JOHOR BAHRU: The decision to stop fuel rebates was well-received by motorists, who believe the money can be better spent on more pressing issues since the price of petrol has come down.
A small group, however, believed that the rebates – which are to end on March 31 – should continue, to assist the people, as the economy was in the doldrums.
Engineer Teh Sann Yee, 25, believed that fuel rebates were no longer necessary as the price of fuel had stabilised over the months and people were paying less than before the fuel price rise.
“We shouldn’t expect more help from the Government,” he said.
Teh said instead of spending on petrol rebates, the Government should use the money to improve public transportation to ease the financial burden of the poor.
He said that even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had expressed disappointment with public transportation in Kuala Lumpur.
Motorcyclist S. Doraisamy, 35, an assistant manager, said that it was reasonable for the Government to stop the fuel rebates.
The petrol price has gone down, it is only fair that the rebates be stopped too, he said.
Doraisamy said that although the RM150 rebate he received was a small amount, it had still been helpful when petrol prices skyrocketed last year.
A businessman who only wanted to be known as Muhammad, 33, said that it was not practical to expect the Government to continue doling out rebates when petrol prices had fallen.
“The Government has already helped us by lowering the price of petrol.
“I just hope it continues subsidising petrol,” he said, adding that he owned five vehicles.
Among those who believed the Government should continue paying out rebates was civil servant Mohd Khairi Mohd, 35, who said that the rebates were necessary during times of economic difficulty.
“The Government is not subsidising petrol enough, so let us get rebates at least,” he said.
He believed that the rebates should continue for as long as possible, or until the economic problems blew over.
Meanwhile, a 50-year-old manager who only wanted to be known as Tan said that the decision to stop the fuel rebates did not affect him as he drove a company vehicle.
The rebate system was introduced last June after the price of petrol shot up from RM1.92 to RM2.70.
[Source : The Star Online]