Petrol Increase – To Sum It Up

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Okay, ‘bertenang-bertenang’ hardly we see solutions come out from chaos, what chaos resulted in are mess, more mess and maybe even more mess. This is a national crisis, indeed true. The last thing we want our leaders to be at this time of crisis is panicking. Imagine yourself got tangled in ropes, while swimming in a pool, you will definitely be doomed if you pushed the panic button, and if the lifeguard also panicky type of person, well consider yourself ‘Arwah’. In this post, I will let you evaluate the way the so-called future leaders tackle this issue.

Our current Prime Minister, Abdullah Badawi who has his hand on Petronas account, announced a 40% increase in petrol and diesel price. He also introduced the restructured version of fuel subsidies which seems to be in favour of the less earning groups rather than the rich. Ok, we cried for two things after that result in or as a result of this announcement. One, we cried (read: menangisi) the 40% of petrol price rise which will burn 40% of total area of our pocket or wallets. Two, didn’t we cried (read: berjuang) for the need-based policy so the subsidy structure is well spot on. Why would he opt for this unpopular political moves? How is this approach will work in reducing the burden of the poor and at the same time satisfy the well-to-dos? When Prime Minister was asked on the increase, this is what he answered..

” Tinggi-tinggilah, tapi taklah tinggi sangat, walaupun harga (bahan bakar) naik, kita beri rebet, itu mengurangkan beban (rakyat), membantulah juga”

The way I see this is as below;

1. The increase is imminent, since the global price of oil per gallon has gone up by 400% ( so far the increase of petrol in Malaysia for the lowest price (1994) until now is about 55%).

2. Measures are taken to meet the possible burden for the lower income groups i.e the subsidy plan.

3. The rich must be prepared to pay more for fuel and if they choose not to, change to a lower c.c car which use less petrol. Can you compare a Bugatti or Ferrari fuel consumption with a Kelisa or maybe Kancil. The rich are enjoying the most out of our previous subsidy plan (which supposed to be for the benefit of the poor)

4. A constant 30cents discount from the retail price to be imposed and petrol price is to be evaluated monthly. If there’s a decrease in global price, Malaysia will follow and vice versa.

Our only living former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad in his blog suggested this.

“Obviously our increase in petrol price is far less than in the United Kingdom or the United States. But our per capita income is about one-third of theirs. In purchasing power terms our increase is more than in the UK or the US.”

He foreseen a possible problem which will result by a hike in petrol price, the cost of living will increase and the standard of living will go down. As an adviser to Petronas, he also mentioned that Malaysia produced 650k barrels per day, of which 450k is used internally, and the rest 250k is exported. By saying that we are a nett exporter of oil. Nor Mohamed , the second Minister of Finance said this, for every 1USD increase in price per barrel of oil, we (Petronas) will earn USD250m. Mahathir came out with this simple calculation.

“Our 250,000 barrels of export should earn us 250,000 (unit barrels) x 100 ( USD increase in price per barrel ) x 365 (days in a year) x 3 ( conversion rate from USD to RM) = RM27,375,000,000 (twenty seven billion Ringgit)”

And he further stressed that, government is flushed with money. He suggested and criticized a few steps taken by the current government, since Abdullah has said, he can’t satisfy everyone, obviously Mahathir is included.

Mahathir’s Critics

1. The manner and quantum which the increase is imposed.

2. Unfloating the ringgit due to satisfy IMF and World Bank.

3. On business shying away from Malaysia. “There are rumblings about political affiliations influencing decisions. Generally Government politicians are said to be arrogant.”

4. In purchasing power terms our increase (petrol) is more than in the UK or the US.

Being a responsible blogger, who knows how to critic and to suggest at the same time, this is what a man who had been in office for 22 years offer to the current government. Points for critics complement the suggestion number. ( suggestion #1 for critic #1 )

Mahathir’s Suggestions

1. “I feel sure that maintaining the subsidy and gradually decreasing it would not hurt the Government finances.”

2. Suggested not to unfloat Ringgit to the government, but not followed. (Nothing much to be done now)

3. The industrial policy must change so that high tech is promoted in order to give Malaysians higher wages to cope with rising costs of living.

4. In the medium term ways and means must be found to reduce wasteful consumption and increase income. Although we can’t increase maximum wage, we can improve the minimum wage.

However, even he’s being rough on Abdullah’s administration nowadays, Mahathir knew that this is a crisis that Abdullah didn’t invite and the burden should not be put on his shoulder. He has his confidence in this government as he finished his article on oil price.

“I am sure the Government will not just pass all these problems to the people as the review of oil prices every month seem to suggest”

My calculations

1. From Tun’s calculation, additional profit for Petronas due to USD100 increase in global price result in RM27billion.

2. Until this month, government had already spend RM26billion on petrol subsidy (which is also benefited Singaporeans, Thais, Philippines and smugglers)

3. Should this continue, where else will the government get another RM26billion to subsidize for another 6 month?

4. From the sales in the country, yes Petronas will profit but of course at a discounted value, we should consider the projections of the company in long run, the viability, and the sustainability. Petrol subsidies must go eventually, though i don’t know when.

5. All burdens on Petronas shoulder? Since Petronas only 100 percently benefited from a third of its daily production with increase in global price, I think it’s unfair and dangerous to the company.

I will not be complete if we do not take what this Prince in UMNO says about this issue. He led Petronas to success before, he was Minister of Finance, and most of all he was eyeing for the PM’s seat as well. YM Tengku Razaleigh is known more for his economic background more than his political career. In his blog. Though i have to clarify here, this article is written by sinatra_z, maybe his supporter or the blog’s coordinator.

“Memang benar Petronas semakin untung apabila harga minyak naik, malah ada yang mengatakan Petronas tidak perlulah untung besar sangat. Akan tetapi jika difikirkan kembali, katakanlah kerajaan membelanjakan sebanyak RM 35 Billion untuk menampung kos Minyak pada tahun 2008, kerajaan juga akan terpaksa mengeluarkan jumlah yang sama (sekiranya tidak lebih) untuk menampung subsidi minyak untuk penggunaan tahun hadapan.”

“Dan sekiranya tiada perubahan harga minyak yang pastinya pengguna kenderaan negara akan terus menambah lagi permintaan minyak dengan pembelian kereta baru dan kereta mewah yang banyak menggunakan minyak.”

“Sekiranya wang minyak tahun ini digunakan untuk membina contohnya Jambatan, Sistem pengangkutan atau hospital pada tahun berikutnya kerajaan tidak perlu membelanjakan jumlah wang yang sama untuk membina kembali benda-benda berkenaan. Wang subsidi tahun hadapan akan dapat digunakan untuk membuat benda lain.”

Certainly, this will answer for those who think the solution for the increase in global price is to use Petronas profit. But everyone has their own point of views. Indeed, one thing we should know that, government estimate this year budget based on last years expenditure, thus the budget (read: subsidy) for next year will pretty much determined by what has been spent ( RM28 billion and counting..) this year. Since last year we only spent less than RM10 billion (maybe but surely a lot less than now) for subsidy, surely the budget for other things will be affected in one way or another.

Continue reading this article here

My take on this

1. Since I’m not sure this article is written in the knowledge of Tengku Razaleigh or not, I will not take this as his personal view.

2. But I appreciate the explanation on the need to look at the priority of the nation. If we prioritize the middle class, upper class who apparently have more cars and travel more, the poor will perish. Those in kampungs and in the rural in Sabah and Sarawak travel on foot still. They don’t benefit a single cent from this subsidy.

3. If you continue reading this article, there is a list of what this government had done wrongly. Bottom line is, the government has to lead by example. Cut on the unnecessary spending. Buildings not need to be state-of-the-art all the time. Back to the basic of the need for a building, as a shelter not an art exhibition item.

Okay, now that’s from one side point of view. The government’s side we can see a differences in the way of measures and actions that will be taken in addressing this issue, which sometimes is good as far as the blessing with differences in ideas and approaches is concerned. But when it comes to nation’s sake, one approach is to be taken, of course with alternative plans should this action unworkable. From the government’s point of view, decision has been made, and all efforts should be taken to make sure the plan works well, and constant evaluation and assessment needed in short term to ensure need of the poor is well addressed and the negative effects is not affecting too much on those who did not enjoy this subsidy.

The reason why i leave the comments on what the opposition leaders will take on this issue is because, all of them seems to be united in the sense that they only opt for one action. Which is to demonstrate so that the government lower the price of the petrol. Well not to be bias or whatsoever, I think the world accepted that the petrol price is increasing day by day. It’s 400% more now for god sake, I myself don’t see the petrol can be much lower than Malaysia can offer now. However let’s see what the wisdom of opposition leaders on this issue.

From DAP point of view. Let’s demonstrate! Lim Kit Siang in his blog ask people to gather in KL and Ipoh to demonstrate today. Okay nothing happened today, no harm or rough actions by Police, so this demonstration is a failure. And that’s all from Lim Kit Siang.

I will say..

1. Demonstration is one of the way to express dissatisfaction. True but it might not be the first thing in mind for a people that deemed to be the next leader in government in waiting.

2. Is protest and demonstration the only ‘weapon’ for DAP to bring down government. I reckon debate on this issue will be more educating than organizing a way to fuel the anger of the rakyat on the government.

3. This issue is a global issue. Why it is isolated to BN’s government only? We must act responsibly and be fair to the government, maybe a warning through debates, ceramahs and meetings is much more acceptable.

4. Updated in his blog, he’s lamenting on the need of this petrol issue to be discussed in parliament before. I’ll refer you guys to this article from agendadaily.com, which can be read here ( Title: Pembangkang tak sebut pun pasal harga minyak)

5. No attempt to offer alternative action that could be taken

Now let’s see from the PKR’s point of views, Wan Azizah says rakyat tertipu, and the AMK youth leader calls for protests nationwide. Maybe the opposition realized that they are near to be federal government as a result of GE12. However can PR accept that they are not the government as yet, they have a very strong voice in the parliament, though. So why bring this to street? Why jeopardize others safety, and at the same time denies human rights of other who may not agree with demonstration. Bring this to the right channel, and parliament is the channel. However for political mileage and political motivation, any action that seems to be against the government must be grabbed and taken. Opportunist at its best, straight from the teaching of the de facto leader.

Anwar Ibrahim, meanwhile told the rakyat before the election, if they take over the federal administration, the petrol price will be reduced. But how? Is there a plan? If there is, what is it? How is it going to be achieved as long as Petronas can sustain, other sectors of economy is well taken care of, other incomes of country is not affected, and most of all how are you going to do that in times when global crisis hit each and every countries in the world? Maybe that promise is too good to be true? If Anwar can lay down his plan, discuss with and explain it to the people, I’m sure the BN government is long gone on the 9th of March 2008.

PAS, on the other hand. likes it big. They are not planning to do a small protest but one protest bigger than BERSIH is planned on 12th of July. The signal sent to the people is wrong, demonstration will not lead to a solution. Demonstration is a desperate act as if you have nothing to lose. The opposition is already strong in the parliament, fight in the parliament. Don’t bring it to the street. Berdakwah secara hikmah, isn’t that the motto? By saying the word hikmah, it means wisdom, and demonstration is anger, I bet you the word anger does not explain the word hikmah at all.

Those are all that i can discuss here with excerpts from suggestions and opinions from leaders be it from opposition or government. I can summarize my points as followed;

1. We can’t just manipulate people’s anger to gain political mileage, nor we can cause people’s anger without engaging the people explaining why such action is taken.

2. Demonstration is no the priority since there is more righteous, safest, more clever way to bring this issue. A two way communications is in Dewan Rakyat. Demonstration is a one way communication, there won’t be any respond from the government maybe from the law enforcers (which is highly invited to give publicity to the demonstration). This is not the way of solving a problem, a matured way.

3. Price increase is directly affecting people’s money. Must have a very very good reason why such action is taken. Transparency is a must. Action plan must be discussed at lowest level, so that rakyat will know and maybe can help the government of course only after they have a better understanding of this issue

4. Anwar Ibrahim, if you have the magic trick to solve this issue, should you keep it to yourself and wait for another 3/4 years for GE13 and let the people suffer along the way. Or are you waiting to hijack the government than impose your plan? Most of all, is there such a plan?

5. Political leaders must urge the people to be reasonable and consider this action from the government. Allow time to assess this action, and not jump straight to conclusion that this is unworkable. Thoughts has been put before agreeing on this action. Will it work? Let’s see.

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21 responses to “Petrol Increase – To Sum It Up

  1. BN sepatutnya menukar gaya belanja duit rakyat. Berikut adalah yg perlu dibuat:
    1) Hentikan program sambutan/ceremonies kementerian/jabatan.
    2) Hentikan program dihotel-hotel anjuran kementerian/jabatan
    3) Semua menteri dan ketua jabatan mesti guna Proton Perdana.
    4) Semua menteri gunakan penerbangan kelas ekonomi.
    5) Hnetikan projek mega-Iskandar Region, NCER,ECER, SCER dll.
    6) Kerajaan tumpukan projek rakyat spt: Jalan Raya, bekalan air & letrik, menggiatkan
    usaha pertanian (padi/sayuran/perikanan)
    7) Kerajaan turunkan kadar Yuran Sekolah (Hapuskan yuran PIBG) dan Universiti

    Rakyat bolih ubah cara-hidup akan tetapi negara akan huru-hara spt:
    Hanya 5% rakyat yang kaya-berbelanja diluar negara.
    40% golongan pendapatan pertengahan (<RM10,000/bln)
    30% golongan pendapatan rendah (<RM1500/bln)
    25% golongan miskin tegar.

    Pusingan ekonomi hanya berlaku bilamana golongan pendapatan pertengahan 40% berbelanja. Jika ini berhenti-ekonomi Malaysia lumpuh!!!.
    Mahu ke tak mahu ekonomi Malaysia lumpuh???

    Tiada lagi percutian dalam negara-hotel tutup
    Tiada perjalanan guna lebuhraya-syarikat konsesi lingkup
    Kurangkan penggunaan petrol-Stesen minyak tutup
    Kurangkan makan nasi-petani sawah padi tak laku
    Kurangkan segala perbelanjaan-semua aktiviti ekonomi hiliran akan lumpuh!!!

    Sekarang mana lebih perlu-naik harga petrol dan menghadapi keruntuhan ekonomi atau turun kan harga petrol-ekonomi bolih berpusing.

  2. Meskipun kita dan keluarga kita tidak teruk dihimpit akibat kenaikan harga minyak ini,ada ramai lagi masyarakat yang akan merasa akibatnya.

    jangan disebabkan kita ingin merasionalkan tindakan kerajaan, kita lupa terhadap isu yang sebenar-kesempitan hidup masyarakat yang sepatutnya boleh dikawal.

    simple calculation. harga minyak naik, unting petronas naik, subsidi pon patut naik, seimbang dengan keuntungan tersebut. keuntungan minyak adalah hak rakyat, dan adalah adil jka keuntungan tersebut digunakan untuk menampung subsidi minyak. of course, pendapatan negara akan terjejas, tetapi tanggungjawab kerajaan yang memerintah untuk mencari pendapatan, bukan dengan cara mengenakan caj kepada rakyat.

    the issue is simple, duit untung minyak sepatutnya boleh cover subsidi minyak. why do we deserve the subsidy?sbb, kte negara pengeluar minyak-durgh!
    kalau bukan rakyat yang patut terima benefit daripada keuntungan tersebut, sapa lagi?

    i found it ridiculous to comprehend the fact that this is an oil producing country and yet, we do suffer from the expensive oil pricing as well.

    suggestion to solve this problem?

    tambahkan subsidi sebab untung petronas naik, so that should level everything back
    menteri2 kene buat lebih banyak kerja, find source to bring investment and etc into malaysia, and stop relying on petronas for pendapatan negara.

    i believe that people should talk, instead of berdemo-but, kalau kerajaan pun tak nak bercakap, macam mana nak settle. the fact that the government bypass the parliment before announcing the price hike suggest that communication is non-existant.

    open your eyes, look at other malaysian people sufferings and rethink this comment of yours.

  3. ur classmet,

    I’m not for any oppression towards the poor by anybody.

    I feel for those who are affected by this.

    Yes, i still think demo is not the way, once this issue is debated in parliament, by that time government will have the report on the action taken.

    I agreed on the urge that menteris must now work hard to find foreign investors, and also at the same time improve Small and Medium Enterprises so that lower income class can survive on their own. At least can increase their income a little bit in this time of hardships and tribulations

    Review all policies that pro-rich, i.e APs and other subsidies that doesn’t go directly to the pocket of the needy.

    thanks ur classmet (my classmet), i am happy to have a classmet as open as you, and as concerned. Peace!

    Salam
    RRR

  4. Your article is too long bro.. Summary is better than rebutting every point given by this and that people. Dont get me wrong, good article overall.

    One simple point… Fuel has to be increased in price. Regardless of how you flip the coin. Only thing is, it has to be increased gradually and with grace.

    Secondly, the government ought to increase the peoples salary actually after the annoucement of the fuel hike. Then it would make more political sence.

    Anyway, enough about fuel… Whats going on with KUI? I have yet to hear anytg going on. Whats up pres? Anything on house hunting for the juniors? Even for the seniors who are going back to malaysia? Anything planned for charity works? Or a joinned flight ticket purchased back to malaysia?

    Enough of explaining whats going on in malaysia. We all know you know much about the political world. But lets face it, you write so much dont actually change anything. I would rather read blogs by the famous TDM or Harakahdaily, or Wan azizah’s speech. I would actually believe the words of the press much so than you!

    So, you ought to concerntrate more on the activities of KUI than trying to justify the government move of criticising them. Concerntrate on hoe to make KUI a well respected society and is accepted by everyone. Not only DBS but also the whole malay community in Dublin.

    Go check the KUD website. What is going on? Do you notice in the forum section what is up there? Come on president… What is going on? Hmmm… I am disappointed in you.

  5. I think if Lee Kuan Yew is given a free reign to govern Malaysia for just a single term, Malaysia will double its GDP, poverty will be cut by 50%, corruption will spiral down and our jail will be filled with Tun, Tan Sri and Datuk.

    Of course it is just a dream but what a nightmare Malaysians are now suffering!

  6. Never in the entire history of Malaysia that its citizens feel so hopeless for having such a hypocrite sleepy prime minister! Time to vote Umno out in the coming election!

  7. The most important asset of a country is not its natural resources, but rather its human resources. This is especially true in a knowledge-based economy, which of course, will be the trend in the future if not already the trend in most of the western countries.

    My daughter, who is in her final year medicine in Auckland, told me that a team of Singapore recruitment officers have just visited Auckland and talked to the Malaysian students there, offering jobs and training prospects for the final year students once they graduate.

    My daughter also told me that over the last few years, quite a lot of her Malaysian seniors, after graduating from medical courses in New Zealand, have gone to Singapore to work as house officers and subsequently stayed back in Singapore for their postgraduate training. Similar teams are sent to UK and Australia for recruiting Malaysians there to work in Singapore.

    About a year ago, Reuters reported: ‘Malaysia is counting on bright, ambitious people like Tan Chye Ling for its future, to lead it away from manufacturing and into the knowledge age.’

    But the 32-year-old scientist, a postgraduate in molecular biology, is not counting on Malaysia to look after her future.

    ‘I felt very suppressed in Malaysia,’ said Tan, who moved to neighbouring Singapore, the region’s pacesetter for biotech investment, after a decade of study and research in Malaysia.

    ‘I have benefited from the better research environment and salary scheme here. Things are much smoother,’ she said by phone from the National University of Singapore where she is studying dust mites and allergies. Tan estimates that 60 percent of the research teams she works with in Singapore are from Malaysia, despite her country’s efforts over several years to develop a biotech industry.

    There is a serious problem facing Malaysia and that is the problem of ‘brain drain’. Why are Malaysians overseas not coming back to work? Well, pay may be part of the reasons but it is not the main reason. Singapore recruitment teams offer Malaysian medical students a salary which is a few times what they would expect to get in Malaysia S$40000 a year for houseman after tax (equivalent to RM86000) which is about five times the pay of a houseman in Malaysia.

    But, as I say, pay is not the main problem. The living expense overseas is high. And for a person working overseas, the loneliness and the stress level is also high. So not everyone opts to work overseas because of the pay. Many would not mind to work for a lesser pay if they can stay near to their loved ones. So why do people choose to work overseas, away from their loved ones?

    Malaysia has many state-of-the-arts hospitals and research centres, which may even be the envy of many overseas countries. But hardware alone would not attract these experts to come home. In the medical field, I have so many friends/classmates working overseas, many in world-renowned centres. Why do they do that? Some of my classmates and friends did come back as specialists. After working a few years (many only lasted a few months), most got disillusioned and went off again.

    There is really not much prospect of career advancement here. How many can hope to become a professor even when they are an acknowledged expert in their field? On the other hands, lesser beings are being promoted to professorship for doing much less. How many of them can have a say about how things are to be run? How many of them can blend into the local team where the work attitude is vastly different from that overseas?

    There is an unwritten rule that even if the person is very good, the head of the team has to be someone from a certain ethnic group who may not be even half as good as him. In everyday life, some become disillusioned with the corruption, the red tape and the ‘tidak apa’ attitude of officialdom. For an overseas doctor applying to work back home, the application can take up to six months to get approved, whereas Singapore sends teams overseas to recruit them on the spot and offering them jobs immediately as long as they pass their final examinations. See the difference?

