Malaysia lifts ban on fuel sales to foreigners

Hundreds of Thai and Singapore motorists cross into Malaysia daily to seek cheaper diesel and petrol.

Malaysia lifts ban on fuel sales to foreigners
Malaysia has lifted a temporary ban on fuel sales to foreigners at its borders after the government announced a 41-percent hike in petrol prices, the Domestic Trade Ministry confirmed on Thursday.

The ban was no longer necessary following Wednesday's fuel subsidy reform which will eventually lift Malaysian pump prices to market rates, a ministry spokesman said.

Malaysia had earlier said filling stations in towns bordering Singapore and Thailand would be temporarily barred from selling fuel to foreign-registered vehicles in a move aimed at curbing the abuse of subsidies.

Hundreds of Thai and Singapore motorists cross into Malaysia daily to seek cheaper diesel and petrol.

The prime minister said on Wednesday petrol prices would rise 41 percent to 2.70 ringgit ($0.833) a litre and diesel 63 percent to 2.58 ringgit from Thursday.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2008, 15:52
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