Sarawakians give the thumbs-up to fuel and cooking oil subsidies

By Nurin Yusrina

KUCHING: The government has continued to assist the people through a variety of measures, including increasing the price subsidy for RON95 petroleum products, diesel, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as subsidised cooking oil in order to alleviate the people’s burden and enhance the viability of businesses, especially small traders.

The price maintenance policy of RM2.05 per litre for RON95 petrol and RM2.15 per litre for diesel had been maintained since February 10; owing to the increase in current global market prices.

Meanwhile, the price of LPG has been constant at RM1.90 per kilogramme (kg) since June 2015 while subsidised cooking oil has been priced at RM2.50 per one kilogramme pack since 1997.

New Sarawak Tribune spoke to members of the public to gather their views on the subject matter yesterday (June 13).

Abang Zayed Hudaify

Abang Zayed Hudaify, Sailor

I could not agree more with the decision of the government to continue providing fuel subsidies to preserve the wellbeing of the people during this hard time. The implementation of subsidies makes the price of essential goods cheaper and enjoyed more by the people, especially those with low and middle incomes.

Megat Hafiz Khairuddin

Megat Hafiz Khairuddin, Marketing manager

I applaud the Malaysian government’s choice in increasing the subsidy for our fuel and oil. This reflects the dedication of the government in taking care and prioritising the well-being of its citizen during this critical moment.

Mohd Zuhairi Masri

Mohd Zuhairi Masri, Businessman

When gasoline and oil are subsidised, the money can be allocated for other purposes. Small business traders, I believe, will profit the most from this since they will be able to reduce their operating costs.

Mckelson Mundi

Mckelson Mundi, Student

Given the present economic crisis caused by the pandemic, giving fuel and oil subsidies by maintaining or even lowering the price will significantly lessen the financial strain.

Braxton Mike

Braxton Mike, Real estate agent

I strongly support the government’s efforts because I believe that the subsidies will encourage people to travel once it is allowed — resulting in more economic activity. As a result, we will able to contribute to our economy’s recovery.