ROMPIN - PAS campaign against the Goods and Service Tax in the by-election here is merely to stir up voters' emotions by presenting simplistic arguments, says MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said PAS was blaming every price increase on GST when there were irresponsible traders who took advantage of the situation by raising the prices of their goods.
PAS, added Dr Wee, was also purposely ignoring the fact that input tax could be reclaimed through GST, effectively making costs lower than under the previous Sales and Service Tax (SST).
"In this case, I do not think PAS is painting the right picture for the people to see. They are just trying to mislead the people to become anti-government," he said after meeting Chinese voters in Kuala Rompin here on Friday night.
"PAS is stirring the people's emotion, making them think that GST is bringing more suffering by making everyone pay more.
"They fail to tell voters that the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) has been increased from RM650(S$242) to RM950.
"That money is already given to those with a household income of below RM3,000 to pay the 6 per cent GST.
"Assuming that you are from a poor family, you will have to spend about RM16,000 to finish off that (GST of) RM950," Dr Wee added.
PAS candidate Nazri Ahmad's campaign slogan is "one vote for PAS, one vote to reject GST" in his bid for the Rompin parliamentary seat.
Dr Wee also urged the Chinese community to make the wise decision of not letting PAS take their votes as support for hudud.
"If we vote for PAS, we are just giving its hudud plan legitimacy. The Kelantan Mentri Besar had said before that PAS has garnered many votes from the Chinese community.
"This by-election is important because the Chinese have to show them otherwise - by not sending the wrong message to PAS," he said.
Dr Wee also said he was confident that MCA - through its 680 members in the district - would show its strength at the ballot box by granting a victory for Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin.
In Malacca, Dr Wee said MCA was asking for quick action against unscrupulous food outlet operators who indisciminately raised prices by citing GST as an excuse.
"Some restaurants are even selling non-GST affected items like plain water at RM1 per glass that previously cost about RM0.50 and iced Chinese tea at exorbitant prices," he said after opening the Johor MCA leadership course in Alor Gajah.
Any delay in action against such operators, said Dr Wee, could trigger anger among the consumers, who would vent their frustration at the Government.
"We can't just sit and let them take advantage of patrons and this is the reason that I brought the issue during the MCA event here."