Almost everybody knows that the price of petrol was going up at midnight tonight by 78 sen. It was too big an increase so everybody rushed out to fill up their tanks and some their containers at the old rate of RM1.92 per liter for the higher 97 octane grade petrol. The lower grade will also increase by the same margin and diesel by a ringgit.
In Pasir Mas the rush started as early as 5.oo PM. It was slightly 3.oo PM that SMS messages were received telling us about the impending rise in price. I didn't go at that time because I wanted to go later thinking that the rush will be reduced somewhat after the maghrib prayers. How wrong I was as the queue had started building up and cars lined up for almost half a km on both side of any of the six petrol stations in or near the town. See the following pictures and their caption to capture the mood on the night prior to the price increase. Full story and captions will be added tomorrow.
Esso Mekasar. Many motorist went agains the flow of traffic by coming in through the exit to the station jamming up the whole station. How silly some people can be.