Friday rants..

I am actually very pissed with the government after reading news on the ‘revised’ Ninth Malaysia Plan after the mid-term review. It is obvious the Federal Government is treating opposition-led states as ‘alien states’. Of all projects, the government decided to defer the monorail and Penang Outer Ring Road projects in Penang. Then to allocate extra RM30b for development. Oh suddenly we have extra cash again? Puzzling..

Extra RM30b for development

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has proposed an increase to the development allocation ceiling from RM200bil to RM230bil for the mid-term period of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) due to rising costs.

“I would like to emphasise that the Federal Government will continue to implement the 9MP (2006-2010) development projects in all states,” he said at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, when tabling the motion on the mid-term review of the plan.

Something must be announced to the public that reduction in fuel price subsidy is necessary to enable more allocations in the people-oriented projects. But then they had to take away the Penang Monorail and PORR projects which were noted by DAP as punishing the people of Penang for voting the opposition. Coincidentally, these two projects are what has been hailed as the solution to Penang’s transportation system in improving the lifes of Penangites. If this is not a punishment, what is?

I am still waiting for the RM4.4 billion saving from the fuel ‘subsidy’ to be used to upgrade the public transportation. We were told two and a half years ago that the ’subsidy’ savings of RM 4.4 billion would be utilised for public transportation. Where is it?

    PM: We have to sacrifice
    (The Star), 1 March 2006

    KUALA LUMPUR: The estimated annual saving of RM4.4bil in fuel subsidy will be spent to improve the public transport system, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

    He said it was not the Government’s intention to burden the people when it increased the price of fuel.

    “The money that we save from the subsidy will be returned to the rakyat in the form of a better public transport system,” he told a press conference after a briefing at Bank Negara here yesterday.

    “The cost to improve the system is high, and now we have the money to improve it.”

    The prime minister said it was a small sacrifice by the rakyat for a better facility.

    The price of petrol and diesel went up by 30 sen a litre yesterday. The Prime Minister reiterated that this would be the only fuel price rise for the year.

    “There will be no more increase until December. For 2007, I will not speculate,” he said.

What is the most pressing thing since the fuel price hike? Public transportation services and network. So why the government decided to drop the monorail and PORR projects? Isn’t this is going against what the government promised before this? RM4.4 billion is more than enough to construct new stations of the Putra and Star LRT in Klang Valley, to increase Komuter train services, provide more bike lanes for motorcyclist. Do you see any of this materialised yet? We are still waiting…

Tan Seng Giaw (DAP – Kepong) said the Government should carry on with projects such as the Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) in its move to improve the public transportation system.

“I don’t understand why the PORR project has been delayed when the Government keeps emphasising that it wants to upgrade the public transportation system whereby RM30bil has already been allocated for that purpose,” he said.

Strange government. Make a bit noise, we will raise your commission. Tax us and feed the rich petrol station owners. This just tell us that there was no proper planning in what ever decisions they made.

Fuel commission for station operators raised


The commission for fuel station operators for petrol and diesel sales has been increased to 12.19 sen and 7 sen per litre from 9.5 sen and 4.5 sen per litre respectively from yesterday.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad, in a statement yesterday, said the decision was made as part of government efforts to assist fuel station operators who were facing the negative effects of the subsidy restructuring for petrol and diesel since June 5.

The populist approach in Malaysia is to give out candy. Malaysia manages its economy in the political way – talking and making slogans about things, dishing out money so all are relieved.

I am tired. Jump the next post. Please.

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2 Responses to “Friday rants..”

  1. yy wrote on Jun 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    the 4.4 billion went to bail-out Port Klang Fleece Trade Zone. After all th hype about the project viability and rave about by the shitty and lying STAR paper, the new chairman Mr Lee Hwa Beng confirms that the freaking project is a non-starter. Revenue generated is not enough to pay interest and the lying MCA honchos and of course with media support from the STAR paper told the rakya that the bail-out loan will be repaid. Mr Lee now offers the project back to Kuala Dimensi, the schemer of this white elephant to line up its pockets. By the way, the scheming company is helmed by a Sarawkian MP (of course from BN), Treasurer of UMNO and supported by a phalanx of MCA honchos (and ex) which include Chan Kong Choy, Ling Liong Sik, Deputy Minister Chor, OC Phang.
    BN, the king of corrupts. Want to know some more why Petronas cannot provide more subsidies. Go to http://www.mob1900.blogspot.com and find out the devilish scheme of 666 (6 option holders).


  2. bongkersz wrote on Jun 30, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Thanks for the info dude! :up: yeah, i have Mob1900 on my blogroll. Love his posters. Sarawak MP? BBC chairman? The Bintulu MP? He is a well known Foochow gangster 🙂


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