Hornbill Unleashed

September 7, 2013

The poor rural folks are feeling the pinch since fuel prices are up; but the rich spared.

Joseph Tawie

Sarawak’s PKR leader has accused the Barisan Nasional government of punishing the ordinary and rural people when it increased RON95 by RM 0.20; which is the most common petrol used by them.

On the contrary, the rich who use luxury cars have been spared when the price of RON97 was only raised by RM0.15.

“This is selective punishment for the ordinary and rural people, while the rich are being spared because they only buy RON97,” said Boniface Willy Tumek, a committee member of PKR’s Mas Gading division.

“The Prime Minister himself is being spared from such punishment as I believe he buys only RON97 for his luxury cars,” said Willy, who had served 21 years as a CIMB Bank manager.

“To me, the BN government is carrying out selective punishment against the poor and the rural people,” he added.

Willy said that by increasing the price of RON95 and diesel, the cost of transportation will go up and so will the price of goods.

“Prices of new homes will go up as cement, steel and other building materials will also increase and those in the food industries will also hike their prices of their goods.

“All these are bad news for all us,” he said.

Citing an example, Willy noticed that there is heavy traffic coming into Kuching daily from Bau as many could not afford housing in Kuching itself; thus they are forced to travel a distance for work.

“Now they will definitely be affected adversely with the new fuel price,” he said.

He added that many parents in Bau will also be hit by the increase as they have to ferry their children to and fro from school daily.

“Every day, these parents make four trips to the school, and they are the ones who will suffer,” he said.

Willy further expressed concern on the possibility of the government re-introducing RON92 into the market. RON92 was indeed withdrawn due to its high lead content which is detrimental to health and the environment.

“So instead of protecting our environment like the rest of the world, we are going backwards.

“If you ask me whether the Prime Minister has been doing good things, to me nothing that he has done is correct,” he said; pointing out that the government is now mulling to introduce the goods and services tax (GST) in the 2014 budget.

“And the government is hinting at 7% GST. GST has multi-tier effect on every level of production.

“This will also burden the people,” he said.

Najib dismissed his options

During the same press conference, state PKR information chief Vernon Aji Kedit said that the ordinary rakyat, especially in the rural areas, would suffer with the increase in fuel prices. The increase will have a ‘domino’ effect on prices of other goods like food and drinks.

Even though the rural dwellers might not own cars, they use petrol for their outboard engines and diesel for their generators.

“By the time the goods are transported to the towns, the prices of such goods would triple or even more. In a town like Belaga, a bottle of coca-cola is priced at RM5.00,” he said.

Kedit said that he disagreed with the comments made by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud who defended the Prime Minister’s move to increase fuel prices. Abdul Taib had mentioned that the PM had no choice but to cut subsidies.

“Actually Najib has a choice. Instead of cutting subsidy for the ordinary people, he should have cut subsidies for big companies and corporations.

“These industries are getting reduced rates in electricity, tax exemption, special subsidies and discounts. Go after them and cut their subsidies, why go after the ordinary people and punish them,” he said.

Najib has a choice, and the question is why he did not go after them, he said.

Kedit also challenged the state ministers, especially the three Iban ministers, to travel to the interiors by road and not helicopter as it is now more expensive in view of the fuel hike.

“They should lead by example to cut down government expenses,” he said.

“Are you still going to fly in luxury helicopters or help the government reduce public spending?” he asked.

Kedit specifically aimed his displeasure at the Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu, Land Development Minister James Masing and Social Development Minister William Mawan. The three Iban leaders have kept their silence on the recent increase of fuel prices and the sufferings of the rural people.a



  1. We’re oil producing state, yet we’re not getting any cheaper fuel. Just like those poor people at the Batang Ai’s resettlement area, the electric wires are crossing over their heads, yet they can’t enjoy any of it. Does the project benefit the locals? What a joke.
    Though our “cows” are plentiful, they’re being milked and sucked dry.
    The big and rich can’t feel the pains, which the poors are experiencing and going through.

    Comment by anak kenyalang — September 8, 2013 @ 2:13 PM | Reply

  2. The Najib Government must not practice a proverb that mention ” ketam menyuruh anaknya jalan tegak ” the crabs calling the children to walk straight when the money crab itself are unable to walk straight “. So Najib must first of all come CLEAN than only u fear no one and u can do your works well to a level of arresting all those corrupted parties cronies including top to bottom government officers and staff “.

    Comment by Melodi — September 8, 2013 @ 12:21 PM | Reply

  3. Blame it on the cheap and gullible people of the rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak for their support of BN all these years. We are supposed to be richer than Singapore and Brunei ending up to be the poorest states in Malaysia. Bodoh memang bodoh!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — September 8, 2013 @ 9:14 AM | Reply

    • Blame it on the bossa nova
      With it’s magic spell…….

      Comment by kocokoco — September 8, 2013 @ 11:47 AM | Reply

    • What to do?
      Sarawakians prefer TV3 to Free Radio Sarawak?

