This morning I went to a Pertamina fuel station on the way to my office to refill my car's half-empty fuel tank.
The station attendant asked what type of fuel do I want, Premium or Pertamax ? And I said Pertamax-92.
While my car's fuel tank was being refilled, I asked the attendant whether there are still private cars that refill with Premium fuel which costs Rp 4,500 per Litre compared to Pertamax-92 which costs Rp 8,100 per Litre, and he confirmed.
I asked the question because when I entered the fuel station there was a banner on the wall saying that Premium is a subsidized fuel that should only to be used by public transportation (and not private vehicles).
And recently the Indonesian Moslem Cleric Council (MUI) has even planned to issue a Fatwa/Edict that declare that it is Haram/Forbidden for private vehicles to consume Subsidized Fuel. This plan was cancelled after it was protested by public.
For me, the reason why I use the non-subsidized fuel Pertamax because the car maker has clearly stated when I bought the car that the suitable fuel for my car is high Octane fuel such as Pertamax.
I believe that subsidy for fuels should be reduced, and its consumption
should be limited only for public transportation. That way the money
used for subsidy can be used for other things like education, health,
for the poor etc.
But considering that the condition of public transportation in big cities like Jakarta is still bad, mass-rapid transportation should inevitably be developed, so that people would want to leave their vehicles at home.
At the end of the day, traffic jams and air pollution can be minimized.