From The Star – 20-litre ruling

From the Star, dateline 2009-12-16:

The ban on the sale of petrol and diesel over 20 litres to foreign cars within a radius of 50km from any point of entry into the country will take effect today.

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the ban, which was aimed at preventing the smuggling of petrol and diesel, would be in place until a new mechanism for the management of oil subsidy is implemented in May next year.

“Directives have been issued to all petrol stations in the stipulated areas on the new ruling. We have also issued notices to all foreign-registered vehicles in the country informing them of the new regulation,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

With the ruling, he said, only Singapore-registered vehicles were allowed to leave Malaysia with more than 20 litres in their tanks as the authorities in the republic had already imposed a ruling that all vehicles crossing its borders must have their tanks at least three-quarters full of fuel.

I’ve always thought that the petrol stations whose main source of income (and the most vocal in complaint) is selling subsidised fuel to foreign cars, should be considered to be the same category as raiders of our national coffer. Think about it, they are colluding to give away a subsidy meant for the rakyat (at the cost of say RM1/liter) to foreigners. Where do you think that money came from, and whether it is better spent here at home?

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4 Responses to From The Star – 20-litre ruling

  1. Daz says:

    Petroleum industry (~60billion in revenue/year)

    Whether it is better spent here at home?
    Just how much of it is actually contributed by foreign cars? Apparently the subsidy is gonna cost us 10billion near year… ~20million litres/day of fuel (inc. leakages).

    [How] it is better spent here at home?
    With the current system in place, I reckon it’s just gonna increasing in coming years. Unless there’s proper development & investment in public transportation we rakyats will continue slaving for the ‘malaysian dream’- a car for each member of the family….

  2. Daz says:

    *~27million litres/day of fuel at Rm1/liter(minus leakages).

    -Malaysia Population: 28 million (~70% above the ages of 16, a potential 20million motorist on the road)

  3. Jabbathehutt says:

    why don’t we just not allow cars from other country to enter. If they want to enter, charge them a levy of RM150 per day.

    That should cover any subsidy.

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