So, if the government can maintain a balanced budget with oil at the current prices, will the rakyat be given RM150M for every US$1 rise? Probably the same time we see flying porcine products.
Dateline 2016-04-20, The Sun:
The government loses around RM300 million in oil revenue for every US$1 per-barrel drop in crude oil prices, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani.
Johari told the Dewan Negara that the global oil price has experienced a sudden drop, from US$115 per barrel (RM444.28) in June 2014 to US$30 per barrel in December last year.
“Just imagine how much the government lost due to the drop in global oil prices, from US$115 to US$30,” he said in response to a question from Senator Datuk Dr Johari Mat.
Dr Johari had asked about the impact of the drop in oil prices on Malaysia’s economy, particularly on its Gross Domestic Product.
The deputy minister replied that Malaysia was not badly impacted by the drop in oil prices as the economy was not dependent on the industry.
“In 2014, the oil industry only contributed about 30% to our revenue. This was reduced to 19% in 2015 and expected to drop to 14% this year.