Relief as diesel stock replenished; Ministry officers to ensure supplies reach PETRONAS stations

An enforcement officer from KPDN Sarawak inspecting the diesel pump at one of the PETRONAS station in Kuching on Dec 29, 2023. Photo credit: KPDN Sarawak Facebook

KUCHING, Dec 29: Diesel fuel stocks at various PETRONAS stations across Sarawak, including Kuching, have been steadily replenished, providing much-needed relief to countless motorists.

Currently, enforcement officers from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDN) in Sarawak are conducting thorough checks at petrol stations around Kuching to ensure that the subsidised diesel supply, deployed by oil companies following the additional diesel stock quota, has reached the stations.

The mobilisation of the diesel supply stock began this morning.

Sarawak recently experienced a shortage and outage of diesel, causing widespread concern among the population, especially diesel vehicle users, both personal and industrial.

Responding to the situation on Dec 27, KPDN Minister Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali announced that the disruption at pumps had been resolved with PETRONAS, with additional supply set to be mobilised within two days.

This announcement followed a statement from PETRONAS Dagangan on Dec 26, confirming a diesel supply issue affecting multiple stations nationwide, which was expected to persist until Dec 31.

The company, however, did not elaborate on the extent of the supply issue and how many stations were affected.

PETRONAS Dagangan apologised for any inconvenience caused and assured the public that they are actively collaborating with relevant authorities and stakeholders to minimise disruptions.

Concurrently, KPDN Sarawak emphasised that stringent action will be taken without compromise for any diesel misappropriation and offences under the Control of Supply Act 1961 and related legislation.

Complaints and inquiries can be submitted via, operation room KPDN Sarawak at 082-537703, Whatsapp to 019-2794317 or 019-8488000 (consumers complaint), and the hotline at 1-800-886-800. — DayakDaily