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So! The fuel ban on our neighbour Singapore will be known today? But it is the face of Malaysians that I see turning red.
How exactly is Malaysia going to resolve the problem of fuel consumption and hike in fuel price I am not sure yet.
Malaysians are complaining that more than 90% of Singapore cars and motorcycle owners that pump petrol in Johor Baru are Malaysians with a Singapore Permanent Residence (STAR).
Johor petrol kiosk owners fear losing their business. Blogger Simply Jean puts it very nicely:
Since 90% of the Johor petrol kiosks business comes from foreigners, petrol kiosks say they “will die” without business from Singaporeans. I doubt the petrol kiosks will risk the fine of RM250,000 just to get more businesses from Singapore motorists. Is this a good or bad implementation?
Another Singaporean blogger says that Malaysia plan to impose the ban due to Pedra Banca, and thinks the act by Malaysia is totally crap.
Instead they should just make foreign vehicles pay full price minus the subsidy. We don’t mind paying full price really cause it’s still cheaper than topping up fuel in our own country. It would be a win-win situation (My World in 60 seconds).
Yet another of our friendly neighbour over at Sharon Ing’s Blog fumes that:
Thousands of Singaporeans flocked Malaysia for Groceries, the spending power of Singaporean was so much so that they don’t mind paying Market Rates for the Fuel.
Seriously, I really like to rant again on how much contributions we had towards the economy of JB, a small privileged subsidy is a considerable sense.
Will JB lose its tourists from the Island state if the ban comes into effect?
Johor menteri besar Abdul Ghani says ‘no’. But ‘yes’ says Channel News Asia:
Some Singaporeans said they may cut back on trips to Malaysia once the proposed ban on the sale of petrol and diesel to foreign registered vehicles within a 50—kilometre radius of Malaysia’s borders takes effect.
But why do we care so much for our relatively wealthy southern neighbour that we have to rethink whether we want to ban our fuel or not on them? We don’t make such a big hoohaa when our northern rakyat are also fuming:
Abdul Wahid Bidin, acting president of the Petroleum Dealers Association of Malaysia, said 90 percent of the usual customers of some fuel stations near the border were from Thailand.
“There are complaints from the dealers that they’ve got no business, no customers at all,” Abdul Wahid said, expressing hope the ban will be lifted soon (IHT).
Is the ban really a temporary measure? The way Malaysian ministers ‘flip-flop’ over their statements and decisions, very few are likely to believe them.