Malaysia’s PAS ‘mis­lead­ing’ vot­ers


The cam­paign by the Malaysian op­po­si­tion Pan-Malaysian Is­lamic Party (PAS) against the gov­ern­ment’s Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) in a key by-elec­tion is merely to stir up vot­ers’ emo­tions by pre­sent­ing sim­plis­tic ar­gu­ments, the deputy pres­i­dent of the Malaysian Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion (MCA) party, part of the rul­ing coali­tion has said.

Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong said PAS was blam­ing ev­ery price in­crease on GST when there were ir­re­spon­si­ble traders tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion by rais­ing the prices of their goods.

PAS, added Wee, was also pur­posely ig­nor­ing the fact that in­put tax could be re­claimed through GST, ef­fec­tively mak­ing costs lower than un­der the pre­vi­ous Sales and Ser­vice Tax (SST).

“In this case, I do not think PAS is paint­ing the right pic­ture for the peo­ple to see. They are just try­ing to mis­lead the peo­ple to be­come anti-gov­ern­ment,” he said af­ter meet­ing Chi­nese vot­ers in Kuala Rompin here on Fri­day night.

“PAS is stir­ring the peo­ple’s emo­tion, mak­ing them think that GST is bring­ing more suf­fer­ing by mak­ing ev­ery­one pay more.

“They fail to tell vot­ers that the 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Aid (BR1M) has been in­creased from 650 ring­git to 950 ring­git.

“That money is al­ready given to those with a house­hold in­come of be­low 3,000 ring­git to pay the 6 per­cent GST.

“As­sum­ing that you are from a poor fam­ily, you will have to spend about 16,000 ring­git to fin­ish off that (GST of) 950 ring­git,” Wee added.

PAS can­di­date Nazri Ah­mad’s cam­paign slo­gan is “one vote for PAS, one vote to re­ject GST” in his bid for the Rompin par­lia­men­tary seat.

Wee also urged the Chi­nese com­mu­nity to make the wise de­ci­sion of not let­ting PAS take their votes as sup­port for hudud.

“If we vote for PAS, we are just giv­ing its hudud plan le­git­i­macy. The Ke­lan­tan Men­tri Be­sar had said be­fore that PAS has gar­nered many votes from the Chi­nese com­mu­nity.

“This by-elec­tion is im­por­tant be­cause the Chi­nese have to show them oth­er­wise — by not send­ing the wrong mes­sage to PAS,” he said.

Wee also said he was con­fi­dent that MCA — through its 680 mem­bers in the dis­trict — would show its strength at the bal­lot box by grant­ing a victory for rul­ing coali­tion can­di­date Datuk Hasan Arifin.

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