Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Fed govt is worse than the 'Ah Long'
This was coupled with the fact that Sabah is currently the poorest state in the country still, with lowest per-capita income.
Expressing this was SAPP Secretary-general, Datuk Richard Yong We Kong while commenting on the Federal government's plan to introduce the GST, which bill will be tabled in Parliament on Dec 15.
"Despite being the poorest state in the country with lowest per-capita income, Sabahans are also paying more for almost all goods and services, between 10 to 40 per cent, from baby diapers to medicines, from rice flour to cement and many more," he pointed out, adding that this has inevitably contributed to a high cost of living.
Besides this, the state is also known for its poor infrastructures and unreliable amenities including water and power supply, which thus contributed to a high-cost of doing business.
And what was even more outrageous was the Federal government even made use of the tax collected from oil palm planters in the state under the Cooking Oil Subsidy Scheme (COSS) to subsidize consumers in Peninsular Malaysia. But nothing has been done to subsidize the high cost of living, transportation cost and the shipping cost burdening Sabah people.