Najib slams Tony Pua over hike in profit margin for petrol dealers

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today took a swipe at Tony Pua, a special officer to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, over the government’s decision to raise the profit margin of petrol dealers.

Najib said in the past that Pua had encouraged fuel distributors to compete independently and had even accused the Barisan Nasional government of protecting the profits of oil and gas companies at the expense of ordinary citizens.

Previously, he said, the fuel price was announced every Wednesday, while it will now announced on Fridays.

“Maybe Friday was chosen instead of Wednesday because DAP was concerned with the people?


KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today took a swipe at Tony Pua, a special officer to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, over the government’s decision to raise the profit margin of petrol dealers.

The hike was due to the reintroduction of the weekly fuel float system which saw a reduction in the retail prices of RON95 and RON97 petrol, as well as diesel, to RM1.93 per litre, RM2.23 per litre, and RM2.04 per litre respectively from today until Jan 11.

He asked the DAP politician whether the increase in the profit margin of petrol dealers protected the interests of oil companies or the people.


“Of course, Pua also said that the government had raised the profit margin of gas stations (petrol dealers) — a step that the Barisan Nasional government did not take.

“Pua may even be a contributor to that decision. Does this position protect the interest of oil companies or the people?” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

Najib said in the past that Pua had encouraged fuel distributors to compete independently and had even accused the Barisan Nasional government of protecting the profits of oil and gas companies at the expense of ordinary citizens.

“Previously, DAP constantly hit out on every single decision of the BN government and incited the people with hatred.

“But, now, almost everything they do, is the same as what the BN government did,” he said, adding that the only difference was the day of the week on which the fuel price announcement was made.

Previously, he said, the fuel price was announced every Wednesday, while it will now announced on Fridays.

“Maybe Friday was chosen instead of Wednesday because DAP was concerned with the people?

“Maybe Friday was chosen because it’s easier for people to queue at midnight Friday as more people are on holiday on Saturday?”

Yesterday, Lim announced that the fuel price would be changed on a weekly basis.

“The price announcement will be made every Friday and will be enforced from Saturday until the following Friday,” Lim said.

Source: NST Online

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