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Government Budget 2018: Brief Analysis

Here are some numbers from the budget documents.

This budget is going to be RM21 billion bigger than last year, at RM282 billion. And yet Najib (MO1) announces he will magically reduce the deficit from 3% in 2017 to 2.8% for 2018.

So how is he going to do this?

The answer is simple, tax more.

On closer study of the government revenue book, MO1 is going to collect an additional RM20 billion in taxes from the people and companies to pay for his fatter 2018 budget.

Yup, in particular for folks who are unhappy with GST, the MO1 is gonna tax you even more with GST collection. He predicts that for 2018, GST will increase by another RM2.3 billion to hit an all time high of RM44 billion. In other words, MO1 is telling all households to get ready to fork out another RM330 each of GST next year. Hidup MO1!

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Help us analyse the TPP



The full text of the TPP was released for the first time last week. This is a voluminous document, in thousands of pages. I am now asking for volunteers to help my office read through the documents. We have until the end of November to analyse the text before we begin to prepare policy documents for debate at the Special Session of Parliament in January 2016.

I need about 20 good lawyers or law students to volunteer.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Read any part of the TPP that you are interested in. The full text is available here.
  2. Click the links to the forms below to tell us what you have found in the document. Please fill in according to the Chapter you are referring to.


Chapter 1: Initial Provisions and General Definition 

Chapter 2: National Treatment and Market Access of Goods 

Chapter 3: Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures 

Chapter 4: Textiles and Apparel 

Chapter 5: Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation 

Chapter 6: Trade Remedies

Chapter 7: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures 

Chapter 8: Technical Barriers to Trade 

Chapter 9: Investment

Chapter 10: Cross-Border Trade in Services 

Chapter 11: Financial Services

Chapter 12: Temporary Entry for Business Persons

Chapter 13: Telecommunications

Chapter 14: Electronic Commerce

Chapter 15: Government Procurement 

Chapter 16: Competition Policy

Chapter 17: State-Owned Enterprises and Designated Monopolies 

Chapter 18: Intellectual Property 

Chapter 19: Labour 

Chapter 20: Environment 

Chapter 21: Cooperation and Capacity Building 

Chapter 22: Competitiveness and Business Facilitation

Chapter 23: Development 

Chapter 24: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Chapter 25: Regulatory Coherence 

Chapter 26: Transparency and Anti-Corruption 

Chapter 27: Administrative and Institutional Provisions 

Chapter 28: Dispute Settlement 

Chapter 29: Exceptions and General Provisions 

Chapter 30: Final Provisions