Malaysians may have to pay more than RM2.30 by midnight today due to the rising global oil price. The Brent Crude Oil price have risen for 14.65% over the past month from USD55.62 to USD63.77.
When the government introduced the mange float system for Petrol prices in Nov 2014, RON95 price is at RM2.30. Since then, RON95 price has never hit above the psychological price point of RM2.30.
I call on the government to reintroduce petrol subsidy for RON95 especially for the B40 group as the poor will be hit the most in the scenario of a petrol price driven inflation.
In a report three days ago, Bloomberg reported that OPEC is eyeing a USD70 crude oil price. Should the crude oil price hit USD70, Malaysia as an oil producing country will be able to collect more profits from the sale of oil.
Will Putrajaya use the additional profits from the rising oil price to subsidise petrol? If not, Putrajaya need to explain to Malaysians where does the additional profits from the rising oil prices go?
Pakatan Harapan has already pledged to reintroduce petrol subsidy for the B40 group if we win federal power. Will BN follow suit?
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 8 Novermber 2017
Two days ago, Bernama reported that Putrajaya is mulling to introduce a new policy on the lifespan of vehicles in the country. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai also said that this proposal included a cash incentive for the owners to replace old vehicles.
This new policy if reintroduced represent a double flip-flop by the BN government. Putrajaya had in Nov 2013 killed off a proposal to set a 12 year-age limit on cars after receiving opposition from the rakyat.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi was quoted saying the below in 2013.
“I want to stress we have no plans to impose a lifespan on cars for disposal purposes and we do not want to burden the public.”
If Putrajaya doesn’t want to burden the public in 2013, why in the world has Putrajaya decided to burden the public in 2017 by imposing a lifespan on cars?
I urge Putrajaya to immediately call off this proposal which will burden the public, especially the lower income group and fresh graduates. Many fresh graduates are still driving their parents’ old cars. Instead of proposing age limit on cars, BN should fulfil their election promise in GE 13 to bring car prices down by 30% by 2018.
By bringing down car prices, Malaysians will be able to enjoy better quality cars at a cheaper price. Those who can afford new and better quality cars will automatically replace their old cars and at the same time, this would also not burden people in the lower income group with the pressure to replace their old car which is still working perfectly.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman had as recent as 2016 said that car prices will come down by 30% by 2018. We are now only two months away from 2018 but there is not a single sign that car prices will come down. In fact, car prices had gone up by 10-20% since 2013 due to the falling Ringgit.
I call on BN to immediately bring down car prices by 30%, failure in which BN will be booted out from Putrajaya for their failure to fulfil their election promise.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 31 October 2017
MCA Publicity Bureau Chairperson Chai Kim Sen has attacked Lim Guan Eng’s offer to sponsor Liow Tiong Lai a wheelchair to help him through the last mile as “uncouth behavior”.
Chai Kim Sen is barking up the wrong tree, MCA has time and again promise the Chinese community that the journey towards UEC recognition is only a mile away. Why is MCA taking so long to finish the last mile of journey?
Clearly Chai Kim Sen cannot understand a simple figure of speech of “wheelchair” and take the word literally. It simply means that the journey towards recognition of UEC has been stalling since MCA made the “last mile” promise.
I urge MCA to train their guns on UMNO government for their refusal to recognize UEC, a certificate which is equivalent to A-levels which is recognised by top international universities including California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Oxford University, University of Cambridge, University of Toronto, University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, University of Melbourne, Peking University and Kyoto University.
MCA must also explain to the Chinese community why the 10 new Chinese primary schools which was announced a day before the budget 2018 were not included in budget 2018? Who is going to fund the construction of these 10 schools?
Do the Chinese community need to fork out money again even after paying income taxes and GST? This is akin to triple taxing the Chinese community as the Chinese would need to pay for income tax, GST and “education tax”.
