While the updated timeline for the introduction of upgraded fuels in Malaysia was revealed in parliament recently – Euro 4 RON 97 in September 2015, Euro 4 RON 95 in October 2018, Euro 5 diesel in September 2020, Euro 5 RON 95 and RON 97 in September 2025 – it has now been announced that oil companies can start selling such fuels earlier than the gazetted dates.

They are more than welcome to do so, in fact, according to Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Hamim Samuri. “Fuel producers are encouraged to sell (Euro 4 and Euro 5) earlier to maintain the quality of the environment,” he was quoted as saying in a report by The Sun.

BHPetrol has already pulled such a move, as it introduced Euro 5 diesel fuel in Johor last week – a good six years ahead of schedule. The fully-imported (from Singapore) Infiniti Euro 5 Diesel is sold at a regulated price of RM2.30 per litre – 10 sen more than regular Euro 2M diesel – and is only available at selected stations in the state.