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Sunday, July 19, 2009
He urges the government to look seriously into the case and reiterates that the party is of the view that a Royal Commission should be set up to investigate the unnatural death of Teoh to explain to his family and to quell all unnecessary rumours and unease among the people.
“To show that MACC is not hiding anything from the public, thus the responsibility lies with them to disclose a full report on the entire details and circumstances of Teoh giving his statement to the commission from 5:30 pm on 15 July 2009 until his release the next day at 3:45 am,” Wei Kiat emphasized.
He pointed out that the public is questioning why Teoh’s interrogation had dragged on until early in the morning which had deprived him of sleep and affected his well being in providing his statement to the commission.
On allegations reported in online news that claimed that MACC officers tried to extract false confession from certain municipal councillor and also used derogatory terms, Wei Kiat called on the commission to be professional and improve on their approach in conducting questioning on the suspects. He reiterated that the commission should not resort to violent approach or any form of mental or physical torture when trying to obtain statements from the suspects and witnesses.
“The party calls on the police and government to investigate the claim thoroughly to uphold the credibility of MACC and also to ensure that no party will be victimized. The government should bring those found guilty to court to return justice to the deceased family,” he emphasized.
On behalf of MCA, Wei Kiat expressed that the party offered its deepest condolences to Teoh’s family and fiancée while vowing that the truth will prevail.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wei Kiat who is also the MCA Subang Division Chairman pointed out that the Selangor Menteri Besar has the responsibility to reply to the claim made by PKR Member of Parliament YB Wee Choo Keong that he has received many complaints from Pakatan Rakyat grassroots and businessmen that one executive councilor from Selangor had abused his position and allowed his office to be used as a meeting venue for people involved with underground business activities.
“The claim against this Selangor EXCO is very shocking and worrying especially this involved traders using government offices as a meeting place. If such a claim is true, then the action by the EXCO is tantamount to abusing his position in having connections with illegal business operators. This is a very serious matter,” Wei Kiat emphasized.
Wei Kiat also urges the Selangor Menteri Besar to seriously look into this matter and conduct an open and thorough investigation to explain to the people.
“I hope that Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will not treat this matter lightly and sweep it under the carpet. MCA Selangor also urges the concerned EXCO implicated in this matter to relinquish his position quickly to ensure that a fair and thorough investigation could be carried out smoothly on him so that that the interest of the Selangor people will not be jeopardized,” he stressed.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
In regards to the issue of the unity government, Wei Kiat emphasized that cooperation must not be based on any form of "Malay supremacy’ principle or Islamist ideals. “This would potentially marginalize non-Malays and non-Muslims, and possibly infringe upon their rights as well.”
Lee, who is also MCA Information and Communication Bureau Chairman stated that the party believes that Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat should work together on issues of national importance, such as economic recovery and good governance. “This form of cooperation would not only be in the interests of the people and the greater good, but also adheres to the guiding principles of the Federal Constitution.”
“MCA believes that although the different political factions may hold different interests and goals, they must cooperate on national issues in order to serve the greater good of the people, and promote a functioning welfare state. Among these pressing issues is a need for improved dialogue and greater trust between the parties, maintaining a stable political environment, and perhaps most importantly, dealing with the global economic recession in its effect on Malaysia.”
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
"There is a hidden agenda behind the call by PAS to form a unity government with UMNO, that is to strengthen their party’s position in Malaysia and then to implement their ulterior goal of setting up an Islamic state in the country. As MCA has been consistent in our party’s position of opposing any proposal by PAS to set up an Islamic state in this country, the party cannot and will not accept such a proposal,” he stressed.
Wei Kiat who is also the MCA Information and Communication Bureau Chairman criticized the resolutions tabled at the recently concluded PAS assembly which among others include maintaining the 30% quota for Bumiputeras, opposing the decision by the government in liberalizing the 27 service sub-sectors in the country and calling for the banning of Sisters in Islam (SIS). “PAS has shown that the so-called democracy, equality, justice and the slogan “PAS for All” as advocated by them is mere rhetoric. The resolutions as endorsed by PAS have shown that PAS’ ulterior objective is to set up a theocratic Islamic state.”
