PETALING JAYA: Diesel started to flow again at most petrol stations nationwide bringing smiles to the faces of those who had a tough time searching for supplies the past week.
“Everything’s okay now; supply is back to normal,” said businessman James Wong, 44, who previously had to look for diesel at 10 petrol stations before he could fill up his tank.
Contractor Lum Mow Sam, 45, shared Wong’s joy.
“Now I can get my diesel at any station,” he said, adding that hunting for diesel last week had been a nightmare.
The supply situation has become more certain since Sunday after the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry directed the oil companies to use June’s quota to resolve the critical problem.
Petrol station cashier Mufazzol Hussain, 26, said his station had diesel supply since Saturday.
“We do not have much left, but fresh supply is scheduled tonight (last night) so everything is all right,” he said.
A cashier at another petrol station, Rajes John Pandian, 25, said operations went smoothly since it received its diesel supply last Friday.
“Although our supply is getting low, everything is normal now,” he added.
In Ipoh, there were no more queues of heavy vehicles outside petrol stations.
Perak Petroleum Dealers Association chairman Tony Goh said the petrol stations had already obtained the June diesel quota. “It will be all right even on Tuesday after the long weekend,” he said yesterday.
However, transport companies here claimed that the diesel situation had not improved.
Perak Lorry Owners’ Association president Kan Cheong Leong said many petrol stations especially in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (formerly known as Jalan Kuala Kangsar) and Jalan Tuanku Bainun (formerly known as Jalan Kampar) have yet to receive their supply yesterday.
“Maybe the oil companies or their drivers are not on duty.”
Meanwhile, enforcement officers from the ministry had been stationed at all border points in Kelantan since last week to ensure no tankers carry more than the 20 litre quota into Thailand.
State Director of the Enforcement Division Wan Suhaimi Wan Ibrahim said the diesel shortage in the state had been overcome.