That would be a “fed up” words from Malaysian. We will possibly experience this again and again until there is no subsidy for petrol in Malaysia. Price hike of 5 cents is actually not so much but this will be the reason of other goods price to also increase. According to them, this will save around RM750 million including the cut of sugar subsidy. As a user, we always not agree with the price hike. How about you? Read full news below.
HOORAY! PETROL PRICE INCREASE AGAIN!
Malaysia surprisingly hiked fuel and sugar prices from today to reduce expensive subsidies, a controversial move that will save the government more than US$230 million this year alone.
But the decision could have serious political repercussions for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and it could spark a rise in prices of other goods and services, analysts said.
The government defended the subsidy cut, saying it was important to achieve development goals and promote healthier lifestyles
“The government has made a difficult, but bold decision,” it said in a statement.
“By choosing to implement these modest subsidy reforms, we have taken a crucial step in the right direction towards meeting our commitment to reduce the fiscal deficit, without overburdening the Malaysian people.”
The cuts will save RM750 million, or US$234.4 million dollars, this year alone.
Malaysia will still be spending RM7.82 billion from now till the end of the year on subsidies for fuel and sugar.
“These measures are a demonstration of our fiscal esponsibility. They will enhance Malaysia’s financial stability, while also protecting the people,” the government said.
Khoo Kay Peng, a political analyst, said the move had caught consumers by surprise.
“The way it was announced has made many people unhappy,” he said.
“It will translate into votes against the government. Something is totally wrong with this government. The opposition will exploit and attack the government on this issue,” he said. – AFP