Educate Everyone, Not Only The Kapcai and Kangkung Users!
“Each month, we can make adjustments based on the world prices of the previous month’s and with this, we can transfer benefits to the people quickly,” he told a press conference after launching the Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism Show here yesterday. He said the people will also see greater socio-economic benefits from the managed float system which enables increased savings from subsidies.
We have listened to statements by the government and the oppositions regarding the fuel floating issue. Now let see what people have to say. iTimes took a random interview and we manage to bring their views to the public.
“I used to have a lorry transport company for more than 10 years and maintaining 15 lorries, 3 tons and 1 ton lorries. I lost three big contracts in Shah Alam. A Japanese company shuts down business in Malaysia due to the economic breakdown here. I was charged for overdue payments and had to let go of few lorries to others and few were “tarik”. I used to travel with an E-Class Mercedes and driver but now I’m driving lorry now for weekly contract. What I’m worried is how the floating system going to be. Are we able to cope up with it? It really worries me a lot. I lost everything, just hope this system doesn’t bring me to the streets,” said Chandrasekaran from Shah Alam.
“I daily ask my mom RM 3.00 for fuel for my bike to travel to my college. We know a month we need approximately about RM 60.00 – RM 70.00 for fuel a month. My mother is a single mother educating 3 sons including me. I wonder when the price floats, meaning I can’t pour constantly RM 3.00. Oh My God, in that case let’s say today the price is high and I fill RM 3.00, so my bike will stop half way! Is it that we won’t be able to have a budget or estimation of our fuel consumption? Correct me if I’m wrong. Hope the one responsible really gives the people a clear scenario on how it works,” said Murali in a very teasing manner.
“Everyone was excited when I had twins recently but for me it’s a double worry. I already have 2 kids going to school and kindergarten. I never expected for twins. My spouse is a housewife and I’m driving a 1 ton lorry. It’s a sub-contract for a company and they pay me a fixed rate. So, I have to bare the wear and tear, maintenance, fuel and also toll. If the price is going to float, I can’t be going to my contract company and asking for payment raise. Not only I but I’m very sure there are many people out there in my shoes. We are lost!” Stressed Poobalan Sungai Buloh.
iTimes also took the opportunity to conduct a phone interview an economic advisor and a prominent businessman who refuse to state his identity. “If we really look, lately economical issues such as GST and now fuel price has become a famous talk of the town and to my surprise even in primary school level it is being uttered. That’s a very good and positive approach that we should be proud of. Barisan Nasional claims whatever their plan is always good for the people and oppositions never fail to condemn. People are stuck in between and tend to relate wrong messages around. People are getting to be more cautious towards things happening around them. The government or better to say community leaders should educate the people especially NGO’s are been split into two which favours to the political parties. Here we don’t have a neutral body to discuss and argue on the public issues based on the people’s radar. BN is good in innovation but they always fail in implementation.”