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False fuel price announcements make the rounds

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 31, 2017: The Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry has denied about announcing an increase in the prices of pump petrol.

In a Facebook post published later in the afternoon, the administrators of the page stated that the information had come from a fake account.

The so-called announcement went viral earlier today, claiming that the prices for RON95, RON97 and diesel will be reduced by 25 cents, 35 cents and 51 cents respectively effective tomorrow.

The current prices are RM2.10, RM2.40 and RM2.05 per litre for RON95, RON97 and diesel respectively.

Ironically, the post on the cheaper prices had gone viral just hours after another post claimed there will be an increase in prices.

The one on the price hike was earlier denied by the Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia.

Its president Datuk Khairul Annuar Abdul Aziz was quoted in the New Straits Times as saying that the rumour of a hike was unsubstantiated.

“The real prices will be announced after 8pm tonight and yes, it could go up but it’s up to the government,” he said.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.