Dateline 2019-01-02, Paul Tan:
The new weekly fuel price float system – which was supposed to go live today but is now scheduled to start later this week – will see RON 95 petrol prices capped at RM2.20 per litre, even if crude market price pushes the pump price beyond that level. This was revealed by finance minister Lim Guan Eng, reported by The Star.
Lim said the price float system was different from the previous government’s. “People will be paying less when petrol price drops but when it increases, they need not worry as any increase exceeding RM2.20 will be subsidised by the government,” he told reporters in Bukit Gelugor yesterday.
He explained that the implementation of the weekly price float was delayed because of objections from the Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia (PDAM), adding that prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would hear the group out first before deciding on the prices, which would be announced after a cabinet meeting today.