Sunday, April 09, 2006
Captain's Log Stardate 090406.14
A thought crossed my mind just now, about the recent fuel price hike. Well, as any other Malaysians who are pretty badly hit by the hike, my first reaction was "What the *$#&!". Another increase? And 30 sen to boot? The Government however gave a good job explaining to the people. Well some are OK, some cause raised eyebrows. Well personally, I really don't like it, especially considering I'm going back home at the end of this month. The massive increase means waaayyyy increase in the real spending. Well, one needs to ride the storm. Some people however thinks that this is a proof the Government's cruelty and stage weekly protests at the Petronas Twin Tower area. The ladies and gents who are mostly supporters of the Opposition are angry at the increase in oil and the consequent rise in other consumables. They do have a point....BUT.....
Why has nobody, I mean, no one except KPDNHEP and Consumer action groups protests against the increase in the price of consumables? Take the news that a roti canai has its price increased by 30 sen. Does the mamak use petrol instead of minyak sapi to make a piece of roti canai, or does he use a kilo of gas to fry one roti? Sure, the increase in petroleum products do affect the prices of almost everything, but surely not by 30 sen! Even certain stalls in Kedah have 'KL prices' for their kuih....why has nobody protest or boycott the actions of these traders? Why? Is it because that they are 'rakyat' too and people are tolerant if their peers raise the price of their services/products?