MELAKA – The opposition’s attempt to politicise the Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat (JSR) programme is proof that they have run out of ideas for the 14th general election (GE14), said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
The JSR (People’s Sales) programme which was introduced in January has benefited the people, especially in tackling the cost of living and the opposition’s efforts to politicise it have been futile.
“I feel the opposition has run out of ideas so even this programme which has helped the public lessen the cost of living is connected to the Goods and Sales Tax which was implemented on April 1, 2015.
“Whereas this programme is a platform for leaders to meet the people,” Idris told reporters at the JSR programme held at the Sungai Udang state legislative constituency level here today.
He was commenting on the allegations made by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who was reported in a news portal on April 2 as saying the JSR programme proved that the people were faced with an increasing cost of living following the implementation of the GST.
Idris, who is also Melaka Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the programme where goods were sold cheaper than on the market, would be continued for as long as BN is given the mandate to govern the country.
He also described the opposition pact as ‘strange bedfellows’ as their leadership had differing agendas and interests.
“One wants his son to become PM (prime minister), another wants her husband released from prison, while yet another wants his family to control the country’s economy and politics…which one is right?
“However, the people know who won (the election), but he does not appear until the next election comes around. It is different with the BN, which continuously looks after the welfare of all the people, even in areas it lost,” he said. – BERNAMA