk perkara-perkara dalam perbelanjaan pembangunan yang kurang telus dari segi tujuannya. Sebagai contoh, di bawah nama ‘Projek Khas’, perbelanjaan pembangunan telah meningkat daripada RM180 juta pada tahun 2014 kepada RM1.61 bilion pada tahun 2015, iaitu peningkatan sebanyak RM1.43 bilion atau 793.1%!

    Jenis perbelanjaan samar sebegini yang cuba dikurangkan melalui Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA) Anti-Rasuah di bawah Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP). Malangnya, Perdana Menteri seolah-olah tidak mempedulikan nasihat daripada unit dalam Kementeriannya sendiri.

    Sesi perbahasan seterusnya akan memberikan peluang kepada Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat mempersoalkan perbelanjaan dan dasar-dasar yang dikemukakan dalam Bajet 2015 dan untuk kami membentangkan dasar-dasar alternatif kami, yang antaranya telah digariskan di dalam Belanjawan Alternatif Pakatan Rakyat 2015.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Ahli Parlimen Serdang

    Jadual 1: Perubahan dalam Peruntukan Bajet Kementerian-Kementerian Utama (2014 hingga 2015)

    [1] http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/12/31/Costcutting-measures-start-tomorrow-Public-sector-will-see-11-steps-implemented-to-compensate-for-pr/

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