      Comment by Melodi — September 8, 2013 @ 11:50 AM | Reply

    • Raising fuel prices has nothing do to with gullible and rural Sarawakians/Sabahans. It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister; do you think a Prime Minister from Pakatan wouldn’t do the same? How have Penangites/Kelantanese/Selangorese benefited in fuel prices? Please do not blame us rural people for we are least in corruption, cronyism, conman work and camouflaged dealings. Rural Sarawakians and Sabahans are not smart and rich but they are the real bastions against inhumane activities of Pehin – now at the moment of writing the Penans are doing blockades against the gargantuan machinery of Taib’s intrusion in the upper reaches of Baram, Baleh and Kapit. The Penans will fight to their last sweat against the corrupted and cruel monster called Pekmo.

      Comment by i knowit all — September 11, 2013 @ 12:08 PM | Reply

  4. The two oil-producing Borneo states are just like wife No.2 and wife No.3 … eventually both will be kicked out when they can no longer produce

    Comment by tigeryk — September 7, 2013 @ 9:28 PM | Reply

  5. The poor will remain poorer and marginalised and they will only be remembered for their votes during election times. Umno Baru dominated BN will continue to exploit their political ignorance and gratitude for basic amenities.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — September 7, 2013 @ 8:29 PM | Reply

    • Looks like you are not BTNised although you are a headmaster?
      or are you a headhunter?

      Anyway, you must keep up the effort to educate the Sarawakians to avoid the ills of BN.

      Comment by Melodi — September 8, 2013 @ 11:49 AM | Reply

  6. Blame it on the Sarawak BN Politicians !!! Sarawak is a Oil producing state and we give all our Petrol money to UMNO/Malaya. Now why can’t they help to get some support to maintain or even reduce the prices of petrol for Sarawak. Mind you, Sarawak is far far less develop then West Malaysia and hence we need more help. Maybe in Sarawak we have the richest Politicians in Malaysia but the State as a whole is one of the poorest. If our neighbour Brunei can sell petrol much cheaper, why can’t we Sarawak do the same.

    Comment by gagojackman — September 7, 2013 @ 10:04 AM | Reply

    • The interior Sawarak folks once listened to ‘Radio Free Sarawak’ (http://radiofreesarawak.org/) for news that affecting them, until Umno intercepted their listenership by offering free Astro NJOI TV decoders to them. Now rural Sarawakians will spend time watching TV3 8pm bulletin and Astro Awani that are singing praises of BN policies, and they all forget about their woes when entertained by the jokes of Raja Lawak, AC Mizal & Super Sponstan, as well as the entertainment gossips on TV3′s Melodi and Astro’s Propaganza while rooting for their favourites in Akademi Fantasia.

      Comment by Hamtaro — September 7, 2013 @ 12:09 PM | Reply

    • Apa gago2…..tu kan pilihan org2 swak sendiri…..Dayak in particular….nyamai isi…

      Comment by Rod — September 7, 2013 @ 9:19 PM | Reply

  7. Corruption, leakages, wastage and mismanagement describe the current government. What can such a government offers the people ? Only lies and deceit to cover their misdeeds and weaknesses. At best such government can give out ten cent albeit selectively but take back one hundred ringgit later by abusing their position and authority..

    Comment by Catherine Leong — September 7, 2013 @ 8:26 AM | Reply


    Comment by VINCENT AK PAUL — September 7, 2013 @ 8:22 AM | Reply

    • UMNO use NEP to enrich themselves, their cronies…..leaving the poor and needy remain poor. The worst is they still think it is not enough that they want MORE. They continue to oppress the poor Malay, give them a little BR1M or sweet to FISH their vote, but ripe them off BIG TIME like the poor FELDA folks loosing not only their land, soon their life saving will be wipe off and ended in umnoPutra pocket. It is really sad to see all these BUAYA and DEVIL continue to poison our nation with RACISM, lies that keep them in power to ripe off every rakyat……turning this country in to a CRIME land, and bankrupt

      Comment by Freddie — September 7, 2013 @ 1:02 PM | Reply

    • Setuju amat…….
      bagi sidak gundi BN yak….. taun sitik ila…gundi BN baru……

      Comment by Rod — September 7, 2013 @ 9:26 PM | Reply

  9. EVERY time, and I mean AFTER EVERY ELECTION, there WILL be a price hike – unfortunately for the people…with BN helming the fort ! PKR promised to bring DOWN the the rakyat’s burden IF they get elected in the recent election ; so for once I hope the rakyat WILL GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE THE BETTER GOVERNMENT , PKR ; yes, PKR IN GE14 . Afterall we need to help ourselves IF WE WANT A BETTER LIFE and a SURE WAY of helping ourselves is to CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE BETTER ONE IN PKR.

    Comment by teres6842550 — September 7, 2013 @ 12:53 AM | Reply

    • I think you are not sure if Pakatan Rakyat stands for PKR or PKR stands for Pakatan Rakyat. If you want to vote in the right government you must clear your confusion PKR is a partner in Pakatan Rakyat together with PAS and DAP currently unless there is additional partner in future.The registrar of society has yet to approve a common logo for Pakatan Rakyat and that may have contributed to your confusion ?

      Comment by Irene Kana — September 7, 2013 @ 8:34 AM | Reply

    • Mahathir said that the government must be prudent in its expenditure and be careful when providing handouts like the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M). This are the comments from someone who squandered the rakyat’s money on useless mega projects like there was no tomorrow and who lined his and the pockets of his cronies from looted treasury money and overpriced projects. The irony is breathtaking.

      Comment by Freddie — September 7, 2013 @ 12:31 PM | Reply

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