Bribes Begin

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has announced that all civil servants will receive a bonus salary increment, equivalent to one annual raise effective July 1.

Najib said this will involve a cost of RM1.46 billion.

This was among a slew of goodies Najib announced for civil servants at a special address in Putrajaya today.

Among the other benefits included a one-off pension raise of one percent effective July 1, in addition to the two percent raise given in January.

“Even the 93-year-old retiree will get this,” Najib said in a veiled jab at his archnemesis Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Pakatan Harapan chairperson.

Our comment

Subtlety has never been Najib Razak’s strong point.

To give him his due, he sees no merit in being subtle. No one has ever hauled him up and charged him over a life-time of blatant political bribery as he has hawked cash payments on the hustings time and again.

So, he wants people to know they owe him.

On the other hand, it would appear that his targets may be wising up as to the origin of the blandishments that he is handing out, which is of course their own back pockets – their pensions and their future prosperity.

They are also starting to realise that for every RM1k that comes back to them as an election bribe RM10k is siphoned off in selfish enrichments for the chosen few. Mere voters are getting the chicken feed from Najib’s mass grabs of money – the lionshare of their own money has gone to him and his cohorts.

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