Again on Petrol

Nukilan Khairul Faizi bin Ahmad Kamil | 6/09/2008 12:37:00 PM | 1 Pandangan »

I've recieved email from my friend regarding the fuel hike issue. I don't really know whether this article is by his own opinion but surely it is a good article.

I believe that the people just can't accept the reason given by the goverment that the latest increase in the fuel price was to subsidise food and others items announced by Pak Lah goverment.

Believe it or not, the increase in fuel price will only cause prices of goods to go up which will not only burden the people but will cause more sosial issues.

As a oil-producing and exporting country, the latest price increase is unreasonable and unacceptable. Pak Lah should learn how people in Venezuela, Nigeria and Turkemenistan could buy fuel cheaper than Malaysian.

My friends, don't forget BN election manifesto ; "Security, Peace & Prosperity"

Khairul Faizi Bin Ahmad Kamil
9 June 2008, 1.11pm


They say curiosity kills the cat. I so hope this particular phrase is not true today because, for the love of God, I am very curios.

The front page of The Star today shows a picture of our PM and a caption saying, "We try our best to help the people. We cannot satisfy everyone".

Below that there is a portion showing the changes. The most interesting change is the rebate of RM625 a year for private vehicles with the capacity of below 2000cc.

Just to let you guys know, I was educated in Malaysia, in fact in Sabah, and I am not too proud of my achievements as a student but the education provided to me has not failed to provide me with basic counting and thinking abilities. Let's look at a simple example of how ridiculous this price hike is.

We all know that foreign cars are taxed to protect Proton's interest in the market and the taxes are pretty expensive. The issue is, we can't seem to put sniff out the exact amount taxed because the taxation system is sophisticated that it actually takes into consideration the make of thevehicle, capacity, and many other factors.

Instead of confusing ourselves even more lets just take a simple car, which can't be taxed much due to ourtrade agreements with Japan , and compare how this fuel price hike actuallyturns out.

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 or RM 625 per year translates to a Vios being used for 42.08years.

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 highcar taxes but also with a drastic increase in fuel price. With all the numbers listed out, I urge all Malaysians to join me in analyzing the situation.

Car taxation is government profit, fuel sales is Petronas' (GLC - Government Linked Company) profit, which translates into government profit. The government may ridicule us Malaysians by saying look at the world market and fuel price worldwide.

Please, we are Malaysians, we fought of the British, had a international port in the early centuries (Malacca), home to a racially mixed nation and WE ARE NOT STUPID!!! We know the international rates are above the USD 130/barrel. We understand the fact that the fuel prices are increasing worldwide and we also know that major scientists are still contradicting on why this phenomenon ishappening.

Some blame Bush and his plunders around the world and some blame climate change and there are others who say petroleum 'wells' are getting scarce. Again we go back to numbers. One barrel or crude oil is 159 litres. And approximately 46-47% of a barrel of crude oil will turn out to be the fuelthat we use in our vehicles.46% of 159 = 73.14 litres.

And at the current rate of RM 2.70/litre, this constitutes to RM 197.48 offuel per barrel of crude oil. This is only 46% of the barrel, mind you. There is another 54% that are still refined and traded in the markets.

These products include bitumen, kerosene, and natural gases and so manymore. Using the indicative value of RM 3.30 = USD 1 (it is actually RM3.26today), we get that a barrel of crude oil produces USD 59.84 worth of fuel. And this makes a balance of USD 70.16 that has not been accounted for.

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 theyuse the tar/bitumen) and many more excuse charging us but let us just leave all that out of our calculations. USD 59.84 compared to a barrel of crude oil, which is approximately USD130, turns out to be 46% of a barrel as well.

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 of petrol/barrel of crude oil is stillonly 46%? Now, the government has a very ugly predicament in front of them. The taxation of foreign cars to protect Proton has been deemed unfair by these calculations and the price of fuel is currently at world market price.

So I hope our PM retracts his statement in The Star as it seems like a joke after all these calculations. Who is helped by this move? Not the poor. Noteven the rich. Everyone is affected. Cost of living rises and everyone will feel the pinch.

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

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

1 Pandangan

  1. CK // June 9, 2008 at 5:55 PM  

    1) How many cars are over 2000cc?? Few or may be very few only. Meaning that many (rich or poor), will still benefit from the cash rebate irrespective of their gas using habit. This is not what we want. We want the poor to receive more.

    2) Let say I am a businessman who runs a car rental service and I own 50 cars for rental. I rent the car to customers and customers fill and pay for the petrol themselves, so essentially I will receive $31,250.00 ($625.00 x 50) annual cash rebate for doing nothing, extra profit from the stupid policy maker and government.

    3) Let say I am a filthy rich man and I own 5 luxury cars but all are below 2000cc, or may be I am just a rich man who likes to own nice cars, then I will be entitled $3,125.00 ($625.00 x 5) annual cash rebate despite being filthy rich with overspending lifestyle while my fellow poor neighbor who owns a Honda 70cc kap-cai only receive $150 annual cash rebate despite being poor and living a thrifty lifestyle!!! VERY STUPID GOVERNMENT!!!

    4) Let say I am a poor man who don't own any cars/motorbike and I rely on public transportation to go to/from work, then I will not get anything sumore I am likely to pay more for transportation fares due to the diesel hike, despite me being very poor not even capable of owning a motorbike, being nice for using public transportation thus relieving road congestion, being environmental friendly by not burning fossil fuels, but in return I get punished!!!! DAMN STUPID GOVERNMENT!!!!!

    5) And lastly can the uncle-uncle and auntie-auntie at the POS offices handle the sudden surge in demand for counter services as a result of the cash rebate?? Judging from the services and experiences I had with those uncles and aunties, I don't think so!

    Anyway, I am not all critics and no help. My suggestion is why not implement the rebate in the form of income tax relief/rebate base on income level?"