Ministry mulls notices at border gates on RON95 petrol sales ban to foreign vehicles

By BERNAMA | 15 May 2022

PADANG BESAR: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry is considering a suggestion to display notices on the ban of RON95 petrol sales to foreign-registered vehicles at the country’s border gates.

Its secretary-general Azman Mohd Yusof said the suggestion put forward by petrol station operators was good and would help in the effort to prevent such vehicles from fuelling up the subsidised petrol reserved for Malaysians.

"We can prepare the notices in Malay, English and Thai languages so that travellers can see the information early before entering the country.

"We will try to look at the effectiveness of its implementation first before making any decision,” he said after a working visit to the Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Complex (ICQ) here.

Also present were deputy director of enforcement (operations) Shamsul Nizam Khalil and the ministry's Perlis chapter director Norazah Jaafar.

Meanwhile, Azman said 94 cases of smuggling controlled and subsidised items at the national border gates were recorded from January to April this year, with seizures amounting to RM7.88mil.

“The ministry is serious about stopping leakages of controlled and subsidised items, especially those taking place at the country’s border gates because they cause huge losses to the nation,” he said.

Azman also said the ministry was pushing for its enforcement personnel to be equipped with border control facilities when carrying out their duties for their safety.

He said there were also plans to provide them with firearms depending on the locations they were stationed.

"However, a study must be conducted first on the number of firearms needed by taking into account the standard operating procedures, licences, allocations and others.

"We also want to seek an allocation to procure vehicles to facilitate our members when conducting their duties, but this matter must be studied first,” he added.