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Sepatutnya turun 48 sen dan harga minyak RM1.42 sahaja – Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Dis (Hrkh) – Harga petrol sepatutnya diturunkan 48 sen kepada RM1.42 dan bukan diturunkan 10 sen sahaja, seperti yang dilakukan oleh kerajaan baru-baru ini292x300hj815w03, kata Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng(gambar).

Menurut beliau, keputusan kerajaan menurunkan harga petrol sebanyak 10 sen kepada RM1.80 mulai semalam tidak menunjukkan harga pasaran sebenar, di mana harga pasaran minyak mentah dunia semasa berlegar sekitar RM157 satu tong (US$45).

Keputusan itu juga, katanya, tidak memberi kesan besar kepada peningkatan pendapatan orang ramai. “Pada 2005, harga minyak mentah dunia berada sekitar RM164 setong (US$47) dan harga petrol di Malaysia adalah RM1.42 seliter. “Jadi perkiraan yang sama perlu diguna pakai dalam menentukan harga semasa petrol di negara ini,” kata Guan Eng.

pencawang-kBercakap dalam sidang media di pejabatnya semalam, beliau juga meminta kerajaan mengarahkan Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) supaya menurunkan tarif elektrik berikutan harga bahan api yang semakin menurun sejak kebelakangan ini.  “Harga petrol sudah diturunkan beberapa kali sehingga RM1.80 tetapi tarif elektrik masih kekal seolah-olah harga petrol masih RM2.60 seliter,” katanya.

Menurutnya, TNB menggunakan 60 peratus gas dan 40 peratus arang batu untuk menjana elektrik untuk keperluan pengguna. “Harga gas menurun sedikit tetapi arang batu menurun lebih 50 peratus. Jadi TNB tidak mempunyai apa-apa lagi alasan untuk tidak menurunkan tarif elektrik,” kata Guan Eng.

Beliau berkata, jika TNB mampu membayar RM4 bilion setahun kepada pengeluar tenaga bebas (IPP) untuk tenaga yang tidak digunakannya, ia juga harus mampu menurunkan tarif elektrik kerana ia digunakan oleh keseluruhan rakyat negara ini.

Sumber: Harakah Daily

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18/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | 2 Comments

UM kurangkan pelajar ijazah pertama

Langkah Naib Cancelor UM untuk mengurangkan pengambilan pelajar ijazah pertama pada sesi akan datang dipandang positif dalam  usaha universiti tersebut meningkatkan rankingnya pada Times Higher Education Supplement dalam masa dua tahun akan datang. befb757aa1c99c3f2dbc8afdd57e3342

Naib Cancelor UM, Prof Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon berkata, Universiti Malaya (UM) kini menukar tumpuannya terhadap pengajian ijazah lanjutan dengan menambah jumlah tempat kursus dan mengurangkan pengambilan penuntut ijazah pertama.

Jika di imbas kembali, kedudukan UM telah menurun sejak 2006, apabila ia menduduki tempat ke-169 pada 2005 dan turun ke tangga 192 pada 2006. Ia menduduki tempat ke-245 tahun lepas dan meningkatkan semula ke tempat 230 pada tahun ini. Usaha ini adalah untuk memantapkan lagi UM dalam memberi tumpuan kepada kajian dan penyelidikan di samping menjadikannya sebuah universiti yang unggul.

Sebagai salah seorang yang pernah menjejakkan kaki ke UM, saya turut berbangga sekiranya ranking UM sebagai sebuah universiti yang terunggul di Malaysia dapat di kembalikan.

Namun, apakah nasib bakal-bakal pelajar ijazah pertama yang memohon untuk masuk ke UM? Mereka mungkin tercicir daripada memasuki universiti itu. Ini bermakna, jumlah pelajar yang diterima untuk memasuki UM akan berkurangan dan merit yang dikira akan menjadi lebih ketat.

0004f5Jika dinilai dari sudut purata pelajar yang akan memasuki UM, jelas kepada kita bahawa jumlah yang diterima menjadi sedikit dan ramai pelajar-pelajar lepasan SPM,  matrikulasi atau STPM tidak akan mendapat tempat di UM. Akan tetapi, jika kita melihat dari sudut yang berbeza, kita melihat pelajar-pelajar ini akan bersaing secara sihat untuk mendapatkan tempat di UM nanti. Secara khususnya, tahap pencapaian pelajar-pelajar di sekolah akan meningkat. Mereka akan belajar bersungguh-sungguh untuk menduduki tempat di UM.

Syabas dan tahniah di ucapkan kepada Naib Canselor UM yang baru.

17/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Harga Petrol RM 1.80, Wajar ke?

“The retail price of petrol can dip as low as RM1.92 per litre, the price two years ago, if the world crude oil price drops to US$72 a barrel, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said Friday.”

