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Monday, May 30, 2011

Facebook group to rally against price hike — online

May 30, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — The growing local Facebook group known as the No Mega Tower (NMT) community is mounting a 24-hour anti-price hike cyber protest from midnight tonight.

Bolstered by past support, the NMT is hoping to ride on rising public anger over Putrajaya’s subsidy cuts and pressure the Najib administration into carrying out what the group called “real reforms” through three methods.

In a statement today, the 296,000-strong cyber community demanded a pay cut for ministers, top civil officers and extend the policy to government-linked companies besides publicly disclosing details over major deals such as with the independent power producers and the controversial MyEmail project.

The Facebook pressure group also wants the government to curb its spending to cut down on waste and corruption and a comprehensive package deal to aid the poor, namely cheaper transport fees.

“We are not opposing economic reforms. We do understand that subsidy needs to be cut eventually,” it said in a statement today.

“We however oppose an ill-thought out subsidy rationalisation programme that would threaten the economic, social and political stability of this country,” it added.

It urged the public to demonstrate their support by changing their social network statuses to the following messages: “Saya Tak Nak Barang Naik! Tak Nak MyEmail! Tak Nak Mega Tower!” or “No price hike! No MyEmail! No Mega Tower!”

The NMT said supporters could also post the messages direct to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Facebook page and personal website.

The group, which was founded on October 16 last year to lobby against the RM5 billion Menara Warisan, called on Putrajaya to pledge it will not bail out the unpopular 100-storey mega tower.

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