By Geryl Ogilvy
KUCHING, Nov 1: Quick intervention from the Pakatan Harapan (PH)-led federal government against Petronas increasing its home delivery charges of gas has demonstrated its seriousness in protecting the rights of consumers.
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong lauded Putrajaya’s immediate query on Petronas after a photo listing increased prices for its gas delivery services went viral on Tuesday (Oct 30).
She said Petronas should not have increased the prices of its products and services, especially involving controlled items, without informing the federal government.
Such action can be constituted as profiteering because Petronas has no reason to raise the price, she said, adding the management has to withdraw, otherwise they can face prosecution under the Profiteering Act.
“Petronas has already retracted its decision to raise the delivery charges of gas. Petronas withdrawing its decision to increase the price has shown the effectiveness of the Pakatan government in controlling Petronas.
“It shows the firm stand of the Pakatan government in defending consumers’ rights,” Yong told a press conference at Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) headquarters here today.
She added that the PH government will not sacrifice the rights of consumers simply because it wanted to defend the rights or interest of the national oil company.
Petronas Dagangan Bhd announced yesterday that there will not be any price increase for its Gas Petronas Home Delivery (GPHD) service, which will remain the same, at RM8.20 for the 12kg gas cylinder and RM8.40 for the 14kg cylinder.
In a statement, Petronas said its U-turn was made in consideration to concerns raised by the public. The increase would have seen a hike of RM3.20 for the 12kg and 14 kg gas cylinders.
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, which had earlier demanded an explanation over the price hike, is expected to release a statement on the matter. — DayakDaily