Measures in place for targeted diesel subsidy rollout, says Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has assured the people that measures are in place following the announcement of the rationalisation of the diesel subsidy programme.

“We have taken adequate measures,” he told reporters when met at the Global Forum on Islamic Economics and Finance (GFIEF) event at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here Tuesday (May 28).

Anwar said this when asked about concerns raised by food and beverage operators if they are eligible for the diesel subsidies apart from the targeted public transportation service providers.

Last week, Anwar, who is also Finance Minister, announced that the diesel subsidy rationalisation would be implemented in Peninsular Malaysia first, and later for Sabah and Sarawak.

The implementation of the diesel subsidy rationalisation mechanism is expected to save RM4bil a year for the government.

The initiative involves 10 public transportation vehicles, including buses and taxis, and 23 goods transport vehicles.

When asked if there were requests to expand the scope of the subsidy programme, Anwar said such proposals could be directed to the Transport Ministry and Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry.

He said further details on the implementation of the diesel subsidy rationalisation mechanism would be announced by Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan.

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