Putrajaya urged to subsidise transportation cost for petrol to Song, Kapit

Chong (first row, third from left) visiting Song to see for himself the town’s petrol price issue on Jan 11, 2019.

KUCHING, Jan 15: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Katibas coordinator Paren Nyawi hopes the federal government would consider subsidising the transportation cost for petrol to Song and Kapit.

He reasoned this would show to the people of Kapit that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government was serious in wanting to help rural residents.

“I hope the government will consider absorbing the transportation cost of the two petrol stations without signboards (in Kapit and Song) so that Kapit residents may see the seriousness of the new federal government in changing the fate of rural people in Sarawak, especially those in Kapit.

“Kapit is a division that has yet to be connected by road, which has resulted in high cost of goods as transportation of goods, including petrol, still depend solely on the river,” said Paren in a statement today.

He was commenting on a recent incident where two petrol stations — in Song and in Kapit — were reported to be imposing transportation costs on petrol.

This caused motorists to lodge complaints against the two petrol station operators.

Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen visited Kapit and Song on Jan 11 to look into the matter.

“Kapit residents hope there is a solution at the federal level,” said Paren. — DayakDaily