Wei Kiat also challenges DAP and PKR to announce their firm stand on PAS’ motives of forming a unity government with UMNO with the ultimate aim of establishing a theocratic Islamic state. “If PAS fails to respond, then perhaps it is timely for DAP and PKR with withdraw their association with PAS.”
Monday, June 8, 2009
Divergent positions on unity government reveal internal conflicts within Pakatan Rakyat – So-called co-operation merely to fish votes
Wei Kiat, pointed out that, “Hadi Awang had informed the public that the concept a unity government had been acknowledged and received the support of DAP and PKR. Immediately in response, both DAP and PKR denied knowledge of such talks. PKR Deputy President Dr Syed Husin Ali refuted PAS’ claims that PKR supported the formation of a unity government. Meanwhile, DAP Stalwart Lim Kit Siang also disputed Hadi Awang’s claim that DAP was positive to PAS talks of a unity government.”
Adding that “in the past, Pakatan Rakyat leaders would say that they have an internal machinery where all disagreements were voiced out, and problems solved through musyawarah. They further claimed that if a consensus was not reached, the issue would be discussed further,” to which Wei Kiat said, “from what we’ve observed, there clearly isn’t any instances of consensus within Pakatan Rakyat. Formation of a unity government is a very major national matter which involves the country’s future direction. If they cannot reach an agreement on this issue, it reveals that their so-called ‘teamwork’ runs along the lines of empty talk. Their co-operation is merely to garner votes from the public.”
On Pakatan Rakyat’s claims that any disagreements within the internal machinery shows there is democracy within the Opposition, Wei Kiat dismissed it as “an excuse. In reality, Pakatan Rakyat’s disagreement over the unity talks reveals that their internal machinery is not a feasible nor a workable idea. Trying to implement their consensus decision is an exercise in futility. They are unlike Barisan Nasional where cabinet decisions are reached and carried out based on consensus.”
Meanwhile, rebuking PAS for claiming that it is able to co-operate with anyone including non-Muslims, Wei Kiat who also heads the party’s Information and Communication Bureau further highlighted that “PAS is an opportunist party who will join in a partnership with any party just for the sake of wrestling power and for self benefit. Although PAS claims they champion human rights, a welfare state for everybody, in reality, this is just their façade to fish for votes.”
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wei Kiat pointed out that PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has many times reiterated that he will abolish NEP if he successfully formed the government and he also mentioned that he will introduce New Economic Agenda. He added that Anwar had also in many occasions reiterated that he will treat all Malaysians equally regardless of race, skin colour and religion. Thus, the statement made by the PAS Youth wing urging the government to maintain the 30% quota for Bumiputeras does not reflect any sincerity from the Pakatan Rakyat’s coalition towards the public.
“Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Sri Najib’s recent announcement on the liberalization of services and financial sector is aimed at bringing the country’s economy towards a more competitive environment and is also in line with the ASEAN regional integration and as well as the trend of globalization. His recent visit to China is aimed at fostering closer bilateral relations between both countries. However, the calls by the PAS Youth wing in urging the government to maintain the 30% for Bumiputreas is a short-sighted move and it will not help to bring the country forward,” Wei Kiat emphasized.
Sdr Lee Wei Kiat who is also the MCA Information and Communication Bureau Chairman challenges Anwar and Lim Guan Eng to declare their stand clearly, to explain to the voters the stand taken by PAS Youth wing and whether they either agree to abolish or maintain the NEP as stated by PAS Youth.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
When Malaysians who achieve straight-A results and are active in co-curricular activities but are denied scholarships despite fulfilling more than the minimum criteria, they become disillusioned that their hard work and efforts were in vain. By rewarding less-qualified students with scholarships to study overseas, hardworking performing students are given a wrong message that ethnicity may have been the overall deciding factor in determining the distribution of PSD scholarships.
In pursuit of the 1-Malaysia concept as mooted by the Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak which speaks of treating all Malaysians equally irrespective of race, priority for the PSD scholarships must be offered based on meritocracy, and more so for students from underprivileged backgrounds who had achieved academic excellence. It is paramount that meritocracy be always upheld when bestowing scholarship so as to harness productive Malaysians who will always aspire to aim higher and be progressive.
