State urged to offer lower LPG cylinder price

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VIOLET Yong Wui Wui (DAP-Pending) urged the Sarawak government to use the revenue from the oil and gas resources as well as the five per cent sales tax imposed on petroleum products to further subsidise and lower the price of Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders sold through Petros.

“Before the state election, the Premier of Sarawak  promised the people that if Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) won, he would look into ways of letting Sarawakians enjoy a special price for the LPG cylinders.

“Where is that promise now given that GPS had already won in the last state election and given the mandate to govern?” she questioned during her debate in the State Legislative Assembly today.

“Although the LPG cylinders are in the controlled goods list under the Control of Supplies Act 1961, the law does not stop the state government from providing further subsidy so that Sarawakians can enjoy the lowest LPG cylinder price.

“Furthermore, the LPG cylinders are not restricted by the Competition Act 2010,” said Yong.

“The state government needs to prove to Sarawakians that it is still sticking to its ‘Sarawak First’ policy that truly prioritises the state and its people and it is not an empty slogan.

“Start  by lowering the price of 14 kg LPG cylinder in Sarawak to below RM26.60!  I believe when there is a political will, there is a way.  All we lack is political will,” she added.

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