Your MP's Question of the Week #12

The Badawi administration had promised that the subsidy money saved (RM9.9 billion) from the last petrol price increase will go to improve public transportation.

As far as I can see, the sorry state of affairs of the public transportation had not improved one bit. Where had the billions of Ringgit gone to and for what purpose?

On 4 June at the stroke of 12 midnight, the price of petrol was increased again by 41% by the Badawi administration – a jump of 78 sen, this time, to RM2.70 per liter. It’ll be a further net subsidy saving amounting to more billions and billions of Ringgit (RM13.7 billion a year estimated).

So the question for this week is: With the huge surplus received from the over-night increase in petrol price, where do you think the Badawi government should concentrate on its spending?

– Terjemahan oleh Lee Wee Tak – Ucapan ribuan terima kasih dari Wee Choo Keong –
Soalan Mingguan WR Anda #12

Pentadbiran Badawi telah berjanji bahawa wang yang dijimatkan (RM9.9 billion) menerusi pengurangan subsidi selaras dengan kenaikan harga minyak akan disalurkan kepada peningkatan sistem hubungan awam.

Pada permerhatian saya, keadaan sistem hubungan awam kita akan menyedihkan dan belum pernah menampakkan sebarang peningkatan. Ke manakah berbilion-bilion ringgit telah hilang dan untuk tujuan apa?

Pada tanggal 4 Jun tepat pukul 12 tengah malam, harga minyak dinaikkan lagi sebanyak 41% oleh pentadbiran Badawi – lonjatan 78 sen kepada RM2.70 selitre. Penjimatan wang subsidi akan berjumlah berbilion-bilion ringgit (RM13.7 billion setahun).

Oleh itu, soalan minggu ini adalah: Dengan wang berlebihan dan diterima daripada kenaikan harga minyak mendadak, ke manakah pentadbiran Badawi patut menyalurkan wang tersebut?

– 翻译员:cc liew, Wee Choo Keong 致于万二分谢意
阿強每週一問 #12






  1. It is hard to tell where the money will be spent by our “kerajaan yang dedi-kasi”whatever the government do with extra saving is of no use unless the people running is government is changed from politicans to technocrat and professionals. Politicans dabble in power play and mixing with people’s lifelihood is a recipe for tragedy.Our own people will have to adopt a more intelligent, efficient and effective way of working & living.The Mahathir regime has effectively killed off our education system’s ability to produce responsible, thinking and eloquent citizens. We are left with a bunch of people crying for government assistance in many aspect of their lives.Back to your question. The present government should put the money in trust, resign en-block and give power to technocrats who can really run an administration properly. The present bunch has squandered much $ and should stop spending a single sen more.RegardsLee Weee Tak

  2. Oil prices has not stop rising. Therefore all the savings disappeared. The same will happen to this round of savings unless the oil price climb halts.

  3. I really wonder, why? everytime when there are issues where the Rakyat have to suffer and be burden(ex.petrol price increase).The component parties of the BN would keep silent. So silent as though they don’t even exist.What are the purpose of this component party for ? Can anyone please explain to me ?

  4. For decades, subsidizing this and that has made Malaysians complacent and uncompetitive hence I believe the subsidy saved should be channeled into making the rakyat earning more income so in addition to improving public transport. The subsidy should be spent on:1) fight corruption2) restore judiciary3) revamp public delivery system4) improving infrastructureother areas is1) fight crimeMalaysian economy must have structural and cultural revolution so that the rakyat have to earn a lot more so that we can move into the era of high cost of living.RegardsLee Wee Tak

  5. The money should be spent on: 1. rural infrastructure in poverty ridden states of sabah, sarawak, trengganu and kelantan,2. create a felda like scheme for rice farming as well as flowers, fruits, aquaculture and bee apiaries to maintain food security,3. rebuilt 200 modern jetties with coldroom facilities for fishermen, and encourage deep sea fishing.

  6. Venezuelans pay a heavy price for cheap oil -23 May 08 (AlJazeera)While motorists around the world are feeling the pain at gas pumps, Venezuelan drivers are enjoying the cheapest petrol in the world.However, it’s not all good news, as Al Jazeera’s Lucrecia Franco explains from Caracas.

  7. Where *I* think should have gone? A lot can improved. On public (not private) transportation, On Crime Prevention (not the stupid OSA, Sedition, ISA act), On Education (not for National Service- nothing had achieved), On Food Price & Shortage. Where *I* think the money would have gone? On private matters. Trust me, the savings back on 2006, didn’t see a s**** on that one.

