30 June 2008

Flavour of the day : SODOMY

The sodomy allegation is a stale one. DSAI opponents has nothing new on their sleeve. DSAI has gone through even worse than what is being said, God willing he will sail through this turbulence.

The complainant alleged that he was sodomised without his consent. That means RAPE. Now, how credible can the story be, if a young 23 year old, well build and healthy person was raped by a 60 year old man with a back problem? Unless he was drugged or being overpowered and pinned down by a few burly guys, before being raped by the 60 year old rapist! I pity the doctor who will examine the complainant's butt to search for anal trauma needed to prove the incident.

We all sympatise with DSAI's family, as they have to go through the scenario again. His opponents are getting very personal, and this whole thing is getting out of hand. We hope DSAI and family will presevere through this sodomy storm.

Will Saiful ends Anwar's political ambitions?

This is all a big poker game. DSAI making threats of a 16th September comeback and BN calling his bluff. There are many activities, legal and illegal, buzzing behind the scene. And there will be more political ploys played by both sides.

The stakes are high. Winner takes all and the loser will lose all. So it is not surprising that the recent sodomy allegation part two is made against DSAI. In politics, there are no rules and no boundaries of conscience. The ends will always justify the means.

Dr Joseph Goebbel, Hitler's propoganda minister said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Dr Goebbel also said, “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”

Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan may be a pawn in this political chess game. He may be an innocent party trap in between two heavyweights and Saiful probably does not comprehend fully the consequences of his action. Some say Saiful might also be a mole planted by DSAI's enemies?
(Who is Saiful Bukhari Azlan? read here here)

As an experience politician and after languishing 6 years in jail, DSAI should have been more alert to the tricks and traps set up by his opponent. Why would PKR's leadership appoint a 23 year old novice (a tall, young and handsome guy!) as an aide to DSAI after knowing that he has close liaison with BN's leaders? This case is curious in that the accuser was known to be close to some senior BN politicians (see photos). He was a student leader at university and was also known to have close ties with BN Youth leaders. Yet Anwar employed him as a political aide, apparently without checking his personal history.

DSAI might yet again escape this attempt by opponents to tarnish his image, but this will surely exhaust his resources to fight off the allegation. The allegation is nothing more but politically orchestrated to put the brakes on Anwar's advancement to form the next federal government and become the next PM.

DSAI is a man with time not on his side, and hopefully this recent brouhaha will not make him a spent force and ends PKR's aim of toppling BN on 16th September 2008.

* Photos courtesy from fellow bloggers

27 June 2008


Law of Mechanical Repair
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

Law of Gravity
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of Probability
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers
If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

Law of the Alibi
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

Variation Law
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

Law of theBath
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters
T he probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

Law of Biomechanics
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theater
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.

The Starbucks Law
As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.

Law of Logical Argument
Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

Brown's Law of Physical Appearance
If the shoe fits, it's ugly.

Oliver's Law of Public Speaking
A closed mouth gathers no feet.

Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy
As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

Doctors' Law
If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. Don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick

Karma's Law of Politics
Every 10 years, a swing in vote will take place

:D have fun this weekend.

26 June 2008

Pak Lah punishing penangites

It is hardly surprising that Penangites are being punished for voting in PR as the state government. In the RM9 mid-term review RM2 billion Penang Monorail and RM1.5 billion Penang Outer Ring Road have been shelved. Penang Outer Ring Road project have been on the drawing board for more than a decade and the RM2 billion Monorail project was dangled as a carrot to Penangites in PUR12. Penangites are not taking the bait and Gerakan state government were kick out unceremoniously.

If this is the way Penangites are treated, although it is Pak lah's home state, don't bet that Penangites will vote the BN government in the next general election. If Pak Lah continues with this blind vendetta, I am sure the PR government will be ruling Penang for many more years to come.

In announcing the mid term RM9 mid term review, Pak Lah is not giving us the confidence that he is on the right track in tackling our economic woes. By slashing budgets, he is not generating the development activities which can spur our country's economy. If Petronas is making tons of money from the global fuel hike, why can't we use that extra money to fund our development projects?

Of course we don't expect many brainy bright ideas coming from Pak Lah on revitalising our economy, but it seems all his economic advisers are also sleeping on the job.! Even the hefty increase in fuel prices by the government lacked proper planning as it could have been introduced gradually. Now prices of essential goods are going up and inflation will surely shoot up too. This is all due to Pak Lah's folly.

How can Pak Lah rebut charges that the cancellations of Penang projects are not vengeful when he could recently announce billion-ringgit allocations to Sabah and Sarawak to prevent them from jumping ship? Isn't that a form of political bribery?

Many do not think our country can achieve a growth of more than 5 percent and curbing inflation lower than 5 percent if we still have the same team managing our country's economy.

This is our last chance

Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top
NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world's
only hope is drastic action.

James Hansen told Congress on Monday that the world has long passed
the "dangerous level" for greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and needs
to get back to 1988 levels. He said Earth's atmosphere can only stay
this loaded with man-made carbon dioxide for a couple more decades
without changes such as mass extinction, ecosystem collapse and
dramatic sea level rises.

"We're toast if we don't get on a very different path," Hansen,
director of the Goddard Institute of Space Sciences who is sometimes
called the godfather of global warming science, told The Associated
Press. "This is the last chance."

Hansen brought global warming home to the public in June 1988 during a
Washington heat wave, telling a Senate hearing that global warming was
already here. To mark the anniversary, he testified before the House
Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming where he
was called a prophet, and addressed a luncheon at the National Press
Club where he was called a hero by former Sen. Tim Wirth, D-Colo., who
headed the 1988 hearing.

To cut emissions, Hansen said coal-fired power plants that don't
capture carbon dioxide emissions shouldn't be used in the United
States after 2025, and should be eliminated in the rest of the world
by 2030. That carbon capture technology is still being developed and
not yet cost efficient for power plants.

Burning fossil fuels like coal is the chief cause of man-made
greenhouse gases. Hansen said the Earth's atmosphere has got to get
back to a level of 350 parts of carbon dioxide per million. Last
month, it was 10 percent higher: 386.7 parts per million.

Hansen said he'll testify on behalf of British protesters against new
coal-fired power plants. Protesters have chained themselves to gates
and equipment at sites of several proposed coal plants in England.

"The thing that I think is most important is to block coal-fired power
plants," Hansen told the luncheon. "I'm not yet at the point of
chaining myself but we somehow have to draw attention to this."

Frank Maisano, a spokesman for many U.S. utilities, including those
trying to build new coal plants, said while Hansen has shown foresight
as a scientist, his "stop them all approach is very simplistic" and
shows that he is beyond his level of expertise.

The year of Hansen's original testimony was the world's hottest year
on record. Since then, 14 years have been hotter, according to the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Two decades later, Hansen spent his time on the question of whether
it's too late to do anything about it. His answer: There's still time
to stop the worst, but not much time.

"We see a tipping point occurring right before our eyes," Hansen told
the AP before the luncheon. "The Arctic is the first tipping point and
it's occurring exactly the way we said it would."

