This is the news of the hour
Malaysia to stop petrol subsidies from December 1
and this is among the justifications
Bye-Bye Fuel Subsidies
but I am afraid reaction on the ground was actually quite harsh.
I was on the phone with a lady in Kuantan just now and she was telling me how everyone in her former college Wassap group were very unhappy about it.
She said even the pro-BN among them were apprehensive as it was expected that with an increase price of fuel, prices of other goods will also go up.
It will be a strain for the average wage earners, already struggling with ever increasing costs of living.
"Kita orang pun tak boleh nak kata apa bila geng opposition hentam government pasal harga minyak ni," the lady said.
"Actually kita orang pun rasa tertipu sebab hari tu ingatkan ada lah something yang boleh ringankan beban rakyat. Kalau cakap pasal BR1M meringankan beban rakyat kat geng opposition, dia orang ketawakan kita je. Sekarang harga minyak dah nak naik lagi. Tak tau lah nak kata apa," she added.
I don't know how to console the lady.
I can put forth an argument about how the move to stop fuel subsidies will be good for the country in the long run, but I don't think the lady could buy it.
She was more concerned about the here and now, and countering the taunting of her pro-Pakatan friends in the Wassap group.
It's easy for a well paid armchair commentator to come up with a theory of how good our life will be without the fuel subsidies, but it is a totally different game for those in the political trenches facing the enemies in real time.
Well, I am not happy myself.
I don't see any positive change from how things were after the general election last year.
In fact, things appear to be getting only worse.
Johor is sliding down the drain, purges were happening in the Umno rank and file, good people are giving up the fight, the crooks are in control of almost everything....etc.
Pakatan, despite their problems such as the recent Selangor leadership crisis seem to be gaining ground almost everywhere.
Umno and the other BN gang never seem to learn from their dismal performance in the general elections of 2008 and last year.