03 April 2011
RON97 up 20 sen/l at midnight, sources say
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — The price of RON97 petrol will be increased by 20 sen to RM2.70 effective midnight, according to industry sources.
The price of the premium fuel was last raised on January 4, also by 10 sen.
The government announced on July 16 last year that the price of RON97 will be subjected to a managed float to reflect the price of oil on the global market.
The latest increase will, however, not affect other fuels.
The base grade RON95 petrol remains at RM1.90 per litre, diesel at RM1.80 per litre, and LPG at RM1.90 per kg. The government currently subsidises 30 sen of the RON 95 fuel cost.
The Najib administration has opted to gradually slash subsidies as a way to reduce government deficit.
The government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) had said last year that savings from fuel subsidy cuts amounted to about RM3 billion last year. This number will rise to RM14 billion this year, RM21 billion in 2012, RM29.5 billion in 2013, and RM35 billion in 2014.