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The Malaysian Automotive Association has no qualms with the implementation of B10 biodiesel, but only if its principals are able to provide warranty for their vehicles. At a press conference for the automotive market review for the first half of 2016, Datuk Aishah Ahmad, the association’s president, provided an update on the implementation of B10 biodiesel, which is currently dividing opinion within the industry.

“We had a meeting with minister of Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities (MPIC) yesterday. Earlier, the government announced June 1 (for implementation), but then they delayed it to July 1,” she said.

“Until today, they haven’t set a date as to when it is going to be implemented, because they are (still) listening to all the stakeholders, whether it is from MAA members, from the bus and lorry operator associations, other ministries and from the oil companies. And I think, we indicated to the government that we’re not ready,” she continued.

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In terms of vehicle warranties, Aishah said that biggest concern for the MAA is that many of its principals are unable to provide a warranty for vehicles if B10 biodiesel is used. “It’s not that we’re opposing B10, we support it, but you must be able to provide a warranty (to sell a car),” she said, adding that the association has suggested to the government to have stations that provide both B7 and B10 diesel.

When asked what sort of support the MAA expects from the government in relation to the roll-out of B10 biodiesel, Aishah stated that the association does not require the support of the government, but rather the support of its principals.

“We must be able to have warranty on the vehicles before we can implement. Alternative pumps, that’s what we are asking for, they must have both B7 and B10 pumps throughout the whole country at all stations,” she explained.

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Mohd Mazwan Mohd Safwan, senior manager of marketing at UMW Toyota Motor explained that the use of B10 biodiesel, especially in highland areas, can result in precipitation that can clog oil filters, which is the main concern for manufacturers here over the use of the B10 formulation. He also showed his support for consumers to have an option of B7 or B10 biodiesel when fuelling up at fuel stations nationwide.

The B10 programme with Euro 2M diesel will be implemented nationwide, though petrol stations in the highlands – including Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands in Pahang as well as Kundasang in Sabah – will continue to be supplied with B7 (7% palm oil) fuel.

In some areas, consumers will have an option to B10, albeit a slightly costlier one – Euro 5 grade diesel, which is a B7 blend in this country, is available at over 100 stations nationwide.