Thoughts on fuel subsidy


IT is common knowledge that some government subsidies are benefiting the rich more than the poor. Just recently, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz reminded us that “for every RM1 of fuel subsidy, 53 sen goes to the T20 group while 15 sen is utilised by the B40”.

How can we make targeted fuel subsidies work? We all remember the petrol subsidy programme in 2019 that never materialised. Back then, some complained about the mechanism while others griped about the thresholds used.

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