Here's a a Malaysia opposition member talking about pork barrel politics in Malaysia. How it undermines the integrity of the electoral system there and how taxpayers' money is wasted to help the ruling party unfairly maintain the grip on power against the interest of the people. It was one of the many reasons why the Malaysian electorate turned against the ruling party.
I'm glad such things simply don't happen in Singapore with a govt that is proud of its world class governance. The govt works for the good of all Singaporeans regardless of how they vote because everyone pays taxes.
"Jalan Besar Town Council unveils $517m estate upgrading plan" - June 2006
In the video, the candidate explains that the citizens should be outraged that Malaysian govt announces big spending programmes just before elections to swing the votes while underperforming the rest of the time.
"Sembawang Town Council to spend $570m on renewal plan" - June 2006
I think the Malaysian people are now too smart to be swayed by such announcements because they know that it comes from their pocket and the money is better spent on the needy who are really suffering - using taxpayer's money to win votes has become unacceptable there.
"East Coast Town to undergo S$500m renewal programme" - June 2006
Selective spending programmes undermines the political process and divides the country cannot be good for the nation.
"HDB upgrading programme speeds up with 64 precincts chosen for 2006"- June 2006
"Hougang and Potong Pasir residents will lose out on upgrading if they do not vote for the People's Action Party"- SM Goh, June 2006
I guess the Malaysian people are alot more enlightened today. They know that money misallocated will have to come from their pockets either as higher taxes or fees.
"GST to be raised to 7%: PM Lee" - November 2006
As a Singaporean, while we may not have or need inspirational leaders, I'm proud to say that we have at least leaders of the highest integrity who strongly believe in being fair and just. Justice is a word every school going child says as part of the pledge and it means alot to Singaporeans. The Malaysia govt has alot to learn from us in terms of governance. They should eliminate the money poltics that divide their country, undermines the democratic process and ultimately hurt the citizens of the country. Malaysians have spoken with their vote, they are tired of the pork barreling politics - it takes some courage but they have done it....