Weekly fuel pricing buzz fizzles out


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 01 Apr 2017

PETALING JAYA: After all the buzz surrounding the new weekly fuel pricing mechanism, the situation at petrol stations turned out to be normal.

The Star visited many stations and found the condition at all of them to be “regular and uneventful”.

It was a typical number of motorists filling up the tank of their vehicles at any given time.

It is likely because all the stations offer RON 95, RON 97 and diesel at the same prices.

The only exception is Petron which offers RON 100 petrol at RM2.95 per litre – 82 sen higher than that of RON 95. But it is only available at certain stations.

To some motorists like research officer Ikmal Kadir, 26, the weekly price revision is a minor inconvenience.

“I plan my finances on a monthly basis. This weekly thing actually creates uncertainty, which might throw off my estimations,” he said.

But Ikmal, who once drove for GrabCar, said that if the prices soared, it would have a big impact on those driving for such ride-hailing services.

“I went through some tough times not too long ago, so I drove for GrabCar. I planned my consumption for every single kilometre. I know of some other GrabCar drivers who still do.

“They would be willing to forgo meals just to have cash for petrol because their weekly incentives only get banked in every Friday,” Ikmal said.

Some motorists are trying to find a good deal on fuel prices and have turned to a mobile app that purportedly shows those stations that offer lower prices.

But that has turned out to be a wild goose chase – the information on the app is inaccurate.

Others like marketing communications manager Jessica Wong said convenience was more important.

“I will not go out of my way to a particular station for slightly cheaper petrol,” she said.

Actuary Jun Kai, 25, was sceptical about the app or anything like it.

“I heard they are erroneous, so I don’t even download them,” he said.

The app has been taken down from Google’s Play Store following an objection from the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry.

Petrol prices this week are RM2.13 for RON 95 and RM2.41 for RON 97 per litre.

Later yesterday, the ministry said it had conducted checks at petrol stations nationwide and found that none of them sold fuel above the set price.

In a statement, it warned people to be careful of a smartphone app that lists fuel prices at various stations, adding that it was a scam.

The ministry also urged consumers to report unscrupulous petrol stations that flout the law by calling 03-8000 8000 or 1-800-886-800, e-mail e-aduan@kpdnkk.gov.my or SMS to 15888 by typing KPDNKK Aduan followed by details of the complaint.

Complainants can also download the Ez ADU smartphone app.

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