The price of pepper seeds
The price for a 100g packet of pepper seeds in the Giant hypermart is RM8.70. It is even more expensive in Tesco – RM9.45 for only 80g.
Each packet makes only about three servings when you season your pot of soup.
Putting aside the cost of meat and vegetables for a minute, digest the horror that just to make your soup taste peppery when cooking at home will require an investment of RM3 on pepper alone (or RM2.50 if you’re more sparing of its use).
And we’re not even talking about imported flavour enhancers like oregano or basil. This here is basic pepper.
The man/woman in the street can easily reel off a host of other painful price rises. There will be a hike in public transport fares next month.
Cigarettes became more expensive two days ago. Some types of cat food have doubled/tripled in price since you last remember.
The escalating cost of living is a bigger threat to the BN’s hold on power than DAP evangelistas. What will be our household budget on groceries and other essentials in 2018?
Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Salleh Said Keruak and their communications and media teams have to address this worrying development of disgruntlement before negative public opinion becomes irreversible.
Excessive belt tightening is potentially a bigger catalyst for social instability than the BN voters’ fear of evangelical Christians and a resurgent Chinese minority who are politically active.
Do remember that Malays – who are the BN vote bank – have bigger families and hence more mouths to feed.
I do not see how BN politicians can still remain so complacent because, quite frankly, the pain in our pocket is a boost for the opposition’s electoral ambition.
Anyone who has analyzed the voting trends can tell you that BN’s bulwark is the working class and fixed wage earners while it is the Pakatan supporters who are better off. So inflation will have a greater impact on the BN’s support base.
We’ve already lost a substantial amount of the support from the poor Indians. The BN is bleeding support from every section of the population so really, its war room had better do something.
I don’t see the PM’s highly paid consultants doing anything effective to stanch his sliding (un)popularity. In fact, the problem now is that anyone – by this I mean an ordinary person – who defends Najib risks being heckled by the crowd.
And while Malays are willing to defend their race and religion, they’re increasingly reluctant to come to the defence of Umno. As a consequence, Umno (effectively meaning BN) has to hug the race and religion card closer to its chest. This is realpolitik.
Calls for ‘kumbayah’ (huggy-kissy) are the politically correct 1Malaysia soundbites but the tough reality is that BN has to tack to right – including befriending PAS – in order to hang on to power in GE14.
Because of this, we should expect continual volleys of criticism by the international media on the direction that the Najib administration is heading, on top of corrosive coverage of 1MDB and the “RM2.6 b donation”.
This negativity leaves BN voters demoralized while at the same time galvanizing the opposition to go for the jugular.
Some people think I’m being divisive when I say “this is war” and that BN has to seriously “fight, fight, fight”. But if the BN fails to do this, it may lose the Mother of All Elections coming up.
I don’t see how BN supporters have any other choice, do you? Nice guys don’t win wars.
For the record
“At the end of the day, I still want/would like to see Najib to remain in office” — was what I said 1-and-1/2 years ago.
My comment was in response to Shamshul Anwar. The other regular commenters engaged in this segment of conversation thread were islam1st and Setem. We were discussing Waythamoorty’s resignation and Hindraf’s exit from the PMO.
Our exchange appears in the hotly discussed article ‘A mere 10% Indian vote swing will lose BN five seats‘ which I’d posted in my blog on 20 Feb 2014.
Helen Ang @ 2014/02/24 at 3:14 pm
“Yes, Shamshul, I too wish that more people were more respectful of the PM.
“I don’t know if I myself am considered disrespectful for my ‘kura-kura’ jibe. But I would never call him the kind of ‘biaDAP’ names some of the Dapsters have been calling him.
“At the end of the day, I still want/would like to see Najib to remain in office.
“So my end game (objective) is not for his removal. Instead it’s so that Najib can become more effective – prompt and decisive would be good, and less reliance on consultants and advisors – in order that BN retains Putrajaya. It will be a disaster if the DAP evangelistas succeed in taking power.”
Shamshul’s comment @ 2014/02/24 at 2:54 pm.