Ships can no longer refuel at private jetties

Ships can no longer refuel at private jetties
Container vessels and quay cranes at the Johor Port at Pasir Gudang in Johor, Malaysia.

PUTRAJAYA - Ships and vessels can no longer refuel at private jetties as the Government has revoked all bunkering permits for these jetties with immediate effect.

This was among measures announced by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumer­ism Ministry to curb fuel smuggling activities - believed to have cost the Government millions due to the abuse of fuel subsidies.

Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said the Customs Department would review the bunkering process as many vessels were found to be involved in diesel and petrol smuggling through licensed wholesalers which operated from private jetties.

"At the same time, our legal team, together with the Attorney-General's Chambers and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, will review the Control of Supplies Act 1961 to revisit penalties for offences involving fuel subsidies abuse," Hasan said after meeting oil company representatives here yesterday.

The announcement came just a day after the ministry imposed a six-month freeze on applications for wholesale diesel and petrol licences and the opening of new petrol stations of all brands.

The freeze will last until December and Hasan said petrol stations operating within a 25km radius from an international border have been limited to a monthly quota of 600,000 litres of the RON95 fuel effective this month.

Consumers with information on fuel smuggling activities may forward their complaints to the ministry at 03-8000 8000, 1-800-886-800, or e-mail e-aduan@kpdnkk.gov.my.

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