Government subsidies only for the poor and not the rich, says PM Anwar

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PUTRAJAYA NOV.27:  The special committee formed to address the current high cost of living is to come up with recommendations in two weeks time to enable the government subsidies will benefit the poor people as the targeted group.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, the special committee has to study the implications with the private sectors so that they could understand that subsidies are only given to the poor and not to the rich.

“The subsidies are only for the poor while other incentives will be allocated for the rich so as not to burden them. However the electric tariffs will still continue to be implemented.  

“The rich group should not be a burden to the government if subsidies are also given to them too,” Anwar said at a press conference after chairing a special meeting of the Cost of Living National Action Council here today.

Anwar added, the supply of eggs are sufficient today and the price should be controlled while the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry via FAMA should impose not too low but reasonable prices.

“In two weeks time the special committee should come out with their recommendations. At that time, the Cabinet Ministers of the Unity Government   should already be formed and the recommendations could be implemented. It will be for the short and long term plan,” Anwar said.

Regarding the reduced size of the Cabinet Ministers, Anwar said, the new government will not have advisors and envoys unless necessary and the appointment of a minister is not based on “political masters” or which party gives support but more on the support of the government policies including the eradication of corruption.

The Prime Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Tambun expressed his appreciation and deeply touched by the commitment showed by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd. Zuki Ali and the civil servants representing various ministries who are able to attend the meeting today (Sunday) even though given a short notice. –Malaysia World News



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