Peaceful protest against rising inflation in Sabah

Young PH and Muda organized a peaceful demonstration on rue Gaya.

KOTA KINABALU (July 3): Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sabah Youth and Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) Sabah jointly organized a peaceful protest on Gaya Street on Sunday to urge the federal and Sabah governments to quickly address the high cost of lives and rising inflation in Sabah.

“We are of the opinion that the removal of subsidies by the government will aggravate the situation and lead to further price increases of necessary goods such as cooking oil and other food items,” PH Sabah Youth and MUDA Sabah in a joint statement.

The statement was released by UPKO Youth Leader Felix Joseph Saang, President of Muda Sabah, Amos Thien, Deputy National Organizing Secretary of DAPSY, Kaven Lee, Chief Information Officer of PKR Sabah AMK Sabah, Razeef Rakimin, and National Millennial Office Chief Chan Loong Wei of DAPSY.

They stressed that ensuring food security, especially for those in rural areas and in the B40 income group, should be our top priority given the rising cost of living.

To this end, they proposed that the government freeze increases in allowances for GLC and GLIC board members, reduce the size of the federal cabinet and allowances for federal ministers, consider resolving travel costs excessive for necessities; and ensuring that government social assistance programs target those in need.

“In relation to the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 (MA63), we call on the Federal Government to restore the 40% revenue duty to the Government of Sabah for the Government of Sabah to use the funds to ease the burden of the raykat.

“We, Pakatan Harapan Sabah Youth and Muda Sabah, are ready to sit down with the relevant government authorities to discuss what needs to be done. Last but not least, we urge all Sabahans, especially the youth, to come out and vote in the upcoming general elections. As Malaysians, it is our responsibility to ensure that the current government serves the people of Sabah and Malaysia,” they said.

Thirty young people from PH Sabah and Muda took part in the peaceful demonstration in Gaya Street where former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak organized a walkabout on Sunday morning.

DAP Sabah Secretary Phoong Jin Zhe said the flash mob showed the true fighting spirit of the opposition.

PH Sabah Youth and Muda Sabah, he said, believed that standing up against supremacy is what real opposition should do.

According to the leader of PH Sabah Youth, Najib, who was sentenced by the courts, is doing his best to whitewash his reputation through social media campaigns.

Najib, said Phoong, is doing his best to play down his corruption deals and organizing a walk through the state capital on Sunday morning is one of many examples of his attempts.

“This generation must not forget the fact that even professional judges in the courts have called Najib a ‘national embarrassment’. This is the main reason why the flash mob was organized.

“In addition to this, we also protested against the BN government in which Najib is involved. The government is clueless and incompetent to solve the rising cost of living and has instead decided to remove subsidies,” the MP lamented. Luyang.

Phoong called out Najib for suggesting the government raise the prices of RON95, as the move would only increase the financial burden on the working class and M40 families.

“The flash mob is about telling Najib to his face that he is not welcome in the whole country, at least in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah,” Phoong said in a statement on Sunday.

He stressed that Malaysians have a fundamental right to peaceful assembly and protest under the constitution.

Young people, he said, are also the front lines of the nation and we will only see hope when our young people rise up and go for it, he added.

“I would also blame Bossku (Najib) for being late on purpose. Is he afraid to face the truth?” asked Phoong.

Phoong said some parties criticized the DAP and PH saying they were no longer part of the opposition, but DAPSY’s actions on Sunday proved them wrong.

DAP and PH members are not only making their voices heard in legislatures, they are also fearless and courageous in taking to the streets to call on the government to address people’s concerns, he said.

“Compared to those who are opportunistic and would only work with the winning coalition after the elections, PH and Muda are much more principled and reliable,” he added.

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