I wasn't wrong in my suspicion of the government intention to prop up the stocks market.
Below is what I wrote on 9 October, the full article here.
"Surprisingly, while all other Asian markets went down quite substantially the KLSE went down only 2.71%.Is our fundamentals really that strong and investors confidence unshaken in spite of all the bad news on the global financial markets? Is the government trying to prop up the market to avert panic selling? If that is the case how long can the government continue to do so and where are the funds coming from? Let's hope it is not our money or worse still the EPF money."
Read the article below:
By Adib Zalkapli
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today the government will borrow RM5 billion from the Employees Provident Fund to fund government investment agency Valuecap Sdn Bhd.
"It's not part of the Consolidated Fund. It's a loan from EPF," said Najib.
The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that the loan would not be part of the Budget 2009 allocations for spending announced last month.
Yesterday, Najib announced a host of measures to boost the economy and protect Malaysia from the effects of the global financial turmoil.
These included spending more on the service sector to cushion expected declines in Malaysia's exports.
Also, RM5 billion would be injected into Valuecap to buy undervalued stocks.
Valuecap was set up five years ago to invest in undervalued firms.
The government hopes the injection will offer much needed support for laggard blue-chip stocks in the local bourse.
The Finance Minister is expected to announce more measures on Nov 4 when he winds up the debate on the Budget in Parliament. Read more.......
Is the government paying good money to chase bad money.
Beware of the vultures (hedge funds) they may come back to take your money away.