Tangerang officials cry foul over illegal fuel mixture

Senin, 30 Juli 2012 | 10:46

Tangerang Mayor Wahidin Halim has ordered the municipal industrial and trade agency to take samples of fuel at 51 gas stations across the municipality amid allegations that the operators have illegally mixed non-subsidized (Pertamax) and subsidized (Premium) fuelThe allegations came after a number of civil servants at the Tangerang administration claimed that their official cars did not work properly after they had filled their tanks with non-subsidized fuel.

The central government has banned official vehicles from using subsidized fuel since June 1. The policy was made after it failed to win approval from the House of Representatives to reduce fuel subsidies.

“I have ordered the industrial and trade agency to form a team to investigate the allegations,” Wahidin said on Thursday. The samples taken by the officials will be examined at a fuel and gas laboratory in Cipulir in South Jakarta.

The mayor said that he received reports that several cars used by his officials broke down just a few meters from fuel stations. He surmised the filling station operators illegally mixed subsidized and non-
subsidized fuel to benefit from the government’s policy of limiting the use of subsidized fuel among civil servants. The mixed fuel is known as oplosan.

“We are cooperating with PT Sucofindo who will also conduct research to check if the gas station operators are committing fraud. If proven, we will file legal suits against them,” he said.

Meanwhile, agency head Muhamad Noor said that his agency had sent the samples to the laboratory in Cipulir and they were awaiting the results. The administration had turned down state oil and gas company Pertamina’s offer to conduct tests of the fuel samples at its own laboratory.

Separately, Tangerang Metro Police chief Sr. Comr. Wahyu Widada confirmed that the police had been informed about the alleged fraud.

by Multa Fidrus,
source http://www.thejakartapost.com