Inilah kata-kata menteri yang bertanggungjawab berkenaan harga minyak beberapa ketika dahulu. Tapi apa yang berlaku sekarang? Harga minyak mentah sudah menjunam $45 setong, tapi harga runcit petrol di pasaran RM 1.80 seliter. Persoalannya, wajarkah petrol di jual pada harga tersebut kepada rakyat?

raise-of-petrol-priceJika di nilai dengan lebih teliti, harga runcit petrol sepatutnya di turunkan lebih rendah berdasarkan kepada penurunan harga minyak mentah dunia. Dulu kerajaan beria-ia mengatakan bahawa kadar subsidi harus ditetapkan semula kerana kerajaan menaggung jumlah subsidi yang besar. Akan tetapi,  sekarang ini seolah-olah rakyat terpaksa membayar cukai kepada kerajaan.

Emm..entah lah, apa nk jadi dengan negara kita ni. Rakyat di tindas secara terang-terangan.

Ya Allah, bantulah kami dalam menghadapi musuh Mu!!!!!!

16/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Harga petrol, diesel turun 10 sen lagi

Harga minyak petrol dan diesel masing-masing turun 10 sen seliter berkuatkuasa mulai tengah malam ini. c7abfd351151ab0e6dcdb66912a02dd1

Berikutan itu, harga petrol RON97 dikurangkan dari RM1.90 seliter kepada RM1.80 seliter dan harga petrol RON92 pula dikurangkan dari RM1.80 seliter kepada RM1.70 seliter. Manakala diesel dikurangkan daripada RM1.80 seliter kepada RM1.70 seliter. Penurunan harga minyak bagi kali ketujuh sejak Ogos lalu itu, diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hari ini.

Dalam satu kenyataan, Abdullah berkata, penurunan harga runcit petrol dan diesel sebanyak 10 sen seliter itu adalah sejajar dengan penurunan harga minyak mentah di pasaran.

Berkuatkuasa tarikh yang sama juga, tambahnya, harga petrol dan diesel bersubsidi bagi nelayan diturunkan 13 sen seliter – dari RM1.43 seliter kepada RM1.30 seliter – sepertimana yang telah diumumkan sebelum ini.

16/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Government makes RM16mil a day from fuel windfall

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is set to get windfall gains of up to RM16mil per day based on yesterday’s crude oil price of US$44 (RM158.40) per barrel and a consumption estimate of 27.5 million litres per day .

This windfall comes about because the pump prices of fuel have not been reduced enough to reflect the lower crude prices, oil analysts said.

This has prompted the Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) to request the Government to reveal how it plans to spend the windfall revenue.

Its secretary-general Muhd Sha’ani Abdullah urged the Government to invest the money in public transportation for the benefit of everyone.

The crude oil price in New York fell to a four-year low at below US$44 per barrel yesterday, dragged down by demand worries amid the worsening outlook of the global economy.

At this level, the market price for RON 97 grade petrol should be about RM1.30 per litre, which is 60 sen lower than the RM1.90 per litre Malaysians are currently paying, the analysts said.

Based on a consumption estimate of 27.5 million litres per day, this translates to roughly around RM16.5mil in extra revenue a day for the Government.

It is believed that revenue collected by the Government from RON 97 sales at local pumps ranged from a low of RM100,000 to as high as RM20mil a day since mid-October.

This takes into account international oil price movements, as well as the four price cuts at local pumps over the period. Crude oil prices had slumped 19% this week alone, and was more than US$100 (RM360) down from at its July peak of US$147 (RM529.20) per barrel.

In all, total revenue for the Government from the sale of RON 97 over the past two months would probably be around RM500mil, the analysts, who declined to be named, said. This, however, excludes duty paid by pump operators for sales of RON 92 and diesel.

RON 97 is the most popular petrol grade among Malaysian drivers, accounting for about 80% of total fuel sales at local pumps.

But while the Government gets extra revenue from fuel sales, as opposed to having to subsidise before, falling crude oil prices also means less profits for Petronas, the national oil corporation.

Income from Petronas, in terms of petroleum tax and dividends, accounted for about 40% of the latest national budget. Latest results showed Petronas made a net profit of RM42.7bil in its fiscal first half ended Sept 30.

This was 46% higher compared to same period last year. It would be tough to match that level of profitability during the current six-month period ending March 31, 2009.

Sha’ani said while Fomca and consumers were agreeable that petrol sales results in more revenue for the Government, they should be told how their money is spent.

He said the profits from petrol must be channelled in such ways to further reduce the burden of consumers and help them cope with the cost of living especially in the current financial downturn.

He added that the fuel pump price should not be lowered further as it would only encourage more private vehicles on the roads and fewer people would take public transportation.

He said the Government must make it a priority to greatly improve public transportation and educate the public to use it as their main mode of transportation.

“People need time to change their transportation arrangements,” he said.

On Nov 25, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad was asked if the situation now was akin to consumers subsiding the Government.

He replied: ‘’The Government collects taxes. It is government revenue. When the price is high, the Government gives subsidy.’’

On Wednesday, he said, consumers would know next week if the Government will implement a floor price mechanism for petrol and diesel.

