The rollout of RON 95 Euro 4M will be postponed to January 1, 2020, according to a statement issued by the ministry of domestic trade and consumer affairs (KPDNHEP). It was previously reported that the implementation of the RON 95 Euro 4M standard would come into effect in October 2018.

According to the statement, the decision to delay the move was because petroleum companies required more time to make the necessary preparations. The ministry said this is to ensure adequate supply of RON 95 Euro 4M to meet the needs of the Malaysian market without (heavily) affecting the retail price that consumers will pay. However, some companies like Petron have previously stated it was already prepared to sell RON 95 Euro 4M petrol when needed.

On a related matter, the ministry also stated that it would begin aligning the price of RON 95 Euro 4M, with the work of transitioning to the new fuel standard to be carried in stages at fuel depots and stations over a six-month period, from July 2019.

The Euro 4M standard has a sulphur content of just 50 parts per million (ppm), which is substantially less than the 500 ppm associated with the current Euro 2M standard for RON 95 petrol. A lower sulphur fuel is essentially cleaner for the environment and better for engines.

The new fuel standard is part of the ministry’s roadmap introduced in 2006 to increase the quality of fuels, which is part of efforts to achieve its Green Technology Policy 2009. On August 18, 2014, the government agreed to implement the following fuel standards: RON 97 Euro 4M petrol on September 1, 2015; RON 95 Euro 4M on October 1, 2018; Euro 5 diesel on September 1, 2020; and Euro 5 petrol on September 1, 2025.

As of now, consumers already have access to RON 97 Euro 4M petrol (introduced in September 2015) and Euro 5 diesel, with the latter being introduced ahead of its gazetted date.