Petrol kiosks will not reduce operating hours

Thursday August 16, 2007

Petrol kiosks will not reduce operating hours

PUTRAJAYA: The plan to close petrol kiosks at 10pm has been called off.

This followed a four-hour meeting between the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and the Petroleum Dealers Association here yesterday.

Association spokesman Datuk Zulkifli Mokti described the meeting with ministry secretary-general Mohd Zain Mohd Dom as very good and said the plan to shorten the operating hours had been shelved.

The secretary-general was very frank with us in the meeting and we were able to tell him our problems. The (present) operating hours will continue, he said after the meeting.

Zulkifli said the decision was taken as Mohd Zain had agreed to look into the issues raised by the association, which included security concerns, rising operating costs and commission on credit card transactions.

There is now a very clear understanding on the part of the secretary-general and the ministry to resolve our problems, so it is better for us to take a step back.

We will send evidence and documents backing our claims to the secretary-general.

Our decision is unanimous, he added.

The association had stated earlier that all petroI kiosks would close at 10pm daily.

This sparked off criticisms from the public and complaints from the public and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal, who said such a move might jeopardise the economy. … sec=nation