By Emma Victoria
THE GPS government has been urged to lower the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to RM23.80 per 14kg (per gas cylinder), to allow all Sarawakians to enjoy the fruits of power devolution.
Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the gas distribution rights, handed over by the federal government to Petros, must benefit everyone in the state.
“I call upon the GPS government to lower the price of LPG by at least 10% to allow the people to buy cheaper LPG, not only the few elites and connected ones getting the benefits of devolution of power,” he said in a statement,
He said the price of a tong of 14kg LPG has been sold at RM26.60 to the consumers for years.
The distribution cost for the delivery of the gas cylinder was left to the discretion of the delivery service providers who deliver the tongs to the doorsteps of the consumers, varying from RM1.00 per tong to RM5.00 per tong depending on the distance and the number of tongs delivered.
“The Malaysia Agreement 1963 Steering Committee during Pakatan Harapan’s time has resolved that the distribution rights be devolved to the state and I have insisted that the federal government continue to provide the subsidy.
“It was hoped after the federal government hand over the power of gas distribution to Sarawak,, the state will add on (extra subsidy) to the (federal) subsidy so that Sarawakians will be able to enjoy cheaper LPG,” he said.
The Kota Sentosa assemblyman said it was sad that the state government showed no intention to lower the price at the launch of Petros LPG recently.
“When we fight for devolution of power, the ultimate aim must be “people’s interest first”.
“If the GPS’s purpose of devolution of power is only for the sake of devolution of power and to ensure different groups of people get the contracts, then that defeats the grand purpose of devolution power which is “people’s interest first, he added.