Face the fact. There were truth in Anwar Ibrahim's counter budget proposals. Like it or not, the BN government should consider such an option if we want to restore foreign investors' confidence. The 2009 Budget in August was tabled by Prime Minister (also Finance Minister then) when the world crude oil price was still above US$120 per barrel and the Wall Street was still unaware of the incoming economic bashing which initially sent the Lehman Bro and Merill Lynch tumbling down. Its impact sent the world markets reeling, some to their 10-years low. Malaysia was not spared. Looking at the current economic trend, we need a lot of sacrifices to the original Budget proposal. We need to steer the country out of the economic turbulence, yes! I believe Anwar, too, is concerned about the economy and may consider not to become a Prime Minister (if he got the chance) at this time around. We can rest on our strong fundamentals but some big economies have not been able to face the onslaught without some revamps to their existing monetary, banking, investment and administration budget policies. Anwar, as a former Finance Minister, was seen here as 'sincere' in his counter proposal which include a cut to government expenditure, public open tender, reduction to projects budget and putting to shelve some mega projects. Being an opposition leader does not mean he cannot be allowed to come up with positive plans to save the economy. There are times when both sides - the ruling and opposition parties - need to sit down and discuss some urgencies. Economy is a big issue. It leads to inflation, recession and in some cases, food crisis. Malaysians, at large, will support any move to ease them on their expenditure costs. We have good economists around, be it from the government or the opposition. Even the Americans came together when it comes to finding solutions to their economic woes. Japan and South Korea, too. Malaysia is not as developed yet. And so, all sectors of the community deserve to give opinion and suggestion as to how some issues should addressed for common interest.