Smart phone app that updates consumers on latest petrol prices is inaccurate, says Jamil
NORSILA ABD MAJID
AND THARANYA ARUMUGAM PUTRAJAYA email@example.com
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.
The latest petrol and diesel prices shown at a petrol station in Subang Jaya yesterday.