Petrol cri­sis fu­els so­cial me­dia

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The birth and growth of so­cial me­dia, among them Face­book, What­sApp et al, have taken Sri Lankan hu­mour to a newer level.

As the fuel sta­tions went dry of petrol, the re­sult of the state- owned Cey­lon Pe­tro­leum Corporation’s (CPC) in­abil­ity to main­tain ad­e­quate buf­fer stocks,

au­dio and video clips went vi­ral. Al­most all of them were crit­i­cal of the rul­ing coali­tion lead­ers.

Oth­ers car­ried com­ments from those who had spent hours out­side fuel sta­tions. “How can the Gov­ern­ment talk of dis­tribut­ing power to the pe­riph­ery when it can­not even dis­trib­ute petrol,” de­clared one of them. Said an­other, “I could not take my chil­dren to school today. Politi­cians, how­ever, have their Pra­dos and Pa­jeros with tanks filled to run around.” Some of the re­marks were un­print­able.

Dif­fer­ent videos ran as songs mod­elled on well­known reg­gae and Sin­hala num­bers played in the back­ground. In one, the man sprint­ing with a burn­ing torch, the logo of the Cey­lon Pe­tro­leum Corporation was re­placed. It de­picted what ap­peared to be a driver car­ry­ing an empty can. In an­other video clip, there was a crowd out­side a fuel sta­tion where the pump was placed at the rear of a don­key.

Lead­ing su­per­mar­kets re­alised the plight of their reg­u­lar cus­tomers. The cus­tomers re­ceived SMS mes­sages that un­til the petrol short­age lasts, they would de­liver to their homes all their needs.

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