KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — The government could hike petrol prices by an initial 15 sen per litre from their current price at some stage this year under plans presented by a body advising the government on how to cut subsidies.
A motorist refills petrol at a pump station in Kuala Lumpur. — Reuters pic
The benchmark RON 95 grade currently costs RM1.80 per litre.
The proposals were made in a public presentation today to win over voters to accepting higher prices as the government seeks to reduce the country’s budget deficit which stood at a 20-year high of 7 per cent of gross domestic product in 2009.
Under the proposals presented by the advisory body, the price of petrol would be hiked some time this year followed by two price hikes totalling 20 sen per litre in 2011 and two more of 20 sen per litre in 2012.
In 2013-2015, the price hikes would slow and by the end of 2015, the price of RON95 would stand at RM2.60 per litre, according to the plans that have yet to be approved by the government.
The forecasts were based on a crude oil price forecast of US$73.06 (RM233.80) per barrel for 2011 and $79.41(RM254.11) -$94.52 (RM302.50) for 2013-2015. — Reuters