Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Harga petrol tanpa subsidi tahun depan
27/10/2009 3:16pm

KUALA LUMPUR 27 Okt. - Bermula tahun hadapan, seluruh penduduk termasuk pelancong asing perlu membayar harga petrol pada harga sebenar tanpa subsidi kecuali kumpulan sasar yang berpendapatan rendah sahaja.

Menteri Kewangan II, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah berkata, kajian mekanisme pelaksanaannya yang telah memasuki peringkat akhir itu akan diumumkan antara suku pertama dan kedua tahun hadapan.

Menurut beliau, kerajaan perlu melakukannya memandangkan sistem subsidi petroleum sedia ada tidak adil, telus dan gagal memanfaatkan rakyat terutama yang berpendapatan rendah.

“Kajian sedang dibuat dan akan diumumkan kelak, sistem baru ini akan lebih menguntungkan rakyat kerana sistem lama telah menyebabkan objektif utama subsidi untuk membantu rakyat telah tersasar jauh hingga menyebabkan produktiviti ekonomi kita juga terjejas.

“Sistem subsidi sepatutnya hanya untuk kumpulan sasar iaitu rakyat berpendapatan rendah tetapi dalam sistem lama ini semua orang mendapatnya termasuk rakyat Singapura, Thailand, pelancong dan golongan berpendapatan tinggi di negara ini,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Seminar Percukaian Kebangsaan 2009 anjuran bersama Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) dan Kesatuan Pegawai-Pegawai Hasil Dalam Negeri (IROU) di sini hari ini. - Utusan
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Friday, October 23, 2009


The Star Online

Friday October 23, 2009

Govt may be pressured to review prices of petrol

Crude oil prices up 15% since start of October

PETALING JAYA: Rising crude oil prices in the international market may up the pressure on the Government to review local pump prices to rein in the country’s huge fuel subsidy bill.

Crude oil yesterday retreated from a high of US$82 per barrel hit in New York overnight, but remained above the US$80 mark during Asian trading hours yesterday.

At the current level, crude oil had surged 15% since the start of October and more than doubled from a low of US$34 per barrel in March.

The current pump price for the RON95 petrol has been set at RM1.80 a litre since the grade was officially introduced last month.

Prior to Sept 1, a number of select pump stations around Klang Valley were selling the petrol at RM1.75 per litre. The hike was to take into account the higher crude oil price since the plan to introduce RON95 was announced early this year.

However, Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumer Affairs Ministry secretary-general Datuk Zain Mohd Dom said last month the Government would cap the RON95 price at RM1.80 for the rest of the year.

International crude oil price was traded within US$65 and US$75 per a barrel in August and September. Crude oil price averaged about US$74 per barrel over the past three weeks of October. Some estimates put that based on the average price, the Government has to fork out 39 sen in subsidy for every litre of RON95 sold at local pumps.

Last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia spent RM9bil on subsidies for petrol, liquefied petroleum gas and diesel, but did not specify any time period.

“The Government may revamp the existing fuel and food subsidy structure to bring down its budget deficit,” Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd senior economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin said.

Malaysia’s budget deficit was forecast to widen to 7.6% this year, but was projected to be lower in 2010 by cutting down on operating expenditure that includes spending on subsidies.

The Government was also reported to be considering “a more discriminatory system” where the bulk of the subsidies would be chanelled to lower income groups.

Crude oil in New York fell below US$81 per barrel yesterday after the US dollar rebounded from a 14-month low against a basket of six major currencies.

“The US dollar is stronger today, that’s why crude is down,” Frank Schallenberger, head of commodities research at Germany-based Landesbank Baden-W├╝rttemberg told Bloomberg yesterday.