It was a cabinet decision that the selection criteria be based on meritocracy (20%), Bumiputera and non-Bumiputeras SPM holders (60%), Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputera SPM holders and disabled students who excelled in their studies (20%). Reviewing the PSD selection is not a zero sum game. The review does not affect nor impede Bumiputeras in any way.
Moreover, Bumiputera students have access to other forms of scholarships and loans like those awarded by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) which majority of non-Bumiputera students do not. In fact, 90 percent of student intake to pursue Matriculations courses conducted by MARA consists of Bumiputeras. Apart from enrolments accepted into Universiti Institut Teknologi MARA which consists overwhelmingly of Bumiputeras, many benefactors of MARA scholarship and loans are also sent abroad for tertiary education – an opportunity which most non-Bumiputeras do not enjoy.
MCA is disappointed by accusations from a certain Malay NGO that the government had “banyak bertolak ansur” (compromised many times) with the Chinese, Indians and others. We regret the statement by the chairman of the said Malay NGO who warned that they too would “mula turun ke jalan raya” (take to the streets) as such remarks are seditious and stirs race-hate. His statement served no purpose in bridging stained race relations nor propelling Malaysians to aspire for academic excellence through personal effort.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wei Kiat who is also the MCA Information and Communications Bureau Chairman pointed out that the former to the current Ministers tasked with the Information Ministry, have made many schedule changes to the Mandarin news time slot which included the latest, slotting the Mandarin news to RTM 2 from RTM 1 at the new time of 12 noon till 12.30 pm for the afternoon edition and evening edition from 6.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. He also said that, “the latest changes in the time slot will confuse the viewers and make it difficult for them to get used to.”
“Furthermore, 6.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. is the time when working adults are on their way home while the housewives are busy preparing dinner for their families. If we were to broadcast Mandarin news at this time, it will only cause inconvenience and much unhappiness to the viewers who will not be in time to watch the news which will result in a plunge in viewership ratings. It will also affect the image and good name of the RTM. Thus, RTM should shift the Mandarin news time back to its former prime time slot of 8.00 pm,” he emphasized.
The MCA spokesperson also urged government departments to think twice before making any decisions especially on the broadcast of Mandarin news through the television stations.
“Mandarin news is the main source of information for the public and watching the news has become part of their daily activities. As a solution, the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture should decide on a time that is most suitable the public in order to not only achieve its viewership target, but to generate a bigger audience.”
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
MCA takes exception to remarks that the drop in Chinese support for BN is due to the Chinese being unappreciative
Malay votes also didn’t pull BN through
Both Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau are Malay majority constituencies with Malay voters comprising 63.5% and 50.2% respectively. Although the Malay votes in these voting streams picked up, they were insufficient for BN to emerge victorious although both BN candidates hailed from UMNO. This does suggest that non-Malay votes are needed by BN should BN want to win the seats.
Local issues also caused the Chinese support to plummet. Fishermen in Kuala Sepetang also were dissatisfied over issues relating to their livelihoods, e.g. diesel subsidies, bureaucracy involved in licensing or seemingly selective enforcement by marine police just days prior to voting.
Land title issues – the uncertainty of land ownership where applications for renewal of leasehold land for a 30 or 60 or 99-year tenure have not been settled raises resentment. On the other hand, insecurity whether a villager could continue living on TOL land arose as for generations many villagers have also lived and toiled on TOL land but still cannot claim ownership to the land title.
While aid in any form to any community is always most welcome, voters would like to see consistency in government allocation and distribution rather than peaking only at by-elections. E.g. Chinese and Tamil primary schools which usually encounter difficulty in accessing government funding would only see a jump in government grants during campaign period.
It is not the mere allocation of RM 1 million during the campaign period that the Chinese are thence expected to be indebted to BN and therefore vote BN. Non-Malays do not like to be treated as beggars where only at by-elections, more road upgrading works are performed, allocations to schools, NGOs and charities pick up.
There are “troubling” issues on the implementation and existing government policies which caused the Malay and non-Malay votes alike to swing against BN. Misimplementation of the NEP, lop-sided civil service where the intake and promotion of non-Malays is grossly lower compared to Malays, selective enforcement by the police and FRU against civil liberties and candle light vigils while insufficient action or no action taken against mat rempits, misuse of the ISA, mob rule causing aborting of civilized discourse and forums add to the inexhaustible list of frustration by Malays and non-Malays against BN.
