Border towns: No petrol sales to foreign cars

By: Adviseurs Geldzaken  28-05-2008
Keywords: Accessories, Car Dealers, Industrial

Border towns: No petrol sales to foreign cars By SIM LEOI LEOI and MEERA VIJAYAN KUALA LUMPUR: Petrol stations located in border states like Johor and Perlis will be barred from selling petrol and diesel to foreign-registered cars starting Friday. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Samad said the move, aimed at plugging loopholes in the current subsidy system, was decided during an anti-inflation committee meeting yesterday. The ban will involve between 200 and 300 petrol stations in Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Perak and the Johor Baru and Kulai areas in Johor. Currently, petrol stations are not allowed to sell more then 20 litres of petrol to foreign vehicles. “This move is temporary until we come up with better management of our subsidy system,” he told reporters. At present, Shahrir said too many foreign-registered cars, particularly those from neighbouring countries, had been crossing into Malaysia to take advantage of the lower fuel and diesel prices. “I have been instructed to use my power under the Control of Supply Act to direct and ban the sale of subsidised fuel to these foreign cars. This applies to petrol stations located as far as 50km from the border,” he said. Besides the northern states and the Johor Baru and Kulai areas of Johor, Shahrir said he was also studying if the ban should include petrol stations in Pontian. He said the petrol stations would be notified by the ministry to adhere to the move. Shahrir said that besides putting up signboards informing motorists of this new ruling, enforcement officers would also be stationed at the petrol stations to ensure businesses complied with the ruling. “I will inform my officers about this latest decision and it will take effect by Friday or the latest Monday,” he said. Shahrir said those caught flouting the ruling could be fined up to RM250,000. However, he said foreign-registered vehicles which entered the country for tourism purposes could still fill up their tanks in places like Penang and Malacca where the ban would not apply. “They should enter the country with full tanks and they have to plan their journey,” he said. In Johor Baru, petrol station owners and managers were shocked with the announcement.

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