So far, seven complaints of abuse of subsidized gasoline, according to the Ministry of Internal Trade
PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has received seven complaints of alleged diversion of subsidized RON95 gasoline involving foreign-registered vehicles since the country’s borders reopened on April 1.
The ministry’s law enforcement director, Azman Adam, said all the cases had been reported in Johor and two gas stations were currently under investigation.
“We are finalizing the investigation,” he told a press conference here on Tuesday April 5 when asked to comment on viral video clips of foreign-registered vehicles filling up with gasoline at using yellow nozzles suspected to be RON95.
Malaysia has banned the sale of RON95 gasoline to foreign-registered vehicles since August 1, 2010, to ensure that the gasoline subsidy is only given to Malaysians.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi in a statement on Saturday (April 3) warned that petrol station operators who sell subsidized petrol to foreign-registered vehicles would do the subject to severe measures.
“If RON 95 gasoline is used by unqualified parties, it will affect the supply of our own people,” said Azman who also called on consumers to address their complaints directly to the ministry if they encounter such incidents.
Meanwhile, commenting on the issue of unstable chicken prices in some places, Azman said this should not have happened as the price of chicken remained at RM8.90 per kg for the time being.
“Where there is fixed pricing, it must be adhered to. For each pricing implemented, we have given an appropriate margin on each profit. Therefore, there should be no question of saying that wholesalers have no enough margin and so on,” he said. noted.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced on January 31 that the government has set the maximum retail price for standard chicken at RM8.90 per kg, effective from February 5 to June 5, 2022. – Bernama