my government has just announce about the increasing of fuel price

Indonesia
May 23, 2008 8:18pm CST
okay, now its happen finnaly in my country. the fuel price getting increasing for about 28.7% in my country which means our people should expense more to buy fuel for their riding/driving tools. but its not as simple as like that cause the increasing price of fuel will have effect on another sector. the transportation cost will be more expensive and it will generate to higher price of foods and everything my government said there is kind of compensation for this which is giving cash money about 10 USD to poor people per month for 10 months which in my opinion is really not too appropriate to do cause its just like giving child some snack to make them pleasant a while and accepting everything from his parents i just wonder what the opinion of people in here about this matter?
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@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
24 May 08
Hi plumwish07, The crazy thing about all this is that Indonesia is a major producer and exporter of petroleum oil, so why are you having to pay higher prices in your country? Something is fishy about this whole "rising prices" thing if you ask me. The world hasn't "run out" of oil, not by a long shot, yet prices continue to increase every week. It sounds more like speculation on oil market derivatives is forcing prices up so market gamblers can make big juicy profits. Here in Australia, the price of fuel is increased substantially by government taxes, which are placed on top of the wholesale prices, so it hurts even more. And again in Australia, there are just two companies which dominate all the supermarket chains, so they squeeze out any competition and charge much higher prices than is necessary - all in the name of profit. So I reckon half the problem in the world today is Capitalism, because the rich just keep getting richer well the rest of us get poorer and poorer.
• United States
24 May 08
You are so right in what you say... We are now seeing the Darwinist economic system of survival of the fittest... the haves pitted against the have nots... and in past history, that has always led to instability and even to revolutions... I am concerned about the future because of this but have hope that something will occur before the people get to their breaking point. I am hoping that something can be done to put OPEC on notice that it needs to increase production and that it has got to lower the prices... It runs the risk of having all nations gang up on it otherwise as if the price increase the natives will get restless, demand redress from their governments and demand action against OPEC that in the end will hurt OPEC much more than it would have cost to lower prices... The main problem appears to be that OPEC has too many of the bargaining chips... How does one stop the speculation and decrease OPEC's power to gouge everyone in its prices?
@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
25 May 08
Hi again, The best way to strip OPEC of its power, IMO, is to develop alternative sources of energy, so that we don't need oil to make things work. There are heaps of ways to do things without needing oil to do it, or even plant-based sources of oil which are renewable. Hemp seed yields high quality oil that can replace petroleum oil, and hemp will grow in many places that are not viable for food production. And it also produces a high quality fiber that is superior to cotton, and it produces edible forage for livestock. But the petroleum & cotton & pharmaceutical cartels killed the hemp industry about 100 years ago in Western nations, to protect their profits. Anyway, there ARE alternatives to oil, but the corporations which control most economies are making too much profit from it to allow us to develop alternatives. As you say, the rich feeding off the poor. I understand your view about these things causing revolutions. I do believe that many countries risk widespread civil strife if this situation continues, because they are so completely dependent on oil. The cities will then be a dangerous place to live. None of this would matter if we had alternatives. Electric vehicles would make a huge difference, or even just better developed public transport systems. Rail freight is 10 times more efficient than road transport, yet in Australia the railroads are being run down and more transport is being forced onto the roads! I'm sure the same applies in Indonesia, where you have enormous hydroelectric resources. The electric vehicles that we have at the present are very expensive - I'd like to see someone making cheap electric vehicles - I'd buy one in an instant! That would certainly take pressure off the domestic fuel bills.
• Indonesia
25 May 08
i also knowing that my country being one of the producer and exprter of petroleum oil. but the problem in here, due to this condition, our government doesn't stop or giving limitation of export petroleum oil to another countries. it seems that the needing of oil in our country being the second concern than gained lots of benefit from exporter petoleum oil. however i also believe that behind the government if we talking about exporter petroleum oil there are some invisible hands who have rules for this matter which made my government can't do anything many thanks for both of you give the opinion in here, dear friends
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
24 May 08
that 10$ probably wont help one darn bit. for some might use that in gas in a couple of days depending how far they have to drive to work and back.
