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Friday, December 12, 2014

Malaysians would get a double whammy when world oil price falls further!

When world oil prices rose from around USD70 per barrel to above USD100, the Malaysian gfovernment raised pump prices by 20 or 30sen per litre, CITING HIGHER SUBSIDIES. The world price hit a high of USD145per barrel and so we Malaysians were "suckered" again and again by HIGHER pump rpices. I had argued then that Malaysians shopuld "enjoy" the benefits of a lower price at the pum when the world oiul price rose every time BECAUSE MALAYSI A PRODUCES MORE OIL, and THE PRICE OF OUR SWEET CRUDES ARE SOLDS AT A PREMIUM OVER THE RICE OF IMPORTED OIL.

We enjoyed a 4sen decrease in prump rpices recently, BUT THE GOVERNMENT RAISED PRICES BY20SEN OR 30sSEN for several occasions over the past few years.

The government thinks it can fool the people ALL THE TIME?

Read the following news report today:

Oil closes below $60, 1st time since July 2009

A late session dip pushes oil below $60 for the first time since July 2009


The price of oil fell below $60 for the first time since July 2009 on Thursday and ended trading in New York at $59.95.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil dropped 99 cents, or 1.6 percent. Oil has fallen steadily for nearly six months, and is down 44 percent since reaching a high for the year of $107.26 in late June.
"We don't see a price bottom," wrote energy analyst Jim Ritterbusch in a note to investors. He expects oil to fall further, toward $55 a barrel, in the short term.
The drop is a result of rising global oil production, especially in the U.S., at a time when demand has weakened because of slowing economies in Asia and Europe.
OPEC said this week that higher production from non-OPEC members and global economic growth will reduce demand for its oil to 28.9 million barrels a day next year. That's the lowest level in more than a decade, and far less than the 30 million barrels per day that the group says it plans to produce next year.
The price collapse has pushed down prices for gasoline, diesel and other fuels, lowering expenses for drivers, shippers and airlines and giving a boost to consumer-driven economies like that of the U.S.
The average price of gasoline in the U.S. fell to $2.61 a gallon Thursday, according to AAA. That's 64 cents below last year at this time, saving U.S. drivers $7 billion a month. The Energy Department predicted this week that lower gasoline prices next year will save a typical U.S. household $550 over the course of the year.
Lower crude prices have sent the share prices of oil companies and drilling services companies spiraling lower, though, and caused many to cut back drilling projects.
As a result, the Energy Department this week trimmed its forecast for oil production growth in the U.S. for next year, though it still expects a sizeable increase. BP announced a $1 billion restructuring plan this week that analysts said could result in the elimination of thousands of jobs.
The lower prices are also pressuring government budgets in oil-producing U.S. states and cash-hungry oil exporters such as Iraq, Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

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DESIDERATA:

So now WHAT happens?

Hey, our national oil corporation will now report a fall in revenues and profitsd; so my prediction is the government will use the argument that SINCE OIL REVENUE CONTRIBUTION FROM PETRONAS TO THE NATIONAL COFFERS WILL "FALL" NEXT YEAR (2015), the pump prices will see a rise to compensate for the government's decrease in revenue from Petronas.

EITHER WAY, THE RAKYAT WILL PAY as the subsidies argument will be ngated by the nett decrease in Petronas' contribution to government coffers. So don't celebration the 4-sen decrease in oil price at the pump.

We the Rakyat should have been GIFTED ower prices when the world oil prices rose to dizzyting heights nearing USD150per barrel, FOR WE ARE A NETT OIL PRODUCER-cum-EXPORTER.
No, the government would compare our oil pump prices with those in OTHER "Non-oil Producing" countries.

Desi asks my ER to be patient while I temporarily take leave and later retrieve relevant arguments form my OLDER posts, cun? "ENJOY" thy lunch break, OK! Tapau fishhead curry for me, can?:)


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MEANWHILE, fellow blogger at kosongcafe.blogspot.com has this write:


Friday, December 12, 2014

Brace ourselves for some belt-tightening this coming new year



  
We are in for some difficult times ahead, even before the implementation of GST. As an oil producing country, we are affected by the drastic drop in oil prices. Though we might be able to get some benefits out of it, but we have yet to see it translated into lower fuel prices. The government will face lower revenues from Petronas but has to maintain salaries and bonuses as well as hand-outs like BR1M.


I have just read an article which revealed that some top oil and gas related companies listed on Bursa Saham Malaysia had their market capitalizations reduced by Rm33 billions when compared with their prices as at July 1, 2014.


