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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.

Tony Pua

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