Ministry: No fuel discounts allowed for now

PETALING JAYA: Petrol station operators will not be allowed to offer discounts on fuel for the time being, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry corporate communications head Akhtar Sahari.

However, he added that petrol station operators would be allowed to offer promotions in the future.

"For now, they must follow the retail price set by the Ministry. Yes, we will allow them to give discounts but not right now. We are unsure when the new measures will kick in," he said.

He added that the Ministry would come up with a guideline to address concerns that such a move would affect low-volume petrol dealers.

Sahari also reminded consumers to be wary of smartphone apps displaying listings of fuel prices, saying these could be inaccurate.

On Thursday, the Ministry released a statement rubbishing rumours of a "price war" between petrol stations after screenshots of a smartphone app's listing of lower fuel prices went viral.

The Ministry released a statement asserting that petrol stations are only allowed to sell fuel at the retail prices set by the Government.

Earlier this month, Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin announced that petrol station operators could either follow the set ceiling price under the new system, or offer lower fuel prices for promotional purposes, provided they had obtained prior approval from the ministry.

Following that, the Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia voiced concerns that small dealers, especially those in the rural areas, would not be able to afford discounts on fuel.

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