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Ministry to take action against Singaporeans caught ‘stealing’ subsidized petrol

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Since April 1, there have been several photos showing a handful of Singaporeans entering Malaysia to “take advantage” of the country’s government subsidy for RON95 gasoline.

Photos of drivers with a Singapore registered vehicle number filling up with RON95 fuel in Johor have gone viral on social media.

The behavior of these southern neighbors has caught the attention of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).

As a deterrent, the KPDNHEP announced the implementation of Ops Pantau 2022 to curb the illegal sale of subsidized RON95 gasoline to foreign vehicles.

Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi ordered an investigation into the gas stations that allowed the sale.

Meanwhile, gas stations in Johor have also been instructed not to allow the sale of RON95 to foreign vehicles.

Gasoline RON95 not for foreign vehicles

RON 95 is a subsidized gasoline that is reserved for locals only.

It is a violation of government procurement control law to sell 95 RON to foreigners.

Currently, Malaysian gasoline RON95 at RM2.05 per liter is the 11th lowest in the world, which is cheaper than several oil-producing countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Jordan and Oman.

Only 97 RON is allowed to be sold to foreigners at the price of RM 3.91 per liter in Malaysia.

However, it is still much cheaper than the price of S$3.02 (RM9.37) for 95 RON and S$3.51 (10.90RM) for 97 RON in neighboring countries due to the high gasoline tax.

Foreign vehicles are also allowed to fill up with diesel, limited to once a day with a limit of 20 liters and only at filling stations within 25 km of the land borders between Malaysia and Singapore.

A Singapore-registered car refueling in Malaysia. (Source: Facebook)

If foreigners fill 40 liters of RON95, the government will lose RM68 of people’s money to foreigners.

The calculation is based on the subsidy of around RM1.70 per liter for 95 RON in Malaysia.

Malaysians unhappy with Singapore cars pump cheap petrol

Malaysians see red in the face of the attitude of their southern neighbors for having “stealed” the subsidized gasoline intended for the locals.

It didn’t help that most vehicles were expensive cars.

The Malays did not understand why the Singaporeans, who also enjoy a strong currency, had to “pilfer” the subsidized petrol.

They demanded that authorities take action against gas station owners who allow this to happen.

Some suggest the use of the technology to monitor foreign vehicles pumping petrol in Malaysia.

READ MORE: Netizens shocked by driver who lifts his Singapore-registered car at JB gas station

A long-standing problem

Meanwhile, Singaporeans also reacted to the unrest.

Some claimed they could only fill a limited amount, ignoring the fact that it was wrong to do so in the first place.

Others said the Singapore government should also subsidize petrol for its people, while some said petrol attendants should be blamed instead.

At the same time, some sensible Singaporeans urged their compatriots not to get in their way or get in the way of the country.

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