‘Beware of BN temporary withdrawal gifts in polls run-up’


(The Malaysian Times) – The suspensions of several unpopular initiatives by the government, including the Automatic Enforcement System (AES), the Goods and Services Tax (GST), electricity tariff hike and tax on prepaid mobile will be temporary in the run-up to the general election, warned PAS.

Following is the full report carried by the Harakahdaily. “These ‘gifts of withdrawals’ are just waiting for the next general election. If the result favours BN, then the suspensions will be revoked and the public will be burdened with all sorts of ridiculous regulations,” said PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

Tuan Ibrahim said BN decided to defer many of its mega projects to avoid giving political bullets to Pakatan Rakyat during election campaign.

He however pointed out that the decision whether to revoke the withdrawals or not rests with the people, urging them to deny BN a fresh mandate.

“Retaining BN means these temporary suspensions will be lifted. Toppling BN will see all of them permanently cancelled,” he said.

On the recent suspension of AES by the Attorney General’s Chambers despite earlier insistence by Transport minister Kong Cho Ha defending the system, Tuan Ibrahim, who is also Pahang PAS commissioner, said the contradiction only showed the government’s messy administration.

“We don’t know who makes the policy and who enforces it,” he chided, adding that either the AG or the Transport minister should be sacked for the AES fiasco.