A man was caught red-handed while filling his Singapore-registered car with RON95 petrol in Johor Bahru but he was totally unabashed about it as he claimed to be a Malaysian.
Claimed to be Malaysian, filled his car with RON95 petrol
The incident reportedly took place at a Shell petrol Kiosk in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Mar. 25
A video of the incident was shared on the SG Road Vigilante – SGRV Facebook group on the same day.
Clad in a white t-shirt and brown bermudas, the man was about done refuelling his white Honda Odyssey when he was chided for using RON95 petrol.
While he placed the yellow coloured fuel pump, which dispenses RON95 petrol, back in its holder, he asked someone off-screen, “Cannot, uh?”
A female voice coming from behind the phone responded to the man and said “cannot”.
The man wound the fuel cap, closed the fuel door and said, “Even though I am Malaysian also cannot, uh?”
“No, doesn’t matter [if] you’re Malaysian or what but you are using [a] Singapore car,” a woman behind the phone answered.
The man nodded and said “OK”, before the woman continued, “If you are Malaysian, you should know what.”
“If you said you are Malaysian, you should know, you cannot fill up the petrol using [a] Singapore car,” the woman added while the man waited for his receipt to be dispensed from the pump station.
Not the first time
“I filled up in Melaka, KL (Kuala Lumpur) … they, they allow me,” said the man, claiming that he had successfully refuelled with RON95 petrol at other places in Malaysia without any objections.
The woman replied “no, cannot” telling the man that he cannot refuel a Singapore-reigstered vehicle with RON95 petrol.
The man walked away before the video ends.
RON95 only for Malaysian cars
RON95 is heavily subsidised by the Malaysian government to become the cheapest grade of petrol (RM2.05, or S$0.62 per litre) in the country.
Typically reserved for Malaysians, the sale of RON95 petrol to foreigners has been prohibited since August 2010.
Foreign-registered vehicles can refuel with RON97 or RON100 instead. RON97 costs RM3.35 or S$1.01 per litre as of the time of writing.
Petrol station operators found selling RON95 petrol to foreigners can face a fine of up to RM2 million (approximately S$602,000) fine.
Operator fined S$12,040 on Mar. 21
In a first-of-its-kind case, a petrol station operator was fined RM40,000 (or S$12,040) in default of five months jail for the offence on Mar. 21, according to Bernama.
He pleaded guilty to allowing a Singapore-registered BMW car to fill up 54 liters of RON95 petrol at a Petron petrol station at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak on May 13, 2019, according to The Star.
On the other hand, individuals who flout the Control of Supplies Act 1961 could face up to RM1 million (approximately S$301,000) fine, up to three years’ jail, or both, Mothership previously reported.
Top image from SG Road Vigilante – SGRV/Facebook