PUTRAJAYA: Most consumers are not affected by the five sen increase in the price of RON95 petrol as they are essentially paying the same price for it as before.
Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that prior to the increase on Tuesday, only 1,445 out of 3,500 petrol stations nationwide carried RON 95 petrol which cost RM1.75 per litre compared to RON97 which was sold at RM1.80 per litre.
He said most consumers would not be affected as they are paying the same price for petrol per litre, except they are now buying RON95 instead of RON97 which has been upgraded to become a premium product and sold at RM2.05 per litre.
The RON95 petrol, which is suitable for all types of vehicles, is available at all pumps now.
Its introduction is in line with the phasing out of the cheaper RON92 petrol which accounted for only 5% of petrol sales in the country.
Ismail Sabri said the public was upset with the five sen increase because they were confused and did not realise that they are still paying the same amount for their petrol.
“The Government continues to subsidise petrol and spends RM304mil a month on this. I hope irresponsible parties would not take the opportunity to spark anger and confusion among the people over this issue as we have not actually increased the petrol price,” he said.
Ismail Sabri also announced that the wholesale and retail ceiling prices for 17 food items has been fixed for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
He said three new items were included in the list – imported garlic, ground nuts and potatoes – together with items like chicken, eggs, round cabbage, red chillies, tomatoes, coconuts and shallots.
The ceiling prices would be imposed for 15 days beginning Sept 13.
However, the price of goods would still vary from place to place as other factors like transportation have to be taken into consideration.
Ismail Sabri said enforcement officers would conduct checks to ensure retailers and wholesalers abide by the ceiling price.