Energy subsidy reform must not divide nation

Wong Chin Yoong

The government proposes to cut the energy subsidy for the T20 group, a move that has sparked debate over its usefulness and potential to cause resentment among Pakatan Harapan voters. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 22, 2023.

ANY kind of subsidy reform is a tricky business as it often comes with a backlash.

Remember when former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi broached the need to reform the fuel subsidy before the 2008 election? He backed down after an unsatisfactory win at the polls after the opposition used the pledge to turn voters against him and the Barisan Nasional coalition.

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