Few years of late we have been going through the withdrawing of all subsidies that we used to relish with. Paralleled to withdrawal of subsidies we have been taxed left and right and so far we have never recovered from the pains of the high cost of living which shoots up sharply especially within this year of 2015.
Today we are lumped with another hefty increase of cigarette prices. On average all cigarette prices have increased by 40 percent, a shockingly high increase at one shot. Whilst some agree to the high increase of the item, some others who are smokers feel that the jump is too high for the moment. We can expediently use the health reason for the increase but this was not done for health reason. It is simply another way of taxing the people to increase the revenue of the government, not to reduce the smoking addiction among the people.
There is another addiction that the government should look into to avoid wastage of the public’s money i.e. corrupt addiction among the government leaders and some law makers. Corruption is a real devastating addiction as that pulls down the country to ashes in time to come. We are now suffering from the massive and unmitigated corrupt addiction among the leaders of the nation and that has put the country among the most corrupt nations in the world. Malaysia is known for this heinous culture that needs to be mitigated as soon as possible.
As I have written a few times for the past months, leaders especially the Prime Minister has not been resourceful enough to source revenue for the country from other sources other than taxing the people. The people are already taxed with heavy cost of living and the taxes and duties never end. It only implies to us that our leaders are too dependent on the ordinary public, like us to solve the nation’s financial anguishes which some were self-inflicted by corrupt and capricious leaders that we have.
Certainly the corrupt culture of the government costs the nation expensively and if that corrupt practices are dealt with appropriately I am quite certain that the money stashed away from the public could have been used for other good causes. Maybe the government may not have to tax the cigarette smokers that high like it was done today.