KPDNHEP to investigate contaminated fuel dispensed by petrol station

KUCHING, June 15: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will investigate claims of water contaminated fuel by vehicle owners refueling at a Shell petrol station at Jalan Song/Urat Mata here.

Its deputy minister Chong Chieng Jen said an investigation was being carried out when the ministry received reports from unfortunate vehicle owners whose vehicles broke down after refueling at the station.

“My officers are carrying out investigations and expected to come up with a finding as soon as possible,” he told reporters when attending Kampung Haji Baki Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri this evening.

Asked on what actions would be taken against the petrol station owner, Chong said it would depend on the findings of the investigation.

“If there is any intentional cause (by the station owner) then it may result in the revocation of the license. It’s a very serious offence. We are looking at this matter seriously.

“But we still have to leave it to our investigation team. It could also be due to leakages or cracks in the tank (underground). So it depends on the outcome (of investigation),” he said.

Chong assured that the ministry was taking all the necessary action to investigate this matter and protect consumers’ rights.

Chong being welcomed by one of the residents of Kampung Haji Baki.
Chong (seated third left) and Tan (seated centre) in a group photo with organising committee members of the Kampung Haji Baki Majlis Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri.

Meanwhile, KPDNHEP state director Datuk Stanley Tan said they received reports from four complainants as of 1pm today (June 15) and ordered the Shell station at Jalan Song to close some of its pumps suspected drawing contaminated fuel.

He said all the pumps accept pump number 9 had been closed, and the station owner had arranged for a contractor to cross check all the hardware, tanks and dispenser pipelines of the station. — DayakDaily