Consumers express frustration over fuel price hike

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Consumers reacted with anger over the 20 sen rise in RON95 and diesel prices over social networks, with many saying that increases in the price of food and other goods would now be inevitable.

They expressed frustration over the sudden hike, noting that people were already struggling with the high cost of living.

Many of them said they had rushed to petrol stations to fill up on fuel before the price was adjusted at midnight.

"The cost of living is already so high," said Felicia Lim.

"Now this. Everything else is going to cost more now."

Federation of Malaysian Consu­mers Association (Fomca) secretary-general Datuk Paul Selvaraj said the hike was "quite substantial" and would cause a lot of hardship to consumers.

"In the long term, we are in support of subsidy rationalisation. But if you are going to cut subsidies, there has to be an alternative, which would be public transportation," he pointed out.

"Unfortunately, public transportation has not improved and people will still have to use private transport," he added.

Paul said the increase in the price of both RON95 fuel and diesel would have a huge impact as it would lead to the increase in the prices of food and other goods.