Fuel subsidy card for middle income earners ready by next March, says finance minister

December 26, 2019


Dateline 2019-10-15, Malay Mail:

Lim Guan Eng today said the fuel subsidy card for Malaysian middle-income earners, grouped as M40, will be rolled out from March 2020.

The finance minister said the fuel subsidy will be pumped through the special card Kad95.
“For the M40, it will be ready in March and we will use the card. We are studying it right now and once the mechanism is ready and completed, we will make an announcement,” he told reporters at the sidelines of the International Directors Summit 2019 here.

Fuel subsidy programme to begin in January

December 16, 2019

Dateline 2019-10-12, The Star:

The RM2.2bil fuel Targeted Subsidy Programme (PSP) will be launched in January next year and is expected to benefit more than eight million motorists.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said individuals who owned not more than two cars and two motorcycles were eligible to receive PSP for one vehicle.

The qualifying criteria is for the passenger car to have a 1,600cc engine and below or 1,600cc and above which is more than 10 years old.

2020 Budget: RM2.2 billion for targeted fuel subsidy scheme

December 15, 2019

Dateline 2019-10-11, NST:

The government will allocate RM2.2 billion for the proposed Fuel Subsidy Programme (PSP), which is set to benefit more than eight million motorists nationwide.

Motorists in Sabah and Sarawak, meanwhile, will continue to enjoy a fuel price ceiling of RM2.08 per litre for RON95 and RM2.18 per litre for diesel, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in his 2020 Budget speech today.

“Should the Sabah or Sarawak governments wish to participate in the PSP, the federal government is ready to accept the request.

“Individuals who own no more than two cars and two motorcycles are eligible to receive PSP for (only) one vehicle. All luxury vehicles will not qualify to receive the targeted subsidies,” he said.

He said the PSP will be launched in Peninsular Malaysia in January next year, with two eligible recipient categories.

Guan Eng: With RAPID, Malaysia will be net exporter of fuel for first time in a decade

July 13, 2019

I wonder if there is a target per capita fuel usage cap.

Dateline 2019-06-18, Malay Mail:

The US$16 billion (RM66 billion) Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Johor is set to begin operations somewhere in the fourth quarter of 2019, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

He said the project would turn Malaysia into a net exporter of refined fuels for the first time since 2008.


Growth hit by Sabah gas snag

January 6, 2019

Dateline 2018-11-28, Daily Express:

Malaysia’s gas exports have been suffering from severe disruption since the second quarter of 2018 following a production breakdown at the Kebabangan gas field in Sabah, according to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, recently.

Hence, he said, the country has not fully benefited from the rising oil prices in the past six months.

“Major repairs and assessment works are still ongoing and production is only expected to return to full capacity by the middle of next year the latest,” Lim said in a statement.
He highlighted that the supply disruption has severely affected gross domestic product (GDP) growth and petroleum income tax revenue received by the government.

For the third quarter of 2018, petroleum income tax revenue declined 27pc to RM2.79 billion from RM3.81 billion in the second quarter.

Malaysia investigates Chinese gas pipeline deals for fraud, possible corruption

July 20, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-07, Taiwan News:

Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission has begun an investigation into two gas pipeline projects contracted to a Chinese company on suspicion of fraud and violation of contract terms.

Malaysia’s Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng will head to Beijing to discuss the deals and other infrastructure projects with a mandate to potentially terminate some of the agreements, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

Lim said that it was “highly suspicious” that around 88 percent of the cost of the two pipeline projects had been paid to the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB), despite only 13 percent of the work being done.

The Finance Ministry also alleges that the awarding of the contract did not follow protocol, leading to a case being filed by Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission.