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Friday, May 10, 2019

SAPP: Last chance to keep pledge to reduce fuel prices

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee today told the Pakatan Harapan government it has one last chance to reduce fuel prices tomorrow, before the Sandakan by-election on Saturday.

Yong said after a year, PH could still salvage its “lacklustre one-year anniversary” by belatedly fulfilling its 2018 election promise to reduce fuel prices.

“Pakatan Harapan leaders prefer if people forgot about the manifesto to lessen the burden of Malaysians by bringing down fuel prices but each and every day at petrol stations, people are reminded of this broken promise.

“PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, whose party holds powerful positions in the government, had repeatedly and loudly declared that ‘within 24 hours of being in power, fuel prices will be reduced’. Anwar had said it was possible to reduce fuel prices because Malaysia is a producer of oil and gas,” Yong told the press today.

Pointing out that the economy was sluggish, he said reducing fuel prices was one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy so that the people would have more money to spend.

“For Sabah, which is the biggest oil and gas producing state in Malaysia, the sufferings caused by high fuel prices is a double tragedy that this government has failed to resolve.

“The promise of 20% oil royalties to Sabah has been swept under the carpet. I look forward to an announcement today or tomorrow that fuel prices have been reduced and that Sabah will at last get its 20% oil royalties,” he said.

In the PH special manifesto for Sabah and Sarawak, the coalition promised to increase Sabah’s oil royalties from 5% to 20%. This was on top of its promise to return 50% of the net revenue derived by the federal government in Sabah back to the state, instead of only 40%, as provided in the constitution.

However, Sabahans have been left disappointed as these promises remain unfulfilled.

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