May 24, 2010

of fuel and common sense

Caught this in the news today.

Malaysians consume more fuel
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are one of the highest fuel consumers in the region where even price increases have not deterred motorists.

Since 2004, they have consumed more than 400 litres per capita annually, which is much more than Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, China and India. Singapore, which was ranked second among the list of six countries, only consumed 250 litres per capita in 2007.

India and China consumed under 50 litres per capita in 2007, according to data collated from the Finance Ministry, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, International Energy Agency and Global Insight.

Even with fuel prices at its highest in mid-2008, when petrol was at RM2.70 and diesel at RM2.58 per litre, consumption still grew by 8% annually and almost 20 billion litres are expected to be consumed by the end of 2010.

As Malaysia practises a blanket subsidy on fuel, data made available to the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) subsidy rationalisation lab showed that 71% of fuel subsidy was enjoyed by the middle to high-income level groups.

Some 28% of those enjoying fuel subsidy earn more than RM5,000 per month, while 43% earned between RM2,500 and RM5,000.

Abuse of liquid petroleum gas (LPG), or cooking gas, has also contributed to an inflated subsidy bill. Some RM1.71bil was spent on subsidising LPG, to which only RM397mil or 30% are used by households.

It is believed that the rest of the LPG had been misused for commercial purposes or smuggled abroad.

The same issue affects cooking oil, where 70,000 tonnes are subsidised monthly but only about 70% are consumed by households.

So first we Malaysians get harped on using too much water – which I believe we have every reason to do so. And now, apparently, we use too much fuel.

You know, it’s funny (in a moronic sense) to see how they made it sound in the article above as if we Malaysians deliberately use/burn more fuel just for the kick of it. Like, we’re trying our best to be the biggest assholes in the eyes of the world by burning more fuel.

If one can use a little bit of common sense, one would realize that the reason an average Malaysian burns more fuel is because – WE DON’T HAVE A FUCKING CHOICE! Ask yourself, how many cities in Malaysia have an efficient mass transit system (LRT, monorail, etc)? Only KL and some areas beyond it. A city with inhabitants of roughly 2 million people. That still leaves over 90% of the Malaysian population without the access to a mass transit system. Our Malaysian bus systems are basically next to being useless – so we have to use our own transport (still have to buy one even though it’s 300% overpriced like that). And to top that up, we also have crappy traffic planning (eg: OC given on apartment projects with only 1 parking space) and fucked up tax system on vehicles that makes it impossible to afford a hybrid car.

So, do we like to buy overpriced cars? No. Do we like traffic congestion (due to the crappy traffic planning)? No. Do we like to pay more and spend more on fuel? No. Do we have a fucking choice then? FUCK NO.

This is what we Chinese like to call – kong lan wa. It literally means ‘talk cock’. Give us a choice, then only you get to talk. Otherwise, shut up.

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8 Comments to “of fuel and common sense”

  1. MaN|acZ says:

    I couldn’t agree more about what you said. If our public transport system was so efficient and effective, then of course it’s not a necessity to have a car.

    This is all government’s fault!

  2. Quinn says:

    YES, absolutely agree!!!!! Seriously talk cock! Cost of living in KL is so freaking high my cousin who works as a clerk in a firm has not much to save after paying off monthly loans and bills!

  3. Chrys says:

    These morons never thought of building up better economy and appreciating our MYR. Keep complaining bout how much we are using up the resources. Heck, with the amount we are paying for cars, I have subsidized myself on the fuel for my puny shit Myvi.

  4. moo_t says:

    “Only KL and some areas beyond it”.
    Sorry Michael, I must correct you, even within the KL city center(instead of whole Kuala Lumpur ), “efficient mass transit system” doesn’t exit.

  5. donut says:

    well said but at the same time, i noticed that most of us malaysians have single occupancy for our cars. we rarely car pool to work even given a chance due to convenience sake….even when we actually can car pool (to college, to work, etc).

    i suppose that most of us aren’t driven to be more environmentally conscious. that way we could actually save on $ and petrol consumption but the opportunity cost to it would be the inconvenience of waiting for others.

  6. Chichicha says:

    Every malaysian knows malaysia public transport system is completely fucking useless.400 litres per capita for malaysian, 250 liters for singaporean. The argument here is malaysia public trasport system is completely fucking crap as compared to singapore. Out of what fucking reason singaporean burns 5 times higher than China/India while they’re having not-so-crappy public transport system. Kiasu again?

  7. michaelooi says:

    MaN|acZ – Exactly. If I have a choice, I would have chosen to pay less!

    Quinn – Yeah, KL is hell.

    Chrys – Building up the economy? Hell, they can’t even pave a decent road! It’s funny to see them gloat over a few places up in some assholes’ chart.

    moo_t – Being efficient or not, that’s another matter. At least it’s there, if you get what I mean.

    donut – Well, paying so much for a car, it becomes a prized possession of sorts. That’s why most kiasu Malaysians do not want to share their cars. (“You buy your own car lah!”). I’ve been carpooling for 10 years, so I get to say this condescendingly and spit at their faces.

    Chichicha – No lar. China is using less fuel because most of their companies provide shuttle services. And they have wide ass roads and thus less congested. (remember the time I blogged about a China guy called ‘cheecheongfun‘? I mentioned he never sat in a car before? And got entangled with the fucking seat belt? That was because he had been riding in shuttle buses all his life).

  8. Kayzy says:

    Our PM asked us if all our subsidies should be removed, because else we will go bankcrupt in 9 years time.

    So, if my CEO came asking me that if all my benefits (i.e. free annual medical reports, carpark subsidies, etc.) from the company should be removed, else the company will fall and tutup kedai. What would you answer him?

    I would say: “Isn’t it the obvious solution is to get you fired?! Now, you’re the one leading the company to big losses and you expect us to eat your shits? HEeeeLLooooOOOOO??”

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