The Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia (PDAM) has suggested that the government begin dyeing subsidised fuel to enable it to be more easily identified. That way, enforcement agencies would only have to look at the colour of the fuel to tell if it is being taken across borders.

PDAM deputy president Datuk Zulkifli Mokti recommended that the government take this measure in addition to other measures that have to be introduced from August 1 this year, including requiring all tanker trucks to be painted blue with the words “Minyak Subsidi” on the tanks.

Another change in the way subsidies are being controlled is the diesel quota system, which is now set at the station level instead of being set at the fuel company level. Stations will be required to submit monthly reports of how much RON95 and diesel they sell, and they can request for extra allocations if they need it.

Hopefully this will reduce the “maaf, kuota habis” signs at the stations at the end of the month. I personally faced this quite often before I disposed of my diesel-powered SUV. It makes refuelling even more of an issue, adding on top of the existing issue of finding the right kind of diesel nozzle size to fit the vehicle.