Malaysians O Malaysians…

Newspapers these days sure are interesting. I saw this news on the newspaper and I thought it was interesting so, I decided to find a digital copy of it and share it with you guys here. Anyway this is not just a mere hijacking. So read on.

Wednesday June 25, 2008

Drivers fume

GEORGE TOWN: Motorists throughout the country were left fuming and confused on Tuesday, all because of the push by petrol station owners to ensure that their profit margins are maintained.

> 400 petrol stations in the northern region decided to stop accepting payments by credit card by today,

> Motorists are angry that they have to pay by cash, especially when they are now paying more for their fuel,

> Chaos broke out in several towns in Sabah and Sarawak as panicked vehicle owners rushed to petrol stations to fill up after receiving irresponsible SMSes that petrol stations were closing for three days,

> Vehicle owners in the peninsula were also worried after receiving similar untrue SMSes of petrol stations closing.

Source : The Star Online

So what I would like to highlight here is this,

> Chaos broke out in several towns in Sabah and Sarawak as panicked vehicle owners rushed to petrol stations to fill up after receiving irresponsible SMSes that petrol stations were closing for three days,

> Vehicle owners in the peninsula were also worried after receiving similar untrue SMSes of petrol stations closing.

Malaysians O Malaysians. I am really speechless over this. Sometimes to the point it made me laugh my butt off. I just don’t understand why some people can believe such SMSes. First of all, we don’t even know where the SMS came from ( yes I know its from your friend or family members! What I meant here is the source of the SMS), but still we choose to believe it without doing a little investigation. I believe all of us have the internet, so a quick google search would reveal a lot. And if you don’t have the internet, I believe by following the latest news, you will dig out a lot of info too.

How many times have we Malaysians fall for this kind of rumors? If I am not wrong, countless times. May it be through SMS or verbally. Remember not so long ago people were rushing to buy cooking oils because there are rumors about a of lack of supply? And remember the SMS about the 11p.m phone radiation which I have also wrote something about it here?

The SMSes seems harmless actually, but hey look what happens when lets say everyone of us sent these SMSes to just 3 of our friends. In a matter of just minutes, it would have spread to thousands of people. And it won’t take long before a panic starts. And actually it is quite interesting in a way. Look at it like this. Lets assume the SMS originate from Sabah. And with the same spreading pattern, it spreads even to the Peninsula. It just goes to show how well each of us are connected. The 6 Degrees of Seperation theory might just be true! LOL

I am not a business student or anything but I think a panic buying can drive prices up as there is a sudden surge in demand given a constant amount of production. Perhaps thats the true motive of the SMS? We’ll never know..

Anyway I hope we Malaysians don’t fall for this ever again. And let’s keep our fingers crossed that this kind of SMSes will always stay as rumors! Cheers!

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