No more subsidy

I welcome the statement from the present government that the petrol prices are not currently subsidized. Petrol should never be subsidized and I hope the current administration will not revert back to subsidized petrol in the future.

Fuel subsidy will only encourage mischief and smuggling (still happening in the diesel market). And why should Malaysia subsidize fuel for the users from Singapore and Thailand?

Now what is the next move? Upgrade fuel to Euro 4 standards? Congestion charges in the city? That I support.

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The Fall

Since the crude prices peaked at around US$150 per barrel, it has plummetted to 1/3 of its high in July, so how come the pump prices not fallen by a similar percentage?

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Look at what I discovered at TCEAS

Today, I sent the car to change the brake pads for the front wheels, and I was kaypoh-ing around the working area of Tan Chong, and I found something interesting:

ELF Competition SM 10W-40 Semi-synthetic (back)

ELF Competition SM 10W-40 Semi-synthetic (front)

This is the standard engine oil for Renault Kangoo used by Tan Chong. And it clearly states that it is “suitable for … CNG … engines”. Well, I think I can go back to TCEAS for all my regular servicing and maintenance. And TCEAS recommends drain interval of 10,000km for ELF engine oil (only 5,000km if using the standard Nissan-approved Castrol engine oil). 80,000km is coming up and I know where I should go already.

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Look at the state of my Kangoo

Well, I just found out that some-dog has been chewing off bits of my Kangoo the past few days, and the evidence is here:

Looks like I have to look for the bitter spray.

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Another Trip to Muar

I will be making yet another trip Muar this season, my third so far. I will be attending a wedding dinner and I can test drive my NGV Kangoo for the 2nd time – also carrying 5 passengers. Hopefully, I can get to eat some more of the famous Muar otak-otak.

Update (8/7/2008):
Well, the full tank went all the way to Muar, and it emptied after 259km (trip meter) on the way back from Muar. I travelled with 4 passengers and at speeds averaging about 100-110km/h on NSE. It proved that with my 100L tank, I can’t make it to JB without refilling at Ayer Keroh. Anyway, it took about 2-1/4 hours to reach Muar town from Sg Besi toll plaza.

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