KUALA KANGSAR: While the opposition continues to harp on the goods and services tax (GST) in the run-up to the general election, Umno’s Mohamed Nazri Aziz declared the controversial tax is no longer an issue.
The tourism and culture minister said he believes this is why fence-sitters won’t be influenced by the opposition’s use of “recycled issues”.
One of Pakatan Harapan’s promises in their manifesto is to abolish GST, which detractors argue had increased the cost of living. The 6% consumption tax was implemented on April 1, 2015 amid a lot of protest.
However, Nazri said “only the hardcore opposition supporters will back PH”. He believes the rakyat are “generally happy”.
Speaking to FMT, Nazri said the opposition has recycled issues such as GST, 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion donation to Prime Minister Najib Razak, despite these issues being explained, and that they had to recycle these issues or they would have nothing to talk about.
He said that BN had delivered on multiple fronts for the benefit of the general population. He had hopes that the majority of people were happy as it was “impossible to please everyone”.
He also believed that BN will retain power in Perak and attributed it to Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir’s administration.
“Zambry is a born leader. He works hard on the ground and knows how to handle senior leaders.” If senior Umno leaders believed in Zambry, then 50% of his work was done.
“Perak is administered well and there are hardly any issues here for the opposition to raise. Other states have issues.”
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