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On Whose Side? The Smallholders May 7, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in State Legislative Assembly.

When I brought up that the smallholders in the state are facing hardship from the tax imposed on Crude Palm Oil (CPO) at the State Legislative Assembly, I am pointing out the relationship between the smallholders and producers. There is a need for the government to check that the smallholders are not being charged by producers of CPO as it seems this is what is happening, thus the smallholders are suffering without the government being aware of it.

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1. FFB producer - May 7, 2008

I hope YB can ask the State government to imposed the cess on the ‘Big Towkays’ from Semenanjung only and waive the cess to the local companies or plantations owned by locals.

2. John Kiansom - May 10, 2008

Yes, whether they are big taukeys or smallholders, they are making money from our land resources, which should be for all the people, but the fact is that many poor Sabahan are still living behind.

If the revenue collected through sales tax is really for the people, I think it’s understandable.

I sincerely hope that this new YB can be more ‘brave’ and outspoken when speaking in State Assembly.

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