PETALING JAYA: An effective mechanism to bar foreign-registered vehicles from filling up with the subsidised RON 95 petrol has yet to be found.
Time is critical as the Government’s ruling will come into effect in two weeks’ time on Aug 1.
Esso Petroleum Dealers Association Malaysia president Alang Zari Ishak said discussions were ongoing between the Government and petroleum dealers.
The dealers do not know how the Government is going to implement the decision.
“When customers pays with their credit cards, the station cannot control which fuel they buy. They can pick up any nozzle, be it the ones for RON 95 or RON 97,” he told The Star.
On a proposal to ban foreign-based credit cards at the pump, Alang Zari said such a move might not be in line with national policy and had repercussions from neighbouring governments.
Following the first round of the recent subsidy rationalisation, Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the sale of subsidised RON 95 petrol was strictly for Malaysian-registered vehicles.
He said foreigners could only buy the RON 97 petrol as the fuel was now subjected to a managed float.
Alang Zari, formerly the Petroleum Dealers Association of Malaysia president, said the initial proposal to use the MyKad was a possible solution although the move was objected by many parties.
Alang Zari said another option was to allocate each citizen a set monthly amount of subsidised fuel.
On a related matter, he pointed out there was an element of manipulation by oil companies before the adjustment in fuel prices.
“Before the price increase, there was no delivery of fuel. Excuses given included problems with transportation or depot.
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