Complaint to be lodged with MCMC over clip insinuating that the party and Chinese community are responsible for price hikes of essential goods
PETALING JAYA: The DAP will lodge a complaint with the Malaysian Multimedia and Communications Commissions (MCMC) over a YouTube clip that implies that the party and Chinese community were responsible for the price hikes of essential goods.
DAP secretary general’s political secretary, Zairil Khir Johari said the clip was a ruse by certain quarters to distort the issue and fan racial sentiments.
“I hope the authorities would investigate and take action against those who masterminded the clip. It’s an obvious attempt to arouse the people’s anger against the Chinese,” said Zairil. He also added that a police report too would be lodged.
The clip titled ‘Sembang Rakyat-Kedai 1Malaysia’, posted by someone under the moniker kawasaki9722, shows five men in an animated discussion of price hikes at a tea stall.
A character in the clip named Lim, blames the DAP and the Chinese for the price hikes in what seems like an attempt to fuel people’s anger and a trigger a backlash against the government.
Kairil alleged that the clip was the work of a well-financed professional judging from the quality of the video.
“However, the people responsible for the clip are resorting to lame way of addressing the issue by fanning racial polemics,” said Kairil.
He said the people must realise that the prike hike of essential goods were triggered by the subsidy cuts imposed on fuel, gas and sugar by the government last year.
“It’s the federal government that slashed the subsidies. Remember, sugar is exclusively controlled in Malaysia by Felda, which is a government linked company (GLC),” said Kairil.
He also blamed the endemic corruption and mismanagement of the nation’s resources by the federal government for the soaring prices in the country.
“So how can we be accused of having a hand in it when we are not part of the federal government? Such innuendos do not make sense at all,” said Kairil.
Last year, the government raised price of RON 95 from RM1.85 to RM1.90 pe litre and sugar from RM1.90 to RM2.10 per kg in a move to trim government spending.
The 1Malaysia Shop programme was mooted by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and owned by owned by Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad.