KUCHING: Recommendations to revoke licenses will be made to the relevant authorities if oil towkays in Kapit are found to be responsible for the constant fuel shortage.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said he has just found out that there was a fuel shortage in Kapit.
“I am on my way to Song and Kapit. A few days ago, there was a fuel shortage in Kapit. It created havoc for users, not only for vehicle users but also to industrial users in the town.”
“Apparently, this was not the first time it occurred in Kapit, I was told,” said Masing in a statement.
He said he would find out the root causes of the matter and would make recommendations to the relevant authorities to make sure that such a situation will not recur.
“I will find out the causes of it.”
He added that he was informed that such a situation has been very frequent and the fuel shortage in Kapit has been very serious.
“If it is due to economic manipulation by petrol kiosks or fuel transporters because of frequent fluctuation in prices without regarding the inconvenience it causes to the public, I will recommend to the relevant authorities to cancel their licences.”
“This government cannot allow petrol kiosks and transporters of fuel to Kapti to place their economic agenda above public interest,” said Masing who is also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister.