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I collected the RM625 fuel subsidy today. And it took me all of about 15 minutes.

Posted By fathersez On August 26, 2008 @ 6:38 pm In Time Managment

[1] In early June 08, the Malaysian pump fuel prices were raised by 41%.  This increase immediately created a tsunami of increases in the prices of almost everything you could think of.

The pain inflicted on the man in the street by these increases is still being felt and will be felt for quite a long while.  At the same time (to alleviate the sufferings of us poor Malaysians!!!) the Government also announced a rebate of RM625 per individual car of 2,000 cc or less. People with cars registered in the name of companies, permanent residents and expatriates all got the short end of the stick.  

The Postal Services (which was privatised some time ago) was appointed as the sole payout agent. 

And true to form, Malaysians turned up by the busloads to collect the rebate. The Post Offices were jam packed with people with queues reminiscent of pictures of people lining up for rock concerts.  

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Image credit: The Star Publications via the [2] Danesh Project. (Thanks, Danny) 

Today, about 2 months after the announcement, I went to collect the rebate on our car at the Post Office at a shopping mall about 2 minutes from our house.  Collecting the form, filling it up, taking a number, submitting and collecting the princely sum of RM625 took me a sum total of about 15 minutes.  

A well spent fifteen minutes.

I wonder if I would have ever spent time lining up in the sun, like some of the people in the picture above to collect this or any other rebate. I also wonder if this “attitude” is needed in someone’s profile to attract and retain wealth.

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