Governments and citizens who should be grateful to them?

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

October 2013 EDITORIAL
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An important issue that should surface during coming debates about the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST) is how it affects the basic relation between the government and the Rakyat.The curse of having ample natural resources – which Malaysia has suffered from to a considerable extent – is the mentality and culture developed among politicians and civil servants that taxes – and thus citizens – are not really essential to its budgetary balance. In fact, in such a situation, citizens...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: