Friday, June 06, 2008

Oil money and the welfare of Malaysians

On the evening of 4th June, SMSes were flying everywhere. Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi made an announcement at 5.00 p.m. about petrol hike. With effect from 12.01 a.m. the next day petrol price will be increased by RM0.78 per litre. Subsequently Ron 92 will go up 41.5% from RM1.88 to RM2.66; Ron 97 will go up 40.63% from RM1.92 to RM2.70; and diesel will go up RM1.00 or 63.2% from RM1.58 to RM2.58.

The news caused a great traffic jam and chaos all over the country. In
Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, heavy rain poured down at 5.00 p.m. The rain spoke of a doom about our political atmosphere. Half way through at press reception a journalist left the room and murmured “it is political suicide”. With the petrol hike people were speculating how far Abdullah’s position will go amidst dissatisfaction among the public at large. People were panic and they rushed every household car to the petrol kiosks. The jams at KL and PJ lasted till midnight. It was a painful night. If the PM had already determined to increase the price in the first place, why could not he announce it in the morning so that the last-minute rush was unnecessary? The actions of a leader will reveal how tactful the person is.

A very interesting article written by one of the blogger friend Mr Allen Tan in the blogging community.

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Allen said...

Choi, do you discover that after the petrol hike, the newspapers limited the news from Pakatan Rakyat. It shows BN govt is bullying the media. Abdullah has not learnt from the 12th GE.

C-CUBE said...

Yes, I noticed that. Anyway if this Pak Lah do learn, he will have step down as PM immediately after the 12th GE. The party lost bigtime and as the head of party he shud be totally held responsible. Its like a CEO steering a company out of the way and making big losses. Head wil be chop of immediately to cut losses quick. Bee End its just like that now. No one cares what they bark about. Everything is do indecisive. Pak Lah will sure fall down the hard way.

Just concentrate in making Jean happy lah, wat else do you want??