KUCHING: Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen today said the government is allowing eateries to use the cheaper liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) meant for domestic use.
He said this was necessary to keep the cost of operations low and allow the public to enjoy meals at a lower cost.
However, Chong said this rule did not apply to eateries at factories, hotels and other large-scale business entities.
LPG for household use costs RM1.90 per kg while commercial LPG costs RM3.10 per kg.
Recently, enforcement officers from Chong’s ministry had issued a directive to restaurants, coffeeshops and food stalls, requesting them to use the commercial LPG as the domestic LPG gas is only meant for household use.
Commercial LPG is commonly sold in 50kg and 200kg cylinders or in bulk.
The directive has caused a great deal of concern to restaurant operators as this will increase their cost of doing business.
They said they will have to pass the costs on to consumers and this will affect food prices.
Chong said no food stalls have been issued with summonses or compound notices for using LPG meant for households so far.
Chong said the price of commercial LPG was not subsidised and fluctuated according to the market price.