MCA must also explain why are there no allocation to Chinese Secondary schools and Chinese Independent schools in budget 2018. In budget 2013, a year before GE 13, Chinese Primary schools get an allocation of RM100 million while Chinese Secondary schools get RM30 million. This figure is slashed by half to RM50 million for Chinese Primary schools in budget 2018 while Chinese Secondary schools and Chinese Independent schools get nothing.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 29 October 2017
Malaysians are shocked to find out that this week fuel price will see its third consecutive increase. RON 95 has been hike 3 cents and RON 97 will go up 2 cents.
The world crude oil price in the past week has go down by a dollar and the Ringgit has strengthened marginally against the dollar. The government must explain on what basis it has hike the fuel price once again.
According to a report by Reuters, March inflation has hit an eight-year high at 5.1%. Has Putrajaya been quietly collecting hidden fuel tax which has cause the inflation to shoot up in recent months?
When Putrajaya abolish the fuel subsidy in November 2014, RON 95 was retailing at RM2.27. The price for RON 95 has gone down since then due to the fall in world crude oil price.
When Government implemented GST in April 2015, RON 95 was priced at RM1.90 per litre, which is lower compare to today’s price. It is not a surprise that Inflation in March has shoot up to 5.1% since the price of RON 95 has gone up to the price of pre abolishment of fuel subsidy and GST has been implemented now.
Government has collected an additional RM 18 Billion under GST compare to SST. The government has also saved an estimated RM20 Billion annually since the abolishment of fuel subsidy.
Malaysians have to bear the burden of this total of RM 38 Billion in tax collection and subsidy saving by the government.
I call on Putrajaya be transparent and immediately release the formula and calculation for the weekly fuel price to prove that it has not been quietly collecting hidden fuel tax from the rakyat.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Developement Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 19 April 2017
When Najib tabled budget 2017 in parliament last October, he promised Malaysians that starting from Jan 2017, telco companies would upgrade all broadband package with double speed at the current price.
Najib announcement in budget is not only misleading but also deceiving. We have earlier exposed that the “Thank You Surprise” campaign rolled out by TM in January to double the broadband speed is only valid for home users but not commercial users.
We were also told by TM that the double broadband speed upgrade is only valid for customers who signed up their broadband package before 28 February 2017. In other words, current home users who wish to sign up a new unifi package will not get the free double speed upgrade.
TM staff has confirmed with us that the current unifi packages are, 30 Mbps at RM199 per month, 50Mbps at RM249 per month and 100Mbps at RM329 per month, which is the same package before the free speed upgrade.
The current package price is not only more expensive but also slower than the previous package offered. Users who signed up before 28 February 2017 just need to pay RM179 for the 30 Mbps package and would be offered free speed upgrade to 50 Mbps.
We urge Najib to explain why the free broadband speed upgrade could not be made permanent but just for a limited time period.
We have also received complaints from certain Streamyx users where their old package were not valid for the free speed upgrade. These users who have signed their broadband package quite some time back paid RM60 per month for 500kbps. However, TM refused to provide them with the free speed upgrade giving the excuse that they are on an old package not offered by TM anymore.
Malaysians are already paying very expensive monthly fees for the same broadband speed compared to our neighbouring countries due to TM monopoly in the industry. We urge the government to immediately fulfil their promise in budget 2017 to upgrade all broadband package (home and commercial) automatically and permanently.
Joint Media Statement by YB Ong Boon Piow SA for Tebing Tinggi, YB Teh Hock Ke SA for Jelapang and Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief on 19 April 2017.
We strongly condemned the government’s move to impose new taxes on imported steel products. This new tax will increase the domestic construction costs and thus lead to higher property prices.
Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani earlier said new taxes on imported steel products were meant to protect the local steel industry. If the Government’s intention is to protect the local steel industry, the government should provide the local steel industry with tax rebates or subsidy, there is no need to impose a new import tax on steel products.
The move to provide local steel players with tax rebate or subsidy will not only ensure that the local manufactured steel is able to maintain at a competitive price, it can also prevent the property prices to continue climbing, killing two birds with one stone.
Property developers will definitely not absorb this newly imposed import duty and pass on the cost increase to property buyers. Ultimately, it will be the property purchasers who will foot the bill for the steel import duty. We call on the government to put a stop to this potential property price hike and withdraw the steel import tax with immediate effect.
