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Wednesday September 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 4, 2013 MYT 11:23:09 AM
PETALING JAYA: The 20 sen price hike for RON95 and diesel is expected to draw criticism but the public must realise that this is part of a subsidy rationalisation, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He hoped that the people would understand that a gradual subsidy cut was part of the rationalisation process to help stabilise the economy.
“The current subsidy mechanism benefits people across the board, be it the rich or poor, which defeats the purpose of the Government to help those who are really in need,” he said in a statement.
Dr Chua said that more people were expected to take public transport following the new fuel price announcement.
“Hence, it is imperative that the Government speed up the improvement of the public transport system and ensure that the MRT project will not suffer any delay.”
He also hoped that those in the lower income group will be offered more aid.
“The Government must speed up the construction of one million low-cost houses for the middle and lower income group,” he said.
He said it has been the party’s stand that subsidies, which are meant to ease the burden of the poor, should only benefit those who are eligible.
“We welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to raise the cash aid under Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia which will be announced in Budget 2014.”
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