Kenyataan Ku Nan tentang kenapa harga barang naik tidak bertanggungjawab

KENYATAAN MEDIA
19 Januari 2014

KENYATAAN KU NAN TENTANG KENAPA HARGA BARANG NAIK TIDAK BERTANGGUNGJAWAB

Kenyataan yang dibuat DS Tengku Adnan semalam yang menyelar ‘orang tengah’ yang kononnya cuba menimbulkan kebencian terhadap kerajaan BN adalah kenyataan yang tidak bertanggungjawab, tidak berasas dan amat dikesali, lebih-lebih lagi apabila Menteri membuat andaian bahawa pihak yang menaikkan harga adalah terdiri daripada penyokong Pakatan Rakyat.

Kenyataan Menteri ini adalah cubaan untuk mengalih pandangan umum daripada isu sebenar, bahawa kenaikan harga barang timbul daripada kegagalan dasar pentadbiran DS Najib Razak untuk menangani kenaikan inflasi yang mendadak. Ketua Pembangkang DS Anwar Ibrahim telah mengingatkan rakyat dalam kenyataan beliau tempoh hari bahawa kadar inflasi di Malaysia telah meningkat dari 1.2% pada Disember 2012 ke 2.9% pada November 2013, iaitu peningkatan 2.4 kali ganda.

Ku Nan dan kerajaan UMNO-BN perlu menghentikan retorik yang tidak berasas seperti ini dan sebaliknya berusaha untuk mengetengahkan idea-idea dan dasar-dasar yang dapat menangani isu inflasi dengan efektif. Harga petrol patut diturunkan, monopoli gula yang dipegang Syed Mokhtar perlu dipecahkan, dan pelbagai kenaikan yang dicadangkan seperti kadar tol, tarif elektrik, dan cukai GST wajib ditarikbalik. Sekurang-kurangnya kerajaan UMNO-BN wajib menangani ketirisan dan rasuah yang mengakibatkan berbilion ringgit wang Rakyat lesap begitu sahaja, seperti yang dilaporkan saban tahun dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara.

Fahmi Fadzil
Pengarah Komunikasi KEADILAN

PRESS STATEMENT
19 January 2014

STATEMENT BY KU NAN ON REASON FOR PRICE INCREASE IS IRRESPONSIBLE

The statement made by DS Tengku Adnan yesterday that claimed ‘middlemen’ were inciting hatred towards the Barisan Nasional government is irresponsible, unfounded and regrettable, especially when the minister assumes that those raising prices were Pakatan Rakyat supporters.

The minister’s statement is a blatant attempt to shift the public’s attention away from the crux of the matter, which is that prices have shot up due to the failure of the Najib administration’s failure to implement policies that can effectively keep inflation in check. As highlighted by the Leader of the Opposition, DS Anwar Ibrahim several days ago, inflation in Malaysia has increased 2.4 times between December 2012 (1.2%) and November 2013 (2.9%).

Instead of employing baseless rhetoric like this, Ku Nan and the UMNO-BN government should instead seriously endeavor to put forward ideas and policies that can effectively attend to the issue of rising inflation. Petrol prices should be dropped, the sugar monopoly held by Syed Mokhtar should be broken, and the various proposals to increase toll rates, electricity tariffs, and the GST should be withdrawn. At the very least, UMNO-BN should focus all its energy on combating leakages and corruption that has cost the Rakyat billions each year, as reported in the Auditor-General’s Report.

Fahmi Fadzil
KEADILAN Communications Director

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