The US dollar had been on a slide over the past few months as investors’ risk appetite improved amid signs the global economy is recovering.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009


The Star Online

Thursday October 22, 2009

Dealers barred from selling petrol at lower prices

PETROL dealers are barred from selling fuel at prices lower than the designated rates, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Tan Lian Hoe said.
She said this was because petrol prices are set by the Automatic Pricing Mechanism (APM) since 1983 as a form of fuel price control.
She said the mechanism was implemented to ensure price stability, control inflation and provide an assurance of profitability to fuel companies and petrol dealers.
“This means that dealers cannot decide fuel prices on their own or consumers will have to pay different levels of prices at fuel stations,” she told Tony Pua (DAP – Petaling Jaya Utara).
“Fuel prices will rise later on if the mechanism is not used when global crude oil prices go up, and the country will be affected by rising inflation.”
Pua told reporters at the lobby later the Government should allow petrol companies to offer lower fuel prices to encourage healthy competition.
On another matter, Pua called on Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to take concrete steps to check the increasing financial indiscipline in government departments.
He added that the pervasive culture had created additional fiscal strain to the public coffers, which hampered government efforts to stimulate the economy.
Pua said the latest Auditor-General’s Report was no different than the previous one, which consistently highlighted persistent over-expenditures and cost over-runs by government departments and agencies. Baca Seterusnya......


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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Know Your RON / Kenali RON Anda Dan Di Mana Anda Dapat Membelinya

The Star
Sunday July 5, 2009
Know your RON

WHENEVER you pull up at a service station to fill up the tank, the number that matters most is the price of the petrol.
But of late, a number that has been attracting nervous attention is RON95, a new petrol grade that will be launched officially on Sept 1.
While RON, or Research Octane Number, has been around for a long time, especially in the form of RON92 and RON97, most motorists don’t pay much attention to it.
For the uninitiated, octane numbers refers to the ability of the fuel to resist self-igniting in the combustion chamber before the spark plug fires. If that happens, the engine will experience “knocking” and become rough; this could possibly damage the engine over time.

Petrol that has a higher RON rating (or number) will have a stronger resistance to causing knocking compared with petrol with a lower RON rating.
But do all engines need to use the fuel with the highest RON rating? The answer is a simple no.
According to Chevron product engineering manager (Asia-Pacific) Greg Engeler, all engines are designed to run on the minimum RON rating petrol recommended by their manufacturers.
“If your manufacturer specifies that the minimum requirement is RON95, using RON97 will not harm the engine. But you might end up paying more without getting any gain in performance.
“However, using fuel with a lower-than-recommended RON rating can cause engine damage,” he said at a media briefing on RON95 at the company’s Pulau Indah installation in Port Klang recently.
Come Sept 1, RON92, now priced at RM1.70 per litre, will be phased out and replaced by RON95, which will cost 5 sen more.
The other grade, RON97, will continue to be sold but its price will be increased by 20 sen per litre to RM2.
To know your car’s RON rating, just look up the owner’s manual or at the inside of the fuel lid of your car’s fuel tank.
Engeler said modern engines with knock sensors could run on fuel with a low RON rating, as the engines can adjust their spark timing automatically to eliminate the knocking.
“However, the car’s fuel consumption, driveability, and power may be affected,” he said.
Using the right RON rating fuel based on the engine’s design and tuning will maximise vehicle performance.
Engeler said about 84% of petrol sales in Europe is that of RON95 and 85% of sales in Japan are RON89 and RON90.
“Since the majority of cars in Malaysia are using engine technologies from Europe and Japan, the introduction of RON95 should not pose problems for local motorists,” he said.
Proton, whose cars easily form the bulk of the passenger cars on local roads, says that all its models, whether fitted with carburettor or the latest Campro CPS engines, can run on RON95. However, the Malaysian car maker did indicate that some of its earlier carburettor-equipped models, depending on the condition of the engines, might experience some knocking. Owners can solve the problem by getting the ignition timing of their cars adjusted at Proton- authorised service centres.
Perodua cars are even better off, with most models already tuned to run on RON90, meaning that owners can save 10 sen by using RON92 instead of the more expensive RON97. Again, if in any doubt, refer to the car’s manual.
Even imported cars like Toyota and Kia are ready to run on RON95.
Chevron Malaysia country chairman Jeremy Oh said owners do not have to wait until their tanks are near empty before filling up with RON95 petrol.
“Fuels of different RON ratings can be mixed safely without causing any harm to the engine,” he said.
He also said many owners whose vehicles could operate on RON95 or below were using the more expensive RON97.
“The higher RON number does not mean that the fuel is more powerful. Vehicles that require a higher octane fuel are usually sports cars or those with turbocharged engines.
“In any case, RON97 will still be in the market if your vehicle really needs fuel of that grade to perform at peak performance,” he said.
Chevron Malaysia, which has over 420 Caltex service stations around the country, will be offering RON95 at selected service stations even before the official switch-over to RON95 on Sept 1.