In the third pledge of BN last General Election manifesto, BN had promised to provide affordable and secure housing. The imposition of new import duty on steel shows that BN has betrayed its election manifesto and the people’s trust.
The Malaysian Real Estate Development Association had earlier revealed that the real estate industry in Perak has been stagnant in the past six months. On average, the property sales rate does not exceed 30%; some developers has not sold even a single house recording zero sales.
The government’s new steel import tax will make the current stagnant property market worse and house ownership even more difficult for young people hunting for their first home.
Joint Media Statement by YB Paul Yong Choo Kiong ADUN Tronoh, YB Sivasubramaniam ADUN Buntong and Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Economic Development Chief on 17th April 2017.
I cautiously welcome BN move to reverse the excise tax hike on certain MPV models, though the excise duty hike should not have happened in the first place since BN has promised to reduce car prices up to 30% by 2018.
The decision to reverse the excise duty hike does not mean BN has fulfilled its last GE manifesto. The people have every right to ask when will car prices come down by 30%.
We are now less than a year before reaching 2018 and there is not a single sign that car prices will come down. Has BN decided that it will renege on its promise to bring car prices down hence the flip-flopping on excise duty hike trying to give the impression that car excise duty have come down?
If Putrajaya is sincere to bring car prices down, I urge Putrajaya to immediately lay out a clear roadmap on how to reduce car prices by 30% by next year.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 14 April 2017
Since 2016, there were 10 University students who were taken disciplinary action for speaking up against the 1MDB scandal.
Four of the University Malaya students known as UMANY 4 was taken action and fine for holding up placards during the 1MDB town hall forum. The 1MDB town hall forum which Arul Kanda was the speaker is nothing but a spin of facts to whitewash the 1MDB scandal and to brainwash the university students.
It is outrageous that a simple act of holding placard to show dissent is not tolerated by UM. Among the wordings on the placard reads, “1MDB Jangan Spin”, Mahasiswa mahukan jawapan”, 1MDB pulangkan duit rakyat”. UM’s move to take disciplinary action against UMANY 4 is an assault against freedom of expression.
Apart from that, 6 other student leaders were also taken disciplinary action for participating in the “Tangkap MO1” rally. 4 of the students are from UM, 1 from UKM, and 1 from UiTM.
The right to peaceful rally is enshrined under the Federal Constitution and the university should not take action against students who merely exercise their constitutional rights.
We urge UM, UKM and UiTM to immediately drop all charges against the students for speaking up against the 1MDB issue. Malaysia has overnight become a kleptocracy and one of the most globally corrupt nation due to the 1MDB.
University students who are the nation’s future have the responsibility to speak up against the 1MDB scandal and save Malaysia from being a global kleptocrat.
Joint Media Statement by Paul Yong Choo Kiong, DAP Perak Assistant Secretary and ADUN Tronoh and Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief on 12 April 2017.
Yesterday, Paul Tan’s Automotive News, a Malaysia popular automotive website revealed that the government has increased the excise duty on budget MPV by 5% to 65%. The vehicles that are affected by this increase of excise duty include Honda BR-V, Toyota Sienta, Toyota Avanza, Perodua Alza and Proton Ertiga.
It is anticipated that car manufacturers will pass on this increase in excise duty to customers and this would lead to more expensive car prices.
BN’s move to increase excise duty on budget MPV is a betrayal of their GE-13 manifesto to reduce car prices by 30%. Since 2013, car manufacturers have hike car prices at least twice due to the falling Ringgit. BN not only failed to formulate any policy to reduce car prices, they also failed miserably to neutralize the effect of depreciating Ringgit that lead to car price hike.
Budget MPV is now one of Malaysian’s favorite car segment as the SUV-styled seven-seater cater to the needs of a small family. I urge BN to withdraw the increase in excise duty on budget MPV with immediate effect.
I also call on BN to fulfil their GE-13 manifesto to reduce car prices by 30%, failure in which BN will be booted out by the people in the next general election.
Media Statement by DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taiping, Chong Zhemin on 8 April 2017