About an hour ago, my colleague asked whether the oil price is going to be increased again since someone called her that the gas stations are now full with cars queueing up to fill their tanks! Another colleague whose husband is working as gas stations’ technician, called up her husband to inquiry about this. The husband said that only ESSO/Shell stations will be closed for a week, but Petronas stations will continue its operation. Half an hour later, my Mom called up to ask me if I heard the news of ALL petrol stations going on strike! I happily told her about the news I got from that colleague’s husband!
Now, about 2 hours later, it’s now 4.15 P.M, my boss called up the drivers and asked them to go fill up the tanks for the company lorries and motorcycle. The nephew who used to work with SHELL told us that ALL petrol stations will go on strike for 3 days!!! Geeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!! No wonder there are such long queue at the gas stations, EVERYWHERE, in Kota Kinabalu! According to my significant other, the same goes in Sandakan. A friend who is in Keningau said the same thing. Must be the same for rest of the state too??? Is this true?
Updated 7:15 P.M:
The big boss let me get off work early today so that I could go and filled up my car’s gas tank. Thank you, Boss!!! I left work at 4.45 P.M. instead of 5.30, boy the traffic jam was terrible! Went past by Kobusak Shell Station and this was what I saw…
Shell Kobusak jammed with cars – long queue going towards the station
Then went past by Petronas Towering… jammed too!
Click on the photo for larger view, take note of my side mirror – long queue
Went past by Petronas Donggongon, same case but I didn’t get to take the photo as the traffic light was green. Got to my last stop, Shell Donggonggon… boy oh boy! How long do I have to queue to get my petrol?? – That’s what I thought anyway…
The long queue from the other side of the road…
More cars coming from the round about…
A policeman came just as I reached the round about, and signaled me to move away from the queue. I did but I was lucky, I saw some room in between the cars in front of the gas station and slipped in to join the queue *evil grin*. People were switching off and on their engines because of the long wait, trying to save up on the gas!
The view as I was nearing the Shell station… people were trying to squeeze at the junction to go into the station
A car beside me was blocking the main road, so the policeman came and asked him to move away, not politely I may add! When the guy refused, the policeman got angry and took away the key from the switch… he returned the key and said something angrily, pointing at the long queue behind… I heard bits of pieces as I have my window winded up, something like going back to the long queue behind! But hey, he was the one who asked us to drive away from the queue at the back, when we were trying to join in the queue to the side of the road going to the station in the first place! Poor guy had to drive away … I wanted to take a photo of that incident, but didn’t dare to in case I’d get myself into trouble.
Half an hour later, I got to the pump and tried to use my credit card! Geez! No credit cards allowed at that time … the system for the credit card slot at the pump does not work! To my avail, I only had RM20 cash in my purse at the moment… so I thought.. “ah, isi ja la! RM20 pun RM20 lah…” Luckily the tank was still half full since I filled it up before I went for the holiday. I didn’t drive my car much since I got home, except for work and to that wedding reception at Promenade Hotel. With that RM20, it was almost full again, so I hope it’s enough for it to last for the next 3 days if the stations goes on strike!
P.S: Excuse the quality of the photos.. it was not easy trying to capture the scenes using such a slim Samsung U600 phone, while trying to drive at the same time! Hehehe…
Updated 11:15 P.M:
Got the following text message from Maxis at about 3:30 P.M. earlier
<TheStar>Officials from Shell Malaysia and Sabah Petroleum Dealers Assoc stressed that there is no truth to the rumours of petrol kiosks closing for 3 days.
I didn’t get that sort of text message from the other two mobile operators here in Malaysia though. I was in the queue for about half an hour, but it took me another half an hour to reach home due to the bad traffic jam. I was somewhat spared, but I too fell for the rumour. Who were the irresponsible parties that started this rumour and caused such havoc? Such panic among the people… watched the evening news on TV3 and TV1, I pity those people who didn’t know the truth by then and was still queuing to fill their vehicles with petrol/diesel.