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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 27): Several Petronas stations nationwide are currently experiencing a shortage of diesel supplies, according to Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PetDag).

In a statement, PetDag said that the disruption of diesel supply is expected to persist until Dec 31.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and want to assure our customers that we are actively working with the relevant authorities and stakeholders to minimise the disruption," it said.

For further assistance or more information, PetDag said that the public can contact Mesralink at 1300-88-8181.

Meanwhile, Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali said Petronas is mobilising additional diesel supply in the next 24 to 48 hours to address the shortage of supply issues.

"Petronas has also been required to submit a list of petrol stations involved in the delivery of additional supplies of diesel to enable comprehensive monitoring," Armizan said in a statement.

Armizan also assured that the ministry is already in communication with Petronas regarding the diesel supply disruption issues.

"I have personally spoken to the management of Petronas, and the issue has been resolved between the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Ministry of Finance, and Petronas," Armizan said.

He added that Petronas and other petrol companies have also been asked to submit a full report and detailed documents on the cause of the diesel supply disruption issues.

Previously, Member of Parliament for Stampin Chong Chieng Jen reportedly said that Sarawak has been facing a shortage of diesel for about two weeks and urged the government to intervene and overcome the issues.

According to Chong, one of the reasons for the disruption of diesel supply shortage is the designated quota of subsidised fuel for each state, claiming misuse of subsidised diesel for non-industrial purposes by some parties, leading to an imbalance in the supply and demand equation.

Chong also added that the shortage has become challenging, particularly for lorry and truck drivers who face difficulties in obtaining diesel, leading to disruptions in their operations.

Edited ByIsabelle Francis
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