DAP,PRS,SPDP,SAPP Key Man Hits Out on Fuel Hike..

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The new price of petrol and diesel that was announced by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has a big impact on the people and the component parties in East Malaysia. In Sabah, Sapp President Yong Teck Lee warned Badawi of a serious political fallout for the BN and he lambasted the drastic rise in fuel price by the BN.”If the government losses the faith of the people, then it will find it even more difficult to govern” Are we sensing that SAPP is trying to find an alternative way out? Much has been said about their August date and there are looking very much like putting the “sword at the adam’s apple” ready to thrust.

In Sarawak,it was much of the same thing as PRS President James Jemut Masing said that the people needs to know the rationale behind the government’s decision of such a surprise move.“It is not good enough for the government to say that it is using the savings on fuel subsidy for development. It must let the people know in detail what the plans are,” He went further by saying that “It will affect the BN unless we explain because we have intelligent voters.Intelligent voters mean we require rationale intelligence and transparency in our dealing.”

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James seems to be rather worried about losing seats in the State Elections which is not due yet till 2011. Will BN still be in power or will Pakatan Rakyat have a say by then?

Sarawak People’s Democratic Party (SPDP) Senior Vice-President Peter Nansian Ngusie said the price hike of fuel has affected everyone and we should look at the whole oil market and the region where every country is facing the same problem.

An economist was quick to point out that if the PM had waited for August the “roques and cartels’ as he put it nicely would have stocked up all the diesel and petrol in some warehouse and even built special depots. PM can’t even inform the BN component parties and he has taken all these against himself. The PM and the government has repeatedly informed and educatied the citizens on the impact of subsidised oil, a non- subsidised economy and the imminent increase in Oil Crude prices but it has fallen on deaf ears.Many people continue to question why Malaysia as a net petroleum exporting nation was experiencing a negative impact from a spike in global oil prices.

You know why…..!!! Everyone is just so embroiled in politics and who’s staying on in power and who is going to be the next Prime Minister. What’s more….?? The volatility of the Malaysia’s Political situation after March 8th 2008 and the crossover/hopping/conspiracy theories were too much for everyone to worry about the whole world. It is sad but when we can’t even look after our backyard why should we worry about the world!!!

The BN Top brasses in Sabah and Sarawak are very worried about their voters and their party’s survival right now. The BN government will be feeling the wrath of the people and needs to find ways to mitigate rumblings related to the hike in petrol prices. The road to recovery and the battering the BN had at the polls for most of the component parties, it will be in for a rather rough,tumultuous and uncertain times ahead.

Keadilan and DAP will be watching very closely and they will pounce at any given oppurtunity. Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman and Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak secretary, feared that the future of Malaysians would be bleaker and it will definitely be a trying period for all of us. For BN and PR the name of the game is after all the peoples votes…………….

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6 months later (June 1st -Jan 1st)

Datuk Suret Singh Road Safety Department (JKJR) director-general says that the enforcement of the rear seat belt law will only take effect in January 2009. ( see our earlier report –https://audie61.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/back-seat-belts-june-1stgreat/ )

“Enforcement is important but the impact could be temporary. It is not an inner-driven value but externally enforced. So, when advocacy is used, it (wearing rear seat belts) becomes a culture,” he told reporters today.He said that during the advocacy period,back seat passengers found not wearing seat belts would be advised, given pamphlets and stickers on its importance.

I take a significant interests in that when I was in England I was saved by the seat belt when I crashed into a wall in Bournemouth on 24th of April 1984. The XR3 Ford car then did not have Air Bag and also my friend Mark Battistini who was at my back was pushed forward towards me and that did not help in me getting severe facial injuries. It was headline news and I still keep a cutting of the Bournemouth Echo 1984 to remind me of that accident. I’m glad to be alive and its 24 years from that episode and I see the Malaysian Government has finally realised that back seat passengers also need to secure themselves.

 Well done Malaysia!! Read more also at  http://themalaysianinsider.com/mni/enforcement-of-rear-seat-belt-from-jan-1.html 

SAPP Yong Questions the Consequences of Fuel hike…?

According to a former Group Editor of an English Daily he said that Malaysian Politics is that ,”For every actions you take there is an opposite and an equal reaction. This is Quantum Physics  In Politics” What he meant if you read between the lines is pure and simple!!! Sapp President Yong yong teck lee oldTeck Lee would come out and support the government eventhough he lambasted the drastic rise in fuel price by the BN.  Bugi Wijaya our correspondent was however not impressed with all the tame noises that came out from the press conference.

Meanwhile the overall picture with the  drastic hike has prompted the public anger and a round of criticisms from the opposition as “socially unjust”, while several street demonstrations as we speak are being held in Bau and Miri in Sarawak by PKR  while others are anticipated to be held in coming weeks.

The full report from Malaysiakini and text can be read at http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/84050. The question of August still remains and SAPP will have to show whether they have not mince their words and stick to their deadline.Afterall the people in Sabah will give them their loudest cheer….. when they arrive at that decision………………..?????

6.26am SMS…Bau (Gold Town) awaits Oil Protests..

Malaysiakini was informed by sarawak fuel hike demo kuching 080306 dominique ngDeputy State Chairman Baharuddin that more demonstrations are being planned at different locations starting from tomorrow. PKR Sarawak is on the move and the momentum is gathering pace.

He launched the PKR Mas Gading Division,Bau on March 31st 2008 where he mentioned that”the five percent oil and gas royalties for Sarawak and Sabah will be increased four folds should the opposition take over the federal government.“(PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim has made this promise to PKR leaders in these two states,” This time YB Dominique Ng (PKR Assemblyman for Padungan and Sarawak State chief ) is back at Bau .(Gold Town about 50km southwest of Kuching.)
What makes that statement more relevant was another “SMS” sent as early as 6.26am of “Protest against Oil Price Hike” at 2p.m infront of Bau District council. Please get as many people as possible  to come! BN must go! Please let Pakatan Rakyat Government save us now!

The Day of Reckoning is coming for the State BN which has to account for its actions over the past three decades and the Oil Price increase by 78 sen – from RM1.92 per litre to RM2.70 and also the price of diesel increased by a whopping 63.3 percent – from RM1.58 per litre to RM2.58 will obviously affect Sarawak.  About 3/4 of the constituencies are rural interior based where the main mode of transportation are by rivers and this will certainly hit the people hard.

YB Ng will be accompanied by top State PKR leaders which includes Nicholas Bawin, legal advisor See Chee How, Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Sanusi(Advisor) and many other Bidayuh Leaders as they descent to the Bau which was once famous for its gold deposits. See You there was the word………………..

* Latest.. In a telephone interview  PKR deputy Baharuddin Mokhsen says he will be leading a delegation to protests after Friday prayers in the vicinity of the State Mosque while in the afternoon a similar demonstration in Miri(Oil Town) at 2.30pm will be led by Dr.Michael Teo at Miri Central Square.