I borrowed the annoying and grating title from the news report here. It is annoying because it reflects an uninformed and highly condescending school of thought that assumes that Malaysians chose to be widely subsidised.
Did Malaysians choose to be subsidised?
Or, was it the past political masters who decreed, in their infinite wisdom or, infinite folly, that the path to popularity was by way of introducing consumption subsidies a'la Brunei and the Arab states?
DR. R.THILLAINATHAN wrote a useful historical excursus into this matter of government policies that introduced consumption subsidies that escalated and ballooned to the present unwieldy structure. You may wish to read the paper here. I urge you to read it.
To whomever it may concern, please stop calling Malaysians a "spoilt lot" because we never asked for consumption subsidies.
We were coping fine with our personal struggles and, we would have found our own comfortable level of living.
We did not ask to be subsidised.
Now that the shit has hit the fan; now that the Malaysian Government cannot cope with dishing out subsidies, I am not about to go on a witch-hunt. I am not interested in chasing after retired political masters. That is a job for other politicians, if they wish to do so.
Like every other Malaysian I am interested to see how this "subsidy addiction" that is not of our asking is managed by the Malaysian Government as it is currently constituted.
The immediate thing that I want to say is that the laboratory (not "lavatory" although many Malaysians mispronounce it, whether deliberately or otherwise) conducted by Idris Jala and his team has somehow avoided educating the Malaysian public about how Malaysia has arrived at the the brink of bankruptcy due to subsidies.
That is why, a historical context is needed...unless the present Administration does not think that Malaysians are intelligent enough to appreciate the need to know how the shit has hit the fan...or, unless the present Administration does not want to incur the wrath of political masters past whose shadow still writs large...
Whatever be the reason, just stop calling Malaysians a "spoilt lot" because that is absolutely unfair and untrue and annoying and grating on our nerves.