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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Foreign vehicles to be barred from filling up on RON95 petrol and NGV

 Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:05 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: RON95 petrol and NGV fuel will be banned from being sold to owners of foreign-registered vehicles from tomorrow, the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism announced Tuesday.

RON95 petrol would however be allowed to be sold to those having foreign-registered motorcycles as an exception.

Following the move, the requirement to produce Mykad by Malaysians using foreign-registered vehicles for buying RON95 petrol at all petrol stations throughout the country had been withdrawn, the ministry said in a statement here.

On Aug 1 last year, a directive to ban sales of RON95 petrol to foreign-registered vehicles nationwide was imposed with the exception given to Malaysians who could produce the Mykad for verification.

The ministry in the statement clarified that the government had received feedback of leakages due to abuse of of the Mykad for purchasing RON95 petrol.

According to the ministry, petrol station operators at border areas had also complained of difficulties in controlling and ensuring the directive on the petrol ban was fully complied with.

"On this issue, the government is of the view that the ban on all foreign-registered vehicles from buying RON95 petrol and the withdrawal of the condition that allowed purchase of RON95 petrol on producing the Mykad throughout the country with the exception of motorcycles, is reasonable," the ministry said.

The ministry clarified that the ban also covered NGV fuel following the discovery that 311,000 litres of NGV fuel were sold to foreign registered vehicles each year.

"At the rate of the current subsidy, the NGV fuel subsidy enjoyed by foreigners amounted to RM360,000 each year," the statement added.

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