Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lulu Wonders If The Government Understands How Tight Money Is For The Average Malaysian

the papers interviewed some people who had gone to collect their rebate on saturday.

- relieved after collecting the RM625 as she was facing difficulty paying her son’s university fee. “Now, I can afford to pay the semester fee of RM608,” she said

- This is good. I can use it to pay my water, electricity and telephone bills.

- I'm so happy. Now I have extra cash to pay my bills.

- I need the money. It will come in handy, especially with my six children.

as it is, these people are already short of money. and it has only been 10 days since the price hike.
what happens next month when there is no extra RM625 coming their way?

Lulu continues to worry.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

EVERY1 is so hardship. Every1 just keep the anger burning inside.

The different between old TDM regime and the New AAB regime is a matter of economic vision.

We cannot , now and in future, depends on POLITICIAN to run the finance of this country. Who is Nor, who is AAB, they fail in BNM, they failed in algebra.

Because many family gor $ problems, some had no choice but to rob, to cheat and to steal.

We must and must do it FAST, to get rid of Un-wanted illegal migrant, non-visa , overstay visitors OUT of this country so more JOBs are give to Local. Police must stop being corrupted by thses overstay migrants.

We must ship out all the illegals so we save millions to keep them in CAMP, in jails.

There are so many economic related issues to be solved. without fixing this. we are no where.

And Opposition is just inexperience to Run the govt. Itis unfortunate that the crisis comes after they won the election in certain states.

These confrontation makes many things stagnant.

We need to have moving economics, you have half of the people support and half against any policies between states and federal. At the end only people suffered.

Many of us are taking of underground economic among our people. Nothing can benefit people afterall.

//

No points of demostration every week. We do not voted opposition to conduct strike. We want opposition to fix problems, if they ever experience to do it after all the criticism?
Why ANwar in hiding, he shold come out , may be he is not sure he can ever fix all the problems forthcoming as well...

As a leaders, you need to listen, need to THINK, digest and compromise, ; You need to work hard and committed.

Frankly, some PKR or DAP MPs are just no time to even fix the problems after weeks.

huey mei said...

yeah...i agree with you...
i was so surprise when everyone was so excited bout rebate...
don't they think they can only get it once ayear and not every month??
Huh

denzook said...

you know, this is very funny, the money is used to ease burden on high petrol price on cars, not for education fees and candy handout. ..

some ppl really i don get to it .....

Anon Teoh said...

they are not worried about these ppl's hardship. because they are living in houses with gold plated tap. worth tens of millions. the rakyat no money? Who cares? they definitely don't care.

KaKiaYam said...

anonymous 10.44pm, i have a different take on the issues you mentioned.

"Because many family gor $ problems, some had no choice but to rob, to cheat and to steal."

I think we have yet to reach this level of proverty. But pretty soon, it seems.

"We must and must do it FAST, to get rid of Un-wanted illegal migrant, non-visa , overstay visitors OUT of this country so more JOBs are give to Local....."

Do you know there are more than 1 million legal immigrant and another 1 million illegal ones? Have you ever thought what would happen to our economy should we flush each and everyone out? Is our inflation caused by these illegal immigrant? Would their departure increase the salary of the malaysians? We have to think deep in this issue. IMHO, we are merely addressing the effects and not the cause.

"There are so many economic related issues to be solved. without fixing this. we are no where."

I have to disagree. You have to understand that the majority of malaysians are not opposed to the reduction in oil subsidy, but rather the (mis)management of the country wealth. For example, the country float the price of cement, but refuse to remove the cement AP system. Bernas has the largest AP for the import of fragrant rice, why do we need to go through Bernas? Why can't Malaysian plant fragrant rice?


"Itis unfortunate that the crisis comes after they won the election in certain states...."

If I am affliated with any opposition parties, i take this as an opportunity instead of a misfortune.


"Frankly, some PKR or DAP MPs are just no time to even fix the problems after weeks..."

Personally, I have not given up hope on them. Especially, when the federal gov is doing their level best to frustrate whatever measure the state gov is coming up with to make good their promises to the people. I think they are as frustrated as us in not being able to push things ahead.

I think several of your last few paragraph need to be substantiated with proper facts. What do you mean Anwar is hiding? How do you define as 'NOT hiding'? And how does NOT hiding come hand in hand with your statement -

"..As a leaders, you need to listen, need to THINK, digest and compromise, ; You need to work hard and committed...."


Anyway, I have received some insider news of a significant price increase of milk. Read here -

http://chickenfeet.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/more-daily-items-rising/


Good day.

KaKiaYam
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http://chickenfeet.wordpress.com

bloodkingsingstheblues said...

i worry about this as well lulu. methinks thems the powers dat be not very bright ... but i'm a gorilla, what would i know eh?

ps - your blog rawks!

galadriel said...

Lulu,
I went to get my money on Saturday. As expected it was packed so, they had cops stationed to ensure everything went smooth.

Then I bought two new tyres for my car, and had a beer to celebrate probably the only time in my life that I receive cash frm the govt.

U know, i'm not even sure that this measure will be sustained year after year. I think it is one off.

I know one day necessity will force us to pay world class prices. But then as the reality crashes around us, i still don't hear the issue of our artificially suppressed wage mentioned.

We can't cope if our salaries continue to be kept low. to make it worse, foreign workers r hired cos the manufacturing and service sector wanna keep variable cost low.

Locals are not easily employed, in our own country.

To cut a long story short, we will soon create an economic underclass with the lower middle-class plunging into the poverty trap.

Its happening in Singapore already.

Malaysia Boleh!

Gan said...

It's just probably 2 weeks after the fuel hike - I can already smell the air of hardship !!

My street seems much quieter even with a pasar malam night !!

I dread to think of what will happen next.

KakiaYam said...

galadriel, would like you to point out articles about lower middle class plunging to poverty level.

Need to know more about the S'pore situation to make an informed decision of whether or not to work in S'pore or Johor. All i know is that property prices in S'pore sky rocketed within a year time. Citizen there doesn't suffer as much from the inflated property prices due to easily available HDB flat. I wonder when would the government here start to build some of these without the usual quota and under table money....sigh....

Was in a terrible dilemma these past few weeks trying to decide whether to return to Johor for good or otherwise. But Johor really not happening, tunjuk perasaan also don't have.

KaKiaYam

myop101 said...

Dear kakiayam,

I don't think property prices in Malaysia would fall in the next 6 months to a year. If you want, better buy now.

Also, it is best to lock in interest rates now. I have a feeling BNM will raise the OPR when US raise theirs.

Surind said...

I thought the same thing. Desperate people will do desperate things ;)

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Chicken Feet aka KaKiaYam said...

yes, myop101. I have heard of that also. AIA now offers fixed BLR at around 5%++.

I know, i know, I need to buy now. So long as it is a terrace house, even if it depreciates, it would not be much.

But the issue now is that choices are few. Either they are too far away or they are too expensive. Over here, you can't even find a decent single storey terrace house.

The problem with buying house in selangor is the consideration of travelling through jammed packed roads, not to mention paying tolls. With the impending rise in petrol and toll, proper decision will be extremely important.

Pat Lu said...

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