Religious issues e.g. without consulting the non-converting family members, when religious authorities impose action on an individual e.g. body snatches, inheritance claims, determining faith and custody of a minor child whose religious identity is disputed only serve to alienate the non-Muslim community.
Non-Malays are unhappy when tenders for major government projects, licensing of any type, issuance for the lucrative Approve Permits, lower prices when purchasing a luxury house, quota equity when public listing a company seem to favour one community.
Award of PSD scholarships or entry into local institutions of higher education do not seem favourable to non-Malays. While most non-Malays have to sit STPM to qualify for local universities, there is the perception that the 1-year Matriculations course which most Malays undertake is easier which explains why Malay entry into local universities is higher.
The imbalanced syllabus and contents of the current history textbooks which give scant mention to the contributions of the non-Malay communities towards nation building while containing erroneous facts e.g. vernacular education would become national schools thus contravening the Education Act 1996 guaranteeing vernacular schools results in the loss of confidence by the Chinese against BN.
The image of the keris brandishing amidst talks of ‘bathing in blood’ which alluded to a civil war against a conjured enemy of another community still remains unforgivable. Moreover, convenient amnesia at the recently concluded UMNO general assembly where an UMNO supreme council leader obliterated the contributions of non-Malays towards independence asserting that Merdeka was forged by UMNO and the Malay Rulers and nobody else fueled dissatisfaction among the loyal non-Malay communities.
Racist slants by UMNO Bukit Bendera division chief Dato’ Ahmad Ismail that Chinese are “pendatang and don’t deserve equal treatment” and rife talks of “ketuanan Melayu” or Malay supremacy which even decent Malays alongside the non-Malay communities find offensive.
Consistent loyalty of the Chinese community to Malaya/Malaysia
The Chinese have always been loyal citizens to Malaya and thence Malaysia. Countless Malayan Chinese and Indians were tortured to death in their resistance against atrocities committed during the Japanese Occupation.
When funds were needed for the London trip to negotiate Malayan independence with the British, MCA leaders and other Chinese community leaders selflessly contributed generously to the London delegation.
From the 1940s up till the late 1970s, many Chinese police officers upheld their duties as Special Branch officers when wiping out the tide of communism.
In the mid 1960s, when Indonesia launched Konfrontasi against Malaysia with the objective of establishing Gagasan Indonesia Raya, many Chinese donned a soldier’s uniform against the Indonesians.
In 1995, Chinese voters placed confidence with BN in view of the ideals of Bangsa Malaysia and Wawasan 2020 espoused by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri (now Tun) Dr Mahathir Muhammad.
In 1999, when sacked Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim was at the peak of the Reformasi movement, MCA and the Chinese community remained steadfast with BN.
In 2004, the Chinese overwhelmingly rejected PAS’s Islamist agenda of a theocratic state based on hudud and qisas which wreaked of amputating limbs, public lashing and requiring 4 men of good conduct to witness a rape before an alleged rapist was found guilty and gave the mandate to BN.
In 2008, owing to excesses of mega projects while fellow Malaysian citizens particularly the indigenous communities in the village fringes of the peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak lived in poverty, hunger without national identity doubts bred against BN. Corruption, cronyism, perceived judicial biases, racial and religious discrimination and intolerance led the multiracial rakyat particularly those on the peninsular favouring the opposition.
Therefore, to win back the support of the Chinese community, BN has to do much more than just contributing the RM 1 million at a by-election. An entire overhaul in the drafting and implementation of government policies is needed where every Malaysian citizen is accorded equality as guaranteed under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution. Malaysian citizens have the right to a decent life, free of bigotry, adoption of meritocracy, full and even access to equal development where aid is delivered on a need basis and not racial hegemony.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Pak Lah further urged UMNO to address these issues by sincerely endeavouring with an open heart to rediscover the cooperation and mutual respect that have found the basis of our national unity to ensure a future of peace, stability and prosperity.
Wei Kiat said, “the selective and deviation in implementing the New Economic Policy which counted among reasons for the country’s racial problems. This coupled with the racial supremacy rants, keris brandishing antics amidst rhetoric of ‘bathing in blood’ at UMNO’s general assembly just only three years ago or extremist slurs challenging the citizenship of the Malaysian Chinese by UMNO Bukit Bendera chief Dato’ Ahmad Ismail that Chinese are ‘penumpang’ and ‘pendatang’ and hence don’t deserve equal treatment’ which fueled the voters’ rejection at the Permatang Pauh by-election.”
