KUALA LUMPUR: Petron Fuel International Sdn Bhd is not the sole supplier of petrol and diesel for government transportation, said Finance Ministry in a statement issued today.
It emphasised that Petronas and Shell have been the suppliers of petrol and diesel for the government since 1997 to cater to the needs of the official vehicles.
“The appointment was made in administration as it is related to operation matters and does not involve any financial implication to the government.
“Through the approval, the government will have several other options between Petronas, Shell and Petron. This can open up opportunity as well as healthy competition among the petrol and diesel suppliers,” it said.
It also said the government does not limit the number of suppliers as other competent suppliers that have nationwide network of stations could apply.
The statement was referring to a letter dated Aug 3 which has gone viral in the social media on the appointment of Petron as oil supplier for government vehicles.
It was reported that the letter was issued by Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, who claimed that Petron’s appointment was linked to the Prime Minister’s son Mirzan Mahathir.
Lokman criticised the move claiming that in the past, the government only appointed the national petroleum company, Petronas, as the fuel supplier for the government’s official transportation.
He urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) not to ‘close eyes’ and instead investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, in 2013, Petron Malaysia Refining and Marketing Bhd (Petron Malaysia) informed Bursa Malaysia that Mirzan had no share or a role in the company. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd