Sunday, June 08, 2008

Fuel-dependent villagers need help, says SNAP

KUCHING: The Government should help villagers in the remote areas who are dependent on generators for electricity supply.

Sarawak National Party (SNAP) secretary-general Edmund Stanley Jugol said the sharp increase in diesel and petrol prices would make life very difficult for these villagers.

“They need fuel to sustain their generator sets as the Government has not provided electricity through the state grid,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Jugol said there were many rural people who were dependent on fuel for river transportation as their settlements could not be accessed by road links.

“The people of Sarawak do not deserve to pay a very high fuel price as it is producing oil for the nation.

Jugol urged the Government to increase the oil royalty to Sarawak so that the state could use the extra funding to reduce fuel prices. - The Star Online

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