• United States
24 May 08
When it is now $3.99 to $4 in my area, I wonder why their government would think that $10 would pacify anyone... They are rather stupid in thinking so.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
24 May 08
ours is the same here and I dont kinow think that gavernment can hood wink the poeople
• Indonesia
24 May 08
I also think the same way. the compensation sounds like giving a child a temporary snack to shut their mouths and this would not solve the problems. however, we should know the fact that some luxurious cars in the past had also enjoyed the subsidized prices of the oil, which surely sounds unfair towards the others because mostly the poor ones would even have lower consuming towards oil, except for cooking. the government should do something else to prevent more trouble. the transportation producers should stop produce more vehicles that use oils as the fuel. they should have invented other type of vehicles that need no oil as the fuel. I think we people should be aware, we are no longer oil producer country, we are oil importer nowadays. now the government 'forced' the people to switch to gases, but would this solve much problems? I keep hearing that some foreign countries are running out of gases. then how about us in the future?
• Indonesia
25 May 08
i still believe there are still other ways to compensate this fuel price increasing beside only just giving cash money to poor people. its really uneducated ways in my opinion cause it seems teach our people to be beggar due to difficult situation anw the pathethic things, the facilities of citizen commitee (people represemtative board) still on the same which means that they still get freely fuel for their transportation. gee, whats on their mind then?! why the poor people should be sacrifice while they still have luxurious facilities? they are really representative board or what? what they representative actually?
• India
17 Jun 08
Hi friend, i just cant believe it, whether they hike prices by 28 %. In our country by 10 %. When it compared to our country, its a huge hike. Day to day fossil fuel prices are increasing,there is on use of protesting against it. Better switch to bio fuel
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jun 08
not only in your country experience this horrible price increase. not only fuel but almost all commodities now increase up to the highest level and it continues everyday. we experience now the higher price of rice which is the number needs of every people. many will suffer hunger soon.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
24 May 08
This is going to be an on going thing for the whole world. Gas will go up for the countries that have to buy it from other countries. This will not change anytime soon. Gas will keep going up. There was a discussion yesturday that showed the prices of gas all over the world. Who had the highest prices and who had the lowest prices. I can't remember but you can check the recent discussions. You might have to go back a few pages to find the discussion.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
24 May 08
We're in big trouble. President Bush went to Saudia Arabia again to ask for more oil. Everyone knew Bush would be shut down, no one's going to give us more oil. It's not the solution. Everyone's lifestyle has started to change. People don't go out as much and have stopped buying. We're running not only out of oil, but also money. Your county's ten dollar offer sounds much the same as Bush's stimulus check. He thinks people will take the money and buy new things with it, boosting the economy. What he closes his eyes to, or doesn't care, is that people need this money to buy food and gas.
• Indonesia
24 May 08
In my country too. it increase about 30%, that make me stress, you know what, I think we must think to use alternative energy like hydrogen or biodiesel. I think the fuel is about to empty on this earth, thats why they increase the price
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
24 May 08
Yes it's true. In our country, oil prices goes up every week. And all other products went up. So everybody is worried what will comes next. That only one who isn't bothered by the increase in prices is my 1 year old baby.
@ellie333 (21029)
24 May 08
When I got my car last year it was less than £1 a litre but now it is £1.24 per litre which is ridiculously high. This will have a knock on effect and cause food prices and everything else to rise also as you say. I think this is now a worldwide problem. It is good that your government is doing this but only for a while and won't help in the long term for the poor people as what will happen after the 10 months they are suddenly trown in the deep end eh! Sad sad situation. Ellie :D
@diansinta (7551)
• Indonesia
24 May 08
I am one of the little people that got worry. Pretty soon everything will raise.I think i should buy 'Onthel' bycicle because it don't need gasoline as fuel. Fuel suck! check out this young Indonesian people using 'onthel sepeda' and use it at bunderan HI. http://sepeda.wordpress.com/2006/12/17/sepeda-bunderan-hi-171206/
@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
24 May 08
Same thing happen here in Philippines. But I heard a news last night than eventhough the gas price keep increasing, the statistics shows that the consumption of gas is still increasing also instead of going down. So seems like many of us despite the continuous increase of gas price still not affected.