  8. Check out this the simple calculation from Mahathir site:…..u will wonder where all the money gone…..may be is the last bite for the BN before the 16 september 08….Can the Government subsidise? I am the “adviser” to Petronas but I know very little about it beyond what is published in its accounts. What I do know may not be very accurate but should be sufficient for me to draw certain conclusions.Roughly Malaysia produces 650,000 barrels of crude per day. We consume 400,000 barrels leaving 250,000 barrels to be exported.Three years ago the selling price of crude was about USD30 per barrel. Today it is USD130 – an increase of USD100. There is hardly any increase in the production cost so that the extra USD100 can be considered as pure profit.Our 250,000 barrels of export should earn us 250,000 x 100 x 365 x 3 = RM27,375,000,000 (twenty seven billion Ringgit).But Petronas made a profit of well over RM70 billion, all of which belong to the Government.By all accounts the Government is flushed with money.But besides petrol the prices of palm oil, rubber and tin have also increased by about 400 per cent. Plantation companies and banks now earn as much as RM3 billion in profits each. Taxes paid by them must have also increased greatly.I feel sure that maintaining the subsidy and gradually decreasing it would not hurt the Government finances. kelate~

  9. To answer this question, I’ll put myself in Badawi’s shoes…er-um:-get a new jet-get a new house (maybe not in Perth this time)-will think of the rest after a nap or so.Sorry about the uneducated answers but I’m really tired of this useless Badawi and this useless government.

  10. ~anok kelate~ Very few in Malaysia (and Venezuela) will use public tranport if petrol & cars are cheap.

  11. RESIDENT.WANGSAMAJUI would be surprise. Just think about it. Just a couple of weeks ago, kerajaan yang dedikasi muted about1) a second spaceman2) a rocket launching site in Tawau(I would mind if it is for a new DAP branch there but it is unlikely to be the case)3) use our tax payers’ money to pay “cover mouth money” to judges suffered under the tyranny and shamelessness of a certain doctor. The Parliament should pass a new section in the income tax act to charge the doctor for “previous decade windfall profits” to pay those compensation. If the dr screw up,ask him to pay. I was schooling then and got nothing to do with it…why the ^%$# I have to pay?The government is basically gaya mesti ada outfit. Russia has fantastic jet fighter, we must have. France has submarine, Malaysia must have….but WHAT THE @#$% for? MIG29 and submarine are not meant for chasing pirates in Selat Melaka, unless our dear government is planning for a big fight somewhere. Sign some mutual defense pact with Australia (if segan terang-terang dengan US) and let their jets lease our facilities.While kerajaan yang dakwa menjamin kesejahteraan dan ketuanan berbelanja macam tu…tengoklah orang-orang Melayu dekat kampung…gua cina ah pek pun rasa tak adil dan bodoh penggunaan wang kita…. Wee Tak

  12. Prior to the increase of petrol price, the BN government said that the revenue collected for the price increased will be spent on improving the public transport system. So please look around you and you will see nothing improved at all. In fact, the public transport got worst. Another political rhetoric of the PM. Now the PM is giving us more political rhetorics, which I don’t bother to read anymore. I am sure that the revenue of the increased in petrol prices will be used to save SIL, SON and the cronies. The price increased was most unconscionable. We deserve the government we get because we keep voting for them during General Elections. I want to attend the mass protest on 12th July at KLCC. But what time? Can anyone help me?

  13. The money should be spent on:a) preventing some ‘frogs’ from jumping party -sure need lots of money for that!b) send second, third or maybe the entire cabinet for a space station ‘melawat sambil belajar’ tourc)pay spin docotrs to change the current image of BN, also for new uniforms and to facelift their websites (maybe change to black and shocking pink)

  14. YB Wee,I do hope the government should focus on the followings:1) Projects that was approved by the 9th Malaysian Plan. I noted that there are some projects still delay due to short of government funds.2) Should channel some of the funds into the intra-structure of Chinese and Tamil Primary Schools especially some are promises that BN announced during their campaign on Ge12.3) Should give special allowance to the olds who do not own pensions nor EPF? Why not they think of some retirement benefits for this group of people?

