Five incidents of S’poreans fuelling with subsidised petrol reported

This behaviour could lead to subsidies running out faster and the M’sian petroleum supply could become unstable

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE government will look into reports about Singaporeans filling up their cars with subsidised petrol.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) General of Enforcement Azman Adam said there have been five cases involving two different petrol stations in Johor since the opening of the border between Malaysia and Singapore.

KPDNHEP has identified the two petrol stations involved.

Azman asserted that this behaviour could lead to subsidies running out faster than expected, and that the Malaysian petroleum supply could become unstable.

“The two petrol stations are currently under investigation and we hope the public will keep reporting such matters,” he said during an interview yesterday.

Currently, cars with foreign plates are not allowed to pump oil within 25km of the border, with motorcycles added to the ban in 2020.

“We are considering reviewing our policies regarding the enforcement of these laws,” Azman added.

In regards to the issue of enforcer shortages, he explained that the government was focusing more on technology-based methods rather than “hard” enforcement, which focuses only on the physical presence of officers.

“We must consider how much manpower we need to deploy when compared to the results obtained. We cannot simply focus on filling positions without taking into account the cost and effectiveness of each method.

“However, we cannot excuse ourselves from the responsibility of enforcing regulations. The mandate falls upon us as the people expect us to take action against those breaking rules.

“Our job requires strategic thinking and planning so that we may deliver effective solutions,” he elaborated.

The ban on the sale of RON95 petrol to vehicles with foreign registration numbers was implemented on Aug 1, 2010.

Petrol station owners found to have failed to comply with this can be investigated under the Control of Supply Regulations 1974 and the Control of Supply Act 1961.

It carries a penalty of a maximum fine of RM1,000,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three years, or both, if convicted.

Punishment for the second and subsequent offences is a maximum fine of RM3,000,000 or imprisonment for a maximum of five years, or both while the punishment for the company is a maximum fine of RM2,000,000 for the first offence and RM5,000,000 for the second and subsequent offences.