What’s in the budget for state governments?

By Tricia Yeoh

November 2011 STATES OF REFORM
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Nowhere is the excessive centralisation of Malaysian politics more obvious than in how the National Budget is controlled and conceived. For example, the Prime Minister’s Department uses up 5.8% of the whole, with a volume that is 10 times the budget of the richest state, Selangor; and 15 times that of Penang’s.Prime minister Najib Abdul Razak tabled the 2012 Budget amidst great fanfare, announcing a slew of benefits for almost every possible layer of society. One common criticism is that...

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Tricia Yeoh

has previously worked with the Selangor state government and is now attached to a market research consultancy.