Monday, July 29, 2013

Higher quota should solve woe: Rahim

Posted by Smookiekins On 7/29/2013 12:00:00 PM
The annual diesel quotas for Sabah should be increased to ensure the current shortage of the fuel for consumers will not recur.

Sabah Backbenchers' Club Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail said the move would able to address the problem from becoming worse and prevent suffering among the consumers.

He also welcomed the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry requesting eight million litres for Sabah's July quota to overcome the shortage.

"Requesting additional quota for Sabah is good news and reflects that the Government is serious in resolving the problem plaguing consumers.

It is a hands-on action to prevent the problem turning into an acute shortage of the fuel. "However, I strongly believe that the diesel quota for Sabah should be raised and not only for July but on an annual basis because the State is undergoing rapid development as many industries are growing as well as the property market.

"Hence, the demand for the fuel is rising and there is a need to raise the quota to meet the needs," he said.

Rahim, who is also Papar Umno Division Chief, said this after presenting Raya cash donations to 500 underprivileged people including orphans and single mothers at Datuk Salleh Sulong hall here on Saturday.

The annual programme was organised by Umno Papar together with Papar parliamentary office and Bernas. Works Deputy Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin also contributed goodie bags containing basic food to the recipients and Bernas donated rice packs.

Rahim, who is also Pantai Manis Assemblyman, said Sabah should be given the priority to get more quotas for diesel as the State is among the top oil producers in the country.

In addition, he said the State has demonstrated strong political strength and support to the Federal Government especially in the just concluded 13th General Election.

"I received many calls from the public who wanted to know the actual cause of the shortage.

"Hence, I am urging the relevant authorities to provide the explanation to the consumers so that certain quarters would not manipulate the current problem for their political mileage," Rahim said.

On Friday, the Ministry's Sabah deputy director Suhaimi Mat Sari said it has requested for an additional eight million litres of diesel for Sabah's July quota to overcome the shortage.

He said the normal monthly quota for Sabah is 74 million and the extra eight million litres is meant to cater for the need of diesel in Sabah for the rest of July.

Suhaimi also speculated that the shortage could be a result of the impending festive season as Hari Raya is approaching.

Source: New Sabah Times


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