It comes as a surprise, just after the cabinet reshuffle, that school bus fares are going to be raised by 20 percent once gazetted by the government as informed by Entrepreneur and Cooperative Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
The Malaysian public normally says, once you vote for BN, you can expect things to go up - Barang Naik.
I think rather than calling itself as Barisan Nasional, it would be better to be frank and call the coalition 'Barang Naik'. At least the Malaysian public then need not fear the unexpected and can expect a continuous hike in the prices of commodities and services.
Malaysia is an oil producing country and with the current high price of this commodity, the government could subsidise essential commodities and services to ensure that the wealth is shared by every individual Malaysian and not be a burden to them.
The government could further provide cheaper fuel and motor parts to school bus operators by subsidising them, similar to assistance provided to fisherman and farmers. The school bus operators then do not have to seek a hike in their fares.