An online petition has recently been launched on Change.org ” aiming to relieve Dr. Peter Philips, Minister of Minister of Finance and Planning from office, and to appoint a new Minister who is more fiscally responsible and conservative.”
This comes in the wake of the minister’s announcement that bank withdrawals in Jamaica will soon attract a tax. The recently created petition has already amassed well over 600 supporters.
Below is a portion of the petition:
Dear Madam Prime Minister,
We the people are suffering. The recent announcement by the Hon.Dr. peter Phillips about the now looming tax on our bank accounts has left us in a state of dismay and we dare say shock, Jamaica is no longer a country where the layman may make his bed by paying his honest due and do his duty by his country without first having to jump through countless loops, now added to that is the ever increasing taxes, first basic food items, then on transportation, electricity, phone calls and now on our very bank accounts.
Owners of small businesses and their staff have already seen where the current way of doing business in Jamaica is almost not worth the struggle when you have greater opportunities and incentives to do business in countries like Cayman and Antigua, than to do business in the nation where we were born and raised. The announcement by the minister is one that could not come at a worse time for Jamaicans who are already under strain from various student loans, mortgages and just plain old living expenses.
(Screenshot of petition – Change.org)
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