A little bird told me that there will be an increase in petrol and diesel price tomorrow…
Alright, alright, that wasn’t any little bird. The news was sourced from the scores of emails that have been hitting my mailbox since this morning (even some rumored days ago). According to my “little avian friend”, petrol price will be hiked 5 cents per liter and diesel at 10 cents.
Whoopin’ big deal. But what can we do ? For me, to just swallow it. But not for many people. For some reason, they think that rushing to the petrol station to get a full tank seems to be a wise idea. Yeah, if the fuel is readily available for you to fill.
But we all know that usually isn’t the case when such news were to circulate around the cyberspace, sms and your mother-in-law’s ring of underground triads. Most likely, you’ll experience a happening party going on at basically every petrol station around the country … and each trip to the petrol station will literally cost you a minimum of 20 – 30 minutes worth of wait.
Well, what’s the point of rushing to the station then ? Saving yourself some bucks ? Ok, let’s do some math then …
Firstly, let’s calculate how much money can you save by that one final refill :
Let’s assume you have a 60 liters capacity tank. Each liter, you save 5 cents. That makes it 3 ringgit for the entire tank. But because we know that it’s not possible to drive there with a completely dry tank, I’d say 50 liters would be a more realistic number. So, the final number should work out to be RM 2.50.
You fucking save RM 2.50 for one full tank. That’s excluding the time and amount of fuel you wasted for the wait.
On top of that, not everyone drives there with an empty tank. That’s because our petrol do not usually dry up spontaneously to make way for us to refill in the event of a price hike. And not mentioning those cars with a relatively smaller fuel tank – like the SLKs (small little kancil/kelisa/kenari’s).
When I passed by a petrol station a couple hours ago, I saw an armada of SLK’s queuing up for their turn to greedily fill themselves some petrol. Probably some housewives storming out from their home in nightgowns for a last full tank refill. It boggles my mind to think, why bother ?
How much are they gonna save ? 1 ringgit ? 2 ringgit ? It doesn’t make sense. (well, unless your junk has a big tank like my buddy’s truck of RM100 refill – which is enough to save him a small pack of cigarette)
Those wee tad of saving can’t even get you a pack of condoms. So, what difference is it going to make ? Why don’t you people stay at home and spend that precious 30 minutes with your family members ? That way, you’d spare us don’t-give-a-fuck people some leeway to move around the city with less traffic congestion…
(and I’m gonna get me some petrol when you people are gone…)