Hansen, echoing work by other scientists, said that in five to 10
years, the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer.

Longtime global warming skeptic Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., citing a
recent poll, said in a statement, "Hansen, (former Vice President)
Gore and the media have been trumpeting man-made climate doom since
the 1980s. But Americans are not buying it."

But Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., committee chairman, said, "Dr. Hansen was
right. Twenty years later, we recognize him as a climate prophet."

22 June 2008

Will our oil be depleted in 2028?

We were told by Petronas that Malaysia will become a net importer of oil in 2011. This does not mean that our oil is going to be depleted real soon. What the report meant is that our consumption of oil will be greater than our export, that is if our export stagnated at 700,000 barrels per day up to year 2011.

Our oil reserve was estimated at 3 billion barrels in 1980 but from that time up till now we have been producing 4 billion barrels so far. Our present production of about 700,000 barrels a day will last another 20 years, as estimated by Petronas. In their own reckoning, our reserves still stand at 4 billion barrels in 2008. This shows that since the 1980's, our reserve has never depleted, but in fact, increased in quantity.

Pak Lah, Shahrir and Hassan Marican has been playing this bogey (that oil will be depleted) all along, to justify the eradication of fuel subsidy to the rakyat. They say if the government were to subsidise fuel, the government will have no money for other developments and our future generations will be affected.

But will our oil be depleted in 20 year's time? What if our oil is not a finite resource and it will be there for the taking indefinitely?

Now, for the last century geologist ascertained that oil and gas is a product from fossil fuel. The debate over oil’s origin has been going on since the 19th century. From the start, there were those who contended that oil is primordial—that it dates back to Earth’s origin—or that it is made through an inorganic process, while others argued that it was produced from the decay of living organisms (primarily oceanic plankton) that proliferated millions of years ago during relatively brief periods of global warming and were buried under ocean sediment under fortuitous circumstances.

During the latter half of the 20th century, with advances in geophysics and geochemistry, the vast majority of scientists lined up on the side of the biotic theory. A small group of mostly Russian scientists—but including a tiny handful Western scientists, among them the late Cornell University physicist Thomas Gold—have held out for an abiotic (also called abiogenic or inorganic) theory.

While some of the Russians appear to regard Gold as a plagiarist of their ideas, the latter’s book The Deep Hot Biosphere (1998) stirred considerable controversy among the public on the questions of where oil comes from and how much of it there is. Gold argued that hydrocarbons existed at the time of the solar system’s formation, and are known to be abundant on other planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and some of their moons) where no life is presumed to have flourished in the past.

The Abiotic Oil theory holds that there must therefore be nearly limitless pools of liquid primordial hydrocarbons at great depths on Earth, pools that slowly replenish the reservoirs that conventional oil drillers tap.

The organic theory of the origin of oil has served as a logical underpinning at the heart of the peak oil theory. It says only a finite amount of biological material was deposited in sedimentary soil capable of forming oil, so there has to be a finite amount of oil.

The abiotic theory suggests oil is formed naturally in the mantle of the earth by chemical reactions. The abiotic theory would suggest more deep-earth discoveries of oil should be forthcoming, especially with new technology to find and recover cost-effectively offshore oil.

(For more information on this theory, please googled Abiotic Oil theory and Peak Oil theory)

Scientists have recently reported abiotic liquid hydrocarbons exuding from the mantle of the earth in fissures such as the Lost City Hydrothermal Field on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The abrupt increase in oil prices now is artificial and many analyst said that it is being created by oil companies and speculators to make a fast gain, and acting for their own selfish interest. Oil producing countries will be making a killing, and that includes Malaysia.

If the Abiotic Oil theory is proven true, then we can be assured that our oil reserves will be there in perpetuity. It is sad that while our country is benefiting from this saga, the rakyat is facing hardship and misery due to the incompetency of those at the helm in dealing with this short term oil crisis.

"Negara Kaya, Rakyat Miskin".

20 June 2008

Johore Sultan to reclaim Batu Putih?

This news from M. Soorian's Evenue of Expression.

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor said he would never forget that Pedra Branca was part of Johor and would do whatever it takes to reclaim the rock. Sultan Iskandar had used a significant platform to express his views on the Pedra Branca's sovereignty when he said this in his opening speech for the first term of the 12th State Assembly at the Bukit Timbalan here yesterday."I would like to remind all that I have not forgotten Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca). It was not Singapore's but Johor's. Forever, I shall look for ways to return it to Johor."He earlier read a prepared speech calling the elected state assemblymen to fulfil their responsibilities with honesty, sincerity and full understanding of the people's needs.At the end of the 10-minute speech officiating at the opening of the assembly, Sultan Iskandar continued with the impromptu remark, firmly expressing his feelings on Pedra Branca.Meanwhile, Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, in response to the sultan's speech, said the state government was clear on the sultan's expression."We heard him loud and clear," he said but declined to elaborate................

Well, as a true blue Johorean, I can understand how the Johore Sultan feels about it. The ICJ has made their ruling, so there is no way to appeal or change the decision, even if we discover that long lost letter.

As i see it, Batu Putih can be reverted to Malaysia IF Singapore WILLINGLY hand it over to Johore. But will there be any chance they will do it? There are a few possibilities........

Johore Sultan still has many valuable parcels of land in Singapore. The land is worth millions or even billions of Sing Dollars and the Singapore government can't do much about it. It is now left iddling without any development.

If the Sultan of Johore is so sentimental about Batu Putih, he can offer an exchange, i.e his parcels of land in Singapore with Batu Putih. That will surely set BG Lee thinking long and hard.

Singaporean being Kiasu, will surely make a decision in their favour (not win-win, but i win-you lose), and I am sure they will choose to take the land. What is the use of a piece of rock in the middle of nowhere? Anyway, they can lease Pedra Branca from Johore if the deal goes through.

Another idea, is to send Johore Millitary Force (JMF) to invade Batu Putih, same as how the Americans invaded Iraq. With some old rifles and 200 Horse Power Attack Sampan, JMF can invade and hold Batu Putih for a few minutes. But then, I am sure SAF will vaporised them in no time. This idea is of course far fetched.

I am sure my first idea will work, if we are so sentimental about getting back Batu Putih.

Public Transport

During the last petrol increase, Pak Lah says that RM 5 billion would be allocated to upgrade our public transportation system, especially in KL. Now, with another 40 percent petrol increase, more promises were made to uplift our poor public transport.

Of course, with our hot and humid weather, not many people would be rushing to change their travelling habits. In London, travelling by bus, trains and the tube is the preferred choice as they are more convenient, fast, on time and hassle free. In Singapore too, the public transport is first class.

With petrol now costing RM 2.70 per litre, we are feeling the pinch. Last month, with RM 50 you can still top up your Wira's tank, but now you need to pay RM 80. With everything up in tandem, using the public transport is the next best choice for most people.

I would suggest our Ministers including the Prime Minister try for themselves a taste of our public transport, especially the buses. Why not, once a week, our Ministers with their inflated entourage and bodyguards, travel from their homes to their offices, or even to Parliament and get the feel of it. It might be an exhilarating experience. Heck, you might even enjoy it too !

