Tota wonders how the Home Ministry was awarded full marks with its key performance indicators.
The rakyat want to know why, when Petronas and TNB are making indecently huge profits, Malaysians are made to pay for the hefty price hike. Together we must demand that the government make public the detailed accounts of Petronas and TNB, asserts Ong Eu Soon.
Now that Southeast Asia seems to be on the verge of yet another economic crisis instigated by the global energy crisis, will there be a repeat of the scenario of 1997-2000 in Indonesia, when right-wing religious and communitarian groups came to the fore to add to the chaos, wonders Farish Noor.
Is all the talk of an ‘aggressive China’ moving into Africa
simply a smokescreen to hide the fact that American oil and gas
companies are already there, exploiting the natural resources of
Africa to serve their own domestic industrial needs, wonders Farish Noor.
Is our current model of economic
development sustainable in the long-run, wonders Anil Netto. What will happen when our oil
wells dry up? What has been the environmental cost? These are issues
that our political parties – both the BN and the Opposition – must
Why is the BN-led government allocating billions of ringgit for the construction of petroleum-based infrastructure under the East Coast Economic Corridor (ECER)? Our special correspondent raises a few disturbing questions.
Our oil and gas resources are rapidly depleting. Enough has been wasted and Tony Pua urges the government to invest now in the country’s human resources.
The Malaysian government didn't seem to mind the recent local protests against Israel’s invasion of Lebanon but demonatrations against oil fuel price hikes remain a big ‘no-no’, noted PSM.
On 28 July, Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin issued a stern warning to mainstream newspapers that appear to him inclined to raise issues that are ‘unnecessarily contentious’ – in particular issues of religion and ethnicity – which he felt could undermine political stability in the country. It seems that the warning has already taken effect.
The working class would be the most affected group due to the recent unprecedented 30-sen oil hike. On the one hand, the Government has given a free hand to capitalists to exploit and squeeze the workers. Now, by reducing the oil subsidy, the government has abandoned the little responsibility it had for the working class, says S Arutchelvan.