Member of Parliament for Bagan, Lim Guan Eng urges the government to take some proactive measures to lessen the rakyat’s burden affected by the spread of Covid-19.
This was after the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in his speech yesterday reminded the rakyat to remain vigilant regarding the pandemic.
Guan Eng stressed that a reminder is not enough and that the government should introduce practical measures to assist the rakyat.
These include doubling the electrical bill rebates to users as well as extending the loan moratorium given to borrowers by another six months after its end this September.
“The PM also said (in his speech) that the government is mulling to mandate the use of face mask in public places.
“If this measure is implemented, I urge the government to reduce the maximum price of three-ply masks back to 80 sen.” said Guan Eng.
In March, the PN government increased the maximum price of 80 sen set by the PH government for a three-ply mask to RM2.
Furthermore, Guan Eng who is the former Finance Minister also questioned the validity of the claim by Muhyiddin that 2.75 million jobs have been saved.
“How can 2.75 million jobs be saved when the employment rate has climbed to 5.3 percent or more than 830,000 people?” he asked.
Earlier this week, former Transport Minister, Anthony Loke corrected the glaring errors in Muhyiddin’s speech regarding the number of e-hailing drivers registered with Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat (APAD).
Loke clarified that the number of e-hailing drivers in Malaysia are far from 1.4 million as claimed by Muhyiddin in his speech but only around 120,000.
The mistakes in the figures mentioned were admitted by the Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz and was corrected by the Prime Minister’s Office in a media statement yesterday.