By Emma Victoria
PENDING Assemblywoman Violet Yong has taken Gabungan Parti Sarawak leaders to task for their silence over the federal government’s decision to exclude Sarawakians from enjoying electricity tariff rebates and discounts.
She said this was most unfortunate as the incentives could have helped Sarawakians get through the tough time brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yong also called on the Perikatan Nasional government to explain why Sarawak was not getting the Bantuan Perihatin Eletrik aid like those extended to West Malaysians.
“Sarawak has been excluded from the recent Bantuan Prihatin Eletrik aid amounting to RM942 million to benefit only consumers in West Malaysia as announced by the Energy and Natural Resources Minister Shamrul Anuar Nasarah of which in my view, is totally unacceptable and unfair to Sarawakians.
“I am flabbergasted that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government which always bragged and claimed to fight and protect the rights of Sarawakians, had remained silent on this matter.
“We have not seen any of the Sarawak GPS leaders voicing out to fight for the Bantuan Perihatin Eletrik aid to be extended to Sarawak,” she said in a statement today.”
Yong said she was disappointed that despite their reputation as “kingmakers”, GPS leaders passed up the opportunity to speak up for the welfare of Sarawakians.
“I wish to stress that Sarawak had contributed so much to the federal government’s coffer via the oil and gas royalty. It is therefore legitimate for the Federal Government to extend the Bantuan Prihatin Eletrik aid to our state and let the people in Sarawak to enjoy the same treatment like other states in the Peninsula.
“Furthermore, it is ironic to see that despite Sarawak GPS giving its unwavering support in keeping the current Perikatan Nasional Government intact, the later does not reciprocate.”
“Is Sarawak not being taken for a ride by the Perikatan Nasional government?” she asked.
It is therefore crucial for the government of the day to come out with whatever schemes and aid to assist the people in Malaysia to get through this tough time and that Sarawak should be included to benefit from it, Yong stressed.