We, the public, are definitely going to be affected adversely from this drastic drop in share prices, in one way or other. If even Petronas has to cut capex or other related expenditures by 20%, it would affect those relying on the company for their business revenues. They in turn, would reduce their spendings and affect lesser companies who rely on them for business. Employees of such companies would face no salary increases, bonuses, or even the sack! The effects would eventually be felt by the people, in terms of purchases of houses, cars or even going out to fancy restaurants or entertainment centres.


To the super rich, who each owns and controls such companies, their personal wealth would have been reduced (at least on paper) by hundreds of millions, if not billions. To put in perspective, a super rich could have sold off all his shares on July 1, put all his money in the bank and now buy back at less than half or even one third of what he sold for. Just imagine what he could have done with the profits made! But the reality is that he cannot do that, unless he was already prepared to lose control of his companies. But even the effect of just selling some shares could mean making enough to buy extra properties and luxury cars.


To ordinary mortals like us, most of us would have kept some shares and see them losing values, day after day until they are worth probably half of what they used to. For those who kept all their money in the share market, it could have been worse because each time he needs money, he has to sell shares at a loss... reluctantly but with no choice. It might be a good time to switch from not-so-good counters to really good ones, but the feeling of realising book losses to do that can have the effect of 'seller's remorse' - a term I have just learned from watching Pickers!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

INsaniTY rules some segments of our society, YES!


From malay mail online:

DECEMBER 9 — Yes, Perkasa and Isma, you have successfully driven more voters away from Umno and BN into the arms of Pakatan. You must be congratulated for doing a job deserving of applause.
What Pakatan has failed to do — i.e. drawing voters in droves away from Umno and Barisan Nasional to support Pakatan — you have succeeded beyond Pakatan’s wildest dreams. You have successfully driven them away from Umno and BN into the arms of Pakatan.
Just because opposing views have been muted that does not mean that your shrill and strident rhetoric has been received without question. Far from it. Indeed, many moderate and concerned Malaysians — both Malays and non-Malays — have been revolted by your extreme and uncompromising views that continue to threaten national unity and harmony. You have compelled these concerned people to make a stand for the good of the nation.
But many like you and those of your ilk mistakenly think that you gain the upper hand in the political arena by heaping blame for the misery of the poor Malay on those who have nothing to do with it. These innocent people did not cause this misery; they are not the cause of this unfortunate situation.
The moderate Malays have reached a point when they can no longer tolerate your intolerance, insolence and vituperation against those who don’t see eye to eye with you.
Those at the recent Umno General Assembly faithfully echoed your vitriolic views and went on a bashing session against those deemed as their enemy. There was no let-up, no attempt to compromise, no common sense displayed for the good of the nation.
What was spewed was undiluted, unbridled hatred and venom which perhaps made those gathered feel “syiok sendiri” within the walls of the assembly. But the sentiment felt beyond the confines of those walls was one of shock and unbelievable trauma — sentiment that reverberated across the country.
It was all about race and religion and the monarchy at the Umno assembly when none of these was under attack or threat. There was no challenge whatsoever over these issues. But it was made to look as if there were crazy people out there running around confronting these sensitive issues, hell-bent on creating chaos.
Good, decent people have run out of patience with this group that has been spewing out such venom. Refreshingly, in a move that holds out hope for the nation, 25 prominent, concerned and caring Malays have come out boldly to express their outrage at the direction this country is heading and to demand rational dialogue on the position of Islam in a constitutional democracy.
According to their statement, they “are deeply concerned about the state of debate on many issues of conflict on the position and application of Islamic laws in Malaysia”.
These are no ordinary Malays and Malaysians. Among those who signed the statement were Datuk Noor Faridah Ariffin, former Malaysian ambassador to the Netherlands; Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Haji Din, former secretary-general, Home Ministry; Tan Sri Ahmad Kamil Jaafar, former secretary-general, Foreign Affairs Ministry; Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman, former secretary-general, Finance Ministry; Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican, former director-general, Health Ministry; Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim, former secretary-general, Finance Ministry; Tan Sri Mustaffa Babjee, former director-general, Veterinary Services Department, Datuk Seri Shaik Daud Md Ismail, former Court of Appeal judge; and Hendon Mohamad, past president, Malaysian Bar.
Taking a forthright stand, they fearlessly stated, “It is high time moderate Malays and Muslims speak out. Extremist, immoderate and intolerant voices as represented by Perkasa and Isma do not speak in our name…
“We also urge more moderate Malaysians to speak up and contribute to a better informed and rational public discussion on the place of Islamic laws within a constitutional democracy and the urgency to address the breakdown of federal-state division of powers and finding solutions to the heart-wrenching stories of lives and relationships damaged and put in limbo because of battles over turf and identity.”
In the statement, the signatories said, “As moderate Muslims, we are particularly concerned with the statement issued by Minister Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, in response to the recent Court of Appeal judgment on the right of transgenders to dress according to their identity.
“He viewed the right of the transgender community and Sisters in Islam (SIS) to seek legal redress as a ‘new wave of assault on Islam’ and as an attempt to lead Muslims astray from their faith, and put religious institutions on trial in a secular court.
“Such an inflammatory statement from a federal minister (and not for the first time) sends a public message that the prime minister’s commitment to the path of moderation need not be taken seriously when a minister can persistently undermine it.”
The Prime Minister, sadly, is not setting the trend and leading the nation as expected of a leader. Very regrettably, he has not condemned or chided those advocating acrimony, animosity, rancour, resentment and bitterness. He is simply echoing the sentiments and views articulated by these extremists.
This did not go unnoticed by these 25 brave and courageous Malaysians: “More importantly, we call on the prime minister to exercise his leadership and political will to establish an inclusive consultative committee to find solutions to these intractable problems that have been allowed to fester for too long.”
These exemplary, eminent Malaysians who had worked with the government — and for the government — have reached a stage where they can no longer tolerate these extreme elements, who are clearly a threat to our way of life. By taking this bold stand, they have earned our undying gratitude and respect. They have gone beyond race and religion to be on the side of justice.
What is happening — and has been allowed to happen — is not in the larger interest of the nation. What is happening is a concerted effort on the part of a minority to concentrate power and position in their hands to serve their selfish interest — for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many who want an inclusive and caring society that will take care of the needy and the deserving.
Well-meaning and caring Malaysians must speak up to send a clear signal that Umno and the PM do not represent the moderate and accommodative views of the majority Malaysians, who only want to live in peace and harmony.
As was stated by William Faulkner, writer and Nobel Prize laureate, “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world… would do this, it would change the earth.”
Certainly, it would change our beloved Malaysia.
* P. Ramakrishan, the long-serving former president of Aliran, has been granted a respite and now happily serves as an Aliran executive committee member. He has carried the flag for human rights and democracy for Aliran since its inception in 1977, when the term “human rights” was considered something of a dirty word.
** This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail Online.



