No rise in cement prices? News agencies must be ‘lying’ then, says Najib

No rise in cement prices? News agencies must be ‘lying’ then, says Najib

PUCHONG: Leading news agencies must be ‘lying’ about soaring cement prices as our dear minister had denied the matter, said former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In a Facebook post today, Najib sarcastically said that The Edge, Bloomberg and Dow Jones Newswires were ‘conspiring’ to unleash fake news against the government in regards to the rising cement prices.

“These news agencies are despicable. They are trying to slander our beloved Pakatan Harapan minister on Valentine’s Day.

“Police, please take action against these culprits,” he said.

Last month, The Edge reported that builders have complained that cement prices have soared by 40%, which is causing a dent on their profits.

However, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail dismissed the report yesterday, saying no price hikes were found at the manufacturing level.

He even said that based on the year-to-year price comparison of the four manufacturers from 2017 until now, it was found that there was a decline in prices and costs for cement at the manufacturing level.

However, Saifuddin said that his ministry’s enforcement division would provide a detailed report after a thorough investigation was conducted at market level.

However, The Edge today again reported that bulk cement average selling price was raised to RM240-RM250 per tonne early this month from RM210, while bag cement prices were increased 40% to RM280 per tonne last Jan.

Najib then mocked Saifuddin for his statement, adding that the Pakatan government was always ‘honest’ in their conduct.

“Our beloved government had promised in June last year that there will not be an increase in cement prices as it would affect cost of living.

“And we must believe their words. We all know how the Pakatan government doesn’t lie about things and they always fulfil their promises,” said the Pekan MP.

By G Vinod