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?