DPM: Be patient as new govt deals with problems of 60 years, rakyat told


KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail urged people to be patient with the new government as it was not easy to tackle all issues.

The deputy Prime Minister said the problems of 60 years were not easy to handle within a short time.

“However, the government appreciates and extends our gratitude to the people for being patient although there is also criticism,” she said during a media conference after launching Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) annual general meeting here.

Present was deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew, who is also state PKR chairman.

On Sales and Services tax (SST), which took effect yesterday, Wan Azizah said people had to understand its implementation.

“When there is no Goods and Services tax (GST), the government has no fund and GST imposes tax at all levels.

“That is why cabinet ministers want SST to be imposed, at least it collects tax to develop the country. However, not all goods are taxed and thus will not burden the people,” she said.

She said if there were any problems related to SST, people could contact the relevant ministries for clarification or lodge complaints of any wrongdoings related to SST.

Earlier, Wan Azizah, who is also PKR president, urged the people, especially members, to give their cooperation to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who will helm the party in future.

“We have to work together to give our best for the country and not let down and disappoint people,” she added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd