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Smart phone app that up­dates con­sumers on lat­est petrol prices is in­ac­cu­rate, says Jamil

New Straits Times - - News -

NORSILA ABD MA­JID

AND THARANYA ARUMUGAM PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my

THE price war be­tween petrol sta­tions, which is trig­gered by a smart phone ap­pli­ca­tion, is pro­hib­ited, said Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Jamil Salleh.

Jamil, in a state­ment, re­it­er­ated that all petrol sta­tions must com­ply with the ceil­ing price for petrol and diesel as fixed by the gov­ern­ment.

“My min­istry has been in­formed that there is a smart phone ap­pli­ca­tion that up­dates con­sumers on the lat­est petrol prices at petrol sta­tions na­tion­wide.

“The prices in the app are not ac­cu­rate, and it has caused con­fu­sion and mis­un­der­stand­ing among con­sumers.”

Jamil said petrol sta­tions that want to hold fuel-re­lated pro­mo­tions or dis­counts must get writ­ten con­sent from the min­istry.

“Petrol sta­tions in this coun­try are only al­lowed to sell petrol and diesel at prices set by the gov­ern­ment.

“How­ever, if they want to run any con­test or pro­mo­tion that of­fer dis­counts on petrol, they need to write to us first.”

As of yes­ter­day, the re­tail price, in­clu­sive of Goods and Ser­vices Tax, for RON 95 is RM2.13 per litre; RON 97 is RM2.41 per litre; and, diesel is RM2.11 per litre. These prices are valid till April 5.

Jamil said the min­istry would take ac­tion against er­rant petrol sta­tion own­ers and would lodge re­ports against them with the po­lice and the Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion.

New petrol and diesel prices are up­dated on a weekly ba­sis, be­gin­ning Wed­nes­day. It will be based on global oil mar­ket rates.

Petrol Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia president Datuk Khairul An­war dis­missed claims that petrol sta­tions were sell­ing fuel at dif­fer­ent rates.

“They’re not (prices are not dif­fer­ent). The data is fake.”

Screen­shots of petrol sta­tions claim­ing to sell petrol and diesel at lower rates were mak­ing its rounds on What­sapp and so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day.

The images were taken from the MyPetrol mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion.

MyPetrol was launched to help users find and list the prices of petrol and diesel at petrol sta­tions fol­low­ing the gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment that petrol prices would be up­dated weekly.

PIC BY AIZUDDIN SAAD

The lat­est petrol and diesel prices shown at a petrol sta­tion in Subang Jaya yes­ter­day.

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