  15. I’m sick of Barang Naik!The most obvious way they can use the funds would be to:1) improve public transportation2) help the poor by increasing welfare 3) use the money to subsidise other items such as food.however, we know where the money is really going to…their pockets…to ensure their comfy lives after the people revolt and kick them out of govt.What about releasing the accounts of Petronas to the people? With the rise in fuel prices, why would one of the biggest oil producers and exporters in Asia be suffering?I don’t hear news of oil hikes in Brunei, Saudi Arabia or any other oil producing country. They’re probably raking in the gazillions with the hike, so why do we have to suffer?820513

  16. TO save son in law, son and cronies Definitely not for the rakyat. He is just sleeping all the time. The country is run by the 4th floor boys controlled by the son-in-law. This is what is wrong with the country.

  17. Salam sejahtera to all,Kenaikan harga minyak dunia telah melenyapkan elemen penabungan (savings). Lebihan sudah pasti akan disalurkan ke subsidi diesel pengangkutan awam dan juga subsidi bahan makanan.Marilah kita bersatu dan menjadi ejen perubahan untuk memberi penjelasan kepada rakyat kerana ini adalah isu global dan bukannya isu Malaysia sahaja.FAKTA TAMBAHANharga petrol per litre MY – RM2.70 TH – RM4.04 SG – RM 5.17 PH – RM4.07 ID – RM3.46 (largest producer of oil in SEA) electricity tariff in US cents/kWh; SG 13.07 (reviewed quarterly) PH 17.50 (with adjustments on fuel price & FOREX) KH 17.60 (fuel pass thro; subsidy for residential up to 100kWh/month MY (as of 01 July 2008; first 200kWh is 6.70cent/kWh; subsequent >10cent/kWh) harga gas; for elect generation: MYR14.31mmBtu for industry: MYR15.14 to 32.56mmBtu note that 70% of gas supplied to peninsula is purchased by petronas at MYR 44.42 for PSC partners.MAT SIRAT – mungkinkah ini masanya aku cuba menyusunsemula cara hidupku kerana memang ada ‘ways out’ erhadap masalah global di atas. Afterall, we are still facing the lowest rate in the region. Ye tak?

  18. FYI, higher government officers (JUSA and above) do get petrol allowance – should that be abolished so that they can be with the Rakyat,during this difficult time? Maybe they can try to feel the pain of those who earn < RM 1000 per month.


  20. Lee Wee Tak- I agree with you. Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh advises to drive at 90kph and you’ll see the savings coming in. If like this…RM2.70 per litre- drive at 90kphRM3.00 per litre- drive at 70kphRM3.30 per litre- drive at 50kphRM3.50 per litre- drive at 30kphWhat happens when the price is RM4 per litre. As we know too, promises to enhance the transport system was never carried out. What happened to the Puchong, Kelana Jaya LRT extensions.Changing lifestyle is not the answer. If we spend less, even on food items, the retail sector is the first segment in the economy which is going to get hit. Following this, jobs in the retail sector will be cut thus creating unemployment. The chain reaction spreads through the other segments in the economy will cause it to shrink further thus causing a recession. This BN government is going on a self destruct mode.

  21. one question…We are oil producer…Some oil for sell, some for own use… If the process cost of extracting crude oil not increased…so, why we need to pay the world price as we are earning more by selling and at the same time extract for our own use???This is a tricky question! Don’t get diverted…!! PLS remind urself we are producing oil!!!We profit more if world price increase! However, the portion of the same oil channel to local shouldn’t have increase the price, because we are “oil producer!!!” Right!????Correct me if i m wrong….

  22. Hi RansonIf the public transport (Rail – LRT, Commuter, MRT….other than road transportation) are E&E (effective & efficient) i suppose the citizen of Venezuela or Malaysian will prefer to go for public transport rather than caught in the traffic like mad(even car or fuel price is cheap) if they have a choice…time is critical everywhere in the world…what say u….~anok kelate~

  23. Yes, please demand that the BN government to account for every sen spent on the billions saved from the subsidies.Initiate proceedings against them if creative accounting is detected.

  24. Quote:Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh advises to drive at 90kph and you’ll see the savings coming in. If like this…RM2.70 per litre- drive at 90kphRM3.00 per litre- drive at 70kphRM3.30 per litre- drive at 50kphRM3.50 per litre- drive at 30kphHow many road in KL the speed limit is 90kph? Unless I broke the law but the money save is it enough to pay for the saman?

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