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Petrol havoc in Sabah

Written By kadayan chronicles on Thursday, 26 June 2008 | 22:00

(dailyexpress) But this time it was not another price hike but due to panic buying started by rumours via SMS as well as word of mouth that stations were planning to shut down operations due to dissatisfaction over the charges imposed by credit card companies.

It also showed how a situation could turn chaotic if people believed SMSes sent out by quarters with an agenda or mischievous intent and when these keep being forwarded to everyone else by innocent parties.

A police report on this matter was lodged by Consumer Association of Sabah and Labuan President Datuk Patrick Sindu at the downtown police station in the afternoon, urging the police and the Multimedia Commission (MMC) to track down the culprits.

Alright, it is rumours after all. But where the rumours came from? The fact is that – there are ongoing problem regarding petrol kiosk operators commission, as the news below stated.

And on strike tomorrow, if...

Kota Kinabalu (DailyExpress): Most petrol kiosks in Sabah may go on strike for eight hours this Thursday if the Federal Government fails to come up with an acceptable rate of commission for selling fuel before then.

Sabah Petroleum Dealers Association (SPDA) President Charles Soong, who disclosed this to Daily Express, said this would be carried out once a directive is received from the Petroleum Dealers' Association (PDA) in Kuala Lumpur.

The association is currently negotiating with the Government on the matter.

He said PDA is seeking a higher and acceptable commission for petrol kiosks in Sabah and Sarawak so as to help them survive following the drastic hike in oil prices in the country on June 5.

"PDA is trying to work out an acceptable rate with the Government and it has met with the Secretary-General of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry in Kuala Lumpur. I was made to understand that initially the proposed commission rate was 7.5 per cent of total sales for both fuels.

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