No point of asking us rakyat to change our lifestyle if you yourselves does not feel the hardship we are facing everyday, especially in using our transport system.

Please contemplate while sitting in your comfortable chair, that you are there because we voted you in. We might change our mind in another 4 years time.

19 June 2008

No Confidence motion

SAPP's decision to move a no confidence motion against Pak Lah's government in Parliament this Monday is a watershed in the country's 50 year old history. Of course the motion from two SAPP's parliamentarian will carry no weight, but their bravery to confront the once mighty BN is applaudable.

While three major BN coalition partners - MCA, MIC and Gerakan - had immediately thrown their support for the embattled Pak Lah, tongues are wagging whether any BN's MP will support the motion. It is also interesting to see whether Ibrahim Ali Al Kataki will join the bandwagon?

A push from within ruling coalition Barisan Nasional for an unprecedented
no-confidence vote against the premier shows the leadership has lost all credibility, says Ku Li.

"In its management of the economy this leadership has lacked vision and shown a disturbing inability to plan and execute," he said, criticising a recent fuel price hike that has triggered public protests.

Razaleigh said that instead of listening, the leadership was silencing calls for reform and suppressing democratic processes within the ruling party.

"If our leaders refuse to face reality, I fear the worst for the party and this government," said the political veteran, a member of Malaysia's royalty who has again offered himself as an alternative leader.

This move is seen by analyst as the first step taken by DSAI to unseat Pak Lah and take over power by 16 Setember 2008. There will be more interesting moves on the way to rattle the present government.

It was a big mistake by Pak Lah and Shahril to increase the petrol price, and make themselves very unpopular, while they are still standing on shaky grounds.
Let us watch and see the interesting spectacle that is going to unfold in the coming months. The race is on for the next Prime Minister of Malaysia.

16 June 2008

Ecm Libra wins again!

As you all know, Ecm Libra Financial Group Bhd. has a big stake in Pos Malaysia Berhad. Dato’ Seri Kalimullah is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ECM Libra.

Recently, PMB was given the job of giving out the cash rebates to replace of fuel subsidy. It is quite odd on why JPJ was not given this role but instead it was given to a postal service company.

Let us calculate what Ecm Libra makes from this cash rebates:

For every transaction, Pos Malaysia Bhd. (PMB) will get RM6.25 for cars and RM1.50 for motorcycles in the form of transaction fees.

There is about 11 million cars and 8 million motorcycles in this country at the moment. Let’s do the math :

RM6.25 x 11 millions = RM68.8 million (for cars)

RM1.50 x 8 millions = RM12 million (for motorcycles)

A cool RM 80.8 million EVERY YEAR.

Let us all buy PMB shares.

They are making a killing from the rakyat's misery.

13 June 2008

Pak Lah says "No more hikes in fuel prices this year".

He says he is not getting married, the next day he got married.

He says he'll not dissolve Parliament, the next day Parliament is dissolve.

He says no price increase before PRU 12, three months later petrol is Rm 2.70

He even say no price increase last week, now diesel is Rm1 more.

He flip, saying no fuel subsidy for Singaporean and foreigners, two days later he flop.


He says "No more hikes in fuel prices this year". :#

If you believe that, then Elvis is alive ! :d

Pak Lah - Change your lifestyle

Pak lah dan kuncu-kuncunya minta rakyat ubah cara hidup - change your lifestyle, jadi saya terfikir macamana agaknya rakyat marhaen nak ikut nasihat pemimpin yang kita sayangi itu. Dengan keadaan SEMUA barang akan naik harga, dan dengan gaji kita yang masih ditakuk lama, terpaksalah juga kita ubah cara dan gaya hidup kita:
  1. Kalau dulu makan ikan kembong, sekarang kena makan ikan kering.
  2. Kalau dulu pakai wira, sekarang tukar kapchai.
  3. Tanam sayor hydrophonic dalam bilik tidur, sebab rumah flat.
  4. Buat sendiri minyak masak daripada kelapa kotai dikampung.
  5. Ajar anak berjalan kaki kesekolah walaupun jauh, macam kita dulu dulu.
  6. Rajinkan berpuasa untuk kurangkan belanja makan tengahari.
  7. Guna jalan JKR, elak hiway bertol.
  8. Tidor awal jimat tenaga elektrik.
  9. Naik bas bila balik kampong.
  10. Kalau merokok, hisap rokok daun tanpa tembakau.
  11. Campur nasi dengan ubi kayu.
  12. Pungut pucuk paku, kangkong, sayoran menjalar tepi longkang dan parit.
  13. Sokong/tukar parti/kerajaan yang menjanjikan penurunan harga petrol.

Life in Dubai

Please pardon the "swear" vocabulary.... :D

Do read till the end -- You'll be smiling !

This following extract is taken from an American who moved to Dubai earlier this year...

April 30th:
Just got transferred to work and live in beautiful Dubai, UAE! WOW!!! Now this is a city that knows how to live!!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. It's like New York City minus all the crocks, murderers, and drunks. What a place! I watched the sunset from a deck chair on my beautiful bedroom verandah. It was beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it here.

May 13th:
Really heating up. Got to 95 degrees today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car, and everything is fully air-conditioned. What a pleasure to see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshipper.

May 30th:
Had the backyard landscaped with tropical plants today around our lovely pool. Lots of palms and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here. Heat is no problem at all.

June 10th:
The temperature hasn't been below 95 all week even during the night. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least today it's kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th:
Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 90% of my body. Missed 5 days of work. What a dumb thing to do in this lovely city. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

July 20th:
Kitty (our cat) sneaked into the car when I left for the office. By the time I got to the hot car for my lunch break, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $60,000 Audi. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like Wiskettes and cat shit. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.

July 25th:
The wind sucks. It feels like a giant f...... hair dryer in here!!! And it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner died. The f...... AC repairman charged 500 Dirhams just to drive over and tell me it was broken in f...... Hindu English or some language that I couldn't understand.

July 30th:
Air conditioner still broken. Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now because it is 7000 f...... degrees inside. Bloody 2,000,000 Dirhams house and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here? F... the sun. F... the wind. F... the freakin' ocean. And f...... locals walk around dressed in white tablecloths followed by little black female ninjas. F...... crazy town.

August 4th:
It's 114 f...... degrees today. Finally got the ol' air-conditioner fixed. It cost 2,000 f...... Dirhams and got the temperature down to 25, but the f...... humidity makes the house feel 30 f...... Dubai degrees. Stupid terrorist repairman. I hate this stupid f...... place.

August 8th:
If another local wiseass cracks, 'Hot enough for you today?' I'm going to f...... whack him all the way back to his goddamn desert. F...... Dubai; by the time I get to work with all that f...... traffic and heat, the car's radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like a baked cat!!!

August 9th:
Tried to run some errands today because it is f...... Friday. Wore shorts and sat on the black leather seats in my Audi. The seat was so f...... hot I thought my ass was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and my f...... ass. Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and a baked cat.

