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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Price Hike - citizens suffer first, UMNO/BN cronies enjoy

While we have no objection to the eventual removal of subsidies in a planned gradual way, Malaysians citizens and especially the voters should keep in mind that the current UMNO/BN federal government do not have the interest and well-being of its citizens because instead of removing subsidies to its crony companies like the IPP (Independent Power Producers) first which still continues to enjoy fat subsidies with the burden of increase power rates passed to the citizens, it pass the burden to the citizens first.

So I hope PAS directives to people especially in the rural areas put up banners to educate the citizens and voters the poor governance of UMNO/BN such as:

"Barang Naik, Rakyat Kena Dulu" (Prices are raised, the people get hit first),
"Pemimpin Kaya, Rakyat Terseksa" (The leaders get rich, the people suffer),
"Tolak BN, Anda Mampu Mengubahnya" (Reject BN, you can make a difference) and
"Kemana hasil Balak,Kelapa Sawit,Getah, Mutiara, Pasir Dihabiskan?" (Where have the timber, palm oil, pearls and sand revenues gone?


will come to fruitation to raise awareness.

Source: Raise anti-price hike banners in every village: PAS:

Raise anti-price hike banners in every village: PAS
Dec 8, 10 3:45pm

PAS has called on all its branches to raise the political awareness of people in their respective areas by flying high banners about the recent hikes of four items by the BN-led federal government.
“PAS hopes that every information machinery in PAS and Pakatan Rakyat rise to increase the political awareness of the people, especially those who do not access the new media,” said the party's information chief Idris Ahmad in a statement.

In this way, BN leaders will be “schooled” back to remembering “the power of the people” since the ruling coalition seems to have “forgotten” following their wins in the Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections in Kelantan and Sabah, respectively.

On Dec 4, the government removed subsidies from fuel and sugar, leading thereby to the hike in price of RON 95, diesel and cooking gas by five sen to RM1.90, RM1.80 and RM1.90, respectively, sugar by 20 sen to RM2.10.

Unlike previous reduction of subsidies, the recent price hikes have received little attention by mainstream news organisations.

Idris also took aim at the government's comparison of the prices of such items to those in Singapore to justify the increase in Malaysia.

This merely insults the intelligence of the people, as the republic is not an oil-exporting country whereas the purchasing power of Singaporeans is far higher than Malaysians, he said.

“Why not take the example of Brunei and other countries that do have oil?” Idris asked further.

He said all PAS branches musthang up banners in every village to make people aware of the danger of maintaining an “irresponsible” coalition in power.

Among other slogans that can be used on the banners are, Idris suggested, are "Barang Naik, Rakyat Kena Dulu" (Prices are raised, the people get hit first), "Pemimpin Kaya, Rakyat Terseksa" (The leaders get rich, the people suffer), "Tolak BN, Anda Mampu Mengubahnya" (Reject BN, you can make a difference) and "Kemana hasil Balak,Kelapa Sawit,Getah, Mutiara, Pasir Dihabiskan?" (Where have the timber, palm oil, pearls and sand revenues gone?).

In a rebuttal of Idris's remarks, Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said PAS should be more sincere given the rise in prices of water tariffs in Pakatan Rakyat-ruled Kedah and Penang,

In Kedah, said Tan, the PAS-led government had raised water tariffs to between 25 percent to 100 percent. Water tariffs had also been raised in PAS' Pakatan partner DAP-led Penang, he added.

“If PAS were sincere in helping the people, I propose that PAS take steps to study the rise in tariffs in all Pakatan Rakyat states.

"I recommend that any price hikes therein be at 10 percent so as not to burden the people,” said Tan.

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