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.