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We’ll appeal for fairness: CM
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We’ll appeal for fairness: CM
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‘State bigger in size and population than Sabah but its subsidy not even half that of neigbour’

KUCHING: The state government said the amount of subsidy from the federal government is not even equal to that of Sabah even though Sarawak is bigger both in size and population.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said Sarawak, as an important component of Malaysia, would appeal for fairness on the matter.

“Sabah and Sarawak has about the same size in population … well slightly more in Sabah. But the amount of subsidy doesn’t seem to be equal. Sarawak got less than half (of the subsidy from the federal government),” he said upon his arrival from overseas at Hornbill Skyways’ hangar last night.

When pressed further, Taib, who is also Minister of Finance, said Sarawak was not demanding for equal treatment but merely appealing for fairness.

“I am not going to fight … but I am going to appeal for fairness for (Sarawak) being part of Malaysia,” he said in reply to reporters.

The chief minister and other state VVIPs will be welcoming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today. (Abdullah will be at Sebuyau and Tebedu during his official visit to the state).

When asked what he would be discussing with Abdullah today, Taib said: “Normally to tell him whether the machinery of development can be improved or not.”

He described matters surrounding the price hike of fuel, food and related problems as old issues and people just have to face it.

“That is old issue. We have to be realistic but at the same time … to make the suffering of the people not too sudden or too heavy,” he said.

Taib said the proposed special mechanism (or formula) to help lessen the hardship of the people following the latest oil price hike – which some had described as drastic – has not been implemented yet.

“There is no formula yet. We have to discuss it first. To do the formula is easy but then to implement it, may be not,” he pointed out.

When asked if the mechanism would be discussed during his meeting with Abdullah today, Taib said: “I do not know. The federal government has its own plan.

The detail information on the matter would be announced soon, he told reporters after chairing the first meeting of the anti-inflation committee at his office here yesterday.

Owners of cars up to 2,000cc, as well as pick-up trucks and jeeps up to 2,500cc, will get RM625 for each vehicle while motorcyclists with machines up to 250cc will receive RM150 each.

Abdullah said to further ease the burden arising from the fuel price hike, the fleet card quota, which enable public transportation companies to buy diesel at a subsidised price, would also be increased.

“Public transports which have fleet cards facility will still be able to buy diesel at the old price of RM1.43 per litre.

“To ensure that public transportation fares are maintained, the government decided that the diesel quota, which can be bought with the fleet card facility, will be increased,” he said.

The types of vehicles qualified for the fleet card facility would also be expanded to cover factory buses, and taxis which are powered by petrol, he said.

The fleet card quota would be determined by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, he added.

— Bernama

source www.theborneopost.com

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What a whole lot of cow crap.

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Quote: “There is no formula yet. We have to discuss it first. To do the formula is easy but then to implement it, may be not,” he pointed out.
But the truth is, they announce afternoon and then implement the 40% charge at midnight, just like that... so easy. no discuss it first... people no choice.

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Sabah gets more because the federal government needs to placate Sabah's politicians who are more "katak" than ours. Our politician are very well behaved so no need to give too much to keep them quiet.

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this is because pak lah has personal preference with sabah... not sarawak. look at penang his own state, multiple mega projects for penang even though ruled by opposition now. what if sarawak ruled by opposition? sure kena tindas one... no development langsung! some more, sabah has UMNO but sarawak none... that is why.. but although people doesn't like lord of white hair that much, he is doing what is right for sarawakian now...

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Sabah gets more because the federal government needs to placate Sabah's politicians who are more "katak" than ours. Our politician are very well behaved so no need to give too much to keep them quiet.
Well-behaved & obedient.. man's best friend. well fed. good breed. already lost the natural instinct, stunted & senile in the environment. can only appeal with a small voice. not even dare to bark when the owner is around.

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finally our CM revealed his dissapointment..i thought they were just ok all tis while.

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Being a frog doesn't guarantee more. The more you complain, the more you get shut out. Lord White Hair has a delicate balancing act to do. He needs to run his state (read: country) but at the same time, he needs to placate the Federals who can so easily chop of his head, bringing in 'he who shall not be named' for the sake of 'racial unity, stability and good governance' whenever they feel like it.

Sabah is the beacon of 'he who shall not be named.' This group has a foothold in Sabah, and they seek to show the 'benevolence of their rule,' that by supporting them, you'll get more money, more mega projects, more empty malls, more cranes and construction sites. You see the contrast already; Sarawak is a coalition alligned with 'he who shall not be named' while Sabah has 'he who shall not be named' running the state.

Lord White Hair did make a stab at the futility of working with the Federals. We have to be realistic, we cannot fight, we have to appeal; furthermore, no matter what we say, 'the federals have their own plans.' The federals love developing urban areas, mostly at the expense of the outlying rural and secondary urban areas. Lord White Hair though, does equal parts justice, both rural and urban, though admittedly, more is done to his capital and constituency.

And I should have brought my Jeep with me, that lump sum of money could last me a few months worth of petrol money.

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Malaysia is lidat.. >.>

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finally our CM revealed his dissapointment..i thought they were just ok all tis while.
i think this time dissapointment is just an act. Because the paper front page last time showcase what his "shock & disapointed face" (& the balls shrink face) really looks like when opposition won some seat. of cause only the person himself knows. other than that, seems just a buli getting tekan by a bigger buli kind of emotion. & great life acting.

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