What’s Happening to Malaysia?

God, please help this country.

I feel like I’m trapped on a plane that has lost all control. Most terrifying of all, this plane seems to be plunging toward the ground.

And yet people are fighting among themselves for the controls.

The captain is still trying to fly the plane and only letting the co-pilot take over when the plane is 2 minutes from crashing.

There is a passenger on board who used to be a fighter pilot, but the crew is trying to throw him out of the plane, and throwing all sorts of allegations against him.

Should I blame myself? After all, if I want a better country I should first start to make sure I better myself first right?

We are scheduled to celebrate Merdeka Day (Independence Day) in two days, but I don’t see anyone celebrating.

Last year, we did not have any mood to celebrate at all. This year it’s even worse. Normally by this time you would see cars and bikes flying the national flag.

I won’t be in any mood to celebrate anything this August 31st.

Does this mean I love Malaysia any less? No. This just means that I’m too unhappy and dissatisfied to be in any mood for celebration.

The government has started censoring the Internet and threatened (again) to go after bloggers who publish damaging stories and comments about them.

Please be careful with comments.

Photo: Susan Chaaban

Revised Petrol Pricing Scheme

I don’t know what happened, but Malaysians were suddenly told that petrol prices will now be pegged to the average international oil price. There will be a 30 sen subsidy on whatever the average global market rate is at the end of the month.

The condition is that the price will not go above RM2.70.

I just want to say, this comes a little too late Mr Prime Minister. Why didn’t you think of this before?

The economy has already gone through carnage, and the damage can never be undone.

The prices of food, goods and services have increased drastically. Sadly, there is no such thing as a price decrease.

Photo: Bill Ault

Hopelessness? Despair? Anger? Fear?

These will lead to the dark side.

People who succumb to the dark side are uncontrollable. They follow no laws except their own.

They do everything for self gain, for self gratification. They hold grudges. They rob. They steal. They kill. They destroy. All to achieve their self-serving objectives.

A society of people living in the dark side is a very unpleasant community. No one cares for his neighbour. Everyone is looking to take advantage of each other. The strong and powerful survive at the expense of the weak.

Now, tell me what you feel after this morning’s fuel price increase?

For my overseas readers, here in Malaysia we (used to) enjoy subsidized petrol. The price was fixed at RM1.92 per litre. If my calculations are correct it converts to USD2.27 per gallon. I’m not sure of this, but I assume this subsidy was put in place as a benefit for us citizens of an oil production nation.

This morning, petrol prices were increased by 41% to RM2.70 per litre. If that wasn’t enough, our national power company increased rates by 20%. I expect most businesses to exploit this opportunity to increase their prices by 40% as well.

Making things worse is the dismal public transport infrastructure and a heavy import tax on foreign (read: hybrid, green, fuel efficient) cars that doubles the prices of imported cars.

I think there will be a cash rebate given to car owners to help offset this cost, but it will just be spare change.

What did you feel when you heard the news? What are you feeling now?

Is it not hopelessness? Despair? Anger? Fear?

If you are feeling this way, what about those who are less fortunate compared to you?

What about me, you ask? I’m angry. Very angry.

I apologize for using a Jedi analogy to talk about this. I can’t think of a better way to describe the absurdity of the situation we are facing.

It looks like this week has been a very dour and solemn week here on this blog…

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