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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Heck, what again.

Another round of price increase in petrol and diesel. I know it's a pain in everyone's ass. It hurts more for my parents as my father operates a transport company. RM0.30. Now we are talking about significant increment, and a definite inflation for civilians.

Recent years, due to multiple times of price hike, transport companies have to struggle so much to survive. It's so painful seeing my dad dwelling in the pain and I can't do a thing to help. Most of the time, things won't resolve simply by marking up the price. According to my dad, there isn't a good association for the transport companies in Malaysia that is powerful enough to gather everyone together. There is no such things as consensus deal. If you mark up the price, that will just chase the customers away as believe it or not, despite the high petrol cost, other companies would still be able to offer a lower price for the customers. Recent years, it's so tough not to lose money, let alone earn. The spare parts, the petrol, accidents repair ... different woes remain aside from the highly competitive market.

There is no bright future for companies like my dad's. In a few more years my dad will be retiring. I am hoping that day to come sooner as the business has been the main cause for my parents to age faster.



Blogger shiaulin said...

ai... we also feel the pain too as increased of petrol price will affect all the goods price will be increase too. hmm... what to do? all goods price increased but salary did not.. this is the most painful part.

8:40 PM

Anonymous maria @ twinsmom said...

your dad situation remind me of my dad.

I still remember how the petrol hike affected my dad business, once the transportation fees increase because of petrol, then all the raw material will increase the price too.

but when my dad increase the price of the bread by 10 cents, the customer will boycott.

9:32 PM

Anonymous Mama BoK said...

I hear you .. gal..! owning any business is hard these days..! Not as ppl make it out to be.. :(

2:15 AM

Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

thats life.....will see what the govt do next

4:09 AM

Blogger Mother Superior said...

Painful, painful. Maybe it's good for your parents to retire so as to have their much-needed rest.

Btw, have been following your site a while. Love all the food diaries.

10:42 AM

Blogger Zara's Mama said...

Heartache for all of us.. Esp when nowadays, people no longer can stay too near to the city or near to where they work..

Traveling 50Km 60Km to and fro is common and it means it's getting more expensive for us to commute to work.


8:01 PM

Blogger Greenapple said...

shiaulin, maybe life in beijing (without a car) is slightly better ... of course, we'll have to pay a higher price for the goods too ... sad.

maria, aigh ... the harsh world train our dads to be a tough man ...

mamabok, i sure salute business owners. i can never imagine myself to be one. simply can't tolerate that kind of stress.

foodcrazee... government? hmmm, will see... let's hope that there won't be another hike.

zara's mum, i understand your point ... aigh ... what a life!

12:24 AM

Blogger boo_licious said...

Yeah, I can imagine as you can't pass on the price increase to people - everyone now talk abt boycotting which hawker stall becoz they raise the price up. Hope your dad can retire soon and enjoy himself.

4:05 PM

Blogger mom2ashley said...

yea..i think we all feel the pinch as well. but what can we do? hmm..yes it is indeed very sad and even more painful for others...hope your dad will have a good retirement!

1:40 AM

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