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North Sumatra fuel prices rise, Governor Edy Rahmayadi blames Pertamina.

JAKARTA, The Governor of North Sumatra (Sumut), Edy Rahmayadi, has rejected the statement by PT Pertamina (Persero) regarding the reasons for the increase in non-subsidized fuel prices in his area.

Earlier, PT Pertamina (Persero) officially raised the price of non-subsidized fuel oil (BBM) in the North Sumatra region (North Sumatra) with effect from Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Pertamina claimed that the price increase followed the increase in the fuel tax for motorcycles (PBBKB) imposed by the provincial government of North Sumatra.

In the Governor Regulation (Pergub) of North Sumatra signed by Edy Rahmayadi, it was stated that PBBKB increased from 5 percent to 7.5 percent. This caused the price of fuel in North Sumatra to increase by Rp 200.

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Meanwhile, the PBBKB rate for the Special Assignment Type of Fuel (JBKP) such as Premium and Certain Types of Fuel (JBT) such as Bio Solar did not change.

In response to the reasons put forward by Pertamina, the Governor of North Sumatra, Edy Rahmayadi, stated that the increase in fuel prices had nothing to do with the Northern Sumatra Governor’s Regulation he was issuing.

“He (Pertamina) is deliberately looking for impetus. The rise in fuel prices does not refer to the Pergub. But the Pergub adheres to the rules from above. Conditions for economic requirements must be stable. It is wrong for Pertamina to refer to the Pergub to increase BBM, “Edy was quoted as saying Compass TV, Saturday (3/4/2021).

Edy said it was Pertamina who determined the price of fuel. Therefore, the provincial government of North Sumatra must amend one of them by issuing a Pergub.

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“Pertamina determines the price. That, we have to make adjustments. Once the goods are increased, the Pergub has to be renewed,” Edy said.

The former military commander of Bukit Barisan admitted that he would first consult a number of parties, or he could postpone the rise in fuel prices. He realized that the increase in fuel prices in the midst of a pandemic would make people’s circumstances even more difficult.

“We will consult it later. The policy is obviously less populist. Anything that goes up in such circumstances is certainly less populist, but this country has to live. But if Pertamina refers to the Pergub? The price of Pertamina,” Edy explained.

Pertamina’s reason

Earlier, the Unit Manager for Communications, Relations and Regional CSR for Pertamina Sumbagut, Taufikurachman, said that the non-subsidized increase in fuel price of Pertamina only applies in North Sumatra, aka it does not apply in other areas in Indonesia.

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According to him, the increase in fuel prices only occurred in North Sumatra, because the local government increased the tariff for the Motor Tax Implementation Guidelines (PBBKB) in North Sumatra.

The tariff increase is contained in the North Sumatra Governor Regulation (Pergub) No. 01 of 2021 which was signed by Edy Rahmayadi.

“Referring to the change in the PBBKB tariff imposed by the Provincial Government of North Sumatra, in accordance with the circular letter of the Regional Secretary of the Province of North Sumatra, as of April 1, 2021, Pertamina has made special price adjustments for non -subsidized fuel by the North Sumatra region, “Taufikurachman said in a statement.

In this scheme, there is a change in the PBBKB rate for non-subsidized fuel from the previous 5 percent to 7.5 percent in the North Sumatra region.

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In this way, the price of non-subsidized fuel in North Sumatra has increased by Rp 200 per liter.

Here are the latest details of Pertamina’s fuel prices in North Sumatra:

  • Pertalite from IDR 7,650 to IDR 7,850
  • Pertamax from Rp.9,000 to Rp.9.200
  • Pertamax Turbo from IDR 9,850 to IDR 10,050
  • Pertamina Dex from 10,200 IDR to 10,450 IDR
  • Dexlite Rp 9,500 to Rp 9,700,
  • Not PSO Solar from IDR 9,400 to IDR 9,600.

“The public does not have to worry because Pertamina still guarantees a safe fuel supply to meet the needs of people. We also urge the public to continue with quality fuel in accordance with the designation of auto- technology, “said Taufikurachman.

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