Top official: Malaysians are ‘ungrateful’ for subsidies

ahmad-maslanMalaysia is not facing an economic crisis and Malaysians were “ungrateful” for the current subsidies they receive from the government, Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today on October 1.

He said figures from Bank Negara, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund showed that Malaysia’s economy was steadily growing, but the the opposition had “spun” the government’s move to reduce fuel subsidies to make it appear as if the country was facing economic turmoil.

“When we reduce subsidies, the opposition spin this. That is what they do – they don’t want the country to be happy, Maslan said.

“But believe us when we say everything that we do is for the good of the country. We still spend 2 billion ringgit [$621 million] a month for fuel subsidies, and this is a large amount.”

“When we give subsidies, they [the Malaysians] don’t thank us. They don’t notice that we subsidise 83 sen for RON95. But when we cut it by 20 sen, they kick up a fuss,” he said.

But he added that the government would look into correcting the “misconception” that Malaysia was suffering economic difficulties once the budget 2014 is announced on October 25.



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Malaysia is not facing an economic crisis and Malaysians were "ungrateful" for the current subsidies they receive from the government, Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today on October 1. He said figures from Bank Negara, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund showed that Malaysia’s economy was steadily growing, but the the opposition had “spun” the government’s move to reduce fuel subsidies to make it appear as if the country was facing economic turmoil. “When we reduce subsidies, the opposition spin this. That is what they do - they don’t want the country...

ahmad-maslanMalaysia is not facing an economic crisis and Malaysians were “ungrateful” for the current subsidies they receive from the government, Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today on October 1.

He said figures from Bank Negara, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund showed that Malaysia’s economy was steadily growing, but the the opposition had “spun” the government’s move to reduce fuel subsidies to make it appear as if the country was facing economic turmoil.

“When we reduce subsidies, the opposition spin this. That is what they do – they don’t want the country to be happy, Maslan said.

“But believe us when we say everything that we do is for the good of the country. We still spend 2 billion ringgit [$621 million] a month for fuel subsidies, and this is a large amount.”

“When we give subsidies, they [the Malaysians] don’t thank us. They don’t notice that we subsidise 83 sen for RON95. But when we cut it by 20 sen, they kick up a fuss,” he said.

But he added that the government would look into correcting the “misconception” that Malaysia was suffering economic difficulties once the budget 2014 is announced on October 25.



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