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SubsiDAZED

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The government is going to great lengths to explain to Malaysians why we need to wean ourselves off subsidies which are costing us RM74billion annually. While I see the need for this, I’m more than peeved that there is a reverse subsidy happening and by this I mean Malaysian motorists subsiding national carmaker Proton via astronomical car import duties.

Almost 20 years into the business and Proton is still a jaguh kampung (village champion) that has not broken through to the global market.  Fiercely championed by former PM Tun Dr Mahathir, nobody has dared challenged its existence and because of this, Malaysians have had to live with some of the most expensive car prices in the world.

Look at these figures: Last year, our national fuel subsidy bill was about RM5.6billion whereas Malaysian motorists pay about RM6 to RM7biliion annually in car import duties – this being the effective subsidy we give Proton to help them sell their aging products in this market.

So, if the government wants me to stop adopting a subsidy mentality, they too must reciprocate and stop subsidizing a company that has leeched on taxpayers for so long without much to show.

We give up petrol subsidies, you give up Proton.

Congestion Charge for KL. A case of cart before the horse.

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A common sight in KL - broken down public buses causing even more jams

Recently, the government announced their intention to introduce a congestion charge to relieve worsening traffic in KL. My first response was to throw my hands up in the air.

My second was to tweet @khairykj (Rembau MP Khairy Jamaludin) and ask him to pass the message to the government that they can’t think of introducing congestion charges without first addressing our deplorable public transport. (For the record, he did reply and said that he would do so when the time came!)

Singapore has had a congestion charge since 1975 with a manual sticker system that evolved into the sophisticated electronic road pricing (ERP) system we see today.

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What’s this hare brained idea of turning Pulau Redang into a luxury island?

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Pulau Redang is a lovely island located off the northeastern state of Terengganu and has been a popular destination for tourists and Malaysians for many years. It’s one of the few islands left in Peninsular Malaysia that are actually worth visiting for its clear waters and rich marine life.

Okay yes, as more and more tourists descend on the island, the stress and pollution has threatened to damage the ecosytem but does it warrant this idiotic proposal announced by the Terengganu state government that the island should now be turned into a luxury resort???

According to the MB, Datuk Ahmad Said, “Only hotels rated five-star and above will be allowed to be built… as it was the only way to save the surrounding rich marine life” !!!!  

Hasn’t the good menteri besar thought of alternative solutions like restricting the number of visitors to the island like they do to Sipadan? Or upgrading the facilities of the numerous chalets to stop the problem of direct dumping of sewage into the sea?

Robbing a national treasure from Malaysians and handing it over to some fat cats IS not the way to handle this. Let’s hope public opinion will get the state government to re-think their proposal. If anyone knows of any cause that’s campaigning against this, let me know – I’ll be the first to join!

Is this going to be the next playground of the rich and infamous??