It is a slow day in a damp little Malaysian town. The rain is beating down harshly, and all the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a rich European tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local "Rumah Urut Unisex" hotel and lays a RM100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.
The owner gives him some room-keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the RM100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the RM100 note and rushes down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the RM100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of animal feed and fuel.
The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the RM100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the friendly neighbourhood pub. The pub owner slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar - who, in spite of facing hard times, has always gladly offered him, her ‘services’ on credit.
The hooker then rushes over to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the RM100 note.
The hotel proprietor quietly replaces the RM100 note back on the counter, so that the rich traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that none of the rooms are satisfactory, picks up the RM100 note, pockets it and leaves town.
No one has produced anything. No one has earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.
And that, dear voters, is how a basic financial bailout package in our economic model works! Now, let's find this rich traveler!
|(credit - Funzu.com, image taken from HERE)|
(provided that everybody is responsible enough to pay his/her hutang, not just "tahu berhutang tapi liat atau langsung tak nak bayar hutang")