The influx of vehicles into the country’s states during the long Eid al-Fitr holiday has caught up with fuel supplies in many places, with a large number of petrol stations running out of petrol, especially RON 95, due to a significant increase in demand. This has resulted in many motorists not being able to refuel their cars on the return trip, Malay Mail Report.
Users started reporting the issue on Twitter last night, with many sharing their experiences of finding RON 95 petrol in low or no supply at gas stations. While most are concentrated on the east coast, parts of Perak, Kedah and Perlis are also listed as being affected by the fuel shortage. Some Twitter users also mentioned that some petrol stations set limits on the amount of petrol they can buy, reportedly capped at RM20 and RM30.
Astro Avani About 200 vehicles were reportedly trapped after a petrol station in Kampung Saujana, Setiu, Terengganu, ran out of fuel last night. It added that the tanker later arrived around midnight.
The Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia (PDAM) said the shortage was due to an unexpected surge in demand, coupled with severe congestion on highways, resulting in late arrivals of tankers at petrol stations.
and Malaysia Insights, PDAM president Datuk Khairul Anwar Abdul Aziz said tankers must also ration their supplies at each location as many petrol stations face shortages. “Sales are too high, too much jam. [For] Tankers arrive at the station, often with delays [from station to station],” he was quoted as saying.
He added that not only gas stations on highways, but also stations along major roads, such as those heading to the east coast, are running out of gas. “This Eid al-Fitr is different from others and it’s a surprise. The sales are crazy. Usually it’s 20% higher than normal days, this time it’s 40% higher,” he said, adding that fuel shortages are expected to continue until tomorrow (Sunday). .