Wei Kiat who also heads the party’s Information and Communication Bureau added that all along non-Malays have never made any demands. “Instead, it has been MCA’s consistent position that all Malaysian citizens abide by the Federal Constitution, particularly Article 8(1) which reads that ‘All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.’ Where there is an injustice, the community expects MCA to be vocal and we will.”
“In view of the flak that BN received after the March 8, 08 general elections, what is important is that BN component parties seek to reinforce friendship and trust which laid the cornerstone for nationhood in 1957, rather than belligerent accusations of members from one party representing one community against all other communities and political parties. Through shared common values of respecting equality for all Rakyat Malaysia and abiding by the principles of the Rukun Negara and upholding the tenets of the Federal Constitution where implementation of government policies should be drafted on a need-basis rather than race would encourage the electorates to vote BN once again. Acknowledging the contributions by every ethnic groups towards nationhood whilst rejecting any form of mob rule, presumed threats from an imagined community, ethnic and religious discrimination, graft practices, cronyism, will regain the people’s respect and support for BN.”
After the Prime Minister delivered his last speech at UMNO’s 59th AGM, the MCA President Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat correctly pointed out that “it was not true the non-Malay communities had not been supportive of the BN coalition. Their support was shown when they gave their votes to Barisan in the 1995, 1999 and 2004 general elections,” to which Wei Kiat highlighted that “the rebuff against BN by voters in the peninsular did not comprise only non-Malays. The popular vote favouring Pakatan Rakyat in West Malaysia consisted all communities.
“Racial disunity has nothing to do with the vernacular education. I disagree with the insinuation by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that racial disunity in Malaysia arose out of various education systems. This is very subjective and he has shown a very narrow minded view of racism,” remarked Lee.
Lee pointed out that since the independence of Malaysia 52 years ago, the Chinese in the country has been working unceasingly together with the other races not only in attaining national independence, but national development as well. So there should not be any question about their loyalty and their intimate relationship with the other races in the country.
“The Chinese community and the Chinese educationists stress and talk about the importance of vernacular education because it is a basic right as spelt out and clearly stipulated in our Federal Constitution. It is merely the love that they have shown towards their own language and culture. This is exactly the same as the other races in the world who have the privileges of enjoying their own basic right. Therefore, Chinese educationists cannot be classified nor regarded as the racists,” expressed him.
Lee, who is also the MCA Information & Communication Bureau Chairman reiterated that a single language education does not and will never lead to national unity effectively. This can be seen clearly that in many countries around the world, that adopt a common language education, but still their people are fragmented. One such example is that of UMNO and PAS. Both parties attend the same education stream and speak the same language, and yet they are so much different in their political ideology.
Lee Wei Kiat pointed out that such a racist view as made by Tun Mahathir who had also termed the appeal made by the Malaysian Chinese Organisations Election Committee (Suqiu) in year 2000 as equivalent to Communists, could be attributed to one of the reasons that caused the non-Malays to gradually turn away from supporting the Barisan National.
“As a former national leader, Tun Mahathir should set a good example to other Umno members and leadership. He should not play around with the issue of racism which if not handled properly, may lead to a real social disunity,” stressed Lee.
MCA is of the opinion that if Barisan National would like to regain the support from all the races in the country, it should immediately adopt a multi-racial, liberal and progressive line of administration. This is also one of the 3 thrusts currently adopted by the party leadership, i.e. “Be instrumental or remain instrumental in forging an accommodative, inclusive and harmonious inter-ethnic relationships premised on the Rukun Negara and Federal Constitution”.
“If we want to enjoy everlasting peace and harmony in the country, we must always be committed to a good social relationship. We cannot afford our country to be destructed simply by any irresponsible politicians who are fond of stirring up racial and religious issues aimed at self-propaganda,” Lee said.
Friday, February 27, 2009
“MCA further urges the officers from MACC to perform their duties without fear or favour. As an independent body with prosecution powers, MACC must not succumb to any form of pressure or threats be it political, economical or social.”
