PUTRAJAYA: The Government announced yesterday an increase in petrol and diesel prices, stating that it can no longer continue to subsidise fuel.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the new prices were still at a 30-sen per litre discount from market prices.
In other words, if the market price is RM3 per litre, Malaysians will be charged RM2.70 at the pump. He said the price would be adjusted monthly based on the global oil price.
“Malaysians still pay lower than the market prices as far as petrol is concerned,” he told a packed press conference when announcing the restructuring of the subsidy package.
Abdullah said that although the restructuring would result in consumers having to pay more, prices were still lower compared with Singapore and Thailand.
He said the Government would save RM13.7bil through the restructuring.
From the savings, he said RM4bil would go to the National Food Supply Guarantee Policy, RM1.5bil for subsidising cooking oil and RM400mil to subsidise rice imports to make the price uniform in peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
The Government would also spend RM200mil on flour subsidy, RM100mil on bread subsidy and RM7.5bil was meant for contributions to the subsidies for petrol, diesel and gas.
On top of that, Abdullah said, the Government would have to fork out RM5bil to pay to owners of cars and motorcycles eligible for rebates introduced under the restructuring of subsidy package.
“Our effort is certainly not an attempt to be popular but we try our best to help the people. We cannot satisfy everyone,” he said.
Abdullah said demand for public transport would go up with the rise in fuel prices and the Government was currently addressing the need to improve services.
He reiterated that the public should make changes to their lifestyle, saying they must ensure there was no wastage in resources such as water, energy and food.
He said if certain adjustments were made, the public would not be “too badly affected by price increases”.
He said the hike in fuel prices would cause a projected increase in inflation of around 4% to 5%. It would also have an impact on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth but was confident that it could be maintained at 5% this year.
Abdullah said the Cabinet committee on anti-inflation had to come up with a system to ease the public’s burden from higher fuel prices.
“What is important is that we want to ensure the restructuring will encompass a mechanism that will protect and benefit those in the lower and middle income group.
“We are truly committed in ensuring these groups will not be burdened by the increase in petrol and food prices,” he said.
Asked if the subsidy restructuring would result in Malaysians going to the streets to demonstrate their unhappiness, Abdullah was confident the people would not resort to that.
Petrol – RM0.78/litreDiesel – RM1/litreElectricity:Commercial and industrial– 26%Retailers and small restaurant operators– 18% (for first 200kWh per month)Residential – new pricing structure forusers above 200kWh per month
Prices effective today (per litre)
Petrol – RM2.70 (previously RM1.92)Diesel – RM2.58 (previously RM1.58)
> RM625 per yearFor private vehicle withengine capacity of2000cc and below,including private pickuptrucks and jeeps with engine capacityof 2500cc and below.
> RM150 per yearFor each private motorcyclewith enginecapacity of 250cc andbelow
> RM200 reduction onroad taxFor private petrol and diesel vehicles withengine capacity above 2000cc
> RM50 reduction on road taxFor private motorcycles with engine capacityabove 250cc
Streamlined diesel subsidy(for approved transportationcompanies,vessel owners and fishermen)
> Diesel – RM1.43 per litre (previously RM1per litre for fishermen and RM1.20 per litrefor vessel owners)
> RM200 per month for every owner andemployee of Malaysian-owned vessels registeredwith the Fisheries Department
> 10sen per kilo incentive for every kilogramof fish caught by registered vessels
> 10sen per litre for every litre of dieselused by river transportation operatorsaccording to approved quota
Gas subsidies restructure(for Peninsular Malaysia)
> For power producers – from RM6.40 permmBtu to RM14.31 per mmBtu
> For industrial users (consuming less than2mmscfd) – from RM9.40 per mmBtu toRM24.54 per mmBtu
> For industrial users (consuming above2mmscfd) – from RM11.32 per mmBtu toRM32.56 per mmBtu
Electricity tariff restructure
> Households using200kWh and belowevery month will notbe affected. This covers59% of households in PeninsularMalaysia with a monthly bill underRM43.60.
> Commercial and industrial users face26% increase. Small retail and businessoutlets consuming under 200kWh permonth face 18% increase.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) andNatural Gas for Vehicle (NGV)
> No change. Pricesremain at RM1.75 perkg (LPG) and RM0.635 per litre (NGV)
Oil palm windfall tax
> For PeninsularMalaysia 15% for everytonne of CPO exceedingRM2,000
> Sabah and Sarawak 7.5% for every tonneof CPO exceeding RM2,000> Abolition of cess tax
Service tax threshold for restaurants and eateries
> Service tax now forrestaurants with annualsales of RM3mil (previously RM500,000)
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