Penang government had doubled the raw water extraction charges, which resulted in PBAHB paying the Penang government RM20.42 million.
“Without this charge, the net profit margin for PBAH would have been even higher at 25 per cent, much higher than MSM’s 4.4 per cent.
“Perhaps, Pua is looking at the wrong party to blame for ‘super profits’ and taking advantage of the rakyat?”
On March 2, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism ministry announced that the new price of coarse granulated white sugar from March 1 onwards will be RM2.95 per kg, up from the previous RM2.84 per kg.
The world’s largest producer and exporter of sugar, Brazil, has member of parliament, said the corporations closed their factories due to the state’s governance.
“The big companies had to end their operations in Penang before operating in other places. I was informed that 6,000 people have lost their jobs,” he said after officiating a national-level oral health promotion programme with religious bodies at the National Mosque here yesterday.
He also claimed that the DAPled state government failed to help the urban poor, and preferred to help the rich and those from developed countries.
Dr Hilmi said the Chinese community was beginning to reject retail prices of RM4.50 per kg for sugar while Thailand, the world’s second largest exporter, has retail prices of RM3.20 per kg, both higher than Malaysia’s current price of RM2.95, the statement read.
“Due to public health concerns, 19 countries have implemented sugar taxes, including another big sugar producer, Mexico while Britain is following suit.
“These measures are implemented due to the ill effects of sugar and the escalating obesity and diabetes risk.
“Malaysia is already known as Asia’s fattest country.
“We are the top country in Asean for having the highest number of diabetics and sixth in the Western Pacific region,” the statement added. DAP.
“Penang today is different from how it was back then. DAP chooses to help the rich and big housing developers. They don’t help ordinary citizens. The Chinese community is beginning to lose their confidence in DAP.”
It was reported that Penang MCA chief Datuk Tan Teik Cheng had claimed that the Chinese community in Penang had been neglected by DAP since it came to power.
State chief minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng denied the allegations and stressed that his government helped everyone in Penang, regardless of race.
Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, accompanied by Oral Health principal director Datuk Dr Noor Aliyah Ismail (left), visiting an exhibition booth at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.