Dec 18, 2008

Fishermen End Protest, Government Yet to Respond


With the international oil price having gone down to US$40 per barrel, fisherman around nation want the diesel price to go back to RM1. The strike, which started last Friday and initially for three days, reportedly involved some 45,000 fishermen from seven states. On Monday, the fishermen decided to extend their protest and now its over.

They hope the Government will bring down the price of diesel supplied to fishermen to RM1 per litre. Their livelihood was affected when the diesel price jumped from RM1 a litre to RM1.43 in June. The fishermen said that their monthly costs increased by at least RM5,000 and its make them hard to survive.

Fishermen from Selangor and southern Perak go back to the sea today after six days away to press their claims for a lower diesel price. The decision came following a dialogue that Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai and Housing and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Chuan had with some 100 fishermen yesterday. Hope the government listen to fishermen plights to reduce the fuel price.

Malaysian parliament going to debate on the fishermen's diesel protest today. This issue are accepted to be debated in Dewan Rakyat yesterday because its specific, of public interest and with urgency. Lets hope good news for suffering fishermen!

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