He said consumers should also brace for the decision of having a managed flotation mechanism for oil prices based on market rates.

Shahrir said many aspects had to be looked into before finalising the issue, including generating revenue for the Government and providing stronger purchasing power to consumers.

Source: The Star Online

07/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Massive landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa

KUALA LUMPUR: A massive landslide occurred in Bukit Antarabangsa at 4am Saturday. As of 10.45am Saturday, four people are confirmed dead and 15 injured.

The landslide cut off access by the main road to the residential areas at Bukit Antarabangsa, trapping hundreds of residents.

A total of 3,000 to 5,000 residents in the vicinity of the landslide are going to be evacuated, said Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar.landslide brian 03

He said the military has been roped in to create a slip road to enable trapped victims to be evacuated from the area.

Among the dead are a 30-year-old mother, her two-month-old baby and her maid.

A total of 93 people have been rescued while seven are still reported missing.

Also affected are 14 houses in Jalan Bukit Mewah and Jalan Mewah Utama.

The injured and the remains of the dead have been rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

A total of 160 police, army, Ampang Jaya City Council (MPAJ) and medical personnel are involved in the search and rescue operation.

According to BERNAMA, the injured were given first aid at the Addinniah surau before being sent to hospital. At least 12 ambulances were spotted at the scene.

One of the affected bungalows is owned by Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, the principal private secretary to the prime minister.

Thajudeen and his family are safe. They were not at home at the time.

Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali said at the scene that earth movement continued to take place and that electricity supply to several housing estates in Bukit Antarabangsa was disrupted.

The site of Saturday’s landslide is believed to be 1.5km from the Highland Towers apartment building which collapsed on Dec 11, 1993, killing 48 people.

06/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Pengundian 17 Jan di Kuala T’ganu

Hari penamaan calon bagi pilihanraya kecil Kuala Terengganu jatuhnya pada 6 Januari dan pengundian pula 17 Januari, memberikan 11 hari berkempen, demikian diumumkan Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR).
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Timbalan Pengerusi SPR Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar berkata bilangan pengundi kali ini 80,229 orang, sedikit berbeza berbanding 80,325 orang dalam pilihanraya umum Mac lalu.

Jumlah ini termasuk 1,035 pengundi pos.

Dakwat tidak mudah padam di jari pengundi, seperti yang pernah dijanjikan akan diamalkan oleh SPR, tidak akan dilaksanakan dalam pilihanraya ini.

Ia diadakan susulan kematian penyandangnya Datuk Razali Ismail, yang juga timbalan menteri pelajaran, Jumaat lepas.

Wakil rakyat BN itu menewaskan Naib Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu dengan majoriti tipis, 628 undi.

05/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Malaysians paying a premium for fuel

MALAYSIANS were paying RM1.52 per litre for petrol when crude oil was below US$50 per barrel 3½ years ago.

Today, we are paying RM1.90 per litre as crude oil hovered at US$48 per barrel yesterday.

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Based on crude oil price at US$50 per barrel, the market price for RON 97, the most popular petrol grade sold at local pumps, is estimated at RM1.40 per litre. RON 97 accounts for about 80% of the more than one billion litres of fuel sold at local pumps every month, according to some estimates.

Analysts believe that pump operators have been paying duties for all fuel products since October. At current prices, that would translate to about 50 sen per litre in extra fuel revenue for the Government.

The volatility in the international crude oil market and the lack of transparency on how local fuel price is calculated make it very difficult to accurately estimate how much duty the Government has collected in recent weeks.

Crude oil hit a record US$147 in July, resulting in the Government having had to subsidise every drop sold at local pumps.

The global financial crisis turned worse after that, sending crude oil prices plunging. This resulted in six price cuts at local petrol pumps since August.

Recently, there had been talk about setting a floor price for fuel sold at local pumps. The extra income from duties collected for fuel sale will help the Government cut its budget deficit.

The funds could also be channelled towards pump-priming activities to prop up the economy, said RHB Research Institute in a note.

If a policy to set a minimum price for fuel were introduced, the additional revenue should be diverted to improve public transport facilities.

Fast-tracking projects such as expanding the Light Rail Transit network in the Klang Valley and building a new one in Penang, should be a priority.

Such projects would also give a much needed boost to the construction industry and alleviate traffic woes in the cities.

In the US, fuel sold at pumps is taxed. The money collected is used mainly for transportation-related projects. If not, then drivers should pay for fuel at market price, said Bank Islam senior economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin.

He said the Government should divert funds from fuel revenue into developing alternative sources of energy. In Brazil, almost all light vehicles can run on ethanol made from sugarcane.

Back home, palm oil is blended with fossil fuel to make biodiesel, but its usage remains below expectations. Increased use of alternative fuels will lower demand for traditional fossil fuel, and help keep prices of petrol and diesel in check.

Using palm oil-based fuels would also lend support to the plantation industry that is now struggling to cope with the sharp decline in the price of crude palm oil.

05/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment