Watch out for leakages after diesel subsidy rationalisation, says consumer group

KOTA KINABALU: Authorities must stay vigilant for possible abuse of subsidised diesel to prevent any leakages following the recent decision to implement a targeted subsidy system in the country, says the National Consumer Foundation Sabah chapter.

Its newly-appointed state chairman David Chan said this is for all eligible recipients to enjoy the benefit.

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He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s decision to exclude Sabah and Sarawak from the new ruling of providing targeted subsidies was a sign of concern for the people in the Bornean states.

Chan pointed out that Sabah's hilly terrain made the use of diesel-powered four-wheel drive vehicles a necessity.

“The usage of boats connecting smaller villages also requires diesel, and that is why our use of diesel is far more than other states,” he said.

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He also thanked Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali for allowing Sabah and Sarawak to continue enjoying subsidised diesel.

Previously, the ministry urged eligible public transport and commodities companies to apply for subsidised diesel as soon as possible.

Those who applied for and received approval under the Subsidised Diesel Control Scheme but have not obtained their fleet cards are reminded to keep their refuelling receipts.

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