Posted by SM Maulana
Monday, 16 June 2008
GEORGE TOWN: The state government will be handing out a one-off payment of RM100 to households in the low-income group to help them cope with rising costs.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng admitted that the move would cost the state government substantially, but it was willing to make the payout for the sake of the people.
“We understand the suffering and hardship faced by the people following the steep fuel price hike.
“We will go on an austerity drive and tighten our spending, but we will pay RM100 to selected households to help them.”
Lim said he would be announcing details of the plan and the mechanics of the payout today.
He said this during a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) meet-the-people session at the City Stadium here last night.
Also present were other PR leaders like Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Pas vice-president Mohamad Sabu and DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang.
Lim’s announcement was met with an all-round roar of support from the 10,000-odd crowd present.
Earlier, other PR speakers had roundly condemned the government for what they claimed was an unjust and drastic move to raise fuel prices.
Anwar said the action clearly showed the government was incapable of managing the economy.
“We don’t need all the economic corridors that the prime minister is going around announcing.
“What we need is for the fuel prices to be brought down.”
Anwar said Pakatan Rakyat would bring down petrol and diesel prices if it formed the government.