Poor policy from Govt
Much has been said on both sides about the removal of the fuel subsidy. This Government has been arguing the case for removal.
When the subsidy was set up years ago, it was meant to pass on the revenue derived from oil and gas to the population as a whole. This, in turn, would help keep down poverty levels because of more disposable income available to consumers as a result of cheaper gas prices.
The Honourable Minister of Finance, Senator Larry Howai, seems to forget he does not pay for gas as he is a Government minister and all his gas bills are refundable.
It is indeed true that many of the affluent persons in our society such as managers, executives, etc, do not pay for gas as the companies they work for refund them any money spent on gas.
Thus, they will never feel the burden of increased gas prices. Only the poor will do so. With an increase in this commodity, everything will go up, including food, transport, living expenses, etc, which will only affect the poor man.
This Government cannot seem to come up with alternative means of creating revenue because of poor leadership and is implementing policy that will plunge this country into further poverty and mayhem. More poverty means more crime.
I urge this Government to rethink the way it does its business before it’s too late.