Usually, when news or even rumours about petrol price hikes reach the ears of Malaysians, we would immediately see the queues of motor vehicles at petrol filling stations that could stretch for kilometers.
However, when it was announced recently that the price of RON97 petrol (green colour handle at the pump) would go up (effective Tuesday, midnight) I hardly noticed it at all. Only realised it through a friend’s tweet.
The fact is, there was none of the crazy queuing up anywhere in Kuching. Amazing!
But then again, maybe I missed the “high end” stations in the city where the Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Porsche owners usually go to fill up their tanks.
Maybe the Ferrari Owners Club or Porsche Owners Club were queuing up somewhere in Kuching. What a sight that would have been to see.
Anyway, for those of us who use RON97 petrol, we would now have to fork over RM2.90 per liter to enjoy the “higher quality” fuel for our “higher quality” cars or trucks.
I guess for those who depend on this dearer petrol, a 10 sen increase won’t seem to be too much of a burden, especially when we’re talking about owners of Porches, Ferraris, BMWs and Mercedeses or even the pricier Japanese models.
For most of us though, this episode of price hikes in petrol in our country is just a reminder that most of us still rely on the subsidised stuff – RON95 (yellow colour handle).
More importantly though, it should also remind us that we no longer have to subsidise the petrol for all those who can afford to drive around with their fancy and expensive cars, like in the old days.
In the good old days, those of us driving Kancils and motorbikes were actually helping to subsidise those who were driving Mercedes Benzes and BMWs because ALL our petrol was subsidised.
There was no discrimination between the low-income and high-income among us when it comes to filling up petrol; the motorbike rider paid RM1.00/liter and the Benz driver paid RM1.00/liter…That was how it was back then.
Although admittedly nowadays the Kancil and Viva owners are still helping to subsidise the Beemer owners, who use the petrol from the yellow handle pumps, at least we don’t have to subsidise those using the “premium” petrol, as well. At least lah.
So for those of us who favour the yellow handle over the green handle, we’re still able to enjoy RM1.90 petrol…How sweet it is!
However, do take note that no matter what ANYONE claims, this little thing called globalisation is not going to allow us to have it this way forever.
So enjoy your subsidised petrol, while it lasts!
How BERNAMA (via The Borneo Post) reported it:
Price of RON97 petrol up by 10 sen
Posted on April 4, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: The price of RON97 petrol increased by 10 sen to RM2.90 per litre effective midnight Tuesday.
Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia president Datuk Hashim Othman confirmed this when contacted last night.
He said the price for diesel remained unchanged at RM1.80 per litre.
Last week, the government had announced that the price of RON95 petrol would remain at RM1.90 per litre despite the hike in global oil prices recently. — Bernama