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Uproar in Malaysia over Thai woman filling up with local fuel


Netizens in Malaysia are up in arms over a video that appears to show a Thai woman filling her Thai-registered car with Malaysian-subsidised fuel.

According to a Thai PBS World report, foreign registered vehicles can refuel in Malaysia, where gas prices are much cheaper. However, they can only use benzene 97, and not benzene 95, which is subsidised by the Malaysian taxpayer. Benzene 95 costs around 15 baht a litre in Malaysia, compared to 35 baht a litre in Thailand.

In the video, which has gone viral on Malaysian social media, the woman is allegedly seen filling her car with the off-limits gasoline. It’s understood her car has Surat Thani licence plates and the gas station in question is in Rawang, in the Malaysian state of Selangor.

The clip was posted on X by a driver waiting in line to fill his own car. In his post, he accuses the Thai woman of theft.

“She is stealing gas subsidised by Malaysian people. What I understand the least is why Petronas staff helped fill up the tank.”

The woman has come in for heavy criticism from other social media users, with complaints even reaching top officials, including Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim.

Was she travelling back from Malaysia? If so, is she entitled to fill up her car wherever she wants? If she has driven all th way from Surat Thani to Malaysia to fill up, then she needs a lesson is petrol-economics.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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