Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dual-pump system for border petrol stations

Sunday June 22, 2008 MYT 5:53:43 PM

Dual-pump system for border petrol stations

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has agreed to implement a dual pump system at stations in border areas to ensure foreigners do not buy fuel at subsidised prices.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that under the system, locals could purchase fuel at subsidised prices while foreigners do so at current market prices through separate pumps.

"The system has two benefits, namely foreigners will pay for petrol at the current price and Malaysians will know the actual market price of petrol," he said.

He said the system was based on Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad's suggestion.

Shahrir said the system could be implemented as soon as possible following positive response from fuel station operators who had agreed to shift to the dual pump system.

About 500 fuel stations within 30km to 50km of border areas had agreed to make the change, he added.

Asked on the mechanism used to differentiate purchase by foreigners with that of local citizens, Shahrir said the station operators would have to look at the vehicle's plate number. -- Bernama

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