The BN has just announced a raft of handouts designed to go one-up on the Pakatan pledges. Are we in danger of having two political coalitions trying to outdo each other with handouts? BFM interviews Klang MP Charles Santiago.
I think we need a new development model that really puts people first. A paradigm shift is necessary: projects should be for genuine benefit of the people (especially the low-income group) rather than for the bottom-line of large corporations.
Instead of handouts (which only have a fleeting feel-good effect), we need real long-term improvements in public health care, public education, public transport (rather than cheaper cars), the availability of low-income housing, abundant supply of affordable groceries, and open green spaces for public recreation.
Investment should be directed into these areas.
The present model is only widening the gap between the rich and the increasingly heavily indebted poor while the handouts are like bandaid, which do not get to the root of the problem.