Friday, July 16, 2010

orang minyak

at 12 o'clock just now, prices for petrol and diesel in Malaysia increased by RM0.05 or 5 cents. the increase is quite OK compared to the previous increase and fluctuation that Malaysians experienced for the past 2-3 years. the Government of Malaysia (GoM) decided to reduce the subsidy and try not to put too much burden on petrol/diesel consumers. i believe GoM is doing the right thing by cutting this subsidy. for a nation to grow, a nation need to be competitive inside out. i'm strongly against on those who condemned this move by GoM. i personally think that this group of people is bunch of cheapskates and lazy bums.

through out my working experiences, i traveled to few countries. from my personal opinion, the price for petrol and diesel is Malaysia is cheap, but not the cheapest. even in the so-called great Singapore is far more expensive. but again, that tiny Singapore has no resources so it does make sense.

"but we are petroleum producer nation, why we are paying more than other petroleum producer nation?"

brotherrrr... if you have something that you can sell for higher price, would you rather sell it and use the money to generate more money or consume it to suit your thirst for free (or relatively cheap) stuffs? i don't have any experience of managing a nation but i believe it still based on the basic concept of doing business. if we don't generate money, how can a company grow? for example, you developed a good product that is marketable but you keep it to yourself, will that be a wise move? let me tell you... IT IS STUPID!

but the issue is not about selling our resources to other nation at other price. it is about some cheapskate Malaysians want to pay so little for something so precious. they are comfortable driving their big cars that consume petrol/diesel like nobody business. they love driving their cars to groceries stores that are 100m away. they love driving their glorious car alone and get stuck in many hours of traffic jam. well, your time is over and it is time to wake up. if you think you can't afford for your car's petrol, then don't drive your car. trade for better fuel consumption cars. trade your comfort with the smell of someone's armpit in a bus. trade your ego by sharing your ride to work. that's the way to get around the situation. you can expect the whole world to evolve around you. you need to evolve yourself around the world.

ok, enough blabber. i broke too many hearts already. time to sign off. ta-ta!