4WD owners in Sarawak face exclusion from targeted diesel subsidies: Fed govt plans spark concerns

Sea of Hilux pickups at Lapok town.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 3: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN) disclosed that up to this point, four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles are not included in the list of recipients for targeted diesel subsidies as proposed by the federal government.

In a news report by TVS, Deputy Minister Fuziah Salleh explained that the current pilot project only encompasses nine specified categories eligible for subsidies.

However, she emphasised that the decision is still pending finalisation.

“Yes, it is true that we have just initiated the pilot project.

“The subsidies are still in place, not yet withdrawn. We have identified nine categories eligible for targeted subsidies, and indeed, 4WD vehicles have not been incorporated,” she told Parliament today.

Fuziah’s remarks came in response to a supplementary question from Senator Abun Sui Anyit regarding concerns raised by owners of 4WD vehicles in the remote areas of Sarawak, who fear exclusion from diesel subsidies under the government’s planned targeted subsidy scheme.

Abun Sui highlighted that these owners are not wealthy individuals, as they are compelled to purchase such vehicles due to lack of good road infrastructure in their regions.

Fuziah acknowledged that the ministry has received complaints on this matter.

“If deemed necessary, the government will consider including owners of 4WD vehicles in the remote areas of Sarawak. Currently, discussions on this matter are ongoing,” she added. — DayakDaily