my life after graduate: [LOCAL] Protest against fuel, power hike on Sunday

Saturday, May 27, 2006

[LOCAL] Protest against fuel, power hike on Sunday

After a two-month hiatus, the anti-fuel hike protestors are making a comeback this Sunday with an additional agenda - to protest over the 12 percent jump in the electricity tariff announced two days ago.

“The hike of the electricity tariff is very much related to the petrol hike,” said Dr Hatta Ramli, spokesperson for the organiser ‘Protes’ - a loose alliance to protest the fuel hike comprising opposition parties and NGOs.

“The increase in electricity tariff was attributed to the fuel hike and it has since been the main reason for Tenaga Nasional Berhad to justify the power tariff hike direct or indirectly,” argued Hatta, who is also PAS treasurer.

In March, the government had hiked fuel prices between 18.5 percent and 23 percent in the biggest-ever round of fuel price hike. The price of petrol and diesel was raised by 30 sen per litre to RM1.92 and RM1.58 respectively.

The organiser is targeting 2,000 protesters to turn up at Sunday’s protest, scheduled for 10am outside the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Opposition and NGOs leaders will be giving speeches while a group of youths will perform a sketch.

Among those expected to speak are Hatta, PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa, vice-president Mohamad Sabu, his counterpart in PKR, Azmin
Ali, DAP and NGOs representatives.


Mighty Jacksparrow said...

probably just another opportunity for the opposition party to strike against the government.

I have to admit that this price hike is nothing rewarding; losses and losses being made everyday to cover other losses and to balance the economy, some say.

BN have to play safe now. 8 seats lost to the non-BN in Sarawak Election has ring the bell of emergency. What happened to Taib Mahmuds Grande Plan?

2 out of five have been cited. now, tap water, phone bill and toll might as well raise altogether to make it a full house of five elements.

Cant wait for PM's words over this matters. He's off to Tokyo to meet TUN, so i heard. Well, probably someone will end up being lectured over a spoilt assignment.

mEsoL said...

Brutal end to anti-fuel hike demo

May 28, 06 2:09pm

It was supposed to be the climax of a series of anti-fuel hike demonstrations, yet it ended on a tragic note when police today forcefully broke up the protest with at least two hospitalised.

Mighty Jacksparrow said...

told ya. there is no such thing as peace mass whatsoever. especially in malay communities, which are always burning in anger.

sing the lullaby to the protesters now, shall we?

Scottage said...

Somehow I suspect this will not be the last fuel hike demonstration, as prices are expected to rise throughout the summer, on gas and a wide variety of other gas-related products. This crisis is only beginning, and don't be surprised if we all feel the pinch of it as it hits us square in the wallets. Great post, mEsol.