BUTTERWORTH: Hot on the heels of its free petrol for motorcyclists initiative, Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth yesterday handed out 500 1kg bottles of cooking oil to shoppers at the Seberang Jaya market here.
BN Youth leaders from all component parties set up shop at the entrance and handed out BN-branded cooking oil at 5pm.
Their supply was snapped up within 15 minutes.
Last November, the government removed subsidies for cooking oil, raising existing prices by RM1 to RM2. A 1kg bottle of cooking oil now costs RM3.60 to RM5.65, according to a survey by The Star.
State BN Youth chief H’ng Chee Wey said they were not expecting a big crowd and were surprised at the number of those who turned up.
He said social media had helped spread the word.
“Our prime minister and party president Najib Razak had reminded us to launch initiatives that would lessen the burden of the people.
“Although these handouts are modest, our aim is to help the common folk from time to time,” H’ng told reporters.
With him were Permatang Pauh Umno chief Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said and his Youth chief Abu Bakar Sidekh Zainol Abidin. Other BN Youth members from Gerakan, MCA and MIC were also present.
H’ng, who is state Gerakan secretary, said the cooking oil giveaway in Seberang Jaya was one of many to come. He added that 12 other parliamentary constituencies would soon benefit from it as well.
This followed a Feb 23 announcement by the Federal Territories (FT) BN Youth wing, which said that from April onwards, it would give free petrol to motorcyclists at every parliamentary constituency in the FT each month.
Its chief Mohd Razlan Mohammad Rafii said the wing had targeted 117,000 motorcyclists at 13 constituencies to enjoy the free petrol programme for a year.
Speaking today, H’ng also said that BN Youth would pay the Penang Bridge tolls for the first 2,000 motorcyclists on May 5 from 7am to 9am.