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Why Do I Pay Taxes???

Fresh from the recent mad rush to submit our income tax self assessments, I wonder where does my tax money go? Why do I need to pay taxes?

Someone did asked that question about “Where does income tax money go?” on Wiki Answers and the sole answer that came back “To the government and they use it as they see fit”. Duly noted! But this is where it scares me… “they use it as they see fit”, I’m not saying that the answer on Wiki Answer is accurate but yeah… in a nutshell, the money goes to the government and yes, they will spend it. … but on what?

Borrowing from Simon’s overly used term, I admit that I don’t know jack sh*t about economics and all. But it got me thinking… hey… this country has an abundance in natural resources, we have oil, we have palm oil, we have rubber (both natural and those purchased from the 7-11 counters), we have fertile land, you get my point right… we have heaps of natural resource. Then we have people who pay taxes (like me). Where does all the money go to?

Some might mention that we have those ‘Rancangan Malaysia” where all the big bucks go to. We see loads of money ‘supposedly’ being pumped into these ‘plans’. Not to forget the multitude of ‘Corridors’ that had been announced. But what I would like to ask… do you actually see any of the taxes you paid generally benefit the population of this country? My answer… well, yes (to all those UMNO/BN cronies oh and not to forget those apparently PR cronies too) but not enough!

In my humble opinion we the rakyat get far less back in services and benefits from the federal and/or state government than we pay in. And it’s an open secret that corruption has damaged our society and we have been tremendously being short-changed.

Think about it. If a fraction of all this dirty wasted money was put into better use like building schools, better healthcare, better trained and better paid teachers, civil service officers, police, proper basic infrastructures such as electricity, water, paved roads, sewerage, we would not be such a predicament where we console ourselves that we are better off than Zimbabwe or Congo. Come on la!

If these ftoopid leaders (past and present) can just spend 10% of their time thinking what’s best for the people and country and use manage the finances wisely years ago, we would have already surpassed (I dare say) Sillypore or any of our other regional neighbours by now.

So what do we get now? We have public schools in dilapidated state, teachers who are poorly trained and rewarded, public hospitals that are in need of proper infrastructures and equipments, civil services who are little napoleons, and a police force that almost everyone in this country has nothing good to say about. I can go on and am sure we all got that long list somewhere in our pockets.

Bah! Why do I bother to pay taxes then when what I see is my money being used to fill some frakking state/federal crony’s pocket. Frak it!

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June 18, 2009 Posted by | Taxes | | Leave a comment