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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Moving Targets Make Little Sense

Since there is now a healthy debate on the success or lack thereof of the NEP even after more than 35 years with the same government it makes little sense with just presenting the balance sheet item like “30% equity target has not been achieved as at 31st December 2005”.

In any financial reporting system there is the profit and loss account for the period and also the all important cash flow which can tell if a company is healthy or not.

Since the government is preparing to disclose the EPU methodology of how the share equity is calculated, we should also be asking more details like the following to discover why after so many long years the moving target remains so elusive.

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I am sure the government has the computing capability to account for all the goodies they have given out under the NEP.


Bigjoe99 said...

Trying to get the government to show how much they have wasted the people's resources of which 80% is paid for by Chinese? Dream on..

There is actually some simple way to estimate the government waste whether its by what the GDP per capita should be or what Petronas size should be etc. Even calculate total fixed investment dollar minus depreciation.

Any one of these methods who tell you that the BN government has wasted more than a couples of times national GDP over the last 30-40 years.

Malaysian government failiure is not just wasted dollars but also wasted opportunities.

H J Angus said...

Thanks for your comments.

Of course I do not expect the government to reveal how much money has been wasted and the opportunities lost.

This is to get everyone to think more critically on how we can make things better in Malaysia.