Friday, June 24, 2011

DUN (Day Three): Monitor so-called manipulators of rubber price

Monitor so-called manipulators of rubber price
Posted on June 24, 2011, Friday

A GOVERNMENT backbencher has called on the authorities concerned to step up efforts in monitoring the so-called manipulation of rubber price that is reported to be rampant in Kanowit.

Alexander Vincent (BN-Ngemah) said the unethical business practice had gone on for months and some farmers had been badly affected.

"This round of rubber price manipulation started last year. When rubber price was supposed to be RM10 per kg it was adjusted to RM6 or RM7 a kg to suit the dealers, which is manipulation.
"I therefore call on the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism and Malaysian Rubber Board to look into the matter," he said when debating the Head of State's speech here yesterday.

Alexander said the livelihood of the people in his constituency must be enhanced after decades of supporting the Barisan Nasional government.

"They are still far behind compared to other resettlement schemes in the state such as Siburan, Tapah and Beratok. The people in these areas enjoy good facilities such as roads, 24-hour electricity and water supplies."

He hoped that the government would provide similar facilities for the people in Ng Ngungun, Jagau and Tada resettlement areas. He appealed to the government to allocate substantial funds under the 10th Malaysia Plan to implement development projects in his constituency.

"I must say Ngemah is comparatively far behind others in terms of infrastructure projects such as road, water and electricity supplies. We do not blame the government but the opposition before this for not taking care of the constituency for at least five years," he said.

1 comment:

  1. Price manipulation has always been the forte of Chinese middlemen. Much as we don't want this issue to be seen as a racial one, we have to accept the fact that as long as the natives are looked upon as easy meat for the pickings this issue will never end.