PETALING JAYA: negotiations to appoint Petron Fuel International Berhad as third fuel supplier for government vehicles started two years ago and were carried out by the previous government, says Lim Guan Eng.
"Petron submitted his application in 2016 and in December 2017, the company agreed to offer the federal government a small saving through its card format program," said the Minister of Finance.
Lim also said that the negotiations were conducted during the Najib administration, indicating that the previous government had no problems with the application from Petron.
Lim assured that the appointment was made without political interference.
"The appointment in the panel is transparent and does not imply any persons involved in politics," he added.
He added that the addition of Petron to the panel of fuel suppliers – including Petronas and Shell – was only an operational decision and did not have to be referred to the Prime Minister or the Minister of Finance.
"Petronas, Shell and Petron are part of the bar chart membership. All three companies have the largest network of service stations in Malaysia," he said in a statement on Sunday (2 September).
Lim noted that the recording of Petron did not cost the government anything.
"The ministry welcomes requests from suppliers to provide more options and savings for the government, and to increase competition in the market," he said.
Lim responded to criticism of the relocation of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and PAS Vice President Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
They had claimed that there were elements of nepotism, because the son of Dr. Mahathir, Mirzan Mahathir, is a director in Petron Corporation, owner of Petron Malaysia.