How did the government arrive at the RM625 yearly rebate for owners of private vehicles? This is for engine capacity up to 2000cc to offset the drastic price hike in petrol beginning today. That amounts to only RM52.08 per month which is grossly insufficient to cover the additional cost on fuel for people who depend on their cars to move around. The public transportation in the Klang Valley and elsewhere in the country is just too hopelessly inefficient to be reliable.
It will be interesting to see what factors were considered. It will be even more interesting to see how businesses are going to cope with the added cost since commercial vehicles are excluded from getting any fuel rebate. Are we going to see another round of price increase in essential goods such as foodstuff? These are uncertain and painful times but one sure thing is that punters will be hedging their bets on 625 come Saturday and Sunday.
The drastic increase in the price of essential good and fuel will affect many stratas of society – from the struggling single mother to the family with seven school going kids. Trying to make ends meet will be even harder. Families in the lower income bracket, disabled people with limited income opportunities, pensioners drawing monthly pension of a few hundred ringgits only and senior citizens depending on interests from their lifetime savings kept in fixed deposit are the few categories of people who will hard hit by the inflationary situation that we are all facing.
What will happen to these people should their essential monthly expenditure exceed their income? Missing a meal may not matter much to those who can afford it as they can eat a little more during the next meal. For people who are living from hand-to-mouth they need every ounce of energy they can get from their meager rations so that they can continue working. It is a vicious cycle for them. What will happen if their income is only sufficient for three weeks of a month only? What is being done for these people?
We have all been ranting about how the increased in petrol price will affect our lives. It is depressing indeed to read Petaling Street where most pingers talk about nothing but the same issue and bashed no one except the government for putting Malaysians through such agony. We must give it to Putera MIC for brightening our day a little with this wonderful piece of news. I could not stop sniggering after reading it. We live in interesting times.
Thursday June 5, 2008 MYT 3:48:27 PM
Indian bloggers to be awarded by Putera MIC
By A. LETCHUMANAN
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Indian bloggers will be given recognition and honour through an award initiated by Putera MIC.
There are nine categories under the Manya Blogger Award which would be decided through online voting for a one-month period starting noon on Friday.
Putera MIC coordinator P. Kamalanathan said this is the first time such an award for the Malaysian Indian bloggers is being held.
“We want to encourage more Malaysian Indians to blog and share information on the Internet,” he said Thursday at a press conference here.
He said there were about 1,000 Malaysian Indians bloggers, mainly in the 20 to 24 age group actively giving their views on various issues.
Kamalanathan said they had already shortlisted the finalists for the nine categories. Sixty per cent of the votes would be taken from online voting while another 40% would be decided by a panel of three judges.
“The online voting would be on for one month and the judges would take two weeks to make a decision and we hope to have the award ceremony in August,” he said.
He said Putera MIC would also have an online readers’ award where the surfers would be required to submit their choice, irrespective of race.
“We have also created a Putera MIC award which would be given to a blogger whom we feel has created a longstanding following amongst the bloggers. It can be a disabled person or even an eight-year-old boy who is blogging,” he said.
Kamalanathan said each of the finalists would be given a certificate of participation while the winners would be given a trophy and cash prizes.
Those who want to vote can go to www.manyaawards.com to cast their votes.