The Star, 2 July 2009
RON 95 pumps up popularity among motorists

KUALA LUMPUR: Motorists are taking to the newly- introduced RON 95 petrol.
Petronas Dagangan Berhad senior general manager (retail business division) Mohd Fadzlan Abdul Samad said early sales at Petronas stations in Putrajaya showed that many people were buying the Primax 95 petrol.
Mohd Fadzlan said 65% of users at the two Petronas stations at Putrajaya offering the petrol have switched to using the product since it was launched in May.
“We predict that by the time it’s available nationwide on Sept 1, more people will switch to RON 95,” he said when launching the sale of Primax 95 at the Petronas station at the Middle Ring Road 2 in Kepong here on Tuesday.
Petronas is the only company offering RON 95 for now. The new petrol grade is priced at RM1.75 per litre.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

i-Charge Self Help

Lampu kecil hijau pada stick berkelip-kelip (kadang menyala kadang tidak) terutama pada unit-unit yang kita bagi orang test. Antara puncanya ia-lah kabel telah menjadi tidak selaras (mis-align). Cuba pulas ke kiri ke kanan sehingga menyala. Lihat tanda bulat pada imej di bawah.

Jika masih gagal, tukar saja yang baru. Ini yang menarik tentang i-Charge.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

iCharge - Satu Peluang Menjana Pendapatan

Assalamulaikum, kawan,

Nak beritahu ni peluang cari pendapatan lebih. Boleh buat pelan sokongan di masa gawat ni. Produknya ia-lah i-charge yang pada asasnya satu alat penstabil voltan (voltage stabilizer) untuk kereta. I-charge akan menyimpan voltan dan lepaskannya mengikut keperluan. Prestasi kereta akan meningkat dan lebih efisyen, sekaligus menjimatkan petrol dan jangkahayat kereta. Boleh layari mxb2u.com.
Kawan-kawan boleh beli dan rekomen pada kawan-kawan lain. Disamping menikmati prestasi kereta yang meningkat, ada potensi menjana pendapatan tambahan.
Berminat? Hubungi saya di 019-3089268/e-mail hattabasir@gmail.com.
Harga satu unit ia lah RM595-00. Harga yang mahal diimbangi oleh jangkahayat produk selama lima (5) hingga sepuluh (10) tahun. Boleh dianggap pelaburan modal atau asset tetap yang boleh disusut nilai pada RM0-30 sen sehari.

Ada tiga (3) jenis pendapatan yang boleh dijana setiap hari.

1. Bonus penajaan – bonus RM52-80 bagi setiap unit yang terjual.
2. Bonus sepasang – bonus RM52-80 bagi setiap sepasang unit yang terjual oleh downliner. Unit yang tidak cukup sepasang akan dibawa kehadapan dan tidak luput
3. Bonus royalty – peratusan tertentu ke atas bonus downliner.

Semua rekod dan pengiraan adalah berkomputer. Log-in ID akan diberi dan tiada bayaran dikenakan.

Price per unit is RM595-00. The expensive price is justified by five (5) to ten (10) years life-span. You may consider it as Capital Investment or Fixed Asset, amortised at RM0-30 sen daily.

There are three (3) types of income that may be generated daily.

1. Direct Performance Bonus – bonus of RM52-80 on every unit sponsored.
2. Group Development Bonus – bonus of RM52-80 on every pair sold. Units with missing correspondent pair will be carried forward and is not lost.
3. Royalty Bonus – a percentage on your downliners’ bonus.

All records and calculation are computerized. An ID will be given and no website maintenance fee is required.

Thank you and salam.

Md Hatta
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