TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Fahmi Harsandono Matori, deputy chairman of Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas), said that the ban of subsidized gasoline—also known as Premium—sale on toll roads is only valid until December 2014.
The new president, Fahmi said yesterday, might choose another way to limit the consumption of fuel oil in a bid to prevent it from exceeding the quota set by the government. Therefore, it is highly likely that the policy will be changed again.
The government's decision to limit consumption by prohibiting the sale of Premium gasoline on toll roads sparked protests. Gas pump employers are worried that the policy will harm their businesses, and eventually they will go bankrupt. Since the policy was enacted on August 6, 2014, the sales of Premium gasoline on toll roads have declined.
Gas station employees also protested. On Wednesday, August 13, hundreds of them rallied in front of the BPH Migas office. They demanded for the policy to be revoked, fearing the ban might cause them to lose their jobs.
AISHA SHAIDRA | CANTIK BELLIANDRA