Crit­ics of aid for fish­er­men taken to task

New Straits Times - - News -

LANGKAWI: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day lashed out at those who crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment for giv­ing fi­nan­cial aid to the peo­ple.

“What is wrong with giv­ing RM300 a month to fish­er­men? Are their lives easy?

“They are bat­tered by waves in rough seas, drenched in rain and, at times, un­able to go out to sea.

“So, when we col­lect the Goods and Ser­vices Tax, a lit­tle of that we give to the fish­er­men, small farm own­ers and oth­ers like them.

“This is only fair. This is not dedak... it is not bribery. This is a gov­ern­ment who knows how to take care of its peo­ple. If you don’t want to help the peo­ple, don’t say it is dedak (when we do). If you don’t want to help fish­er­men, don’t say it is bribery.”

Na­jib was speak­ing in Pu­lau Tuba, near here, at the of­fi­cial launch of a RM46 mil­lion project that saw sub­ma­rine elec­tric ca­bles laid be­tween here and the is­land, which is the only other one pop­u­lated.

He also an­nounced more than RM1.5 mil­lion worth of projects for the de­vel­op­ment of Pu­lau Tuba.

Na­jib said he had ap­proved a spe­cial RM800,000 al­lo­ca­tion to re­pair the 800-odd houses on the is­land, which had a pop­u­la­tion of 5,000 peo­ple, mostly fish­er­men and their fam­i­lies.

On top of the al­lo­ca­tion, he also an­nounced that Te­naga Na­sional Bhd would be tak­ing on sev­eral projects, in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of a RM690,000 jetty in Tan­jung Pan­dan on the is­land, the rewiring of 30 houses cur­rently in bad shape (RM60,000) and the in­stal­la­tion of 38 lamp­posts for the is­land.

Na­jib did not pro­vide the cost of the con­struc­tion of the lamp­posts,

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