It is inevitable. The world crude oil price has increase like nobody's business. It was as high as USD130 per barrel and because of this Malaysia has increased its oil price by 41%. Its an increase of 78 sen per litre. From RM1.92 up RM2.70 per litre.
I got an sms at 5.21pm from my lil bro asking me "is it true fuel up to RM2.70?". I was stunned. Not knowing how to answer, i told him i dont know. I texted few of my friends and they came back with just fill up in case of hike. At 6pm, with the heavy downpour, i came back calling my wife to get herself ready to drive the Estime, while mama drives the Myvi and me the Civic. Wow. Mobil in TTDI closed shop early to make the extra money. So we went to the normal Shell in TTDI to fill em up! The queue was not bad. I got all 3 cars filled up in 30 minutes. Thank God!
The only credit card that can be used was a visa card and no mastercard. Hmmm... i wander why?
But i hope and pray that the people of Malaysia do not do stupid stuff like going on a riot or street demonstration as all this will bring a bad image to the nation and its economy.
I was out in KL yesterday until 3am. I can see from the time of 11pm until 12.15am people were queuing at the petrol station like there is shortage of oil. It was unbelievable. One place in Sg Buloh the queue was like 3 km long... unbelievable.
I guess with the world crude oil price up, Malaysia has to increase the price in order to save on the subsidy. I will wait and see what next...
I have thought about what if i am given the opportunity to come out with some solutions... These will be in my lists:
I always feel that Malaysia should divide politics, education, economy, religions etc into separate entities. Politics should not meddle into education, economy, religion etc because things like an increase of fuel prices will give a very negative impression of the current government. Why i said we must divide.
Firstly, imagine when the world oil price was at USD25 per barrel 15 years ago. And we are a growing nation. A major public tansportations, infrastructure both physical and Human Capital, and most of all public delivery system must be enforced and put in place. Imagine if we have started 15 years ago when politicians dont meddle with education, economy etc. Today, we would have lesser mat rempits and bohsia etc. We would have a better Human Capital to run various projects and ideas.
Imagine when we have a proper public transportation like LRT, train, buses and Taxis. I dont think an increase of oil price today will be a big issue. Because we have an efficient alternative.
When i talk about infrastructure, i talk about the railways and of course being a student in Holland, i would love to see a bicycle road that runs parallel with every road in the country. Then we have a major alternative where we dont need to spend a single sen to go any where.
Lastly, the public delivery system. If all these projects were run by professional and not politicians, i can bet my ringgit and sen that not a single glitch or any wrong thing towards implementing the projects will happen.
The key here is we have to stop giving to much power to politicians. And start empowering professionals to do what they do best. And if we have most of this in place, Singapore will be banging their head on the wall thinking how can Malaysia be bigger and yet so efficient?
That is just a summary of my thoughts.