April 18, 2013
From the Edge (which has disabled text copying on its pages) dateline 2013-04-02. And when he coming round to see us poor folks?
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak warned staff of national oil and gas firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) that the opposition’s promises on Malaysia’s resources could bring “economic disaster” if implemented.
At a meeting with Petronas employees today, Najib took the opportunity to demolish the four key promises made by Pakatan Rakyat with regards to oil and gas management and Petronas.
Although he did not name the opposition pact, he alluded that his administration’s plans for the country were facing “threats,” including from those “who have come up with grandiose manifestos”.
July 22, 2012
Piggy bank is such a Malaysian unfriendly word. Porcine bank? Khindzir bank?
State-owned oil company Petronas is tired of being Malaysia’s cash trough. Its growing pique at the government flared into public view here in early June at the World Gas Conference.
Chief executive Shamsul Azhar Abbas took to the stage and declared that the government’s policy of subsidizing fuel was plain wrong. A murmur ran through the crowd – his boss, Prime Minister Najib Razak, was sitting in the front row.
Moments later, Najib went to the podium himself to remind everybody that the subsidies – for which Petronas foots the bill – have “social-economic objectives.”
The subtext of that rejoinder: Malaysians pay among the lowest electricity rates and petrol-pump prices in Asia. While the government has vowed to “rationalize” that, it’s highly unlikely to happen before elections expected in a few months.
July 21, 2012
Yes we can, right up to the next election at least.
The country cannot rely on fuel subsidy-driven consumption to prop up the economy in the long run, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He acknowledged that Malaysia has one of the lowest pump prices in Southeast Asia – second only to Brunei Darussalam – but pointed out that the country needed to reposition its oil-based revenue towards economic development.
“If we use all our riches to provide fuel subsidies, that will increase consumption. If we increase consumption, we do not build productive assets for our country’s future and, one day, oil will be depleted, there will be less oil, the amount of oil production will go down and at that time we will face a grave situation.
May 1, 2008
I have the honour of attending the above dinner, held at the Subang Sheraton on 19th April, 2008. I recorded the following two speeches: