Stopping Fuel Subsidy by Malaysian Government

I have no idea what to implicate on this move by our dear government, I
seriously doubt their ability to tackle problems to resolve foreigners
to enjoy the fuel subsidy. I have a few ideas which will definitely
curb the fuel subsidy, but hey they already have a great few nuts
sitting up in the sky thinking of all the ways to curb foreigners.
People in their own world never think holistically when curbing one
problem, They only think of the 2 steps but not till the end of the
pathway.
I would foresee a huge mess this coming May, anyway do
enjoy the article written by Tan Poh KHeng on the latest topic on the
tip of most SINGAPOREAN tongue:

By TAN POH KHENG

Come May 2010, make sure you have your MyKad with you when you visit
petrol stations to top up the tank (editor’s note: MyKad is Malaysia’s
smart identity card).

Because without the smart card, you will not get a drop of petrol even if you have cash or credit.

I have no idea whether we’ll also need to swipe our MyKad to buy sugar, cooking oil and the like in the future.

Somehow, the Malaysian government may be the only one in this world
that needs to verify a buyer’s identity before he fills up his petrol
tank.

This reminds me of communism, where the people needed to show their
identification before buying a loaf of bread. But then that was an era
long gone.

At a time when the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
members and China are opening up their markets for one another, showing
proof of identity for purchase of petrol seems backward.

I cannot fathom whether the move is supposed to show off MyKad’s
multiple functions or to stop foreigners from buying cheap petrol here.

If the former, then we should rightly feel proud as a pocket-sized MyKad can accomodate at least eight different functions.

Any data, from personal particulars to whether the cardholder is
suffering from sexually transmitted diseases as well as his wealth and
other private details, will be unreservedly exposed with a MyKad reader.

But privacy remains of secondary importance. Worse still, there is no product assurance on the extremely vulnerable MyKad chips.

Imagine you are in a hurry for work, school, or some business
meeting, but you’re stuck with an empty tank in a petrol station. All
because the MyKad reader refuses to accept your identification.

Such a possibility is very real. The National Registration
Department (JPN) has urged the public to replace their chips if they’re
damaged.

There would be chaos if half the country’s population rush to JPN to replace their MyKad just to fill up their petrol tanks.

If the new policy is a counter-measure against foreign car owners
who have exploited loopholes in the earlier policy of allowing
foreign-registered vehicles to fill up their petrol tanks with a
maximum of 20 litres of petrol, then by all measures it is a very poor
contrivance.

Foreign vehicles, especially those from Singapore, have brought much
bigger economic benefits to this country than the profits they have
sneaked away from our petrol allowances.

Inconveniences experienced at petrol pumps will only drive them away.

If we do this merely to stamp cross-border smuggling activities,
then the anti-smuggling squads should work a lot harder to check their
activities instead of transferring the hassles to motorists across the
nation.

It is necessary for us to prevent foreigners from enjoying our
petrol allowances, but not to spend huge sums of money acquiring MyKad
readers and inconvenience motorists.

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