Desi would like to congratulate the Group of 25 senior citizens referred to, quoting from above: ...,they “are deeply concerned about the state of debate on many issues of conflict on the position and application of Islamic laws in Malaysia”.

These are no ordinary Malays and Malaysians. Among those who signed the statement were Datuk Noor Faridah Ariffin, former Malaysian ambassador to the Netherlands; Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Haji Din, former secretary-general, Home Ministry; Tan Sri Ahmad Kamil Jaafar, former secretary-general, Foreign Affairs Ministry; Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman, former secretary-general, Finance Ministry; Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican, former director-general, Health Ministry; Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim, former secretary-general, Finance Ministry; Tan Sri Mustaffa Babjee, former director-general, Veterinary Services Department, Datuk Seri Shaik Daud Md Ismail, former Court of Appeal judge; and Hendon Mohamad, past president, Malaysian Bar.

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Desi had similarly writ on Nov 28 thus: .... that I had observed this MADNESS/Insanity during the recent UMNO General Assembly...YES!

Madness Is WHEN UMNO General Assembly Is On...So Desi WILL TRY...

to lessen the INsanity. The party is beyong slavation, just salivating from RM...greed; the veom coming out of the PIMinPin's blemishing the Rakyat's soul, dirtying everything that is withing reach of PWTC the past few days; don't even read the NST and UM!

So take a KitKat break by reading this LIFTER from a new news source I spied todie:)~~~YL, Desi


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from sungaiderhaka.blogspot.com:~~~~


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Najib buat pekak seruan dari 25 tokoh negara..


Ketua Parlimen DAP Lim Kit Siang berkata, Datuk Seri Najib Razak ‘memekakkan telinga’ terhadap permintaan 25 tokoh Malaysia yang menggesa Perdana Menteri untuk menyelesaikan segera ketegangan antara kaum dan agama di Malaysia.

Reaksi pasif Najib yang ‘memekakkan telinganya’ kata Kit Siang adalah bukti kurangnya keazaman politik untuk menamatkan isu-isu ekstremisme dalam negara.

“Seruan 25 tokoh Malaysia itu tidak diendahkan oleh pemerintahan yang pekak diketuai Najib.