As MCA fully supports an independent body to conduct investigations to tackle problems arising from graft, Wei Kiat added that “irrespective of whoever is involved in bribery be they politicians, civil servants, personnel from GLCs, multinational companies, or anybody from the private sector; or in any form whether cash, contracts or reciprocal favours and regardless of issue, action must be taken as corruption cannot be condoned. As long as the law is broken, despite the amount or returns whether enormous or little, practitioners of corruption must be hauled up.”
Wei Kiat who also heads MCA’s Information and Communication Bureau recalled that “in the last general elections which saw an unprecedented seismic shift of voting patterns, one of the causes for voter dissatisfaction was allegations of corruption and insufficient action being seen to be taken to address combating corrupt practices. The formation of the MACC is the right step forward in our government’s urgent efforts to restore public confidence.”
Multi-racial panel appointed
“On another note, MCA is pleased to read that the full list of 42 MACC appointees covering 5 panels and boards comprise of retired judges and civil servants, academicians and researchers, media fraternity, lawyers and NGOs. This reflects that the Prime Minister has selected eminent persons who, while carrying with them experience and wisdom are able to relate to the voices and issues from the ground.”
“More importantly, besides appointing multi-racial panelists, MCA is further gratified to observe that the Special Committee on Corruption consists of members from both sides of the political divide, thus ensuring the MACC’s independence and removal of any allegations of political partisanship, selective implementation or racial bias.”
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Government should further reduce the price of natural gas, electricity tariffs and petrol to alleviate the burden faced by the people
Sdr Lee Wei Kiat who is also the MCA Information and Communication Bureau chairman expresses that MCA will without fail continue to look after the welfare of the people and is aware that the hike in electricity tariffs last year had put much burden on the people and various industries.
“With the effort of MCA Cabinet Ministers in voicing out the concerns of the people in the Cabinet meetings, the government has made a sound decision that reflects they understand the current hardship faced by the people,” emphasized him.
Wei Kiat further points out that with the current economic challenges faced by the country, various industries will face the same difficulties. He expresses that the government should further review the proposal to reduce the electricity tariffs to alleviate the burden faced by the people and various industries.
He reiterates that with the reduction in electricity tariffs and move by the government to also giving rebates to industries which consume a lot of electricity, their operational cost will be greatly reduced. Thus, Wei Kiat urges the industries to cooperate and complement with the government’s effort in reducing the prices of their goods to alleviate the burden of consumers in view of rising prices.
“Politicians must put the interest of the people as the number one priority and MCA’s stand all this while is any decisions by the government should take into considerations the interest of the people. We would like to urge the government to consider further reducing the price of natural gas, electricity tariffs and petrol whereby the people heavily relies on as a source of fuel to further reduce the burden of the middle and lower class groups,” Wei Kiat said.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
MCA Spokesperson Sdr Lee Wei Kiat welcomes the move by the government to reduce the power rates of the energy industry. “It shows the government is sensitive to the needs of the rakyat whereby with lower electricity tariffs, the costs of production are automatically reduced, thus resulting in prices of consumer goods and services dropping. The Barisan Nasional government is a caring government which always aims to alleviate the burden of the rakyat.”
“Such a reduction in energy prices is particularly warranted now when global demand has decreased significantly in view of the global economic crisis effected by the mellowing of the American economy. The higher electricity rates direly affect profit margins which could cause losses resulting with companies downsizing.”
Wei Kiat also advised the various retailers and service providers to cut the prices of their goods and services and to refrain from being focused with making excess profit since production and operations costs would be lower when electricity prices decline.
The head of the MCA Information and Communication Bureau also suggested that the government sets an auto floating mechanism to be implemented on power producers whereby the energy prices should follow according to global market demands. “MCA takes cognizance that public interest comes first. Our party’s stand is that there should be liberalizing of the economic sectors and an energy prices should be adjustable according to the global circumstance.”
“An auto floating mechanism in power rates will optimise prices for manufacturers, retailers, goods and service providers. Households will definitely benefit with lower electricity bills as it means lower expenses and a better purchasing capacity. It has always been MCA’s stand that medium and lower income groups must be prioritized. Meanwhile, the government may monitor the mechanism in an open and transparent manner.”