How the petrol price increase affects me

I drive a rather compact car (1.3L) and I use it mainly to drive to and from work. I live only 20 minutes away (by car) from my office, and the place where I live has all the amenities and shops and places to hangout all within walking distance (except for a cinema, which is nevertheless only 10 minutes away by car).

I (used to) spend about RM65 per month on petrol, and with the 40.6% increase in the fuel price beginning today, I’d expect to pay about RM91 per month instead.

If the rebates as promised come through, I’d recoup about RM52 per month on that expenditure, meaning my total outlay per month on petrol would average out to about RM39, which means a saving of RM26 per month.

The question now is whether this monthly saving can offset the expected increase in prices of other goods I spend on per month.

Given the news of the revised electricity tariffs, and the reports of increased prices for food and other essential household needs, I most certainly doubt it.

Oh, and since a lot of bloggers are doing it, let me do it too: Read Malik Imtiaz’s Of Subsidies and Corruption.


7 thoughts on “How the petrol price increase affects me”

  1. My sis spends more than RM500 a month before the petrol increase. She lives 50km away from her office which is located in PJ. The RM500 includes toll & petrol to and fro. She drives a kancil and goes through 3 tolls. The toll free roads are often jammed so thats not an option anymore.

    Now she will have to increase this amount. She’s a middle income earner and she has two mouths to feed.

    Where she lives there is no public transport. She has to drive to town, park there, take a bus to the nearest LRT station and take the lrt to the next interchange and another train to PJ. The total hours she spent commuting is almost 3 hours.

    Which means she has to leave the house much earlier now at 6 am to get to work on time.

    This causes my old mom, who looks after her kids and maid, to wake up at 5am every morning and in turn has to wait till 10pm every night or later, for my sis to come home and look after her kids. Her kids are often already asleep when she gets home.

    See how many people are affected?

    I don’t think the measly rebate will help people like my sister at all.

  2. When I bought my Kelisa around the end of 2004, it cost (if I recall correctly) about RM40-45 to fill the tank. Just before the price hike it was RM60. Now it’s about RM85. That really sucks — especially since I live in Kajang and work in Kelana Jaya. Yikes. Maybe it’s time to consider cycling again!

  3. rm 65/month on petrol?? wow, thats like the amount I used to spend per week! Its scary to even think of my new expenditure… there goes my money down the drain 😦

  4. I live 60KM from work. Hy husband works at Carousel Casino and I work in Pretoria. I have to drive to work Monday – Friday. I have 2 cars. My husbands and mine. I use a total of R1800.00 per month only for petrol/diesel. I still think that the VW Diesel is lighter, but now diesel is more expensive. Plus tolfees. Where will all of this end??? When I started to driv to work this far I paid about R5.65 per litre for petrol. Now I pay R10.00 per litre. Double of what we paid 2 years ago.

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