Pas: Economic corridors can wait - NST

Nukilan Khairul Faizi bin Ahmad Kamil | 6/11/2008 06:34:00 PM | 0 Pandangan »

Pas deputy Youth chief Nasaruddin Hassan (right), accompanied by Pas exco members, on their way to submit a protest note at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.
PUTRAJAYA: Pas has called on the government to delay implementation of the country's five economic development corridors and channel the money to fuel subsidies or other forms of direct help to the people.

"These corridors are examples of projects that do not bring much direct benefit to the people. It is better to use the money to improve their lives, especially those in the rural areas, by helping them with subsidies," Pas deputy Youth chief Nasaruddin Hassan said yesterday.

He led a group of seven Pas Youth members to the Prime Minister's Office where he presented a protest note on the behalf of the movement's chief, Salahudin Ayub.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's senior private secretary Ahmad Yaacob accepted the note.

Salahuddin said the price hike to RM2.70 per litre for petrol and RM2.58 for diesel was too drastic and piled pressure on those already struggling with rising prices of goods.

Pas Youth secretary Ahmad Sabki Yusuf said the government should impose a "windfall tax" on oil and gas companies in view of the higher world oil price.

He also demanded that Petronas be more transparent in reporting the details of its earnings and expenditure, instead of giving broad figures through occasional press conferences.

Pas would be holding a public rally in Kampung Baru on Friday to protest the oil price hike, Nasaruddin said.

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