(File pix) “Every inspected premises will be given a notice of instructions to ensure sufficient supply of petrol in accordance with the Control of Supplies Act 1961” said Ummi Nasrah Othman. NSTP/KHAIRULL AZRY BIDIN.

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 233 petrol stations in the capital were inspected by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) to ensure the supply of fuel is adequate.

Its Kuala Lumpur director Ummi Nasrah Othman said as of now they had yet to receive complaints on inadequate fuel in the capital.

“Regular checks will be carried out in coming weeks to ensure adequate supply.

“Every inspected premises will be given a notice of instructions to ensure sufficient supply of petrol in accordance with the Control of Supplies Act 1961,” she said after conducted checks at two petrol stations along Jalan Kuching here today.

Ummi Nasrah said the ministry would not compromise with any petrol station retailer who attempted to close his premises without informing KPDNHEP.

“Any action taken without the approval and notification from the ministry will be investigated under Control of Supplies Act 1961.

“Inputs from petrol companies also show that supply of petrol and diesel for Kuala Lumpur is adequate,” she said.

She also advised consumers not to resort to panic buying.

“Fuel supply is sufficient. KPDNHEP will monitor petrol stations in the capital.

“A total of 106 enforcement officers will be deployed to monitor the fuel supply at the petrol stations,” she said.

Last week, Bumiputera Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia president Datuk Abu Samah Bachik had expressed concern that consumers might face difficulties in obtaining petrol and diesel as supplies were expected to run dry by Jan 1.

In SEREMBAN, Bernama reported that Negri Sembilan Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has checked 1,757 petrol stations and found fuel supply to be adequate.

Its Putrajaya's Enforcement Division Supply Price Section head Abd Hafidz A Rahim said 2,300 enforcement officers were involved in the inspection operation on petrol station since Dec 26 until this Sunday.

“We assure there is sufficient supply of petrol and diesel especially at PLUS Expressway and Karak Highway as well as trunk roads nationwide." he said.

He said petrol station operators found refusing to sell petrol or closed their stations without the ministry's approval would face stern action.

“If a petrol station runs out of fuel stock, it would be infringing the Control of Supplies Regulations 1974 for not adhering to the licensing conditions.

“Station operators who failed to ensure adequate supply can be fined under the Control of Supplies Act 1961,” he said.

Abd Hafidz said under the Act, an individual could be fined a maximum of RM1 million or jailed a maximum of three years or both and for the second and subsequent offences, errant operators could be fined more than RM3 million or five years jail or both.

“For corporate organisations, there is a fine of not more than RM2 million and for subsequent offences the fine would not be more than RM5 million,” he said.

He said the ministry was always monitoring fuel supply at all 3,682 petrol stations throughout the country including unbranded ones in Sabah and Sarawak.

“All petrol station operators inspected gave their cooperation to us and they ensure adequate supply of petrol,” he said.

Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan's chief enforcement officer, Zubir Hamsa said 43 petrol stations had been inspected in the state and no petrol stations found experiencing shortages of fuel supply.

“As at today, there were no complaints or informers of any petrol station running out of fuel here.

“All petrol station operators in the state were reminded to monitor their petrol and diesel stock to ensure sufficient daily supply as stipulated in their licence,” he said.

In TELUK INTAN, the ministry inspected 25 petrol stations in Lower Perak here and Bagan Datuk to ensure enough supply of petrol and diesel.

Its Teluk Intan branch head, Suhaimi Dawi said monitoring would continue following rumours of petrol station operators declining to replenish supply as usual until Jan 6.

“We view the matter seriously and station operators who did not comply with the order on having sufficient stock reserve would face drastic actions,” he said after conducting an inspection at a petrol station here today.

Meanwhile in GEORGE TOWN, the ministry also found sufficient supply of petrol and diesel in the state.

Its director, Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghapar said 102 of the 202 petrol stations had been inspected since Dec 27.

“To date, we have inspected 50 per cent of the stations in Penang and check on the remaining stations would be carried out until Jan 6,” he told a media conference.

He also refuted claims that consumers would face petrol and diesel shortage on Jan 1 as aired by the media recently.

“Petrol and diesel are gazetted as scheduled controlled items under the Control of Supplies Act 1961 since June 21 1975 and therefore the ministry will ensure the supply of scheduled items in the market for consumers at all time,” he said.

IN KANGAR, all 33 petrol stations in Perlis had been inspected and state chief enforcement officer Mohd Sakhri Mohd Salleh urged the people not to make panic purchases over rumours that petrol stations would run dry.

In TANAH MERAH, the ministry has monitored 26 petrol stations in the district.