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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Petrol Price Increase Again?!

I was only away for two days and so many things have happened… contest for MCA top post, Tengku Mahaleel, Live 8 concert, WMDs shockingly still not found yet…


I just heard about a rumour circulating on Thursday, June 30th about a purported petrol price increase. It turned out to be a false alarm, but according to my friend that didn’t stop hundreds of nutjob motorists from lining up to pump petrol at night, jamming up major roads and highways.


Here’s what my take on the whole petrol increase incident:


The telcos and petrol companies benefit the most – Guess how many SMS and phone calls were made on that day itself? “Pump petrol tonight, tomorrow price increase by 20 sen!!!” As for the petrol companies, of course they stand to benefit immensely. Yeah, especially since it’s the last day of the month, June has been a low sales month (no public holiday, hence not many Malaysians traveling long distance) and suddenly, at night, ka-ching! Ka-ching!


Rushing to pump ain’t gonna help – One full tank at the ‘old’ price ain’t gonna save you much, man. At most, it’s gonna save you four to seven ringgit, depending on your tank size. Compare that to how much you spend a week or a month on that black gold and you’ll see the why it isn’t going to make much of a difference. Anyway, you’ll burn whatever savings you’re making by queuing up like 10 minutes at the station (some more air-con full blast).


Its going up, up, up – That’s the only direction the price of petrol is going to go (which would be the OPPOSITE direction of your housing developer’s share price). Why is that? Long story, it has something to do with rotting dinosaur carcasses from the Triassic Age and OPEC members wanting new Ferraris, but take my word for it.


Lose some weight – The heavier you are, the more petrol it takes your car to ferry you from your house to the nasi kandar shop 200 meters away. Alternatively, I dunno, maybe like, walk there…?


Go diesel – Diesel cars are not just taxis and old people anymore. Yes I know, diesel prices are also going up, going at least its still cheaper than petrol (heck, some diamonds are cheaper than petrol!)


Sleep overnight in the office – Yep, then you don’t need to go home. Bring toiletries, overnight clothes, Jacob’s biscuits, etc to the office and live there. Plus your boss will think you’re SO hardworking, actually whole night you’ll be playing DotA on the office PC. On the other hand, don’t hang your washed underwear in the pantry. Some of your colleagues find that quite annoying.




Related posts by Simon:

When Petrol Prices Go Up



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10 Comments:

  • and Take the LRT/Monorail/KTM whenever possible. Hey, these trains aren't too bad...

    By Blogger narrowband, at 7/02/2005 02:32:00 pm  

  • I think it also shows how gullible the Malaysian public is. Tell them aliens are landing at KLCC and they'l run for their lives.

    Apparently, Rapid KL is working very hard to repair (note: not buy) 500 buses. Come on, I can't believe the gomen has no money for buses when they spend millions on useless monuments!

    By Blogger Pat, at 7/02/2005 03:06:00 pm  

  • seriously, a lot of us should consider public transport, commuter train, LRT, monorail not tht inconvenient at all.
    OK, above lines may be just "convenient for those who don't own a car.
    If you own a car forget about the public transport, and try to adapt to the new petrol price.

    By Blogger Twinsmom, at 7/02/2005 05:06:00 pm  

  • malaysia's public transport has still a long way to go to be deemed reliable.
    try taking buses anywhere between the KL and Klang route and you'll know why..
    KTM trains never arrive on time during peak hours and for no apparent reason stops in the middle of the track.
    LRT tram tyres drop out of the air on to people..

    By Blogger yuin, at 7/02/2005 05:11:00 pm  

  • higher prices, same lousy taste. no bother to me though, my master is the one who has to pay. :)

    By Blogger JFE 8555, at 7/02/2005 05:22:00 pm  

  • Just read in Star (4th July) about their journalist's experience in trying to get from Ampang to PJ Old Town using public transport. After taking a combination of buses and LRT, he arrived more than six hours later! Wow.

    By Blogger Pat, at 7/04/2005 09:09:00 am  

  • narrowband, twinsmom, yuin - yeah, too bad they don't pass by my house... :(

    8555 - by the way, do all petrol taste different? :P

    pat - oh sure, do a little experience and they write an article... some of us have to do that everyday!

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/04/2005 10:43:00 pm  

  • narrowband, twinsmom, yuin - yeah, too bad they don't pass by my house... :(

    8555 - by the way, do all petrol taste different? :P

    pat - oh sure, do a little experience and they write an article... some of us have to do that everyday!

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/04/2005 10:43:00 pm  

  • I think it is the Government, they are lost, too many comments off the cuff, people are terrified and rumour mongering starts.

    By Blogger R.V., at 7/05/2005 09:45:00 pm  

  • r.v. - yep, i think this ehole thing started when gomen said they were going to have a meeting about it.... everyone jumped the gun...

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/06/2005 07:02:00 pm  

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