Govt agrees to grant exemption to LPG distributors in Sarawak

KUCHING: Starting June 1, distributors of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Sarawak are exempted from applying for permission and licence from the federal government for LPG distribution in the state.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the decision was made during the Special Council on Malaysia Agreement 1963 meeting on April 13, chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and attended by the Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor and several federal ministers.

“The meeting agreed to grant exemption to holders of Distribution of Gas Ordinance (DGO) licence issued by the Sarawak State Government from the requirement to obtain permission under the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974 and licence under the Control of Supplies Act (CSA) 1961,” he said in a statement today.

Nanta said through the exemption, LPG wholesalers and retailers in Sarawak only needed the DGO licence from the Sarawak Utilities Ministry for the distribution of LPG and are no longer required to apply for permission under PDA and CSA licence from the ministry.

“The ministry is always committed and ready to cooperate with the Sarawak and Sabah governments in the effort to boost domestic trade activities so as to improve the economy of both states in particular and Malaysia in general,” he said. – Bernama