August 10th:
The weather report might as well be a f...... recording. Hot, humid and f...... sunny. Hot, humid and f...... sunny. Hot, humid and f...... sunny. It's been too hot to do anything for 2 damn months and the weatherman dude wearing the f...... white tablecloth on TV says it might really warm up next week. Does it ever rain in this damn f...... place? What is next, a f...... hell freezing over wave?

August 14th:
WELCOME TO HELL!!! Temperature got to 120 today. Now the air-conditioner's gone in my f...... Audi. The f...... Audi serviceman said, 'Hot enough for you today?' F... him and f... Audi. My wife had to spend the 7,000 Dirham to bail my ass out of jail for assaulting that stupid f... Paki b...... wiseass. F... Dubai! What kind of a sick demented f...... idiot would want to live in this shit hole?

August 15th: (Independence Day ?)
F... this place.....I am off back to New York.....

12 June 2008

Hasil minyak: Negara bertambah kaya, kenapa rakyat makin terbeban

Kenaikan harga minyak pasaran dunia menjadikan Malaysia sebagai antara negara pengeluar petroleum mendatangkan pendapatan lumayan dan menjadikan negara kaya sebaliknya kenapa dibebankan kenaikan harga minyak kepada rakyat, kata Ketua Umum KeADILan, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Sebab apa kita nak naik. Naik sepuluh dolar satu tong pendapatan negara meningkat 10 bilion ringgit bukan kita lagi miskin kita lagi kaya.

"Kita jual lebih banyak naik harga pendapatan bertambah. Kita jual barang keluaran negara kita kita jual durian contohnya. Bukan setakat kita eksport durian harga jadi 100 peratus dahulu RM5 sebiji naik RM10 sebiji pendapatan kita bertambah.

"Sudah pendapatan bertambah bagi negara bukan rakyat yang jual negara yang jual pendapatan dia meningkat sebaliknya rakyat kena beban. Ini dia pemikiran politik pemimpin Umno sekarang.

"Sebab itu lagi cepat kita turunkan Umno lagi selamatkan rakyat dalam negara kita,jelasnya ketika berceramah di Taman Keramat Au2 di sini, baru-baru ini. Hadir sama Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim; Ahli Parlimen Gombak, Azmin Ali; Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Hulu Klang, Dr Shaari Sungip.

Anwar menyifatkan kenaikan harga minyak Malaysia merupakan satu kejutan besar kerana tidak ada negara yang berani menaikkan harga minyak sehingga 78 peratus, malah Malaysia adalah negara pengeluar minyak.

"Kita bukan Indonesia, Singapura atau India. Kita negara pengeluar minyak. Saya baru balik dari Filipina melawat Aquino sakit kerana barah. Semua kawan kita pun terkejut kenapa Malaysia terikut dalam masalah harga minyak kerana dia negara pengeluar minyak," kata Anwar.

Tambah Anwar, "Bila kita tanya..dia kata...ooo.. ini tidak boleh sebab ini sahaja harapan nak bela nasib orang Melayu. Saya nak tanya pemimpin Melayu apakah selamat kita dibawah pemimpin Umno sekarang."

Kata beliau, sebagai langkah mengangkat martabat orang Melayu sebagaimana yang dituduh oleh Umno kepada KeADILan sebagai pengkhianat bangsa Melayu, sebaliknya Unmo menurunkan harga minyak.

"Hanya dengan ini dapat mengangkat martabat Melayu, jika tidak Melayu pun ranap dan begitu juga bangsa lain Cina dan India.

"Angkat orang Melayu naik harga minyak. Orang Melayu ranap, Cina ranap, India ranap. Kontrak bagi anak-anak kamu. Saham bagi menantu kamu. Pemimpin Umno melimpah kekayaan dedahkan semua kedudukan harta kamu anak kamu akaun bank dalam dan luar Negara. Ikhlas kamu bersih kami pertahankan kamu.

"Kita tidak musuh kekayaan mereka. Kita jawab ini kerana mereka tuduh kami khiant orang Melayu. Jangan tertipu maianan politik mereka," ujarnya.

Beliau juga mempersoalkan sikap rakyat yang memilih secara aman sehingga kenaikan harga minyak tertinggi di dunia dan harga minyak tertinggi berbanding negara pengeluar minyak yang lain.

"India kalu naik 10 atau 12 peratus, mereka sudah bergolak satu India. Kita sekaligus naik 70 peratus pemimpin yang tidak berperikemanusiaan.

"Kalau pemimpin kaya pekerti dia tahu bagaimana rakyat hidup buruh kasar pendapatan RM800 ke RM1200 sebulan, guru sekolah rendah bayangkan pendapatan RM1200 dengan anak enam dan dengan kadar minyak seperti ini memang bebankan nasib rakyat kita.

"Saya tidak anggap ini isu politik semata-mata. Tidak ada makna kita menjadi pemimpin kalau tidak prihatin nasib rakyat.

"Saudara boleh sabar jimat belanja. Jangan beli dan makan apa-apa yang kamu (pemimpin) makan kedarah yang sedap,"tambahnya lagi.

Vicks Vapor Rub

NEW USE FOR VICKS. A must read for parents.

It works 100 percent of the time, although the scientists at the Canada Research council (who discovered it) aren't sure why.

To stop night time coughing in a child (or an adult, as we found out personally), put Vicks Vapor Rub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime and then cover with socks. Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about five minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief.

This works 100 percent of the time, and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly. The head of the Canada Research Council describe these findings on the part of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children, as compared to alternative therapies like acupressure.

It was a surprising finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, and in addition to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.

A friend tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago, and it worked 100 percent! She said it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her. The coughing stopped in a few minutes, and believe me this was a deep (incredibly annoying!) every few seconds, uncontrollable cough and she slept cough-free for hours every night she used it. If you have children or grandchildren, pass it on. If you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be absolutely amazed by the effect.

I am not their agent, ok. :O

Keyataan media YB Hj Mahfuz Omar

Harga Minyak Dan Kerajaan Bn Tahi Minyak
Tarikh : Tuesday, June 10 @ 18:30:45 MYT
Topik : Kenyataan Media

Oleh YB Hj Mahfuz Omar

 KENAIKAN harga bahan api secara mendadak yang diumumkan oleh kerajaan minggu lepas bukan sekadar menggemparkan rakyat, tetapi menimbul persoalan di benak rakyat apakah wajar kenaikan ini berlaku. Semua rakyat tahu tentang kenaikan harga minyak dunia yang sudah melebihi USD130 setong. Tetapi rakyat bertanya bukankah Malaysia adalah pengeluar dan pengeksport minyak yang telah mengaut untung besar kesan kenaikan ini. Sebelum ini pun Menteri Kewangan II pernah menyebutkan tentang rahmat kenaikan harga minyak yang boleh menambahkan pendapatan negara berkali-kali ganda.

