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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
address.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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police brutalitySee no evil, hear no evil… that seems to be the policy of the mainstream English papers when it comes to reporting on the brutal suppression of protests against the hikes in oil prices and electricity tariffs such as the one held near the Twin Towers yesterday.

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The hike in the domestic oil prices continues to be a major cause of dissatisfaction. The government appears to be taking the easy way out by passing on the cost of its failures to the people.

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Many Malaysians may still have cars, but they are now being forced to buy petrol on "hire purchase" – because they can no longer afford a full tank. Meanwhile, the public transport system in many parts of the country is still hopeless.

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