River, land transport in rural Sarawak comes to a standstill

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River, land transport in rural Sarawak comes to a standstill

Postby admin » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:53 am

MIRI: River and land transportation in many parts of rural Sarawak came to a standstill Thursday as petrol and diesel supply ran out following massive panic buying hours before the Government’s new price took effect.

Petrol and diesel shortages have been reported in rural villages and interior towns in central and northern Sarawak as the fuel supply situation gets even more chaotic following the sharp hike in price of this vital commodity.

River and land transportation were badly affected when express boats, longboats and landcruisers could not find enough fuel at the start of their day.

Interior settlements that relied on diesel fuel to power their generator sets to produce electricity for their homes and rice mills were also badly affected.

A check by The Star showed that places like Song, Belaga and upper Balui in Kapit Division, and Marudi, Long Pilah and Long Lama in Baram district faced a severe shortage of the essential fuel.

These rural folks had to bear the brunt of this shortage because they rely on fuel supply from urban centres. The urban centres had been adversely affected by the mad rush by people in towns and cities to buy the petrol and diesel on Wednesday night in order to fill their tanks to the maximum before the new price took effect at midnight Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in Marudi district in interior Baram, many folks were not even aware of the price hike.

The Sahabat Alam Malaysia office was inundated by calls from concerned locals when they found out about the price hike.

“Due to the distance from the urban town, many rural folks did not get to hear the price hike announcement. Only this morning, they realised the situation when they could not buy enough fuel and when they were told that the new price had taken effect,” said SAM Sarawak field officer Jok Jau Evong.

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