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SEAN AUGUSTIN and RAJINA DHILLON
Kuala Terengganu MP Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad says the shortage of cooking gas has affected those making a living by selling food.
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KUALA LUMPUR, April 13, 2015:
Kuala Terengganu lawmaker Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad will seek answers from Petronas over the shortage of cooking gas in the state.
The PAS Member of Parliament said he also intends on raising the matter in the next sitting as well as he would also get a PAS assemblyman to bring the issue up at the state assembly.
Raja Kamarul Bahrin revealed that the issue had been going on for weeks according to stores he visited recently with them stating that no one in the national petroleum company was able to provide a “precise time” when the shortage would be rectified.
“The irony is, we are an oil and gas producing state,” he told The Rakyat Post when contacted.
The shortage, Raja Kamarul Bahrin said meant that those selling food at “pasar malam”, food stalls and restaurants found it difficult to make a living.
The architect turned politician said the recent shortage only compounded the situation for those involved in the food and beverage industry.
Earlier, business licence fees sky-rocketed by 700%, while the recently implemented goods and services tax, he claimed, had seen the price of raw materials rise.
“What more do they have to put up with?”
Yesterday, Bernama reported that there was a shortage of cooking gas in Terengganu, caused by a gas producing company’s decision to stop being a supplier.
The decision led to a decline in the production of about 15,000 barrels of cooking gas per month and affected residents in Pahang and Kelantan since early this year.
Terengganu Entrepreneurship, Rural Development, Consumerism and Cooperatives Committee chairman Roslee Daud said the Pertronas gas processing plants in Kerteh could only produce 21,000 units of cooking gas daily to be marketed nationwide.
Roslee assured that the state government would try to solve the problem through cooperation with the Terengganu Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Office that had ordered suppliers to immediately send cooking gas to critical areas.