Don’t treat policy changes lightly, SUPP Kuching Youth tells Putrajaya

From left: SUPP Kuching Youth assistant publicity and information secretary Eric Tay Tze Kok, Youth Section chairman Thomas Teo Hong Chuan, secretary-general Tan Kuan Chin and assistant training secretary Jong Zhen Xiang.

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KUCHING, Oct 3: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Kuching Youth is urging the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government to be more sensitive towards the rakyat when implementing policies.

It also reprimanded the PH government for its lack of empathy when implementing policies that should have benefited the rakyat, citing the scraping of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) in its place.

“It’s now more than a year after GST was replaced by SST when PH came in power. Most of the prices (of items) have not become cheaper as expected by PH. In contrast, the national economy is getting worse and the people are under financial stress,” according to SUPP Kuching Youth in a media statement today.

It emphasised the PH government should not treat the national policies as children’s games.

“If the PH government reintroduces GST, will the rate of GST be kept below 2.5 per cent? Will the government give assurances of prices falling? Or will prices rise further? Moreover, will the PH government allocate more funds to Sarawak in 2020 Budget after the implementation of GST?

“Will there be any initiatives to revitalize the economy of Sarawak? These are the most concerning issues for us in SUPP, and as Sarawakians.”

SUPP Kuching Youth made these remarks in response to reports of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad saying earlier today the federal government might reintroduce GST if the people wanted it.

Meanwhile, SUPP Kuching Youth also emphasised that the PH government should not always blame the policy of the previous government, but instead policies that have been beneficial to both the nation and people should be sustained rather than arbitrarily changed.

“After all, the GST system is acknowledged as a fair system that is implemented in more than 100 countries around the world.” — DayakDaily