Noises from South

I guess once you become a Singaporean, you always will be a Singaporean…

(Why make noise on RON95 when it is still cheaper for you to buy RON97? Image source:

Just read some of the unbelievable, kiasu loaded statements from the Singaporeans on the recent decision to ban “subsidised with MALAYSIAN tax-payers’ money” RON 95 petrol:-

Singaporean civil servant Tok Eng Seng, 38, said the frequent changes in the petrol ruling were confusing.

“We spend a lot of money here and we should be allowed to fill up with whichever type of petrol we want,” he added.

Ya, you spend a lot of money in JB but you still get a lot of things cheaper (namely foodstuff and sundry items) than in Singapore. That does not mean we need to give you our money too. In other words, just because there is a chance, you want a free screw too?

Another Singaporean, property agent Eric Tan, 43, said the lower price of fuel was the only attraction that led to many Singaporeans coming to the state.

“I believe sales of products in Johor Baru will go down once the ruling is enforced,” he said, adding that the move was bad for Malaysia’s tourism.

Sale may go down – it often do whenever prices goes up but once everyone is used to the new price scale, sale should pick again. The fact that the Sing Dollar is still stronger than the Ringgit and our Government is unlikely to increase prices of goods that drastically so soon (to ensure their own survival, of course); Singaporeans will still find items in Malaysia cheap enough to cross over the Causeway.

Art, photography and design executive Alex Soh, 37, also felt that many Singaporeans would not come to Johor if the price of petrol was increased.

“Cheaper petrol is one of the major attractions,” he added.

Well, Singaporeans have a choice, don’t they? They can always buy petrol at the petrol stations in Singapore and save us the trouble. Other than cheap petrol, Malaysia has many other things that is attractive to foreigners – because I don’t recall “cheap petrol” in Tourism Board’s Visit Malaysia advertisements (if you get my drift).

Derrick Cheng, 53, said many Singaporeans were unclear about the issue.

“I heard people saying that the price of petrol would go up while others say that we (Singaporeans) can still buy the lower grade of petrol but are only allowed to purchase 20 litres,” he said.

“It is unfair to charge separate rates for foreigners because it doesn’t comply with the free trade system that is supposed to be practised by the Malaysian Government,” he added.

Another idiot who just did not get the underlining message – there is separates rates because the petrol in Malaysia are not sold at actual market price (just be patient, we will get to that level eventually). Petrol in Malaysia is highly subsidised with Malaysian tax-payers’ money. It is not like Malaysians are paying for the petrol at market price now and we decided to increase it above the market price for foreigners at our whims and fancy.

Salesman Ken Tan, 28, said there were traffic jams at the Causeway and because of that, many Singaporeans expected cheaper petrol when they return to their country.


Perhaps with less Singaporeans coming over to JB (as predicted by one Alex Soh), traffic may be less at the Causeway.

If you ask me, I don’t see the problem – why should we, Malaysian tax-payers should be subsidising Singaporeans with cheaper petrol? It is not that we have banned sale of petrol to foreigners – Singaporeans can still get petrol in Malaysia but at un-subsidised rate.

Further the price of RON97 in Malaysia is still cheaper than the same RON97 sold in Singapore – almost 57% cheaper! And I doubt that for that price difference, Singaporeans still want to go for RON95 unless you are dirt cheap.

So, what is the big problem here?

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