Yang anehnya, para menteri dan media massa lebih betah memperkatakan kesan-kesan kenaikan subsidi kepada pembangunan negara ekoran kenaikan harga minyak. Menteri Pengajian Tinggi misalnya menggambarkan kepada rakyat bahawa RM800 juta terpaksa dikurangkan daripada peruntukan untuk kementerian tersebut kerana membiayai subsidi. Benar atau tidak itu soal kedua. Yang penting rakyat harus diberitahu bahawa Negara kita mendapat keuntungan berganda daripada kenaikan harga minyak ini. Adakah wajar kita menggambarkan kenaikan ini sebagai satu musibah semata-mata kerana terpaksa menaikkan harga minyak, sedangkan ia patut dilihat sebagai rahmat kerana kita pengeksport minyak yang layak menjual dengan harga lebih murah kesan keuntungan berganda ini.

Apabila kerajaan mendakwa penstrukturan semula harga minyak tidak memberikan keuntungan kepada kerajaan, ia adalah satu pembohongan pada siang hari. Rakyat ditipu hidup-hidup. Kerajaan telah mengaut untung yang besar sebagai pengeksport kerana kenaikan harga ini, sedangkan perbelanjaan telah susut dengan pengurang subsidi besar-besaran. Sudah tentu berlaku lebihan pendapatan kerana minyak yang dikeluarkan oleh Malaysia ialah 600,000 tong sehari, manakala penggunaan hanya sekitar 400,000 tong sahaja. Di sini pun sudah ada keuntungan atau lebihan yang dicatat, belum mengambil kira pengurangan subsidi dan perbezaan harga import eksport ekoran perbezaan kualiti minyak. Rakyat harus memahami bahawa minyak yang digunakan di dalam Negara adalah merupakan minyak yang diimpot dari luar Negara yang mana kualitinya rendah dan harganya lebih murah iaitu USD 135 setong berbanding dengan harga minyak yang dikeluarkan oleh Negara kita iaitu USD 145 setong.

Hakikat ini telah diakui sendiri oleh Gabenor Bank Negara, Tan Sri Dr Zetti Akhtar Aziz yang memberitahu bahawa pendapatan Negara akan meningkat antara RM100 juta hingga RM200 juta setahun hasil kenaikan harga minyak sebanyak USD1. Ia turut diakui oleh Menteri Kewangan, Tan Sri Nor Mohd Yaakub. Beliau menegaskan bahawa rakyat tidak perlu bimbang kerana ekonomi negara akan semakin kukuh dan kenaikan ini menjadi rahmat kepada negara kita. Jika kita mengandaikan Negara kita memperolehi tambahan pendapatan RM200 juta di atas kenaikan USD1, maka kenaikan USD60 semenjak kenaikan terakhir harga minyak pada 2006, bermakna kita mendapat tambahan pendapatan sebanyak RM12 bilion. Sedangkan apa yang berlaku dalam pengstrukturan semula subsidi harga minyak baru-baru ini, kerajaan mendakwa berjaya menjimatkan hampir RM 14 bilion. Ini bermakna kerajaan mempunyai lebihan pendapatan sebanyak RM 26 bilion. Ini membuktikan bahawa Dato' Shahril Abd Samad berbohong kepada rakyat mengenai kerajaan tidak mendapat keuntungan daripada pengstrukturan semula harga minyak.

Kita tidak boleh menerima alasan bahawa dengan mengurangkan subsidi ini kita telah menjimatkan sekitar RM14 bilion, sedangkan penjimatan sebanyak RM4.5 bilion sebelum ini langsung tidak memberi manfaat kepada rakyat. Tidak ada peningkatan dalam perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam, tetapi yang ada adalah peningkatan kos pengangkutan. Maka, penjimatan kali akan diagihkan kepada sektor mana pula? Apakah benar-benar berbaloi untuk rakyat menambahkan perbelanjaan sehingga 40 peratus untuk petrol sahaja, sedangkan kualiti perkhidmatan tidak bertambah.

Kerajaan sebenarnya harus keluar daripada kejumudan pentadbiran mereka bagi mencari satu pendekatan yang boleh menambahkan pendapatan Negara, jika itu menjadi alasan untuk menghapuskan subsidi. Lihatlah apa yang dibuat oleh Iran dan Venezuela yang mengalih transaksi minyak mereka dari USD kepada Euro. Negara dijangka dapat menambah sehingga 15 peratus pendapatan jika transaksi ini dibuat menggunakan euro kerana mata wang Eropah ini lebih kukuh. Mengapa kita harus terus terikat dengan Dollar sedangkan mata wang itu semakin lemah hari ini. Dahulu pemimpin BN menuduh pemimpin PR di Perak tidak tahu mencari wang sebagai pendapatan kerajaan, hari ini kerajaan BN mengambil kesempatan untuk menindas rakyat, bukannya mencari alternatif pandapatan bagi membela kepentingan rakyat.

Satu lagi pendekatan yang boleh diambil oleh kerajaan ialah dengan mengenakan cukai durian runtuh ke atas syarikat-syarikat berkaitan cari gali petroleum, khususnya syarikat asing. Pendapatan mereka telah meningkat ekoran kenaikan harga minyak, tetapi rakyat sebagai 'tuan punya' minyak semakin menderita. Syarikat asing seperti Shell, Exxon, Ludin, Total dan lain-lain termasuk Petronas patut dikenakan cukai durian runtuh ini apabila harga minyak melepasi satu tahap harga tertentu. Sama ada harga syiling ini ditetapkan mengikut nilai setong atau nilai keluaran, yang penting keuntungan tanpa jangkaan mereka akibat kenaikan harga minyak ini dicukaikan seperti mana cukai durian runtuh dikenakan ke atas minyak sawit dan IPT.

Malaysia sudah mengamalkan dasar percukaian ini ke atas minyak sawit dan ITP, maka mengapa ia tidak boleh dilaksanakan ke atas minyak sebagai timbal balik untuk membiayai kos subsidi. Keuntungan ini jika tidak dicukaikan ia akan memberikan manfaat yang besar kepada syarikat asing, sedangkan rakyat sendiri menderita. Adakah kerajaan tidak tergamak untuk mengenakan cukai tambahan ini kerana adanya Amerika Syarikat dan Zionis di belakang syarikat-syarikat tersebut. Jika kita mengandaikan cukai ini dikenakan sebanyak 10 peratus, bermakna negara akan mendapat sebanyak USD 7.8 bilion berdasar keluaran minyak 600,000 tong sehari pada harga USD13 setong.

Dengan pendapatan sebanyak itu, kerajaan tidak lagi perlu bimbang untuk membiayai subsidi dan pembangunan negara sekali gus. Bahkan, kerajaan boleh menstrukturkan semula pembelanjaan negara dengan mengurangkan defisit. Mengapa kita takut untuk melakukan satu reformasi terhadap kewangan Negara berasaskan sumber kekayaan yang begitu besar. Kekayaan hasil minyak adalah milik rakyat, dan ia harus ditadbir dengan berkesan supaya rakyat memperoleh manfaatnya, bukannya terpaksa hidup dalam ketakutan setiap kali berlaku kenaikan harga minyak. Kita boleh terima jika harga beras terpaksa naik kerana kita mengimport beras. Tetapi kita adalah pengeksport minyak, maka mengapa rakyat terpaksa membayar lebih untuk membeli minyak.

Rakyat telah mendengar empat langkah yang diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri untuk mengurangkan beban kenaikan harga minyak ini. Antaranya ialah penjimatan perbelanjaan sektor awam dengan mengurangkan pembaziran yang hanya bernilai RM 2 bilion sahaja termasuklah mengurangkan elaun keraian Perdana Menteri dan anggota kabinet. Kita berasa pelik apabila langkah penjimatan dibuat selepas harga minyak dinaikkan. Mengapa penjimatan atau menghapuskan pembaziran ini tidak dibuat lebih awal dan segala kebocoran dalam perbelanjaan kerajaan boleh disalurkan untuk mensubsidi rakyat dan harga minyak tidak perlu dinaikkan. RM 2 bilion penjimatan selepas pengumuman kenaikan harga minyak termasuk pemotongan 10% elaun Perdana Menteri dan kabinet sebenarnya tidak memberikan sebarang kesan kepada meringankan beban rakyat. PM dan anggota kabinet hanya kekurangan 10% daripada pendapatan mereka tetapi rakyat terbeban dengan lebih 40% kesan kenaikan harga minyak. Sedangkan perjalanan harian PM dan anggota kabinet ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh wang rakyat. Dan RM 2 bilion penjimatan yang diumumkan jika dibahagikan dengan 27 juta rakyat Malaysia, rakyat hanya akan memperolehi RM 74 setahun atau 20 sen sehari sedangkan pemimpin negara masih boleh bercuti keluar negara walaupun hanya dihadkan di negara-negara asia sahaja termasuklah ke Mongolia, Jepun, Dubai dan sebagainya, sudah tentunya sejumlah wang rakyat akan dibelanjakan untuk tujuan tersebut. Sepatutnya Perdana Menteri mengumumkan beliau dan semua anggota kabinet tidak layak untuk menerima gaji dan elaun kerana mereka tidak bekerja untuk membangunkan negara dan mengeluarkan rakyat daripada bebanan hidup. Kerajaan juga sewajarnya menghapuskan projek-projek membazir dan menghapuskan tender runding reka dan bina kerana ia melibatkan kos yang besar iaitu hampir sekali ganda daripada kos tender terbuka.

Banyak lagi projek-projek membazir dijalankan oleh kerajaan seperti menganjurkan Kejohanan Bola Sepak Belia Asia (CYC) yang menelan kos hingga RM17 juta, tetapi diakui oleh Menteri Belia dan Sukan serta Presiden FAM sebagai tidak bermanfaat untuk Negara dan pembangunan bola sepak. Begitu juga projek seperti Taman Tamadun Islam di Terengganu yang menelan hampir RM1 bilion. Petronas sendiri membazirkan wangnya dengan banyak untuk orkestra di KLCC, termasuk membelanja sehingga RM3.5 juta sebulan untuk membayar gaji 105 orang pemuzik orchestra yang majoritinya rakyat asing. Maka, bagaimana Petronas boleh bersungut tentang peningkatan kos pengurusannya mencecah 200 peratus, sedangkan pembaziran begitu banyak berlaku. Jika dikaji Laporan Ketua Audit Negara, kita akan dapati begitu banyak pembaziran dalam perbelanjaan awam. Sepatutnya pembaziran ini telah lama diatasi.

Kesan kenaikan harga minyak ini memberikan dampak yang besar kepada kuasa beli rakyat. Jika kita mengandaikan setiap rakyat menggunakan 2000 liter petrol setahun dengan pandapatan perkapita sebanyak RM46,080, bermakna rakyat Malaysia yang mengeksport minyak telah menggunakan sejumlah 11.72 peratus pendapatannya hanya untuk membeli petrol sahaja. Berbanding Singapura yang mengimport minyak, berasaskan perkapita setinggi RM156,480, mereka hanya menggunakan 6.65 peratus pendapatan untuk membeli petrol yang berharga RM5 seliter. Di negara pengeluar minyak yang lain seperti Venezuela, rakyat hanya memperuntukan 0.78 peratus daripada pendapatan perkapita untuk membeli petrol.

Adakah kerajaan berfikir bahawa dengan duit rebet sebanyak RM625 setahun itu rakyat telah terbela? Bukankah ianya hanya bernilai tidak sampai RM1.70 sehari. RM1.70 itu tidak bermakna bagi pengguna motosikal apatah lagi pengguna kereta yang telah kehilangan kuasa beli berkali ganda, tidak termasuk kos kenaikan barangan dan perkhidmatan lain. Lagipun pembayaran ini hanya sehingga Mac 2009. Yang kita nampak ialah pembayaran rebet ini akan menguntungkan Pos Malaysia sebagai syarikat pembayar kerana mereka boleh meniagakan wang tersebut sebelum pembayaran dibuat. Mengapa Pos Malaysia? Adakah kerana ECM Libra mempunyai kepentingan di dalamnya?

Apapun beban yang rakyat tanggung, sepatutnya seluruh rakyat patut berterima kasih kepada sesiapa yang baru menyertai atau menyokong Umno/BN kerana sokongan mereka ini telah menyumbang kepada keyakinan Umno/BN untuk menaikkan harga minyak. Mungkin jika mereka tidak menyokong Umno ketika bekas presidennya pun menarik diri dari Umno, mungkin Umno terpaksa berfikir dua kali untuk menaikkan harga minyak ini. Biarlah ia menjadi pengajaran kepada orang yang menyertai Umno/BN atau bekerjasama dengan Umno/BN atau berhasrat untuk menyertai kerajaan BN bagi menindas rakyat melalui kenaikan harga minyak ini.

YB Tuan Hj Mahfuz Omar
Ketua Penerangan PAS Pusat
Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena

Hujah pemimpin negara yang membodohkan rakyat

1.Harga minyak terpaksa dinaikkan ekoran harga minyak di peringkat antarabangsa melambung tinggi.

Kenapa pula Malaysia perlu sakit. Sedangkan Malaysia negara pengeluar minyak bukan pengimport minyak.

Kalau harga minyak dunia naik maka negara kita akan bertambah kaya. Analogi yang lain, kalau kita ada dusun durian, tentu kita dan keluarga gembira kerana harga buah durian mahal.

Anak kita boleh makan dengan puas dan kita pula boleh dapat wang banyak. Tetapi pemimpin BN-Umno pula pelik apabila harga minyak dunia naik, rakyat pula menderita terutama mereka yang berpendapatan rendah.

2.Harga minyak kita lebih murah jika hendak dibanding dengan negara Asean yang lain.

Jangan banding dengan Thailand, Indonesia. Perlu banding dengan Brunei kerana harga minyak di negaranya RM1.20 seliter.

Buah Oren dengan epal tidak boleh buat perbandingan. Perlu dingat juga, walaupun Indonesia, Thailand minyaknya mahal, tetapi barang keperluan harian dan pakaian serta barang yang sudah siap murah seperti makanan, pakaian, alat perabot semuanya murah.

Di negara kita semuanya mahal daripada minyak sampai kepada keperluan yang lain. Yang murah hanya maruah pemimpin Umno-BN sahaja.

3. Minyak di Singapura lebih mahal daripada Malaysia.

Singapura bukan negara pengeluar minyak.

Tambahan pula pendapatan rakyatnya tinggi, contohnya pencuci lantai gaji hampir RM2000 ringgit di Malaysia, hanya RM600. Begitu juga pengangkutan awam antara yang terbaik di dunia, di Negara Malaysia Hadhari paling teruk.

Di negaranya tol hanya dikenakan waktu tertentu sahaja, sedangkan di Malaysia siang malam, 'non stop'.

4. Wang subsidi petrol RM56 bilion akan digunakan untuk pembangunan.

Kita hendak tanya ke mana wang subsidi ini akan pergi.

Adakah hendak belanja untuk Monsoon Cup yang menghabiskan wang rakyat RM 250 juta, Formula 1 yang berapa kerat rakyat yang mampu hendak menonton. Sedangkan belanja untuk Formula 1, tahun 2004-RM98.4 juta, tahun 2005-RM110.7j, 2006-RM121.8j, 2007-130.5j.

Belanja konduktor Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra sebanyak RM3.5 juta sebulan yang diambil daripada wang Petronas. Apakah ini yang dimaksudkan untuk pembangunan.

Ketika minyak naik 30 sen kerajaan mengumumkan RM4 bilion subsidi akan digunakan untuk memperbaiki pengangkutan awam. Kita tidak nampak pengangkutan awam bertambah baik malahan makin teruk.

5. Ucapan lidah bercabang pemimpin negara,

Kesian rakyat kerana minyak naik. Ucapan hanya hendak menyejuk hati rakyat.

Kalau mereka kesian kepada rakyat mereka mesti memikirkan masalah rakyat. Pak Menteri tidak kisah elaun dan gaji hampir RM56 ribu sebulan. Minyak naik RM5 seliter pun mereka tidak kisah.

6. Pemimpin Umno-BN berkempen supaya beli barang murah.

Kita hendak tanya kedai mana ada jual barang murah. Kalau ada barang keperluan yang murah boleh dibeli di pejabat Umno baguslah.

7. Hendak ambil tindakan kepada peniaga yang jual barang mahal.

Pemimpin Umno/BN kata jual dengan harga lama masih untung. Mana ada peniaga hendak jual barang murah kalau modal sudah mahal.

Kalau minyak naik, semua barang akan naik, kerana barang bukan bawa dengan beca roda tiga.

Persatuan Lori sudah mengumumkan bahawa mereka akan naik tambang kos pengangkutan 35 peratus. Kerana lori 10 tan dulu hanya perlu untuk minyak RM3000 sebulan sudah mencecah naik kepada RM5000.

8. Kenyataan pemimpin Umno yang hendak membodohkan rakyat supaya jangan marah apabila minyak naik.

"Kita bimbang sekiranya minyak murah rakyat tak cermat dan minyak akan kurang, "kata Perdana Menteri.

"Belanja secara berhemah, "kata Datin Rosmah Mansur.

"Ubah gaya hidup...membazir Islam marah, "kata Dato' Seri Najib.

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kasim sewaktu minyak naik 30 sen dulu dia suruh pegawai kerajaan naik basikal.

Saya hendak cadangkan supaya pemimpin Umno-BN ambil cermin suluh muka baru boleh nasihat rakyat.

Inilah rupa pemimpin yang memerintah negara kita hari ini. Ya Allah selamatkanlah negara ku ini.

Thai people love Pak Lah

This report from NST.

"The Thais love Pak Lah. "Although Malaysia has reduced the subsidy, fuel is still cheaper in the country than it is in Thailand.

Suriani Sulaiman, a trader, said she was glad that the Malaysian government had lifted the ban.

"This shows that the Malaysian government, especially the prime minister, is concerned about us Thai people".

"We have no other need from the government except to allow us to buy fuel here," said the 38-year-old woman from Waeng."

Pengirim SMS 'debat harga minyak RTM1' maki kerajaan

Jun 11, 08
Rata-rata pengirim sistem pesanan ringkas (SMS) dalam rancangan debat 'Penstrukturan Subsidi Minyak' di RTM1 malam tadi mengirim SMS memaki hamun kepada kerajaan.

Debat yang dianjur RTM1 jam 9.00 malam tadi menampilkan Ketua Pemuda PAS, Salahuddin Ayub; Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP), Dato' Shahrir Samad selain dua wakil media, Hanafiah Man dan Syed Munawar.

Antara isu yang diperkatakan melalui SMS tersebut ialah bagaimana kerajaan dilihat tergesa-gesa dalam menaikkan harga minyak yang sekaligus akan mengakibatkan kenaikan harga barangan keperluan.

Ada juga pengirim SMS yang menyatakan bahawa tindakan kerajaan ini hanya akan mengakibatkan rakyat terus berada dalam kemiskinan.

Selain itu ramai pengirim SMS yang menyatakan menteri-menteri hanya pandai bercakap mengenai rasional kenaikan harga minyak dengan pelbagai alasan.

Namun pengirim SMS juga berpandangan keperitan akibat kesan kenaikan harga minyak tidak dirasai para menteri kerana gaji, elaun dan 'claim' minyak yang dinikmati menteri tidak memungkinkan mereka menghadapi kemelut kenaikan harga minyak.

Ramai juga pengirim SMS dari Sarawak yang mempertikai tindakan kerajaan menaikkan harga minyak yang menyebabkan harga barangan di Sarawak kini melambung tinggi.

Ada juga pengirim SMS yang mendedahkan beberapa fakta mengenai perbandingan harga minyak antara negara pengeluar minyak di dunia dengan Malaysia yang mana Malaysia menawarkan harga minyak jauh lebih mahal.

Antara yang disebutkan ialah harga minyak di Venezuela (16 sen) dan Turkmenistan (25 sen) yang mana antara negara pengeluar minyak yang menawarkan harga rendah sedangkan nilai simpanan negara tersebut kurang berbanding Malaysia.

Namun dalam rancak pengirim SMS mengecam tindakan kerajaan menaikkan harga minyak, beberapa pengirim SMS juga menghantar kiriman ayat menyokong langkah kerajaan.

Antaranya pengirim mencadangkan agar rakyat Malaysia menggunakan basikal untuk bergerak, namun sebaik sahaja SMS tersebut terpapar dalam skrin televisyen rakan penulis yang turut serta bersama penulis menonton debat tersebut menyatakan rasa meluatnya dengan mesej tersebut.

Beliau berkata, rasionalkah jika seseorang yang kini menaiki kereta ke tempat kerja yang jaraknya lebih 50 kilometer menaiki basikal.

Kata rakan penulis, ini bukannya cadangan bernas menyelesaikan masalah rakyat, tetapi ianya mahu menjadikan rakyat Malaysia 'lembu' yang terus-menerus akan diperbodohkan kerajaan dengan alasan mengarut.

