Saturday, September 23

Ministry, Rela to fight illegal sale of fuel near border areas


BE WARNED: Uzir speaking to reporters at the closing of Factory Sales Expo at Permata Exhibition Hall.

KUCHING: The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) has teamed up with members of the People Vigilante Corps (Rela) to curb the illegal selling of petrol and diesel at stations near the border areas.

KPDNKK state director Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman said yesterday that they had identified several areas which they should focus on.

“We have identified three to four locations in the rural areas in the state which are selling over one million litres of subsidised petrol a month.

“The main cause for this is the difference of RM1 per litre between industrial oil and subsidised oil, which drove them to sell it to those who are not eligible for subsidised oil.

“Although the cases are small thus far, it will cause great loses to the government if the
situation is not addressed,” he said at the closing of Factory Sales Expo at Permata Exhibition Hall.

Uzir added that under the Trade Descriptions Act, those found abusing or selling petrol or diesel without licence could be fined RM100,000 or three years in prison.

Meanwhile, premise licence of stations found selling subsidised petrol or diesel to middlemen could be suspended.