So many complaints when the government hikes up the price of sugar by 20 sen. Ironically, those complaining are urban folks.
Let's not politicise on this commodity. In many countries where the price of sugar is still much higher than that of ours, they people do understand the reason although only a few countries in world provide subsidies for sugar, and Malaysia is one of it, having to spend about RM1 billion a year to keep its price at bay.
Why must we complaint? Each time when the price of fish or vegetable go up, we just love to complaint without even trying to consider the plight of our fishermen and vegetable farmers. If we can spend a few hundred bucks every nite at entertainment outlets, is there a basis to avoid 50 sen toll gates and 50 sen/hour parking fee?
Actually, we are the ones who practise a lot of double-standards, dont you agree? As being well-educated and living in big cities and towns, everything about the government and its agencies are considered absurd. Why? Because we will be imposed penalty tickets if we fail to obey the parking meters.
If we go by logic, is it still possible to maintain the price of a cup of coffee at 15 sen in the 70s today? Do we really understand what demand and supply is?
We have to be fair to the manufacturer and sugarcane planters as well. Just like the fishermen and farmers, we only expect them to provide us with our daily needs without even thinking about their fate at sea and high lands.
If our sugar price is high, our friends across the border wont come flocking our groceries for it. Similarly, there wont be any sugar smugglers along the common border with Thailand.
Why dont we ever appreciate it when the price of other commodities such as rubber and palm oil go up? Dont you think it benefits the country and us as well?