A bribe in all but name?

I know, its Ramadhan and i shouldn’t think poorly of my fellow man. But i just can’t help to wonder whether there are other motives for the RM500 “duit raya” for civil servants besides the kind hearted goodwill of the Government.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will pay the RM500 in special payment to civil servants on Wednesday, the Public Service Department (PSD) said.

Nearly RM1billion spent on this “present”. The people in Putrajaya are generous. Perhaps i shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Early elections?

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Talk has surfaced in Umno and government circles that Datuk Seri Najib Razak is favouring early polls, as early as the first half of 2011, although the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) mandate is until 2013.

The Umno president has bounced the idea with ruling party politicians and believes that it is best to get a new mandate when the economy is still growing at a fast clip. Malaysia posted 10.1 per cent growth in the first quarter of 2010, followed by a slightly slower 8.9 per cent in the second quarter of the current year.

RM500 makes a nice little buttering up gift, doesn’t it?

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