Fi­nance Min­istry: Petron not sole sup­plier of fuel for govt ve­hi­cles

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PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The Fi­nance Min­istry has clar­i­fied that Petron Fuel In­ter­na­tional Sdn Bhd (Petron) is not the sole sup­plier of petrol and diesel for fed­eral govern­ment ve­hi­cles.

The ex­pla­na­tion comes af­ter Petron’s let­ter of ap­point­ment by the Govern­ment went vi­ral, fu­elling ques­tions of pos­si­ble nepo­tism as Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s son Mirzan is a di­rec­tor in Petron Cor­po­ra­tion which owns Petron Malaysia.

The Fi­nance Min­istry in a state­ment yes­ter­day said Petronas and Shell re­main as sup­pli­ers for petrol and diesel for fed­eral Govern­ment ve­hi­cles.

“The ap­point­ment was made via an ad­min­is­tra­tive mea­sure as it re­lates to oper­a­tional mat­ters and does not in­volve any fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions to the Govern­ment.

“With this ap­proval, the Govern­ment ob­tains more choices be­tween Petronas, Shell and Petron, and this will open more op­por­tu­ni­ties and healthy com­pe­ti­tion among petrol and diesel sup­pli­ers,” the state­ment said.

The min­istry said that the Govern­ment does not limit the num­ber of sup­pli­ers, adding that other sup­pli­ers who are ca­pa­ble and have a wide net­work of sta­tions through­out the country can also ap­ply.

A let­ter of the ap­point­ment ad­dressed to Petron went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

The let­ter stated that Petron Fuel In­ter­na­tional Bhd (Petron) had been ap­pointed a fuel provider for govern­ment ve­hi­cles through in­dent cards.

It added that it hoped the ap­point­ment of Petron would pro­vide “a bet­ter choice and al­ter­na­tive” to ex­ist­ing fuel providers.

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