09 February 2019
The latest update on fuel prices is announced and the prices of RON95, RON97, and diesel have decreased as compared to the previous week. Going forward, the government of Malaysia plans to revise the fuel prices once every week instead of the monthly updates.
Petrol Price in Malaysia (Fuel RON95, RON97 & Diesel) for 09 February - 15 February 2019
The fuel prices as per the latest update for the week of 09 February - 15 February 2019 is tabulated below.
Given below is a table showing the variations seen in fuel prices over the past 6 months.
|Week||Price of RON95/litre||Price of RON97/litre||Price of Diesel/litre|
|09-15 February 2019||RM1.97||RM2.27||RM2.18|
|02-08 February 2019||RM1.93||RM2.23||RM2.18|
|26 January-01 February 2019||RM1.98||RM2.28||RM2.18|
|19-25 January 2019||RM1.98||RM2.28||RM2.17|
|12-18 January 2019||RM1.92||RM2.22||RM2.05|
|5-11 January 2019||RM1.93||RM2.23||RM2.04|
|1-4 January 2019||RM2.20||RM2.50||RM2.18|
|26-31 December 2018||RM2.20||RM2.50||RM2.18|
|19-25 December 2018||RM2.20||RM2.50||RM2.18|
|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 the week of 12-18 January 2019 at RM2.22/litre.
The prices mentioned above are applicable to all brands, such as Shell, PETRONAS, Petron, BHPetrol, and Caltex stations.
RON95 and RON97 are known to be the two vastly used variants of petrol in Malaysia. But, have you thought about the actual difference between the two? RON stands for Research Octane Number, which is a fuel performance and quality rating. Such a rating system was developed in 1926 by Russell Marker at Ethyl Corporation.
His research discovered that the branching of hydrocarbons has the ability to reduce the pre-ignition effort. Further researches on the concept proved that a higher octane fuel combined with a high compression ratio engine will result in high performance.
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. RON97 is considered to have a higher octane level as compared to RON95. As a result, RON97 is the recommended fuel for an engine capacity above 2,500cc.
When it comes to RON95 and RON97, a lot of research and debate is going on 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.
As you learnt earlier, the numbers determine the auto-ignition resistance capacity of the fuel. 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 knock. For high compression engines, i.e. 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.
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.
In September 2018, the government started the monthly update system where the fuel prices are determined on the first day of the month. And, the prices remain the same for the entire month. The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) provides monthly updates on the variations in the fuel prices.
The government follows a method called the managed float system with respect to fuel prices. According to this system, the fuel prices are set at a 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 permission from the government.
Don’t you think saving fuel is, in turn, saving on fuel expenses? Here are a few tips that can help you save money on fuel:
You, now, know what RON95 and RON97 are and how you must pick the best petrol variant based on your vehicle conditions. Now, it is time to put some or all of the fuel-saving (mainly, the expense) tips to practice. Saving a few sens per month is still a big deal. Check for brands that offer fuel for a lower margin before you enter a fuel station next time.
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