Subsidy simple calculations

Malaysian PerCapita Income USD 5000
Singaporean PerCapita Income USD 25000

A comparison of prices in Thailand , Singapore and Indonesia .

For Thailand it petrol is quoted at RM3.90/liter, however are they aware that in Thailand new cars are cheaper than Malaysia by RM10,000? They pay only one life time for their driving license? No renewal fee after that? Also that goes for road tax as well? And you can drive all the way from Hadtyai to Bangkok on a six lane highway without paying any tolls ??!!

Whereas here in Malaysia you have to pay yearly renewal for road tax, driving license and TOLLS, TOLLS, TOLLS!!!

Now, let us compare the price with OIL PRODUCING countries:

UAE - RM1.19/litre
Eygpt - RM1.03/litre
Bahrain - RM0.87/litre
Qatar - RM0.68/litre
Kuwait - RM0.67/litre
Saudi Arabia - RM0.38/litre
Iran - RM0.35/litre
Nigeria - RM0.32/litre
Turkmenistan - RM0.25/litre
Venezuela - RM0.16/litre
MALAYSIA - RM2.70/litre

RM 2.70!!! Individual perspective:

As of last month a Toyota Vios would 'cause a damage' of about RM 89,000.

In the international market, a Toyota Vios is about USD 19,000

USD 19,000 = RM 62,700 (using the indicative rates of USD 1 = RM 3.30)

That makes Malaysian Vios owners pay an extra RM 26,300.

This RM 26,300 should be cost of operations, profit and tax because the transportation costs have been factored in to the USD 19,000.

RM 26,300/ RM625 petrol rebate per year translates to a Vios being used for 42.08 years.

I do understand that the RM 625 is a rebate given by the government, but it also means that one has to use the Vios for 42.08 years just to make back the amount paid in taxes for the usage of a foreign car. Would anyone use any kind of car for that long?

Now with these numbers in front of us, does the subsidy sound like a subsidy or does it sound like a penalty? This just seems to be a heavy increment in our daily cost of living as we are not only charged with high car taxes but also with a drastic increase in fuel price

1 barrel = 159 liters x RM2.70/liter = RM 429 or USD 134

On one hand, we are paying the full cost of 1 barrel of crude oil with RM2.70 per liter but on the other hand the crude oil only produces 46%of fuel.

Msia sells crude oil per barrel at USD130 buys back Fuel per barrel at USD134. And not forgetting, every barrel of fuel is produced with 2 barrels of crude oil.

1 barrel crude oil = produce 46% fuel (or half of crude oil), therefore

2 barrel crude oil = approximately 1 barrel fuel

In other words, each time we sell 2 barrels of crude oil, equivalently we will buy back 1 barrel of fuel.


Malaysia sell 2 barrel crude oil @ USD 130/barrel = USD 260 = RM 858

then, Malaysia will buy back fuel @ USD 134/barrel = RM 442/barrel

Thus, Malaysia earn net extra USD 126 = RM 416 for each 2 barrel of crude sold/exported vs imported 1 barrel of fuel !!!

(USD 260-134 = USD 126 = RM416)

So where this extra USD 126/barrel income is channeled to by Malaysian Govt???????? ?

Another analysis:

1 barrel crude oil = 159 liters.

46-47% of a barrel of crude oil = fuel that we use in our vehicles.

46% of 159 = 73.14 liters.

@ RM 2.70/liter x 73.14 liter = RM197.48 of fuel per barrel of crude oil. This is only 46% of the barrel, mind you. Using RM 3.30 = USD 1,we get that a barrel of crude oil produces USD 59.84 worth of petrol fuel (46% of 1barrel).

USD 59.84 of USD 130/barrel turns out to be 46% of a barrel as well.

Another 54% = bitumen, kerosene, and natural gases and so many more. And this makes a balance of USD 70.16 that has not been accounted for.

So this is where I got curious. Where is the subsidy if we are paying 46% of the price of a barrel of crude oil when the production ofpetrol/barrel of crude oil is still only 46%?

In actual fact, we still pay for this as they are charged in the forms of fuel surcharge by airlines and road taxes for the building of road(because they use the tar/bitumen) and many more excuse charging us but let us just leave all that out of our calculations.

As far as I know, only the politicians who live in Putrajaya and come for their Parliament meetings in Kuala Lumpur (approximately 60+ km)are the ones to gain as they claim their fuel and toll charges from the money of the RAKYAT's TAX.

It is so disappointing to see this happen time and time again to the Malaysian public, where they are deceived by the propaganda held by the politicians and the controls they have over the press.

Which stupid idiot economist equates rebates for rich or poor with the cc of the vehicles? An average office clerk may own a second hand 1300cc proton Iswara costing $7,000 (rebate = $625) while the Datuk's children can own a fleet of 10 new cars of BMW, Audi and Volvo all less than 2000cc costing $2 millions and get a total rebate of $625 x 10 = $6,250! Wow what kind of economists we are keeping in Malaysia.

Misleading concept of Subsidy:

The word "subsidy" has been brandished by the BN government as if it has so generously helped the rakyat and in doing so incurred losses.
This simple example will help to explain the fallacy:

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?

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.

The BN government claims that it is a subsidy because the oil is kept and treated as somebody else's property (you know who). By right, theoil belongs to all citizens of the country and the government is a trustee for the citizens. So as in the above simple example, the BN government cannot claim that it has subsidised the citizen!

08 June 2008

Petrol price cut if PR comes to power this 16 September ?

Anwar said that at least 30 parliamentarians are willing to crossover to the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance, and that if the opposition gained power, the fuel price would immediately be cut.

anwar ibrahim pc 180208 05"According to our timetable it is still on. Now it is more attractive after the price hike," Anwar said at a press conference after a meeting with members of PKR supreme council.

"In the light of the political and economical uncertainties led by the government, we have seen clearly more interest and support for Pakatan Rakyat and this applies even to members of parliament," he said.

"There is absolutely no reason... for them to remain and support the leadership that has failed the nation."

Anwar said Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's decision last week to hike the price of fuel by 41 percent and restructure the country's oil subsidy system was an "ill-conceived" plan.

He said that as Malaysia was a net oil exporter, the current high price of crude oil on world markets would earn the country a fortune in additional revenue.

"I stand by my decision that when Pakatan Rakyat forms the new government fuel prices definitely will be cut. I will immediately resign, if I do not keep my word and reduce the price of fuel," said Anwar, a former finance minister.

An economical disaster

Anwar said he could not elaborate on the timetable for the government lawmakers to crossover, for fear of harassment and intimidation.

"We have to do it very cautiously, mindful of the fact that the system is quite repressive in this country," he said.

Abdullah's Barisan Nasional coalition was punished by voters in March general election for failing to rein in the cost of food and fuel, losing a third of parliamentary seats and five states to the opposition.

The opposition only needs 30 lawmakers to gain a simple majority in parliament, and topple the government.

Abdullah's leadership is also in doubt, with persistent calls for him to quit to take responsibility for the election debacle.

"Politically the message was clear on March 8. Economically it is now a disaster. That is why there are calls for them to resign," Anwar said.