Friday, June 13, 2008

Have You Been Complaining / Grumbling?

Since the announcement of the increase in the fuel price of up to 40% together with the increase of 20% in the electricity tariff from 4 June 2008, you could almost find a particular blog posting about it in every single Malaysian blogs.

Many people are now questioning how does the petrol subsidy works. I did some simple analysis and found it amusing too.

What's the meaning of subsidy and it could be explained in the following example by Seventh Rangers:-

Ahmad is a fisherman. He sells a fish to you at $10 which is below the market value of $15. Let's assume that he caught the fish from the abundance of the sea at little or no cost. Ahmad claims that since the market value of the fish is $15 and he sold you the fish for $10, he had subsidised you $5 and therefore made a loss of $5.

Question : Did Ahmad actually make a profit of $10 or loss of $5 which he claimed is the subsidy.

Answer: Ahmad makes a profit of $10 which is the difference of the selling price ($10) minus the cost price ($0 since the fish was caught from the abundance of the sea).
There is no subsidy as claimed by Ahmad.

You get the picture now?

Lastly, did you vote in the last general election that was held on 8 March 2008 that caused a political tsunami?

If you were eligible to vote but didn't vote or not even registered as a voter, would like to remind you that you also have no right to voice out / complain / grumble about all the recent fuel price, electricity tariff, increase in food prices, etc.

Why did I say that? Well, in a way you didn't exercise your right in telling what you wanted on 8 March 2008. So, your voice is being forfeited now till the next general election which is 5 years down the line. Cruel of me to say that to you, right? That's the fact. Mention this to those who did vote and they will agree with me.

Next time, go and vote.

And if you did vote, for whichever party, this is the end result because of your vote and you can shout out your grievances too. Permit granted!

Related post - Is Malaysia's Fuel Price Cheaper?
Tags: Fuel Price, Electricity Tariff, Petrol Subsidy, General Election, Political Tsunami, Voter, Malaysia



Blogger Shaxx said...

yeah... those who were eligible to vote but did not should not complain... Cheers!

14 June, 2008 00:06  
Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

Who choose the current government? It is the rakyat themselves. Who is to blame for the hard life now? Those who vote for the current government. In other words, the rakyat is to be blame for the situation we are facing now.

14 June, 2008 08:54  
Blogger Hanis Zalikha said...

woh i promise i will vote when i can vote :)

so i can complain2 grumble2. lol.

14 June, 2008 09:03  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

shaxx - right on there mate

borneo - as mentioned in the last para of my blog posting too

hanis - hahahahahaha ..... yeah yeah u can by then. as for now, just enjoy / suffer life while u can't complain

14 June, 2008 21:06  
Blogger EliteVillain said...

but i have not reach the minimum age to vote then how ar? i can drive and have to pay for the fuel can i voice out?

14 June, 2008 22:09  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

elite - LOL!! i have amended my blog post to clarify further. applicable to those who were eligible to vote but didn't and those who were eligible to register but didn't

14 June, 2008 22:59  
Anonymous Yatz said...

i've registered in Sept 2007 but they didnt register for me as a voter wtf..and all i did was registered at an MCA branch..futch them la..

and also..i hate to hear people say "see..the government increase petrol price bcoz u vote for opposition"..

why not they say "see..bcoz u DIDNT vote for the opposition..the government increase petrol price"..

funny aint it?

26 June, 2008 19:31  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

yatz - awwwww u shld have checked spr's website to ensure.

well, chk those who mentioned "bcuz u vote opposition" on whether they have voted or not. normally people who said this didn't even vote at all

30 June, 2008 03:38  

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