Malaysiakini tells us that PKR claimed the Gov't can afford fuel subsidies.
What triggered this claim by Tian Chua had been government ministers averring the opposition would bankrupt the country by reducing fuel prices should the latter come into power.
PKR information chief Tian Chua insisted that the government is capable of maintaining or even reducing fuel prices despite soaring global crude oil prices. He said Petronas would be making oodles of lollies because of the current record high crude oil prices. He wants the profits to be used as fuel subsidies.
I am personally not in favour of subsidy of any sorts, except for education.
For a start. a two or more tiered pricing system always lend itself to corrupt practice where illegal siphoning of subsidized fuel across the tiered system (basically pilfering) would invariably occur. The corruption would invariably involved government officials even right up to the very top.
Then, why should we subsidize the 1st World Singaporeans who come across the causeway on weekends? No doubt this is just a petty point but it annoys me mucho.
No, I prefer to see the fuel profits invested for our future, like developing a world class education system all the way right up to tertiary level, water and other essential services, environment, research facilities, technology, infrastructure, etc.
While I wouldn’t go to the extent of echoing the government ministers’ accusation (a bit rich when they are the ones ripping off the country) I am disappointed that dear Tian Chua is adopting crowd-pleasing policies rather than providing responsible leadership.
But readers, what say you? Do you support Tian Chua’s policy on fuel subsidy, even to the extent of reducing the current prices? I wonder what would Tony Pua say of Tian's proposal?