Hornbill Unleashed

October 7, 2014

Fuel price hike is good news to the wise

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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The money saved on subsidies can go to the PM’s Dept, which will think of ways to use it to make the rakyat happy.

Malaysians had a rude shock when the government announced a fuel price hike on October 1. It kicked off a furore, with many heading for the nearest petrol pump in long queues to fill their tanks in a last ditch effort to save on precious ringgit before the midnight deadline.

So it was indeed a pleasant surprise when Malaysians found out that it was merely a subsidy reduction and not a price hike as claimed.

Everyone calmed down, heaved a sigh of relief, and congratulated the government for coming up with such a brilliant idea of how to re-stimulate the economy. Many people went onto Twitter and other media to thank the Prime Minister and the government for the subsidy rationalisation policy. Quite a number took the opportunity to thank Barisan Nasional supporters for their far-sightedness.

With the GST coming up, the time is just right to reduce the petrol subsidy. Furthermore, no wise government would want the fuel price to remain stagnant. Ask any economist, and he will tell you that all this is good for the people because the money saved on subsidies can be diverted to the Prime Minister’s Department, which can then think of new ways to spend it to make the rakyat happy.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hasan Malek wants Malaysians to change their culture from protesting to being patient, positive and respectful of our leaders. He has told us to be grateful for the runaway success of the national economy.

He stressed that the fuel price hike would not burden the rakyat, but instead unburden them because it will result in the country’s finances being strengthened so that by 2020, the national deficit will be reduced to zero.

With the federal debt hovering at about RM800 billion and with RM1 trillion worth of capital flying out of the country, the RM1.1 billion savings will definitely go a long way towards reducing our deficit to zero in six years’ time.

We must thank PM Najib for appointing people like Hasan to the Cabinet. He has a happy knack of making seemingly complicated things easy for us to comprehend. What a brilliant explanation! He certainly deserves our respect.

However, the pesky Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has disagreed, saying the steep subsidy reduction would reduce the disposable income of private sector workers and have a snowball effect on other goods and services. It said about 40% of the 13 million workers earning less than RM2,000 a month would be adversely affected and their misery compounded by the double whammy of the Goods and Services Tax of 6% waiting for them next year.

What a load of rubbish. Doesn’t the MTUC realise that the fuel hike and GST come with an increase in the BR1M handouts?

Reaping the benefits

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, being the extremely caring person that he is, has advised eligible Malaysians who have yet to register for BR1M to do so immediately so that they can reap one of the many benefits that come with the fuel price hike.

But Malaysians should ignore the claims of Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chien Jen, not only because he is from DAP but also because he had the cheek to voice out his suspicion that the nation’s coffers are empty.

And then he contradicted himself by pointing out that Petronas recorded a solid performance this year with a nett profit of RM39.8 billion. He also claimed that Malaysia’s fuel price was among the most expensive and that it was evident that there was wastage in the handling of the country’s finances, which he blamed on “corruption and cronyism” and blah, blah, blah.

Take note that when Hasan Malek told us we must respect our leaders, he meant only BN leaders. So we can ignore Chong and his ilk.

Unenlightened Malaysians should stop the silly argument that the hike is unjustified because world crude oil prices are at a three year low due to fears of a global supply glut. The subsidy reduction actually highlights the government’s long term policies to reduce the burden of Malaysians.

Let us not put on a sour face to protest aimlessly, but take affirmative action to weather the subsidy reduction. Below is a list of sure-fire strategies.

It is a good time to invest in a lawn mower to source for a second income by offering to trim the neighbour’s lawn, or to sign up for Amway or Cosway or to be a part time insurance agent.

To reduce our fuel dependence, maybe its time to consider a new set of wheels like Kancil, Viva or the new Axia, which are miserly on petrol. The new hybrids costing less than RM200K is equally fuel saving. And then there’s motorcycles. Don’t believe statistics—quoted by a DAP official—that mortality rates drastically rise every time fuel prices go up.

Other cost cutting measures include giving up smoking, drinking, Internet connections and cosmetics, reducing Mat Rempit activities, watching fewer movies and chatting by SMS instead of phone calls. Whatever happens, don’t stop buying lottery tickets.

Dismantling the air conditioning unit in your car and replacing it with a miniature fan will not only make your car interior more attractive, but will also reduce petrol consumption, especially when you are stuck in mindless traffic.

Breast feeding instead of buying expensive milk powder can save a bomb. Having a heavy breakfast, skipping lunch and going for early dinner is an ingenious way to save money too.

Cancelling your Astro subscription and switching to a simple TV antenna will definitely save enough to offset the fuel hike.

It is also a good time to go to the department store and check out a good reliable belt to tighten up so that your trousers don’t fall to the floor. Take comfort that the fuel hike will promote a thinner and healthier nation, and diabetes and other diseases associated with overeating will disappear.

Our beloved Prime Minister has reduced fuel subsidies with very good intentions. He is actually leading the nation towards becoming a full blown developed nation. Soon all Malaysians will enjoy the fruits of his silent endeavours. So just be patient.


  1. This writer is talking through his arsehole. He was paid to sing praises to the corrupted ministers and lawmakers.

    Comment by Mat Som — December 16, 2014 @ 5:07 PM | Reply

  2. Our students in UM and USM chose to be stupid because they were funded by millions of ringgit saved through subsidies reduction. The ministers want us to be stupid enough to accept all financial mismanagement and scandals and the elite Malays’ right to corruption money. Their ill gotten wealth and income tax must not be disclosed for security reasons. All Malaysians must think of a way to grow their own vegetables and food while ministers’ children spent several hundred thousand ringgit on birthday celebration and over one million ringgit on wedding.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — October 7, 2014 @ 9:20 PM | Reply

  3. Can Najib please explain the debt situation of 1MDB?

    Comment by loo — October 7, 2014 @ 12:06 PM | Reply

  4. Don’t forget to eat more kangkung.
    And look out for RM1 chickens at the wet market.

    Comment by Phua Kai Lit — October 7, 2014 @ 11:05 AM | Reply


    Comment by VINCENT AK PAUL — October 7, 2014 @ 9:30 AM | Reply

    • The author is trying to be sarcastic/ironic.
      It’s a satire.

      Comment by Phua Kai Lit — October 7, 2014 @ 11:06 AM | Reply

  6. This is just a prelude to GST. More misery to affect our pockets.

    Comment by larry — October 7, 2014 @ 9:29 AM | Reply

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