Petrol dealers association seeks to close some kiosks during MCO

May 17, 2020

Do any kiosks actually close every time BUMIPEDA threaten to do it?

Dateline 2020-04-17, Malaysian Reserve:

PETROL pump operators are looking to halve the number of stations that are open during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to cut losses as motorists stay home going into the fifth week of travel restrictions.

Petrol pumps are considered essential services and must remain open under instructions from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), but dealers are asking that some locations be allowed to stop business until the MCO is revoked because there is no demand at the moment.

Bumiputera Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia (Bumipeda) president Datuk Abu Samah Bachik said the public can be serviced even if half the number of stations are allowed to shut during the MCO.

Even with the drop in oil prices, the demand for fuel has dried up as only essential travel is allowed since March 18 and will be enforced at least until April 28. Globally, the benchmark Brent crude dropped 5% on Wednesday to US$28 (RM121.80) a barrel, as demand drops to a 25-year low.