| Hakim Hayat |
BRUNEI Shell Marketing Company Sdn Bhd (BSM) has assured that it is closely monitoring fuel supplies in the Temburong District following a temporary disruption yesterday that was quickly rectified in the late afternoon.
A viral Whatsapp message that surfaced last Wednesday claimed that fuel supplies could not be delivered by tankers due to the flooding situation in Limbang, Sarawak which has cut off road links between the neighbouring Malaysian town that separates Brunei-Muara and Temburong District.
This has caused panic-buying among residents in the district on Wednesday, with a large number of cars queuing up at the only two petrol stations available in the district, for the fear of depleting supplies.
In a statement, BSM informed that that the supply of RON 97 product at petrol stations in Temburong were temporarily out of stock yesterday due to the flooding along the land route that used to supply fuel to Temburong District.
It added that immediate action had been taken to supply fuel products via barges and the situation was back to normal by late afternoon on the same day.
“BSM would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to members of the public. It is working closely with relevant government authorities including Temburong District Office in closely monitoring the fuel supply situation in the district.” the statement added.
Continuous heavy downpour in the past week has forced thousands of travellers making use of the Pan Borneo Highway linking Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak to turn back as flood waters reached up to four-feet high submerging roads nearby Kampung Batu Danau, Limbang, since Tuesday. A number of vehicles were also reported to be submerged, as flood waters rose rapidly with forecasted high tide periods.