I’m sorry. This time I really have to rant.
By now, everyone in Malaysia knows about the recent 0.78 cent increase in fuel costs, bringing the total amount to RM2.70 ($0.83 USD) for a litre of petrol. As far as I have seen, the majority of Malaysians have viewed this with a near panic by causing massive traffic jams in the city streets in the effort to fuel up before the midnight price-hike deadline and with a worrisome hatred for their future and their government. To all this I say one thing.
My God, you’re all whiny ungrateful sods.
Sure, Malaysia is an oil producing country, but do you really expect all that oil to last us forever? Did you really stop and think for a moment that other countries (fine they are non-oil producing countries) are paying still paying 2-6 times more per litre than you are? Did you really think, with how oil is meticulously searched and found, siphoned off a well maintained rig in the middle of the seas that probably took months to build, transported, refined in some huge refinery, stored, transported again, used to fuel our cars, then have a big chunk of the profits given to people for no good reason that it’s amazing that fuel prices could have stayed as low as less than 2 Malaysian Ringgit?
Wow you must be feeling self-righteous that your daily transport to work alone in your car has now lost all meaning. You know, forget about the fact that your exhaust fumes are killing the planet. Forget about the joys and freedom of spending money on your late night rituals of food and drinks whining about the how the fat cats are taking your money for the sake of taking back what you know is a stupid move.
Here’s an idea, why don’t you drive a little less and think about how the rest of the world has put up with a high price in petrol for the past few years. Why don’t you take a break from your whining and think about how the rest of the world has been hard at work trying to solve a global (as in amazingly includes you too) energy crisis that has been debated for years. Why don’t you just suck it up and stop being part of the problem and go do something about solving it?
The good thing about this that if no one is going to actually do something about it, rest assured, everyone will stop making a fuss and toughing it out, after two months of useless fist shaking. Oh Malaysia, have you really changed at all?