2012 Budget Under The Microscope at Penang Institute

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A week after the 2012 Malaysian Budget, the Penang Institute (formerly known as SERI) held its annual flagship event – the Post Budget Dialogue – to provide critical commentary on the national budget as well as a space for public discussion.

Judging from the packed room, interest in the Budget 2012 was especially high as an announcement on the 13th General Election is expected to be made soon. The dialogue was chaired by Dr Chan Huan Chiang, chair of the Economics & Entrepreneur Programme, Penang Institute, and featured a diverse group of panellists and discussants.

Overall, Budget 2012 was given an overwhelmingly underwhelming response. Below are selected excerpts from the dialogue.


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