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
KUALA LUMPUR, June 26
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.