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HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM AND THE CALL TO ACT INDEPENDENTLY

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It can’t be denied that the Europeans have the luxury to travel more often than us. Therefore, when they travel to any parts of the world, they bring together their values to us.

There come the concept of globalisation, liberalisation and freedom. Freedom starts by liberating themselves from the monarch. They wanted the freedom to participate in decision-making process. That is understandable considering how ruthless their Kings were. And then they started the struggle to champions a woman cause to allow them to vote. Just vote. But shortly after that, the demands have been expanded to many other things. Eventually so many things can do.

Apparently the word freedom has been galvanized to liberalize people from many barriers such as moral barrier, religion barrier, and value barrier.

Why should people be constrained to certain things? Why can’t we have sex with whoever we want? Why the government has to dictate society’s behaviour? What is wrong with unlimited freedom as long as we mind our own business? And the list goes on.

So we can see today in the world of the euro centric world, such unacceptable values are accepted- no matter how unthinkable the ‘new value’ is.

Unfortunately, people in Asia (Malaysia included) are too fond to copy them. They would love to copy the Europeans slavishly. As the saying goes ‘one size doesn’t fit all’, the same goes to their moral values and our culture. Asians should never be like the Europeans.

The ever low-confidence Malaysians seem to be gullible on this thing. They refuse to be critical to the Europeans simply because they believe Europeans are mighty.

Today what is important for them is freedom. They subscribe to the idea to enjoy life without restriction. So the process of ‘liberalisation’ of the society need to follow the Europeans way.

We should ask those Malaysian- are they going to be a euro centric person?

It’s not that we can’t copy whatever the good thing the Europeans did. I believe democracy is still the best system. It is so because we need someone to govern us. And it would be good for that someone to command the support from the majority.

But at the same time, we must set the line what is the limitation of democracy. Already we have seen what happened in Ukraine. They wanted the right to demonstrate. The elected government had no choice but to respect the wishes of the people. The police has no business to control the crowd. As a result, you see what happened in their country today. Indirectly it has contributed to the MH17 tragedy.

How about human rights? Yes, we should have human rights, but if we have no limit, human tend to do whatever he thinks is his right. It should be noted that not everyone would think the same thing in terms of right and wrong. Some people may choose to go naked outside and they believe it’s their right to do so.

Sooner or later, it would be anarchy because there are people who always wanted to create problem and destabilize the society.

We were condemned because we have ISA before. But they forgot who the one who gives us the ISA. When we want to establish rules and order in the society by enforcing the Sedition Act, the human rights activists cry foul. Even unthinkable is to hear the call to abolish Dangerous Drugs Act. There must be something wrong with this person.

The truth is, there is no such thing as a totally free society. If you want to have a society, you must have some restriction. You must have to respect religion, and human moral values. Americans know this very well and that’s why they have introduced a much worse of ISA- the Patriot Act.

Having said that, should the youth of Malaysia allowing them to be ‘dictated’ by the thinking of such hypocrites people?

We must remember that Malaysia is a multiracial country. It is more multiracial than any other country. In our country we retained our identity, cultures, religion, language and values. So this society must have so many restrictions. Therefore, it is illogical to have a free society because allowing such thing will result to everyone is at each others throat.

This is the challenge for the youth of today- the intelligentsia of Malaysia. The blindly call for greater freedom, liberalisation, human rights have crept into our society.

Knowing the limitless freedom will result to moral decadence in a society, the Malaysian’s youth must think for themselves. We must not be too euro centric. We should have an independent mind where we can think of what is good for us and not slavishly follow what is the practice of the Europeans. If not, it means that you are a slave to them.

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WHY GST IS NOT A REGRESSIVE TAX- In response to DS Anwar Ibrahim

Our opposition leader, DS Anwar Ibrahim has said GST is a regressive tax in which will make poor become poorer and the rich will become richer. He further claimed that the budget is ‘to punish the people’

I wonder whether his assertion is based on his astute knowledge on finance or simply because he wants to be portrayed as the robin hood of Malaysia.

When analysing the tax regime on the people; a regressive tax system means that the poor will pay more and the rich will pay less. It is no doubt in a pure GST regime that it is regressive. But slight modification has been made. More than 200 basic needs have been exempted from the GST. As the Robin Hood of Malaysia, DS Anwar should know  these are the items that mostly consumed by lower and middle income group. Clearly, under the revised GST, the poor and middle income groups have been protected.

Secondly, GST is a consumption tax. It is based on your spending. You spend more, you will be taxed more. Low and middle income earners are unlikely to spend more on non-basic items that are not GST-exempted. Even if they did, the volume is not as high as the wealthy people as their purchasing power is limited. It is usually the wealthy people who spend more on luxuries. The opposition leader should have known this since as a rich leader; he also likes to spend more on luxuries such as Omega watch, flying with private jet and numerous oversea trips.

Thirdly, the net increment of the GST to the government’s coffer is only about RM3 billion per year. The rest of the money generated from GST will go to the people and also to offset the loss from reduced personal and company taxes. The cash handouts and all the 1Malaysia initiatives are intended to help the low and middle income groups. Again, these safety nets are meant to protect the low and middle income earners rather than the riches. How could this be regressive then?

Next, the GST is not a regressive tax as it will make more people pay less income tax. It is announced those who earn less than RM4000 now will pay no income tax. This group as far as I know is not the wealthy people.

The opposition under DS Anwar Ibrahim always like to criticise the government for being too reliance on Petronas’ money. They argued government’s revenue should be expanded because sooner or later the oil money will be decreasing. Well, isn’t what exactly the government is doing? To be less dependence on Petronas’ money is a progressive move. To stick with the status quo is actually a regressive act.

So progressive GST is that it will ensure that errant business operators pay their dues. Has DS Anwar ever noticed that all the collection tax under the current SST may not actually end up in the government’s coffers? It is reported Malaysia has large capital outflows which usually happened from transfer pricing where companies transfer costs to various centres around the world to minimize the tax. In other words, government is financially bleeding. Once GST is implemented, it will make life harder for them to do so as they have to be complete record at every stage of transaction.

Those who is evading taxes can also be traced. Isn’t that progressive?

Lastly, GST has an inherent advantage. If a citizen consumes, he is taxed. If he does not and saves, the government can tap the savings for development purposes.

Clearly, GST is not a regressive tax.

Meanwhile, where is our self-proclaimed progressive Youth Leader to defend this progressive tax?

MatRodi

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