    It is the sense of being wanted and being appreciated that make these people stay overseas. Back here, they are often made to feel that they are of a lower class. They do not feel wanted and they do not feel appreciated. That is the main reason.

    For those with children, the education system further puts them off. Even school children can feel being discriminated against and one glaring example is the two system pre-university education.

    All these make them pack their bags and off they go again, leaving behind their parents, perhaps their siblings, the friends they grew up together with and their favourite food that is often not available overseas. No one likes to be away from home but circumstances and a sense of being recognised for their worth make them go away. It is really sad.

    Parents spend big sums of money on educating their children but the ones who benefit most are the Singaporeans, the British, the Australians, the Americans and so on. As long as race politics is not done away with, this problem of ‘brain drain’ will continue and Malaysia will always trail behind the advanced countries no matter how many Twin Towers and Putrajaya we build.

  8. This is what happen to a good country ruled by a bad ruling party.

    Enriching themselves and forget the rest. Those greedy and selfish Umno are to be blamed.

  9. The BN politicians do not differentiate between what is kerajaan and negara. Corrupted leader which form the kerajaan (government) is a traitor to its negara (country).

  10. For Royal Professor Ungku Aziz to say that there was no social contract between the founding fathers of our nation, this has put a nail in the coffin on those ultra-malays who still see Ketuanan Melayu as a cornerstone for race relationships in this country.

    While other matured and well-developed nations have put to rest the ‘master and slave’ relationship among the various races, it baffles the mind of thinking people why should such policy still remain relevant in this 21st century here in Malaysia. We might call our British colonial masters ‘Sir’ or ‘Tuan’ in the early days but after half-a-century of independence, don’t you think that such thinking is out of date?

    Mind you, the United States who imported Negros from Africa a few centuries ago to be the white man’s slave might have a black man to be their next president if Obama wins the ticket to the White House in the coming US presidential elections.

    Malay rights have been ensconced in the federal constitution and cannot be taken away unless by a two-thirds majority in parliament subject to the malay rulers approval. No one doubts that in the early days, the bumis especially the malays, needed affirmative actions to take them out of their cycle of poverty to be on par with other races, especially the Chinese.

    But the NEP has outlived it purpose and it should be replaced with a new policy which will eradicate poverty regardless of creed and race.

    The playing field should be more even and let the best among the best compete among themselves in order for our nation to progress in the future. Why should rich malays with their ‘right political connections’ obtain a big slice of the economic cake while the poor people are denied such opportunities to get them out of their cycle of poverty?

    To be a respected race, the malays must discard the notion that the government will always have to provide them with opportunities in studies and business as if it was their birth right. The malays should be able to compete with the other races on an equal footing and work hard to improve their lot rather than expecting handouts from the government.

    Ungku Aziz , a towering malay whose intellectual thinking is way ahead of his time, has opened a Pandora Box’s with his outright statement that there is no written ‘social contract’ among the various races prior to independence. Umno politicians will now cry foul about his daring statement as they will always use the Ketuanan Melayu bogey to win the hearts and minds of the malays to support their cause. .

    But the malays cannot be in a denial mode anymore. We must accept the fact that in the brave new world that we live in where people and capital move to places where no restrictions are imposed, the old way of doing business by having quota systems will drive capital away from our country and the people will suffer in the end if business opportunities pass our shores.

    The malays should look at their Singapore brethren who are no less the worse although unlike their Malaysian cousins, they does not have any NEP policy to get a leg up in society. There is no short cut for success unless you work hard for it.

  11. This can only happen in Bolehland. Thank heaven, I don’t live in Malaysia anymore. But I pity my comrades there. Someone should assassinate Bodowi to teach Malaysian politicians a lesson. Looks like the only way out……….

    Ex-Malaysian in US.

  12. It is a sad story for both Sabah and Sarawak for joining Malaysia. Just look at Brunei and Singapore to see the answer.

    Sabah and Sarawak is being raped by Malaya till dry, all the oil and timber from the two states is being used to finance all the failed projects and also to feed all the Umno zealots.

    Ask the Iban and Kandazan, they are being marginalized. Now the government even want to make the country into an Islamic state, did Sabah and Sarawak agree to join an Islamic state in the first place?

    September 16 is a day for mourning, a day of shame for Malaysia.

