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.”
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…………….