The 15 Cents Increase In Petrol Prices Coupled With The Withdrawal Of Cooking Oil Subsidies Makes A Mockery Of The RM200 Increase In BR1M As A Classic Case Giving With The Right Hand But Taking Back Much More With The Left Hand.(e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan In Kuala Lumpur On 1.11.2016.

The 15 cents increase in petrol prices coupled with the withdrawal of cooking oil subsidies makes a mockery of the RM200 increase in BR1M as a classic case giving with the right hand but taking back much more with the left hand. RON95 will now be priced at RM1.95 per litre, RON97 RM2.30 per litr1e and diesel at RM2 a litre.

Since March this year, diesel prices have risen by 48%, RON95 is up 22% and RON97 is up 18%. The rise in petrol and cooking oil prices will only add on to the burden of consumers. Desperate buying of cooking oil has resulted in a shortage of cooking oil with many supermarket shelves empty.

The rise in cooking oil is expected to add up RM50 per person per year. For a family of 5 this would work out to RM250 extra costs annually, much more than the RM200 increase in BR1M offered by the 2017 Budget to the lowest income groups. Clearly lower income families do not gain from the increase in BR1M as promised by BN propaganda, but are in fact cheated by the accompanying price rises such as cooking oil and petrol prices by the BN Federal government.

The 2017 Budget has no economic significance in improving the livelihood of poorer families with only 18% of the Budget devoted to development expenditure. Clearly BN is still haunted by the RM52 billion 1 MDB scandal and the RM4.2 billion donation scandal that has caused the current drop in the value of the ringgit, the imposition of the much-hated GST and the economic downturn. DAP condemns the unjustified increases in petrol and cooking oil prices as completely unsympathetic to the economic hardships of ordinary Malaysians.

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2016年11月1日在吉隆坡发表的声明:

联邦政府信誓坦坦称他们把一个马来西亚援助金金额提高了200令吉,可是随着汽油调涨15仙、加上取消食用油补贴的双重涨幅,根本就是经典的“右手给你钱,但左手却跟你拿回更多钱”般莫大的讽刺。

联邦政府信誓坦坦称他们把一个马来西亚援助金金额提高了200令吉,可是随着汽油调涨15仙、加上取消食用油补贴的双重涨幅,根本就是经典的“右手给你钱,但左手却跟你拿回更多钱”般莫大的讽刺。RON95汽油现在将会以每公升1令吉95仙的价格出售,而RON97则是每公升2令吉30仙,而柴油价格则是每公升2令吉。

从今年3月起,柴油价格一共涨了48%、RON95涨了22%,而RON97 则涨了18%。汽油及食用油的涨价,将进一步加重消费者的负担。市场上掀起的抢购食用油举动,已经导致许多超市出现食用油短缺的问题。

食用油的调涨,预料每人每年必需多承担50令吉的费用。以5人一个家庭为计算单位,每个家庭每年需多承担250令吉,这与2017年财政预算案宣布将增加200令吉一马援助金给予国内最低收入层相比,实际这些低收入族,反而要倒贴政府50令吉。很明显的,低收入层的人民并没有像国阵竞选宣言所承诺般,从一马援助金金额的增幅中获利,反之,他们被国阵联邦政府所蒙骗,因为一马援金金额的微增,是与食用油及汽油涨价属于同一个配套的。

2017年度的财政预算案,在改善贫困家庭的生计方面,并没有带来任何的经济意义,因为只有18%的预算作为发展预算。很明显的,国阵依然被520亿令吉的一马丑闻及42亿捐款丑闻所困扰。这丑闻已经导致令吉大幅下跌、政府须要实施令人不悦的消费税,更导致经济衰退。民主行动党谴责不合理地调涨汽油及食用油价格,因为这完全无视正面对经济困难的一般马来西亚百姓。

林冠英

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