“Whether most people realise it or not, petrol stations are the yardstick for safety and cleanliness.
“They help improve standards in the service industry wherever they are,” said Abdul Hafidz Abdul Rahim, state deputy director at the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry.
Petrol stations are also one of the most visited places by members of any community, he added.
“These days the stations also have ATMs, convenience stores and other services, besides offering amenities like toilets.”
Improvements at petrol stations always have a spillover affect on businesses nearby, Hafidz said at a safety seminar for petrol stations held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching
Over the last decade, the increase in the number of petrol stations in Sarawak has been among the fastest for states in Malaysia.
There are presently 236 petrol stations in the state, the deputy director said.
“This number will continue to grow as Sarawak develops. “There will be more demand, more roads and more vehicles on the road.
“New cities, suburbs and overall productivity increases will result in more stations,” said Abdul Hafidz. — By YU JI