  13. The truth hurts.

    The Chinese or the yellow race is what brings progress. Just look at Asia……….is enough.

    Whether they do it internationally or locally they will survive.

    We can distinctly see the lowering of Malaysia standards of living as the percentage of Chinese in this country goes down.

    In the 70s we were tops with 40 over percent of Chinese and today with only 25 percent we are far behind Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea.

    Main reason is the number of such Chinese migrating to these countries – the best ones and rich ones.

    Next ten years as the percentage goes even lower, we would be nearing Indonesia or Philippines.

    Meanwhile enjoy your stay and the good time.

    On the whole as the Chinese spreads out throughout the world, the average standards of these will have much higher standards of living over others.

  14. Malays are more suppressed in their own country by Umno than the suppression suffered by Chinese or Indians. For their pains they are offered the rotten carrots of Ketuanan Melayu and NEP.

    The suppression of malays is deep and internal while the suppression of Chinese and Indians is only surface in terms of benefits and material things. That is why some Chinese have the cheek to say that NEP benefits them as it makes them stronger.

    The suppression of malays is mental and spiritual enforced by KGB police type tactics. The suppression of malays may be an eternal and permanent one. Umno is a cancer to malay society.

  15. It is blatantly obvious to everybody except Umno gangs. That is because they are corrupted, suffering from denial syndrome, regressive Muslims, low IQ and living in the past. They would rather see and prefer the nation going to the dogs than having meritocracy and doing away with NEP.

    Otherwise, how does one explain the rot and malaise this country is suffering?

  16. Shit..that hurts..

    but I cannot help myself to agree more.

  17. Salam

    While your article is very interesting, I find it is more on reviewing other people’s view rather than coming out with any concrete suggestion.. Ooopss.. that’s exactly what u did- the summary..

    Opposition will always be an opposition la.. what do u expect from them. And since when it is the opposition responsibility to provide solution to the government? Why should the government hire the highly paid ministers and economic advisers then? The government will have to bear the onus in addressing the issue. I’m sure most Malaysians knows that the hike in fuel price is inevitable. But removing oil subsidy without providing any alternatives/price control mechanism is plain stupid man. Excuse my words, but u should watch the forum with Shahrir Samad in tv1 last night to know what i mean.

    Some more, what’s with channeling the saved subsidy money to build more facilities/infrastructure? Last time when the government increased fuel price by 30sen, they said the money wil be use to improve transportation services.. but see where we are at now? If the government wants to deceive the public, please comes up with something new and well-thought la, not the same political mumbo jumbo.

    Anyway, all in all.. indeed it is a good reading =)

  18. Dr Novandri Hasan Basri

    Salam,

    As a blogger myself and keep on surfing for answers from media & other bloggers, I must say that your article is very concise and full with details.

    It’s long…very long but if you just have to write 10 more pages to give more brilliant comments/reviews, I’ll read them.

    Congrats Ruzaimi.

  19. Inilah padahnya, kita terpaksa menanggung kesusahan bersama dengan rakyat Malaysia yang memangkah BN padahal kita tahu apabila menyokong Pakatan Rakyat akan dijanjikan penurunan harga minyak tetapi mereka tidak percaya. Subsidi yang diberikan kepada kita ialah subsidi yang begitu merugikan rakyat, padahal contohnya, aku sendiri menunggang motosikal menggunakan petrol dengan harga sekarang dalam masa 3 bulan sahaja menghabiskan subsidi kerajaan selama setahun. Apa daya kita untuk melawan keputusan yang dikatakan adil untuk pemerintah dan untuk rakyat. Adil untuk orang bergaji besar tetapi tidak adil mcm kami yang terpaksa menanggung kos sara hidup yang semakin meninggi dan dengar ura-ura yang tarif elektrik akan dinaikkan, sememangnya permohonan TNB ini sudah lama diminta. Inilah pergorbanan rakyat untuk pemerintah hingga rakyat terkorbankan diri sendiri. Hentikanlah tajaan Petronas ke atas F1, Hentikanlah Monson cup dan segala penajaan yang membuangkan duit, lebih baik duit itu dilaburkan untuk kepentingan rakyat.

    Dengar orang UMNO pun marah akan kenaikan minyak ini, Siapa yang suruh pangkah BN lagi.

    Rakan2
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    bagi komen setiap artikel yang saya tulis. …ada artikel baru

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