Wide-ranging issues for council to deal with


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are hoping that the rising cost of living, education and various economic factors that affect their livelihood would be looked into by the newly created Economic Action Council.

On Facebook, Didiana Matthews hoped that with the formation of the council, there will be free education and scholarships given to all Malaysians.

Josh Ho wished that the council will work harder to strengthen the ringgit.

He also suggested Malaysia switch to non-oil industries to ensure that the country would be less dependent on oil prices.

Sea Tea Oon said the council should emulate Singapore by adopting their policies.

“(Singapore) is peaceful, there is law and order, harmonious interracial living, feeling safe and secure on the streets, progressive, advan­ced, low cost of living, no corruption, high integrity, service-oriented civil servants, vibrant economy, well-planned town planning, effective and efficient traffic management, water supplies. It is a place we can call home,” he said.

On Twitter, Elaine Cheh hoped that the council will tackle pro­blems related to affordable housing below RM100,000, cash transfers and the restructuring of education.

However, despite the hopes and dreams of fellow Malaysians that the council can bring about change for the country, others were not so optimistic of its capabilities.

Mohd Izwan felt that the council members “talked too much and saw too little action”.

“This so-called ‘council’ can only advise yet the implementation will come down to the agencies. Failures are more prevalent during implementation and these implementers have a single mindset, just follow instructions without adapting to the real situation at hand,” he said.

Eiap Eng Khoon said councils made up of many people will instead just slow down the process of getting results.

“Very quickly the prices for essentials will soar, and the rakyat continue to struggle,” he said.

Aman Avtar S. Sandhu questioned the government and wondered what it has been doing for the past eight months.

“Did they not realise the Malay­sian economy has been going downhill since the end of the elections?” he asked.

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