Quigonbond: To be fair, Rural and Regional Development Minister Shafie Apdal did not say what brains. We know as much it's not one which is wise, compassionate or progressive. It has to do with brain drain - brain drain reduces the aggregate ability of a nation to think smart. Some local researcher should come up with a benchmark to see what percentage of brains are required for the nation to progress, and to chart a correlation between brain power and GDP - and show it to the minister. I'm sure we're below median.
Jiminy Qrikert: Shafie Apdal, you have the brains to overcome price hikes but did not have the brains to prevent it? It is not as though we have run out of money, just that we are running out very, very fast. Yes, the people will still vote for the opposition because the rakyat do not want idiotic, traitorous, lying leaders anymore. Come GE14, BN is gone.
Onyourtoes: If you have the "brain", why did you fellows allow the price hike problem to take place in the first place? Are you saying your "brain" is to create the problem and then try to solve it? What do you mean when you said, "Our economy is still healthy enough. It's not as though we have run out of money." How many years has this country incurred fiscal deficit? What is the latest count on total public sector debt (federal government, statutory bodies, GLCs and public enterprises)? I think you are just mumbling without knowing anything. So much for your brain or is it drain?
Anonymous #02382443: You have the brains? I am amused. You should know that all our brains are now in Singapore, Australia, US, UK and elsewhere....
Kanasai: What the use of talking about brain and voting. Release the policies that would stop this runaway price hike. Policies like reduction of food and fuel subsidies, increase of tariffs, tolls, etc, are not policies of price control. Additional cost of doing businesses are. Padded contracts and negotiations are. Flying in private jets and other excesses are. 'Shock-sendiri' mega projects and infrastructures that has no immediate use are. I can go on and on. Stop all these 'brain and know-how' talk, and be truthful to the needs of the people.
Mohgui: "We are confident, we will turn this around, in Selangor and also in Penang. We can do it. But when elections come, people still vote for the opposition," said Shafie. People vote for a certain individual because they have trust in whoever they vote for and not because of some sweetened deal. You as the current government, should carry out your duty to see to the good of the country. If you can do this without any prejudice or racial bias, the rakyat will vote to keep you in power.
Anonymous_4056: Shafie treats us like secondary school students. If Umno got the brains and know-how to overcome this price hikes situation, then why should you maneuver into this seemingly bottomless pit in the first place? We know why, it simply due to mismanagement of the economy through rampant corruption, wastage, cronyism resulting in monopolies of common essentials like rice, sugar, electricity and road tolls and a rentier mentality. Shafie, you don't need to study rocket science to know this.
SpongeBob: Sure, the government can turn around more for the Umno leaders to be more corrupted and more leeway for them to plunder the poor Malays. The country is in this state is because of Umno's plundering policy. Soon, the kangkung will become the staple food for country.
Fairnessforall: Hahaha... the government has the brains. A few months back, ikan tenggiri was only about RM25 a kilo. Yesterday I went to Cold Storage in Sunway and tenggiri was RM45.90. Thinking there was something not right, I went to the Aeon in Sunway and the tenggiri there was RM48.90. In a few months, the price of tenggiri has doubled and Shafie claims they have the brains to control the price increase.
Fourtan: Minister, I actually do believe you. But do you really think it's that simple a matter as having brains to solve the current mess we are in? Now, I'm really worried. Oh Ya?: If the ruling elites really have the brains and know-how there won't be the need to reduce subsidies, increase taxes and weaken the ringgit exchange rate, which triggered the price hike in the first place.
NuckinFuts: BN is just waiting for Pakatan Rakyat to come up with solutions. they will then plagiarise it and call it something with a "1" in front. Just wait and see what these braindeads are doing.
Anonymous #70881335: We are all ears, Shafie. Show us your brains.