RON95 petrol subsidy must be reasonable, look at rakyat usage pattern instead of just raw stats – FOMCA

RON95 petrol subsidy must be reasonable, look at rakyat usage pattern instead of just raw stats – FOMCA

The Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (FOMCA) says that the amount of targeted RON 95 petrol subsidy that will be given by the government to eligible recipients must be sufficient to balance the cost of expenses if it implements the rationalisation of the fuel.

According to the organisation’s CEO Saravanan Thambirajah, the matter needs to be looked into so that it does not have a negative impact on the rakyat and the economy, Sinar Harian reports.

He said that while it is difficult to estimate the amount of petrol subsidy that will be sufficient to cover the difference in cost of RON 95 petrol when it is floated in the future, the government needs to conduct a proper audit through the Pangkalan Data Utama (PADU) socio-economic database.

RON95 petrol subsidy must be reasonable, look at rakyat usage pattern instead of just raw stats – FOMCA

“The government needs to collect information at the lower level in terms of actual monthly petrol consumption and the needs of eligible people, namely the B40 and M40 groups. The cost of commuting to work, for example, is not cheap because they also have to pay tolls, road tax and vehicle insurance,” he told the news publication.

“Don’t just rely on existing statistics. The government’s reliance on existing statistics before has caused them to forget what the real situation is for the people out there,” he said, adding that there is a fear that various adverse implications could arise if the amount of subsidy is not reasonable.

“People’s purchasing power could fall because the money runs out to cover increasing petrol expenses. Also, the B40 group may not be able to buy nutritious food for their families. In fact, it is not impossible that social problems and crime could increase because people do not have enough wages. The government needs to look into risks like this,” he stated.

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  • Regime change..A clear and present danger on Jul 01, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    The manner in which diesel price is raised,is cold blooded,without humanitarian sympathy for the suffering rakyat.
    For petrol,Rafizi is so arrogant to joke about the timing of rationalisation.
    Rafizi,we voted u into power,STOP making fun of us rakyat.As a lawmaker,your job is to help rakyat,not laughing at us,by giving your “surprise”.Just pathetic,your arrogant behavior is unacceptable.
    I m never a greenie,but looking at things now,regime change might not be a distant option.

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    • Haha. You reap what you sow. You guys were blind to believe whataever Phukatan Harapan wer saying, without even looking at their action in the 1st place. So you don’t deserve to ever complain at all!!!

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  • Menteri Formula on Jul 01, 2024 at 2:02 pm

    I’m given this nickname for a reason. I don’t care about consumption patterns or if the rakyat is burdened by other expenses

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  • The best way is to remove subsidy for mat rempit. Set up road block, profile all mat rempits and remove their fuel subsidy.

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  • ThePolygon on Jul 01, 2024 at 3:49 pm

    Kesian those stay in Klang but work in KL, Seremban but work in Subang, Puchong but work in Semenyih. Semenyih but work in Bukit Jalil. Jalan Klang Lama but work in Port Klang. Sometime you just can’t choose your work place, they choose you.

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  • Ben Yap on Jul 01, 2024 at 5:30 pm

    ministers go around in official cars which are fully paid by tax payers money. of course they don’t feel the heat of increase in petrol prices. they have not step down to live like the normal citizens.

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  • Whaler on Jul 01, 2024 at 6:36 pm

    Increase petrol

    Lessen motorist on the congested roads
    Reduce traffic jams and road accidents

    Reduce global warming due to ICE , reduce car ownerships and parking congestions in housing and shops areas.

    Motorist need to realise that travelling when necessary not for enjoyment always

    Government can help to divert subsidies to other areas much needed like foods , beverages, health care , cooking gas , electricity and water , car spare parts , old folks welfares, pensions , building materials and so annually

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    • Gomorrah on Jul 01, 2024 at 10:05 pm

      Itu subsidi diversion sudah tengok kah? Bayar hutang ka subsidi bersasar? Atau bayar gaji untuk penjawat am yang berlambak di Putrajaya?

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  • Just focus on strengthening the currency. Thats the only way to beat inflation. The best is subsidy removal. And cut unecessary spending.

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  • Random reader on Jul 02, 2024 at 12:30 pm

    What about the effect and impact on the domestic/inter-state tourism? Usually we just drive during the weekends but in future have to save money for that.

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