Jan 6, 2008

Between Oil and Petrol

Here we are in crisis...hmm sort of.

Petrol has reached USD100 per barrel; so our government will going to bankcrupt if the petrol price here is not to be increased (as our deputy PM mentioned)...hmm, which I totaly disagree in management perspective
so, the solution is to increase the price; but wait after elections...soon

Now we have cooking oil crisis instead. Limiting 5kg per person. The issue was smuggling, higher price and higher demand overseas, it, you got it

I believe there are bigger issue hidden a.k.a the price hike very soon; similar to flour, sugar and rice price hike previously? not to mentioned the milk; which has no control at all and it also got to do with the 'subsidy payment' to palm oil refinery as well; which our government never really happy anyway (read burden) to absorb it for the sake of rakyat.

Since the elections is so near, in government perspective; can we postpone the hikes? there you got the rations :)

FYI- food ration should only happen during emergencies; war, disaster, big flood, tsunami, what is the real issue in Malaysia scenarios?

As the price of palm oil is escalating in international market, government has to subsidized some portion of it, as to maintain reasonable price for rakyat; which in turn pays the income tax on yearly basis - who is owing to whom?
Updates 9th Jan - Government to flood with 70,000 tonne of cooking oil (but no date mentioned when?)- interesting enough when the demand was somewhere 46,000 to 56,000 tonne per month, but surely panic button has been pushed, and you get nothing in the shelf at the supermarket
It was informed that the amount to subsidised the cooking oil againts the international market stood at RM800 Million per year (well, I am tired to hear all these nonsense, pullout all the subsidy for rakyat once and for all, and make sure this country a tax-free haven for every single rakyat as well.. fair enough)

When Media highlighting an issue 2: Is our food safe?

Time is my enemy now, between family, study, career and blogging..haha... just a hectic schedule to update my blogs..

Let's discuss the topic

NST last sunday 30th Dec highlighting an issue on food safety - heavily discussed on food coloring and preservative among other.

I always wonder on the cancer; a modern disease which have taken so many life. I assume it must be reflecting from our lifestyles, the food we ate.. and the lack of exercise :)

Food color is part of creative learning in chef training; as we emphasize on 'eating through eyes' first as to stimulates the appetite of our customers.

Human naturally will try to get the ingredients that as fresh and through color they become the victims, as marketers have all sorts of solutions. I do remember in my training during an advertisement, that red lipsticks is used to color the strawberries as to look fresh :)

Another was the preservative; to make food last longer or extending the shelf life

Both color and preservative are good intention, but when it comes to greedy businessmen..hmm should I write more

to be updated with adobe acrobat file on this issue

FYI - Malaysian does realize this issue; as we can see the establishment of natural/organic ingredients shops, but the setback was the pricing not yet reachable to common people; that shouldn't be an excuse as we can always start simple such as taking raw sugar instead of white sugar, tea instead of cordials, cooking own food rather instant packet