“Bukan sahaja telah melupakan dasar 1Malaysia untuk mencipta warga mendahului kaum, agama, geografi, dan status sosio-ekonomi, bahkan Najib membiarkan dirinya terus dikawal kelompok ekstremis, suara-suara tidak moderat dan tidak bertoleransi yang diwakili golongan minoriti di negara ini,” kata Kit Siang dalam satu kenyataan.

Semalam, sekumpulan 25 tokoh Melayu yang terdiri daripada bekas pegawai tinggi kerajaan, ahli akademik dan profesional menggesa Najib menyelesaikan segera ketegangan antara kaum dan agama dalam negara.

Surat terbuka itu ditandatangani 25 individu yang mendesak penyelesaian segera kerana isu tersebut melunturkan keyakinan rakyat terhadap keselamatan, perlindungan dan menjejaskan kestabilan negara.

Penulis surat itu Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, bekas Duta Besar Malaysia ke Belanda yang juga bekas Ketua Pengarah Penyelidikan, Perjanjian dan Jabatan Undang-undang Antarabangsa, Kementerian Luar bimbang dan kecewa dengan perbalahan berterusan berhubung kedudukan dan amalan undang-undang Islam di negara ini.

Mereka turut mendesak Najib menilai semula undang-undang Jenayah Syariah dan memastikan hak rakyat untuk berbahas tentang bagaimana agama Islam diguna sebagai sumber undang-undang serta dasar awam negara.

Kumpulan 25 tokoh itu menambah, penggunaan Akta Hasutan sebagai alat menggertak dan mendiamkan sesiapa yang mempunyai pandangan yang berbeza juga amat membimbangkan.

Kenyataan mereka itu melalui surat terbuka sepenuhnya sila baca di ( SINI )

Justeru itu, kata Kit Siang adalah suatu perkara yang sangat malang apabila Najib tidak mampu melakukan apa-apa, selain gagal untuk membuktikan kualitinya sebagai Perdana Menteri.

“Hanya rakyat biasa – yang majoritinya mendiamkan diri – merentasi parti politik, bangsa, agama yang mampu memastikan kejayaan agenda kesederhanaan dicapai,” kata Kit Siang. 

Monday, December 01, 2014

The REMOTE-CONTROLLED newspaper always plays up to UMNO's tune...




Do you remember, dear ER -- Rakyat Malaysia, you mudah lupa ke? -- how topgun of the Star Wong Chun Wai, described PKR president DS Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as a "remote-controlled" politician when she last contested the Kajang by-election? What the former GEIC and now MD of the bestselling English print daily meant was that Kak Wan was the proxy for her husband SDR DS ANWAR IBRAHIM -- who was disqualified from contesting because the powers-that-be played dirty in forwarding an Appeal Court hearing on Sodomy 2 to find the Opposition Leader guilty in a fast-tracked hearing, handing down a "guilty" verdict, all over in TWO LONG DAYS! 


Did the Star topguns give the Opposition wakil rakyat any benefit of the doubt when Human Righhts are curtailed (Read my immediate precedent post...) by protesting the East Malaysian state stopping a PKR leader from entering the state?


Well, they give plenty of benefit of doubt and generosity of heart to their UMNO counterparts,SO STOP LABRELLING OTHERS AS "REMOTE CONTROLLED" when you are the ones guilty of such charges. "ENJOY" your comrades playing the bodekism fiddle, again and again! ~~ YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual


From thestar.com.my:

 

Nation

Published: Monday December 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 1, 2014 MYT 7:49:32 AM

Chew: Do not get upset by some Umno members’ extreme speeches

GEORGE TOWN: Umno works for the interest of all races, so the rakyat should not be upset by the speeches of certain Umno members that came across as extreme, says Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
The MCA vice-president said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s winding-up speech at Saturday’s Umno general assembly showed that he was committed to work for the betterment of the country’s multi-ethnic society.
Najib knows very well he was the Prime Minister for all, she said.
“His direction in steering Barisan is clear,” she said.
“However, in a big party like Umno, sometimes there could be members whose extreme statements are misconstrued as the party’s stand,” she pointed out.
“The public should not be too disturbed by such speeches,” she told reporters after opening a Goods and Services Tax (GST) seminar, organised by Penang MCA and SME Penang yesterday.
At the general assembly, delegate Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said was quoted by an online news portal as saying that the Chinese in Penang had gained wealth and power through vices such as gambling and prostitution.
His remarks were found to be offensive by some.
Mohd Zaidi, when contacted, said he would call for a press conference today to address the matter.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng urged the police to investigate Mohd Zaidi for criminal defamation and sedition.
He said police reports would be lodged against the Permatang Pauh Umno division chief over his offensive remark, adding that it “is necessary to defend the dignity of the people of Penang”.
“His allegation is an attack on Penang police as it implied that the force had allowed such lawlessness or illegal activities to exist,” he said in a statement.

