Petrol Price in Malaysia (RON95, RON97 & Diesel) 12-18 December 2018

12 December 2018

The latest update on fuel prices is announced and the prices of RON95 and diesel remain unchanged. However, the price of RON97/litre has increased by RM0.02 as compared to the previous week

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Petrol Price in Malaysia (Fuel RON95, RON97 & Diesel) for 12-18 December 2018

The fuel prices as per the latest update for the week of 12-18 December 2018 is tabulated below.

RON95/litre RON97/litre Diesel/ litre
RM2.20 RM2.50 RM2.18

Recent Trends in Fuel Prices

Given below is a table showing the variations seen in fuel prices over the past Five months.

Week Price of RON95/litre Price of RON97/litre Price of Diesel/litre
12-18 December 2018 RM2.20 RM2.50 RM2.18
5-11 December 2018 RM2.20 RM2.50 RM2.18
1-4 December 2018 RM2.20 RM2.50 RM2.18
28-30 November 2018 RM2.20 RM2.81 RM2.18
21-27 November 2018 RM2.20 RM2.81 RM2.18
14-20 November 2018 RM2.20 RM2.81 RM2.18
7-13 November 2018 RM2.20 RM2.81 RM2.18
1-7 November 2018 RM2.20 RM2.81 RM2.18
24-30 October 2018 RM2.20 RM2.79 RM2.18
17-23 October 2018 RM2.20 RM2.79 RM2.18
10-16 October 2018 RM2.20 RM2.79 RM2.18
1-9 October 2018 RM2.20 RM2.79 RM2.18
11-16 October 2018 RM2.20 RM2.79 RM2.18
27-30 September 2018 RM2.20 RM2.65 RM2.18
20-26 September 2018 RM2.20 RM2.65 RM2.18
13-19 September 2018 RM2.20 RM2.65 RM2.18
6-12 September 2018 RM2.20 RM2.65 RM2.18
1-5 September 2018 RM2.20 RM2.65 RM2.18
30-31 August 2018 RM2.20 RM2.69 RM2.18
23-28 August 2018 RM2.20 RM2.65 RM2.18
16-22 August 2018 RM2.20 RM2.65 RM2.18
9-15 August 2018 RM2.20 RM2.61 RM2.18
2-8 August 2018 RM2.20 RM2.64 RM2.18
25 July 2018-1 August 2018 RM2.20 RM2.54 RM2.18
19-25 July 2018 RM2.20 RM2.56 RM2.18
12-18 July 2018 RM2.20 RM2.59 RM2.18
5-11 July 2018 RM2.20 RM2.58 RM2.18
28 June 2018-4 July 2018 RM2.20 RM2.50 RM2.18
21-27 June 2018 RM2.20 RM2.59 RM2.18
14-20 June 2018 RM2.20 RM2.60 RM2.18
7-13 June 2018 RM2.20 RM2.66 RM2.18

The price of RON97 had been the highest during 1-30 November 2018 over the past 5 months at RM2.81/litre. The lowest price of RON97 was seen during 28 June 2018-4 July 2018 at RM2.50/litre.

The prices mentioned above are applicable to all brands, such as Shell, PETRONAS, Petron, BHPetrol, and Caltex stations.

The Process of Determining Petrol Prices

With the government’s efforts in offering up to date fuel prices, the updated prices are reflected on a monthly basis. Since 1 April 2017, the Malaysian government has been making variations in the fuel prices on a weekly basis. The shift from a monthly to a weekly basis was done in order to stabilise the oil industry and soften the blow that petrol station operators feel when oil prices drop. The government follows a method called the managed float system. According to this system, the fuel prices are set at ceiling value based on the average cost of refined crude oil in the previous month. The petrol pumps may consider deviating from the ceiling price if they have the permission from the government.

Is RON95 your best bet or would RON97 fare better?

RON95 and RON97 are the two variants of fuels widely used today. There is a lot of research and debate regarding the fuel efficiency and mileage offered by these fuels. But the fact is that both these fuels are designed with a specific purpose in mind.

RON stands for Research Octane Number. The numbers provided to the variants of the fuel is based on the fuel’s auto-ignition resistance capability or in other words its resistance to knocking. Therefore, the more the auto-ignition or knocking resistance of the fuel, the harder it is for the engine to auto-ignite.

The resistance level required is directly dependent on the type of engine your car has. Luxury cars and performance cars have engines that possess a high compression ratio. This means that the engine consistently deals with higher temperatures and compression making them more susceptible to knocking. For high compression engines, generally engines with a displacement of 2,500cc or above, a higher fuel grade such as RON97 would fare better.

RON95 doesn’t necessarily mean a fuel of lower quality just because it is sold at a cheaper price. The grade on the fuel implies it is designed for engines with lower compression ratios. Simply put, filling up on RON97 for a car which does not require it would not make it fare better, both in terms of mileage and performance. If your car has a lower compression engine, it is perfectly safe to put in RON95 since the engine would not be susceptible to knocking and hence would not require a high resistance for auto-ignition.

Tips to Save on Petrol

Here are a few tips that can help you save money on petrol:

  • Make use of GPS apps to sketch the route the shortest and the correct route to your destination. This helps you avoid wasting fuel on longer routes or having it whittled away in chock-a-block traffic congestions.
  • When travelling, avoid leaving the car on idle mode during congestions or at traffic signals. The fuel burnt through 2 minutes of idling can help you travel at least a kilometre further. Idling not only wastes petrol but also causes unnecessary emission of harmful gases.
  • Manual transmission cars offer better mileage as compared to automatic transmission cars largely due to lower engine weight and more gears. The engines are also simpler and easier to maintain in comparison to their automatic transmission counterparts.
  • Under-inflated tyres increase the frictional pressure and would require more effort in terms of pushing the tyre forward. This in turn would result in more fuel consumption. So check your tyres regularly.
  • Choosing the right credit card would give you cashback and reward points on your fuel expenses as well allowing for greater savings. Some cards offer cashback at select petrol stations whereas others give you a cashback irrespective of the petrol brand.

There have been variations in the fuel price since the adoption of weekly fuel price updates. With prices fluctuating, we might not always be able to save on our petrol expenses, but having the right petrol credit card can certainly help you manage your fuel expenses effectively. 

Check out and learn more about the best petrol credit cards in Malaysia.

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