The government has reiterated that there is no change to the planned introduction date for RON 95 Euro 4M petrol, which was originally set for late last year but has since been postponed to January 1, 2020.

“However, the postponement on the use of Euro 4M RON 95 will not be delayed longer because the country is bound by the international agreement commitment that requires us to contribute to a more healthy environment,” said domestic trade and consumer affairs minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

He said the matter was brought to the cabinet’s knowledge last year and consent was given for the postponement, Bernama reports. He added that discussions were held with oil companies to extend Euro 2M use in Malaysia to next year.

He said the government was still unprepared to implement RON 95 Euro 4M as the new Pakatan Harapan government was focusing on national development and people’s well-being. It was also previously stated that the deployment of the new fuel standard was being pushed back to ensure adequate supply of it to meet the needs of the Malaysian market without (heavily) affecting the retail price that consumers will pay.

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.