KHAIRY, Don't talk just Malay rights, How about MALAYSIAN RIGHTS?

From thestar.com.my, after reading the print copy today, I ask of the UMNO YOUTH CHIEF, why after 57 years of Independence, the overstaing BN government still stresses on Malay rights? Hey, after Sabah and Sarawak joined Peninsular Malaysia to form the new nation called MALAYSIA as equal partners, MALAYSDIAN ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES -- the latest involved a PKR leader, see the second story below -- cannot freely travel EVEN IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY!

Hey, Khairy, please address NMATIONAL ISSUES, not just narrow sectarian ones as the YOUNGER GENERATION are expecxted to be forward looking, no?


COMPARE and contrast the TWO REPORTSA below:~~~~

Published: Monday December 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 1, 2014 MYT 7:42:59 AM

Khairy stands by what he said on Malay rights

Khairy Jamaluddin during the 68th Umno General Assembly at PWTC.
Khairy Jamaluddin during the 68th Umno General Assembly at PWTC.
PETALING JAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin says he is not about to go back on his words over Malay rights at the Umno general assembly.
“My speeches are public and the media are free to report it,” said the Umno Youth chief.
“I said what I wanted to say. I do not say something and hide behind closed doors,” he added.
Khairy said this in response to PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad’s claims that he was insinuating racial slurs at the assembly while maintaining a liberal stance in public.
Last week, social media was abuzz with news of Khairy’s alleged “racist” statement during his policy speech on other races challenging Malay rights.
He also said he had not received any legal letter from activist Hishamuddin Rais over a video that depicted the latter and other activists engaging in seditious activities that was aired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the general assembly.
Khairy said this to reporters after attending the “Walk the Talk – Stop Violence Against Women” forum at Universiti Malaya yesterday.
During his speech, he said such events were important for the younger generation to understand and prevent violence against women, be it physical or mental.


****** SHOCKING MALAYSIAN RIGHT TO TRAVEL TRAMPLED! *******


Nation

Published: Monday December 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 1, 2014 MYT 7:54:33 AM

Wanita PKR chief turned back in S’wak

From left, PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, Newly re-appointed PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, (middle), and Batu Tiga PKR assemblyman Rodziah Ismail during the press conference of the partys wanita wing opening at its 10th National Congress at Stadium Melawati Shah Alam on Friday.
From left, PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, Newly re-appointed PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, (middle), and Batu Tiga PKR assemblyman Rodziah Ismail during the press conference of the partys wanita wing opening at its 10th National Congress at Stadium Melawati Shah Alam on Friday.
KUCHING: Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic) has been barred from entering Sarawak, for the second time this year.
The Ampang MP boarded a Malindo Air flight at 7.15am from Kuala Lumpur bound for Kuching.
Also on board were PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar and Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
“We arrived at Kuching International Airport at 9.20am and headed towards immigration. I got past without a problem,” Nazmi said yesterday.
However, an immigration officer asked Zuraida to wait, and then told her that she was on the blacklist, he said.
She was put on the next Malindo Air flight back to Kuala Lumpur at 4.30pm.
They were in Sarawak as part of PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s “Rakyat Hakim Negara” nationwide tour.
Zuraida was first denied entry into Sarawak during the Balingian by-election in March.
However, she was allowed in on April 19 when she went to Kuching for her own campaign during the PKR elections.
She is the second person this month to be turned back at Sarawak checkpoints.
Last week, Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah was also turned away at Kuching airport.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Don't say you care for us, just justify with right actions

Politicians posture to the Rakyat
Men, women who interact with these PeMiNPin annually
Singing their love of Country, Religion and the Rakyat
Yeah, it's easy to louth loudly "you care for us" -- The People

But your actions belittle they words
I'd rather go to the Sunday market
and mix with the masses
who frankly tell you their hearts' innermost vibrations

Of pain and sorrow
When what they ear they can't cope
So do you beg, steal or borrow?


Oh dear Leaders who are so pompously loud and pious
Preaching DOWN to the Rakyat

Dio you know many people use th F*** words on thee?

God save us from these good-sounding leaders
But they have eyes, they do not see
IU'd rather interact with the blind who
tell of the state of beings, affairs and fears
As It Is

I:
S: ay
A: men again and AG*IN!