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Monday, March 06, 2006

BioFuel (Bahanapi Biol?)

TokKu – The price of petroleum has increased by 30 sen only. Mujur, it is not by 30% or 30 US or Euro cents. Gone are the days of full subsidies and low prices of only 70 sen for the diesel. So, we better get use to it since we cannot rely on the depleting fossil fuel and depleting subsidies anymore. Many are still clinging to the argument that since petroleum is produced locally, the citizen should get it at cost or staff price. But the companies’ profits and corporate tax forgone are too much to be missed. The country needs the money for development or for settling the commitments. The increase of over One Billion Ringgit per month pocket money should be closely monitored. As in the case of our children, the additional pocket money should not go to the purchase of cigarettes, pornographic material or worse still, for buying drugs. The same principle should also apply. That the cutting of this subsidy should not cross subsidized other unnecessary projects since many with get cross which eventually may affect their future crossing.
The reduction of the subsidy is the initial step taken in facing the reality of fueling the Malaysian future. We have only 17 more years of fossil fuel reserve and so far no major oil strike. After that, we have will become the net importer of petroleum at high price. Where will Petronas be than? Will it be like MAS? It may not be able to fly high financially like the Ayamas but has to fly low like the ayam hutan (Ayam Hutang?). One way of catching these “wild fowl” in the oil palm plantation is done by using the net (jala) and by ensuring that no wild or foul expenditures being incurred.
The chain of events expected to occur is the subsequent inevitable increase in prices of other things – including those that are remotely related to petroleum. (The price of massage by female masseur had increased by 30% since it is petroleum based massage oil!) The main logic of the trades is that every thing should increase by 30 sen or 30% per unit – irrespective of its transport cost components. It is easier, a more cleverer and profitable way to calculate. However, it should not be done now when everyone is watching closely on this issue. It should be done by the “Salami Approach”, namely, gradually, slice by slice, five sen by five sen so that nobody will notice or feel it. As the proverb says, “An inch a day, will not keep the customers away.”
There was so much talk about biofuel or in Bahasa Malaysia; it can be transliterated as “Bahanapi Biol”. We have lots of cheap palm oil but it was not economically viable to be used as biofuel when the price of petroleum was below US$ 28 per barrel. It was appropriately then sold at higher price for food and not for fuel. But now with petroleum hiking to US$ 63.63 per barrel, we should go into palm biofuel. Some announcements were made here and there but nothing concrete materialized. Palm biofuel can be made by converting the palm oil to diesel. Alternatively, the plain cooking oil can be blended into diesel to run diesel engines. With the high price of petroleum diesel, lots of people in Europe or US are using UFO vehicles for traveling (UFO = Used Frying Oil). However, in Malaysia, this UFO has to compete with yong taufu makers, the pasar malam traders and poultry /pig farmers. Malaysia has 17.5 millions of tonnes of palm oil supply per year as compared to only 10 million tonnes of diesel consumed per year. So, palm oil can do a lot to supplement the diesel use. Palm oil can also produce “alcohol material” from its sap to produce gasohol like Brazil. You can see that alcohol was fueling the vehicles in Brazil as much as it fuels the population (especially during the Mardi gras dancing and sambas at the Copacabana beach.) Fortunately, this palm vine industry did not develop in Malaysia. If it were to develop here, there will cases of Mardi Gras and Samba in palm plantation, besides the recent night clubs, prostitution and gambling and cock fighting in the midst of oil palm plantation. The rural urban migration can be reversed as there will be more attraction in the rural areas in the dark night as compared to the urban bright lights.
So this new biodiesel which is Environmental friendly Vegetable Oil origin should be called as ECODIESEL or ENVODIESEL. Ask the VVVIP to launch and endorse it. Use it for government vehicles as it is done in the US. Every body will get hooked on it instead of fully addicted on the fossil fuel. So , instead of only the diesel brand of the Seven sisters such as Shell, Esso, B.P, Petronas etc, there will be palm biofuel Cap Buruh, Cap Pisau , Cap Helang , etc. like the shelf of supermarket. The advertisement of F1 Racing Cars will be Minyak Cap Buruh or Minyak Cap Helang. The unsubsidized market price of diesel is RM 2.20 per liter as compared to RM 1.50 per liter of “ Refined, Bleached, Deodorized and Double Fractionated Palm Olein @ Cooking Oil”. The exhausts of the diesel vehicles will smell like the smokes of grilling the satay... Perhaps, the palm biofuel blend should include a bit of lemon grass and onion (serai and bawang) so that when you’re caught tin a traffic jam, it will be the smell of Satay Kajang. That’s the solution to the issue of fuelling the Malaysian future.

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