The government says that a special operation to prevent the smuggling and unauthorised sale of subsidised diesel has saved RM361.58 million. Ops Titik, which was launched in mid-May and ran until September, prevented the leakage of 142 million litres of subsidised diesel, Bernama reports.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Comsumerism (KPDNKK) minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek told reporters that the operation had reduced government spending on subsidy for the duration. He added that the leakage of subsidised diesel had been brought under control. “The perennial problem of subsidised diesel being out-of-stock come month end at petrol stations is no longer happening,” he said.

The leakage involves the purchase of the fuel by quarters who are not eligible for the subsidy – there is at price difference in diesel for those eligible for subsidised fuel and those who are not.

A new system to ensure subsidised diesel and petrol is sold only to eligible commercial vehicles was supposed to have begun from September. The ministry added that a similar system for private vehicles would be implemented in October or November, and said the government is targeting a saving of RM9.8 billion through the implementation of the new system, which would could curb abuses and leakages.