Friday, November 30, 2012

Are the agriculture subsidies solving or feeding the food crisis?

Every year, eyes are peeled and ears are pricked for the Budget speech by the Prime Minister. The speech, unfortunately, is more theatre than substance. It highlights populist measures and dangles enticing carrots in the name of caring for the rakyat. But, are these glorified goodies really weeding out the root of the problems, or merely slashing at the stems? What cure does Malaysia’s economy really need? Does Pakatan Rakyat’s Alternative Budget offer better solutions, or are their proposals just as questionable? REFSA reveals the real deal behind the razzle-dazzle in our all new infographic series Budget 2013: Behind the Theatrics.

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[1] Full Federal Budget 2013 speech available here:
[2] FOMCA’s Response to Budget 2013. Available at’s_position_on%202013_budget.pdfRetrieved 22 Oct 2012.
[3] “IV. Conclusion” section in The Impact of Fertilizer Subsidy on Malaysia Paddy/Rice Industry Using a System Dynamics Approach. Available at Retrieved 22 Oct 2012.
[4] Full document of Belanjawan Pakatan Rakyat 2013 available here:
[5] RM92m spent on imported food every day. Available at Retrieved 22 Oct 2012.
[6] Govt urged to think hard about food security. Available at Retrieved 22 Oct 2012.

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