PUTRAJAYA, April 5 – The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has received seven complaints regarding the alleged diversion of subsidized RON95 gasoline involving foreign registered vehicles since the country’s borders reopened on April 1.
KPDNHEP Director of Law Enforcement Azman Adam said all the cases have been reported in Johor and two gas stations are currently under investigation.
‘We are finalizing the investigation,’ he told a press conference here today when asked to comment on viral video clips of vehicles with foreign registration numbers filling in gasoline 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 3rd) warned that gas station operators who sell subsidized gasoline 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 KPDNHEP 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 kilogram (kg) for the time being.
“When there is a fixed price, it must be respected. For each pricing implemented, we gave an appropriate margin on each profit. Therefore, it should be out of the question to say that wholesalers don’t have enough margin, etc. “, did he declare.
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