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Monday, 8 August 2011

Lavish ceremonies just a waste

I WISH to commend Wong Chun Wai for his timely article “Cut the frills, make it simple” (The Star, July 31).

Government agencies are known to spend lavishly and unnecessarily whenever they launch campaigns.

The article amply illustrates the extravagance practised by these agencies for official functions and events that last just for a couple of hours.

We can understand the enthusiasm in wanting to impress the VIP and dignitaries invited to the function. But it should be done moderately.

Otherwise, government agencies asking the people to tighten their belts during times of inflation would be meaningless.

It should be remembered that the people are critical these days and are closely watching every move by the Government when it comes to spending taxpayers money.

Government agencies should therefore set a good example before expecting the people to follow. Because, at the end of the day, it is how the people would benefit from such functions and activities that matter.

A sumptious meal, an opportunity to shake hands with VIPs and being entertained with cultural dances and songs are good but it is all just for a day.

Do we need to make it a super glamorous occasion with extravagance at all cost?

Civil servants managing and controlling the nation’s finances should exercise frugality and avoid wastage.


Petaling Jaya.


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