The petrol and diesel price has been increased few days ago. So, what’s going to happen? What can we do?
What’s going to happen?
Definitely all the basic consumer products and utility price will increase… gas, electricity, food, cooking oil, flour, rice etc… In fact, just one day after the fuel price increase, the canteen at my work place start controlling the amount of rice on our plates. Not only that… the same day, I ate Nasi Beryani which used to be RM5 but at that day it was RM6. While this is more related to rice, but we can expect other price of goods to rise as well… Next month the electricity price will increase as well. What about the others. Some bus company has already increase their fairs as well… I just can’t imagine what else are going to happen…
Are we earning enough to live in this country? When I compare to UK for instance, the starting salary for an engineer is 2,000 pounds sterling / month whereas in our country it is about RM 2,000 / month. When this new graduated engineers want to buy a car to go to work, in UK they can buy a brand new car from 8,000 pounds sterling (or a decent second hand car at just a mere 500 pound sterling) whereas in Malaysia a new graduate engineer must pay RM35,000 to own a new Proton Saga (or something around RM15,000- 20,000 to get a second hand car). After buying a car, they want to fuel the car… So, in UK, this guy will pay 1.19 pounds sterling per liter, whereas now, in Malaysia, the new engineer have to pay RM2.70 per liter. What about the food? The number is just the same but the currency is not. A portion of rice (can be bought at India Muslim restaurant/stall) is about 4 pounds sterling, but in Malaysia it is RM 4-5 per serving. Yogurt cost just 15 pence per cup but in Malaysia it cost more than RM1.50 per cup.
I don’t need to say much, you can just see from the simple comparison I made above and think for yourself. Is the income versus cost of products/goods appropriate? The small case study above is for an engineer, what about those who earn less than an engineer? What family who earn RM700 per month?
What can we do? I have concluded my findings below. For me conclusions can be categorized as below:
1. Need to spend wisely and intelligently. Should think more about the citizens especially those who earn less. Very poor/unfortunate citizens may be forced to do the unexpected negative activities if they are really desperate and we don’t want that to happen. Government must think and take action to help them. We don’t want this brutal price increase lead to more poverty > more crime!!!
2. If the foreign vehicles still pump petrol/diesel in Malaysia, then that’s fine BUT with one condition. The governments must charge them when they enter the country at the immigrations center/border. Charge them some appropriate amount of cash (RM) so that the government can compensate with the lost (of subsidies in petrol/diesel) when they fuel their vehicles. Some of my colleagues say charging them RM30-50 upfront will be fair enough as soon as they enter our country. Maybe we can charge more… ?
3. Compare the cost of fuel with the oil producer country and not the oil importer countries.
Saudi Arabia: RM0.38/litre
4. Please improve the public transport efficiency. Throughout Malaysia, our Public transport (bus/trains/taxi) are very poor compared to other countries. Even Indonesia has a good “Angkot” (Angkotan Kota) which uses vans and cars like Toyota Unser to carry passengers from one point to another point. If the public transport is efficient, people would have no problem traveling using public transport. The LRT and komuter in Klang valley is not enough. More need to be done. Improve the public transport. Improve the punctuality. Improve the fairs.
5. Anything else….?
1. Need to be more organized in handling the house hold and personal expenditures such as groceries and other needs. Plan your budget and strictly stick to it. Just spend within your salary. Warning – Don’t easily use credit card as if you wrongly use them, you may doom yourself to bankruptcy.
2. Need to work harder – get some extra job if you can afford to have it. Extra job will provide extra money and may help your family economy. That’s important for the family survival.
3. Work on alternative fuel. Use Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV). Or use fuel saver as well. There are also technologies where we can use water + petrol to run engine.