On the day before the petrol price increased to a high of RM2.70 per liter, I had sup kambing with steamed rice for dinner. The irony of it…a rather economical meal in view of tough times ahead. But truth be told, it was a rather tasty one at that too. Would I be eating this more often from now on, or (shudder) will I be instead eating instant noodles and plain white bread?
On the day before the petrol price increased to a high of RM2.70 per liter, my hubby returned home from his game of futsal a whole hour later than normal. His game had started a half hour later yesterday evening because everyone was stuck in the jam caused by motorists queuing up to fill up their petrol tanks, right outside the futsal venue. And because our car was also running on empty, my hubby too had to join the crowd when his game was over. Typically, hubbs and I will not be one of those queuing up when rumors of petrol price hikes are announced, because we don’t think it is worth it. But we had to this time round.
As an aside, I wonder if the price of Shell V-Power is relatively more than RM2.70 per liter. We use that in our car and if it is, it will mean even MORE tough times ahead.
Actually, do you think the amount of petrol used by the idling and waiting cars last night while queuing up for the RM1.92 per liter petrol was offset by the ringgit savings they had made? Point to ponder….
So anyways, there’s a rebate of this petrol increase, I hear. RM625 per year for all private vehicles with an engine capacity of 2000cc and below. Unfortunately though, the RM200 reduction in road tax is only applicable to private petrol and diesel vehicles with engine capacity above 2000cc, so I can kiss this reduction goodbye. Bah.
Beggars can’t be choosers, so I’m gonna make full use of the RM625 per year rebate. Is it true that our gahmen will pay us this rebate after we renew our road tax? Mine is due soon, so I will be looking forward to that.
Today, my SIL forwarded me an excel spreadsheet with the computation of the rebate (you guys are VERY efficient!!!), and I keyed in a simulated figure of RM200 worth of petrol pumped per month:
|Average monthly usage in the past||RM200|
|Average monthly usage (new price)||RM281.26|
|Extra monthly expenditure||RM29.18|
|Extra yearly expenditure||RM350.12|
Can you imagine the things I could do with RM350.12?!!!
Sigh…. I sure hope DAP’s calls for the price hike withdrawal will be approved. If not…..SIGH.
I’m bracing myself for the impending electricity tariff restructure soon. Sigh Sigh Sigh….