Faulty valves contribute to MyGaz gas cylinder shortage in Sarawak

File photo of Datuk Stanley Tan

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Aug 27: The current brouhaha over the shortage of the MyGaz gas cylinders in the market was due to faulty valves, which affected some 40 per cent of consumers’ needs in Sarawak, said state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs director Datuk Stanley Tan.

He said the supplier of MyGaz gas cylinders has given their assurance that the issue affecting the faulty valves would be addressed by early September.

“However, let me assure our consumers that we do not have shortage of gas cylinders supply in our market because it only affect the yellow-coloured MyGaz supply and not the blue-coloured Petronas cylinder gas,” Tan told DayakDaily here today.

As such, he advised consumers not to be choosy if they have no choice on the preferred cooking gas brand.

“Both the yellow-coloured gas cylinder from MyGaz and the blue-coloured Petronas gas cylinder gets their liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the same source.

“It’s just the colour of the gas cylinders (that is different) but not the content,” he explained.

According to Tan, his department met with the suppliers of MyGaz and Petronas on Aug 20. At the meeting, the MyGaz management assured that 10,000 new gas cylinders will arrive from Peninsular Malaysia by the end of the month.

“At the same time, MyGaz has also placed an order for 10,000 cylinder valves from Thailand to replace the faulty ones and expected the new stocks to arrive by Aug 30,” he said, adding that MyGaz has also roped in their experts from Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia to repair the faulty valves in its factory in Bintawa.

Tan added that MyGaz has also placed an order to buy a new decanting machine to expedite the repairing process.

At the same time, he said Petronas was willing to supply enough gas cylinders for MyGaz customers during the interim period, provided they are given the green light from the authorities.

Meanwhile, a check at retail shops in Kuching revealed that some shops have no stocks of the yellow-coloured gas cylinder but the Petronas’ blue-coloured gas cylinders are available. — DayakDaily