Bid to check hoarding of fuel in Miri


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 16 Nov 2004

BY STEPHEN THEN

MIRI: Petrol station operators here can enforce a stricter quota on the sale of fuel to check hoarding and excessive buying. 

Balwan Singh, head of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry ministry’s branch office for Miri Division, said operators have been given the flexibility to enforce a stricter quota to regulate the purchase of fuel by private and commercial vehicles. 

Under the existing quota, private vehicles are allowed to fill their tanks to a maximum purchase of RM50 per vehicle. 

Commercial vehicles weighing between one and three tonnes are allowed a maximum of RM150 per purchase and a maximum of RM250 for those weighing more than three tonnes.  

“Starting Friday, we have authorised the managements of petrol stations to lower this quota as and when they see fit,” he said in an interview. 

“For example, if a station finds that there is too much demand for any type of fuel, the management can immediately enforce a lower amount that can be purchased in one visit,” he added. 

Another ruling imposed to check hoarding and excessive buying of fuel is for petrol station owners to have separate lanes for different types of vehicles to monitor the purchases and prevent congestion. 

Last month, talk of a diesel shortage resulted in panic buying, which led to some stations experiencing a surge in demand.  

The town here has 14 petrol stations catering to a local population of some 230,000 as well as thousands of Bruneians and Malaysians working in the sultanate who crossed into Sarawak every weekend for shopping and recreation. 

On buying subsidised diesel, Balwan Singh said the office here has set up a special committee to handle applications from interested parties. 

The Federal Cabinet recently agreed to extend subsidised diesel to some 3,000 riverboat operators in Sarawak and Sabah. 

Subsidised diesel in Sarawak costs 56.56 sen per litre and 56.81 sen in Sabah while the industrial rate is 82.8 sen more.  

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