Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Penang: RM100 for Senior Citizens, How Much for Tourism Development & Jobs Creation?

The Penang government is acting generously by handing out RM100 to senior citizens above 60 years old in the state.

It was reported that millionaires, datuks, and even politicians are among the more than 80,000 recipients of the state’s annual RM100 appreciation reward given to senior citizens in the state.

If the state government is spending more than RM8 million of taxpayers money every year to fund the payoff, how much is it spending on tourism investment and promotion and jobs creation?

Perhaps, the state tourism exco and the chief minister office can provide us with a feedback on both state's spending on tourism development (especially heritage tourism) and jobs creation.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Khoo,
It is a good idea for this annual handouts for the elderly but it should be done in a better way.Only those, say with no income or earned less than RM12k annually qualifies.RM100 is pittance! What you can do with it?If the RM8m is to be divided by those who qualifies, probably there is more.

Anonymous said...

There are so many national and more important issue and you have to pick this one.
What's wrong giving RM100 to the old?

You are petty.

robin hood said...

and what has the federal gomen gave to all the senior citizens in the whole of bolehland all these monkey years?

mmmmm....more taxes and tolls?

Osama said...

Khoo,

What is RM100 given in appreciation of 103,000 senior citizens of the state annually, when our PM reportedly spent USD8 million to lobbyists just to have his pictures taken and have a meeting with him on cameras?

Whether they are datuks and Tan Sris, it is irrelevant, the gist of the exercise is in appreciation of senior citizens, and if you were present to witness the giving out of the monies you will realize that this is indeed a noble cause. Those who wept in appreciation of the State Governments efforts really touches the heart.

Khoo, I suggest you just turun padang and look at those aged living in the inner cities of Penang, listen to what they say and how they feel. Some said they had never had a RM100 dollar note in their life. Bull shitting? See for yourself and hear it yourself in the kopitiams, and then you will understand why these old folks need to be taken care of.

With regards to the expenditure for tourism, the state coffers are expected to increase, with better management of the state's assets, and to as best as possible control corruption. Corruption is the biggest curse of the country, and we believe this exercise is necessary to assist the senior citizens and the State Government can certainly afford it. Infact, the Federal Government should take a cue from the Penang Government and assist all senior citizens with RM 100 monthly. They deserve it!

Anonymous said...

I say it is money spent and we the senior citizens are fully appreciative of it... at least it is something for us, what with the low interest rates the banks are offering.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr.khoo,how much do u get under the gerakan leadership...not even a cent please,now the state goverment are trying to help but there are silly people as king stupid question....

Anonymous said...

Hello....

RM100 isn't much I must say...but look at the bigger picture...it is an appreciation to honour the senior citizens. Also note that these citizens do pay income tax before..so a small sum returning to them is quite justified!...when they are no more earning.

Anonymous said...

This suppose to be good news but u make it worst.. Crap... Noob Khoo, go think about it, money sucker...

Anonymous said...

Ya man, how come they are giving to the rich 60 yr old man and woman as well?

Anonymous said...

I heard this comments of 60+ year old Banchang-kuih maker. He lamented that business is really slow nowadays. He also said 'GuanEng ho (good guy). Give RM100 to old people.' When I ask whether he has collected, he said 'No lah, let the poorer people collect. I can still make a living from Bancang-kuih'. So if there are some Rich Seniors who line up to pick up RM100.00 I think that their moral value or thoughts, nothing to do with Penang Government.

Anonymous said...

Khoo it is the first step la

But calling khoo a noob is abit harsh.

I think that their moral value or thoughts, nothing to do with Penang Government.

Anonymous said...

It is definitely money well spent for a noble cause, well done Penang!

Anonymous said...

Nobody should discriminate the poor, neither should we discriminate the rich. If 60yr old Penangnites are eligible for the RM100, their financial standing is not an issue.

Never before has our garmen given money to the warga emas on the basis of their seniority regardless of their skin color or ethnicity. I can imagine their delight in receiving the RM100. The amount is secondary... it's the thought that counts.

I think credit should be given where credit is due. The Penang garmen did well here. No point in talking why not give money to tourism/development. Those are separate issues.

Khun Pana aka johanssm said...

It is Token of appreciation to the seniors whom have worked and toiled earlier before us.
$100 is peanuts but the older folks appreciate the token sum.
Those whom are rich and snubs at it.
They can donate theirs.
Better to waste 8million for the Penang people than to waste the billions ( like the bn did) .

Anonymous said...

I personally see there is no problem giving to the rich senior citizens too because they may be the one of the highest income tax contributor when they were still in the job market.

Take this as a sincere token from the state government to appreciate the senior, period.

Anonymous said...

I see no issue with giving to all senior citizens. Asian filial piety.
My friend is a multi-millionaire and he still gets 7% discount when buying property worth millions round KLCC. He gets 9% returns on ASB on millions using the names of his poorer siblings, nephews and nieces.

Anonymous said...

How the money is spend on Tourism and Dev is a separate issue altogether. The money given back to the Rakyat should be taken as a good gesture from the Penang Gov. As Lim Guan Eng mention in his speech, the money that Penang Gov had saved thus far, is given back to the rakyat. You will never ever hear that coming from BN.

michael said...

Dear Mr Khoo,

The RM100 handout to old folks is very well received in Penang. It is a way to show appreciation to them regardless of their financial background. Moreover, the money is from the surplus fund as a result of the CAT policy.

BN government could afford to do the same but did not. The public perception is that they would rather give the money to their cronies through corruption than to appreciate the aged.