PAS takes Domestic Trade Ministry to task over delay in targeted petrol subsidies

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PAS has taken the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to task for failing to fulfil its promise to implement targeted petrol subsidies by the second quarter of the year.

PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said it was promised in Budget 2019 that the targeted petrol subsidy for the B40 group would be delivered by the second quarter of the year.

“But until now the Minister (Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail) remains mum.

“The Minister has failed to provide an accurate picture on the best mechanism to deliver the subsidy to the targeted B40 group.

“Based on public information, the subsidy would be disbursed directly into the recipients’ accounts. If this is true, it would not be difficult for the ministry to ascertain the target group, as they can rely on data from the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) scheme, ” he said in a statement Thursday (Aug 8).

PAS also called on the ministry to explain the terms of the contract and output from GHL Transact Sdn Bhd that had won a RM25.03mil tender from the Finance Ministry to develop the software and hardware for the petrol subsidy scheme.

“Is the ministry fully utilising the system developed by the company?” he asked.

Tuan Ibrahim also called on Saifuddin to immediately finalise the best mechanism to provide subsidies for the targeted B40 group.

“They (the B40 group) are still facing intense cost of living pressure although Pakatan Harapan has abolished GST, ” he said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/08/pas-takes-domestic-trade-ministry-to-task-over-delay-in-targeted-petrol-subsidies#ylraxX6X1DqvR6eP.99

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