Despite global crude oil prices being on an upward trend lately, the Malaysian caretaker government is delaying revising fuel prices in the country, Berita Harian reports. Over the past few weeks, fuel prices in the country have remained unchanged, with RON 95 remaining at RM2.20 per litre, RON 97 at RM2.47 per litre and Euro 2M diesel at RM2.18 per litre.

According to caretaker second finance minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, the decision to keep fuel prices unchanged was done by caretaker prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The decision was made after taking into consideration the impact a hike in fuel prices will have on the rakyat, specifically those in the lower income group.

“Because the government still doesn’t have a formula to solve this matter (consolidation of global crude oil prices), the prime minister has asked to delay the increase of fuel prices for now. Therefore, I would like to tell that public that the decision was done by the prime minister to benefit the rakyat.” said Johari.

He also commented on the actions of some who attempted to spread (incriminating) news relating to fuel prices remaining unchanged by associating it with the caretaker government’s control over the matter.

“There’s no need to complain; why would you when good things are given to us, try not to politicise things like these for the betterment of the rakyat,” said Johari.