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Malaysian fishermen face fuel dilemma May 21,2012   |  Source: New Strait Times

Local fishermen in Malaysia are facing a dilemma -- to come with the boats to the petrol kiosk for fuel or obtain permits to transport the fuel.

Some l00 fishermen in Bagan and surrounding fishing villages, about 13km from here, have been facing this problem since 2010.

Two years earlier, they could obtain the fuel at a petrol kiosk here and transport it in containers on vehicles to their villages without the permit.

Currently, about 30 boats have to line up at Sungai Batu Pahat for the fuel and they can only enter the river at high tides. This causes serious congestion on the river.

Muar-Batu Pahat Fishermen's Association Bagan branch assistant secretary, Tan Ching Hing, said that fishermen had to travel 26km to and fro for up to three hours to get fuel.

He said the petrol kiosk operators refused to pump fuel into containers if the boats were not present, and they would not allow the containers to be loaded on vehicles without a permit from either the Police, Road Transport, Customs, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Fisheries, Fisheries Development Authority or petrol kiosk.

Tan said the time wasted in obtaining fuel affected the livelihood of fishermen who could not find enough time to mend their damaged fish traps and nets and also attend to


© New Strait Times, 2011

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