This report appeared in yesterday's edition of The Sun. Its on the topic hangat of S'pore cars not allowed to fill at stations within a 50km radius of the border (also applicable up north). Apparently, the stations at the Thai border have already felt the pinch & many are complaining about the slump in sales.
Domestic Trade & Consumers Affair Minister Datuk Sharir Abdul Samad had this to say:
"It is not right to depend on business of a product which is heavily subsidised and then complain."
On the rationale of the move?
"The intention to restrict the radius to 50km is to ensure that only genuine visitors or tourists are filling up at local stations and not those who come in just to fill up their tanks and the turn back."
On Malaysians working in S'pore or have PR status.
"I think as Malaysians who earn in Singapore dollars and are prepared to buy Singapore cars, they should be able to be inconvenienced to go out to buy petrol."
Fook me! Is it possible that a fooking BN Minister is actually saying something that makes sense or is it just me anti-S'pore sentiment clouding me judgement? The report also says that the govt will be forking out RM56 BILLION in subsidies this year alone. So is the measure above a genuine effort to stem fuel smuggling or just another slap in the face of our neighbours (especially after they 'stole' our rocks)?
Would love to hear what yer thoughts on this issue, especially from those who are Johorians (Anand, Premo & Nick Mun - that'd be you). Good move or just punitive measures against them fooking arrogant islanders?
Either way, sounds good to me. Anything against S'pore is quite possibly the only occasion me will support our govt. And yes, they are NOT a proper country . . .
ps: Asian World Cup Qualifier two days ago - S'pore 3 v Uzbekistan 7!!! Hoo-fooking-ray!