GEORGE TOWN: Checks in Penang and Sabah show these will be adequate supply of petrol and diesel for today, contrary to claims of otherwise.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) director Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghapar denied claims the news that went viral on the internet that consumers might face difficulties in getting both fuels by Jan 1.
“Out of the 202 petrol stations in Penang, we inspected 102 of them,” he said, adding that inspection would be carried out between Dec 26, 2018 to Jan 6, 2019.
He said petrol and diesel were scheduled control items under the Control of Supplies Act 1961 since June 21, 1975.
He added that Penang KPDNHEP enforcement officers will ensure controlled items in the state will always be available and accessible to the consumers at all times.
Mohd Ridzuan said as a retail licensee of petrol and diesel under the Control of Supply Regulations 1974, it was compulsory for petrol station operators to comply with licence terms and to ensure the supply of petrol and diesel were sufficient for daily sale.
Licensees were also not allowed to close the station, or to discontinue the sale of petrol/diesel fuel without permission,” he said.
“Failure of station operator to comply with any of the conditions is an offence under Regulation 21 of the Supply Control Regulations 1974 and punishable under Section 22 of the Control of Supplies Act 1974.
“If convicted, a fine of up to RM1mil or three years jail or both can be imposed for the first offence, or a fine of RM3mil for the second offence, imprisonment of up to five years or both,” he explained.
He added that the KPDNHEP enforcement officers would monitor and inspect the stations from time to time to ensure that fuel supply was sufficient for the public.
He urged the public to report to the authorities if they find traders that did not follow the guidelines.
Complaints can be made to the ministry through via KPDNHEP’s portal (https://eaduan.kpdnkk.gov.my), via e-mail complaint email@example.com, via the Ez ADD KPDNHEP smartphone app or via whatsapp to 019- 279 4317.
In Penampang, Bernama reported that Sabah KPDNHEP director Georgie Abas said supply of petrol and diesel in the state is sufficient, so consumers do not have to resort to panic-buying.
“We had inspections at all petrol stations following talks that supply may dry up by the new year.
“From Dec 27 to 30, we carried out 243 inspections at 208 stations; there is adequate supply of petrol and diesel in Sabah,” he added.
Georgie said petrol station operators in Sabah are expected to comply with the instructions issued by the ministry, including not arbitrarily closing functional fuel pumps.
“Even if they only close down a pump without permission from the ministry, they are committing an offence and we can take action.
“If the pump is faulty then the station operator should notify us, as well as in the event of inadequate supply of petrol and diesel,” he told reporters after visiting several petrol stations here yesterday.