Soo: Govt doesn’t care about peo­ple’s hard­ships

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KUCHING: Whilst Tan­jong Datu con­stituency is flooded with de­vel­op­ment funds and projects to the tune of RM1.5 bil­lion and still count­ing, State Re­form Party Sarawak ( STAR) pres­i­dent Lina Soo main­tains that the gov­ern­ment hardly cares about Sarawakians’ hard­ships due to the ris­ing costs of liv­ing.

“Top of the list is GST which has brought bil­lions of ring­git to the gov­ern­ment cof­fers, but has led to ris­ing costs of daily goods and needs which have af­fected our peo­ple se­verely,” said Soo at a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

She added that GST is a di­rect con­tri­bu­tion of money sourced from Sarawak straight to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

“If the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is sin­cere about de­vel­op­ment and progress in Sarawak, this money should re­main in Sarawak for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple,” she pointed out.

“The cost of petrol has risen twice in just two months, and each time the in­crease was a stag­ger­ing 10 per cent. Ed­u­ca­tion, health and wel­fare bud­gets have been cut, lead­ing to ter­mi­na­tion of ed­u­ca­tion fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, in­creased hospi­tal charges and loss of wel­fare ben­e­fits,” she added. She claimed that the gov­ern­ment’s rem­edy is the cash handout to the peo­ple in the form of BR1M which is sup­posed to lighten the peo­ples’ bur­den and yet, is barely suf­fi­cient to cover in­fla­tion.

“But BR1M is just one Panadol tablet to the fi­nan­cial headache from the can­cer of ris­ing costs of liv­ing. And like Panadol, BR1M cre­ates de­pen­dency.

“BR1M is just the Barisan Na­sional’s grand de­sign to give money to the peo­ple only to cre­ate and nur­ture a ter­mi­nally de­pen­dent so­ci­ety in­creas­ingly re­liant on gov­ern­ment sup­port,” Soo al­leged.

“Is the gov­ern­ment do­ing this de­lib­er­ately, to make sure Barisan Na­sional will con­tinue to be re­elected again and again by mak­ing the peo­ple de­pen­dent upon them?” she asked.

Lina Soo

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