More than 20 vehicles were left stranded by the roadside on the Sungai Besi Highway earlier today following an incident triggered by a suspected fuel contamination to the petrol. The mass breakdown occurred after the vehicles were refueled at the Petronas Solaris Besraya station situated along the highway.

According to reports, the vehicles were said to have encountered issues upon leaving the station, with engines stalling in all cases. The incident was picked up by road users, who then posted it on social media pages. Initial speculation was that the petrol in the underground storage tank at the station had been compromised by diesel, but there is now talk of water being the culprit.

Petronas Dagangan has issued an apology and said it was investigating the incident. Here’s the statement in full.

Petronas Dagangan Berhad (PDB) regrets to inform that approximately 20 cars were affected after fueling at the Petronas Station Solaris Besraya this morning.

We take this matter seriously and sincerely apologise to all our customers for the inconveniences this has caused. We are already in contact with the affected customers, taking the necessary measures and will compensate them accordingly.

Our initial assessment indicates that this is due to product mishandling that happened only at this particular station. Petronas Station Solaris Besraya is now temporarily closed as we continue our investigations.

We assure that other Pertonas stations are not affected. We take full responsibility of this serious matter and we apologise once again.

Thank you.