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PAS: Khairy’s wrong that inflation merely seasonal (MKini)

January 17, 2014

1:00PM Jan 17, 2014 (Mkini)

PAS central committee member Dr Dzukefly Ahmad today lashed out at Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar for saying the price rise in greens is only temporary because of bad weather, and not due to the simultaneous withdrawal of subsidies and other costs going up.

Dzulkefly (left) said  the youth and sports minister’s  stan, showed that he is only “apple polishing” his boss, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The former Kuala Selangor MP said what the country is facing is ‘sustained inflationary pressure’ which will remain until the factors causing it are resolved.

He said even Rating Agency Malaysia chief economist Yeah Kim Leng had warned Putrajaya not to pull back the subsidies all at once and that the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax in the near future would only result in worsening inflation.

The PAS central committee member said already several economic agencies have predicted inflation to be at three to 3.5 percent this year, and four percent next year when GST is implemented.

“The factors involved in sustained inflationary pressure are the simultaneous withdrawal of subsidies introducing price hikes in critical items like petrol, diesel and sugar, as raising electricity tariffs and highway tolls.

“This ‘Putrajaya induced inflation’ may escalate to a ‘Putrajaya induced crisis’ if it worsens further,” he warned.

Yesterday Khairy was quoted in Bernama saying that the rise in fuel price , a result of withdrawal of subsidies, is not the main cause for increases in prices of food items.

He pointed out that it was due to shortage in supply coupled with bad weather.

Expressing regret over Khairy’s statement, Dzulkefly said the Umno Youth leader should know from basic economic courses in university, that the weather can only be a cause of a temporary price  rises or disruption.

“As I have stated, we are facing sustained inflationary pressure. A ‘cost push inflation’ is different from a ‘demand pull inflation’, that could be due to the bad weather.

“Inflation, this time round, is not temporary,” he stressed.

Khairy buat pusingan U, ngampu sokong kenaikan harga barang, kata PAS

 

January 17, 2014 (TMI)

Kenyataan Ketua Pemuda Umno Khairy Jamaluddin (gambar) semalam yang menyebut kenaikan harga sayur-sayuran, ikan dan buah-buahan disebabkan cuaca buruk adalah satu kenyataan yang bercanggah dengan kenyataan sebelumnya, kata PAS.

Ahli Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad berkata Khairy sebelum ini melahirkan rasa kebimbangan terhadap kenaikan harga barang tetapi semalam membuat pusingan U menyokong tindakan kerajaan menaikkan harga barang.

“Kenyataan Khairy semalam tentang kenaikan kos barang seperti sayur-sayuran, ikan dan buah-buahan kerana cuaca buruk adalah sangat mengecewakan. Sekali lagi Khairy yang pada awalnya menunjukkan kerunsingan tentang kenaikan harga barang, berpatah balik menyokong tindakan orang atasannya.

“Khairy menjadi ingatan umum sememangnya pantas dan licik membodek majikan mengikut rekodnya. Beliau wajar diingatkan Ekonomi 101 bahawa inflasi disebabkan cuaca ialah sementara dan akan berkekalan selagi punca pencetusnya tidak ditangani,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Bernama semalam melaporkan Khairy berkata faktor permintaan, bekalan, cuaca dan musim perayaan menjadi antara punca utama mempengaruhi kenaikan atau penurunan sesuatu barangan di pasar.

Katanya, kenaikan harga petrol hanya memberi kesan kecil kepada barangan di pasar borong serta menolak tanggapan bahawa penurunan subsidi harga petrol menjadi faktor utama kenaikan harga barang.

Dzulkefly berkata beberapa pakar ekonomi telah mengingatkan Putrajaya supaya tidak melakukan tarikan subsidi serentak ditambah dengan pengenalan cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST) pada tahun hadapan yang akan menyaksikan peningkatan inflasi.

Katanya, beberapa bank saudagar meramalkan inflasi paling buruk setinggi 3-3.5% setahun pada 2014 dan 4% pada 2015 bahkan lebih tinggi selepas pelaksanaan GST.

“Inflasi iaitu kenaikan kerana kos berbeza dengan kenaikan kerana permintaan disebabkan cuaca buruk. Inflasi disebabkan cuaca ialah sementara. Khairy perlu tahu.

“Maka inflasi ialah hasil cetusan Putrajaya dan kalau akhirnya memuncak sebagai kemelut maka ia adalah krisis ciptaan Putrajaya,” katanya.

Khairy pada minggu lalu menyokong kenyataan mantan perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad supaya Putrajaya terlebih dahulu perlu berjimat selepas memotong subsidi, susulan kenaikan harga barang dan tarif elekrik.

Menteri Belia dan Sukan itu berkata, teguran yang dilontarkan Dr Mahathir perlu diambil kira memandangkan beliau mempunyai pengalaman luas sebagai bekas perdana menteri.

“Isu dia tegur kenaikan harga, desak kerajaan kena berjimat. Saya faham hinggakan kerajaan terpaksa naikkan tarif (elektrik). Kita kena tunjukkan terlebih dahulu penjimatan dalam kerajaan,” katanya.

Dr Mahathir dalam satu artikel di blognya meluahkan rasa tidak bersetuju dengan keputusan pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak menaikkan harga barang keperluan dalam meningkatkan pendapatan negara.

Beliau berkata kerajaan sewajarnya mengurangkan kos dan menggunakan konsep “cost down” bagi mengurangkan pembaziran.

“Kita faham kerajaan memerlukan lebih wang tetapi itu tidak bermakna peningkatan seperti yang diumumkan. Adalah lebih baik mengurangkan kos, mengekal atau mengurangkan harga. Perkara sama boleh dilakukan kerajaan,” katanya. – 17 Januari, 2014.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. najib manaukau permalink
    January 18, 2014 12:13 am

    They say you can go and get a degree at Oxford but you can’t get Oxford to come to you K.J. ! You are a disgrace to the good name of being a graduate from Oxford, surely you know you are an insignificant part of a regime that has come to the end of the road so will you. We, the people, are well aware that you are there, at your own request, for the dollars and also be a part of the world renowned known corrupted morons and not to be a part of a dedicated team to serve the people !

  2. truthseeker permalink
    January 20, 2014 6:40 am

    Didnt LKS once say that KJ is the richest unemployed person in Malaysia?

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