MIRI – The domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry has denied there was acute shortage of petrol and diesel in Miri City since yesterday.
Its enforcement chief here, Alexander Averon Suwin clarified that only two petrol stations owned by Petronas and Shell were reported as facing problems over the sale of the RON95, RON97 and diesel to motorists here.
“We have checked the Petronas petrol station in Lambir and found that the RON95 petrol and diesel were out of stock since yesterday evening.
“However, the situation will return to normal when supply of 28,000 litres of petrol and 10,000 litres of diesel are expected to arrive later today,” he told Bernama here today.
He said the main cause of shortage of RON95 and diesel in the Petronas petrol station was due to a failure of oil tankers not sending supplies of RON95 and RON97 from Bintulu yesterday.
Alexander said the other petrol station, also in Lambir and owned by Shell was not experiencing shortage but it could not be operated today due to a technical glitch.
The owner was thus, forced to operate manually and the petrol station was expected to resume normal operation within two hours, he added.
“Currently, there is ample supply of petrol and diesel in Miri City…no cause for panic,” he said, adding that there were 24 petrol stations operating in Miri City. – BERNAMA