According to domestic commerce and cost of living minister Salahuddin Ayub, the government is looking for a place in the capital of Johor that would be appropriate for a non-subsidised petrol station.
He said that the domestic commerce and cost of living ministry is conducting a study because Johor borders Singapore and many vehicles from the republic fill up there.
Two (such) petrol stations were opened as part of a pilot initiative in Padang Besar and Wang Kelian, Perlis, which helped the government save over RM6 million on fuel subsidies.
In Johor Bahru, a thorough investigation is being conducted to see whether an appropriate location may be opened in order to avoid or reduce the purchase of discounted petrol (by owners of foreign-registered vehicles).
After the trial project in Perlis was launched, the domestic commerce and cost of living ministry announced on May 18 that it was nearing completion of implementing non-subsidized petrol stations in a number of additional states.
Furthermore, Salahuddin reminded the public that only Malaysians are eligible for the subsidy on petrol, and that foreign-registered vehicles are not permitted to fill up with RON95.
Closed-circuit TV (CCTV) footage revealed the intended buyer was prevented from buying subsidised petrol in response to a video that went viral featuring a Singaporean who wanted to do so.
The Singaporean claimed that the fuel would power a go-kart. There will be a report on this from the Johor office of my ministry. If the petrol station owner violated the law, the owner may face legal action.
RON95 fuel was purchased by two foreign men on June 16 at a petrol station in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, based on a report made to police by a food delivery rider. According to Iskandar Puteri district police commander Rahmat Ariffin, police have initiated an investigation into the incident.