Gasps! No more petrol in JB... so we can't pump there anymore... nearest pump station to JB: Malacca!!!
My 2 cents worth...
Fine that there's no subsidized petrol in JB. I've nothing against it. Good move to it, Malaysian Government. However, this is a very short-term measure with much adverse effects to it. Let me not go into the Economic and Social issues here. I bet many bloggers and netizens who have voiced their opinions and negative effects.
Allow me to take a much friendlier approach. Allow me to provide suggestions looking at both monetary and legislative policy.
Going long term, the government can't afford to subsidize heavily the petrol, especially with the current cost of petrol is pushing towards US$130 per barrel. It won't be surprising if it does go beyond the US$130 mark. Many occurences will happen with the prices of fuel skyrocketing. Therefore, the world governments should look into bringing down consumption. Okay.. I digress a bit on what Malaysia should do.
Instead of putting a ban on non-Malaysian registered cars, I suggest to give no subsidies to all. Whoa... don't get your war cries on me yet. What I meant is that non-Malaysian registered cars to pay the full non-subsidized prices. Shouldn't it more far than to have an all-out ban. Okay, now you worry about the administration part of it. Well, admittedly, it is a bit more work. The petrol kiosk operators can just charge the normal price, ie. declare the non-subsidized price on the pumps. Have signs indicating that although foreigners can purchase the petrol, no subsidies can be provided. In the long run, the agency can also be provided important figures to make future decisions.
I apologize but this sudden ban seems to me as a short-cut way. Again, I didn't mean any insult to any party, but it really seems like a no-brainer where no thoughts to the future was being taken into consideration. Having a sudden ban would cause several upheavals to the economy of the governing state even though the Federal state is not involved, it will be soon. Blame it on the domino effect.
I do believe that other factors need to be considered as more and more countries move towards being a green nation that emits lesser carbon dioxide. Well, that's another topic for me to ramble and tatter on.
No hard feelings k.. Love y'all.
BTW... Mom, if I can't visit you often in JB, apologies... my petrol may not last that long to bring you jalan2 there for shopping. *Giggles*