Thursday, 6 June 2013

Belaga petrol quota raised since search operation for boat victims

The petrol supply quota for Belaga had been raised since early June following the search and rescue operations for victims of the express boat, which sank in the district on May 28.

The director of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) for Sarawak, Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman, said today the additional delivery of the 9,600 litres had been approved on Monday.

"The additional supply is expected to arrive in Belaga town by road from Bintulu town today," he told Bernama here.

He said this when commenting on a news report on Thursday that claimed that Belaga almost ran out of petrol supply after a major portion of its supply had been used for the search operations, which had entered its 10th day.

He said the situation reported by the press was temporary in nature and advised consumers in Belaga town not resort to panic buying which would only aggravate the situation. Wan Ahmad Uzir said the delay in the delivery was due to the poor condition of the road that the delivery lorries had to take to reach the town, which is located about 180km from Bintulu town.

He said some sections of the road leading to the tragedy site were logging roads and this caused the lorry drivers to move slowly and took a long time to reach Belaga town.

"I am also told by the lorry company operators that not all their lorries were running because the lorry drivers were on leave to celebrate Gawai Dayak," he said.

He said that in a normal situation, Belaga was allocated 80,000 litres of petrol a month but because of the search and rescue operations, some of the quota for the month of July had been used in June.

"We will monitor the situation from time to time to ensure that there is no supply shortage," he added.


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