Caltex station operators’ termination issue still up in the air

PUTRAJAYA, 29 Aug 2017:

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry is looking for the best solution following the court’s decision on Caltex contract termination of its petrol stations’ operators, said minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

He said ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Jamil Salleh had held a meeting with 14 of the petrol station operators and Caltex Malaysia on Aug 24.

However, Hamzah said there were operators who did not attend the meeting – but chose to hold a picket with a non-governmental organisation.

“The secretary-general holds discussions to find the best way to ensure that no one will be affected by the court decision.”

On May 15, Caltex handed over the notice of termination and gave until the end of June to the operators to cease the operations of their petrol stations.

Following that, 15 operators took court action against Caltex – but the federal court ‘s decision was in favour of Caltex and the operators had to pay RM300,000 in damages each to Caltex.

The fuel chain operator had earlier announced:

“Chevron Malaysia Ltd confirms the recent termination of certain retailers that may have caused several parties and members of the general public to be dissatisfied with the company’s decision. This is in response to feedback and comments made about the company that was shared on social media. Some of the comments have been misleading and misinformed.

“The termination issue is a business decision and the company reserves the right to extend or terminate retailers’ contracts at any one time. For all termination process, it will be carried out in accordance with the contractual agreement between the parties.

“We look for partnerships that are collaborative and supportive of our Chevron values, and we strive to maintain good relationships with our retailers where they work with us to address concerns. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case with certain retailers, despite Chevron’s best efforts to resolve issues amicably and in good faith.

“Chevron Malaysia Ltd wishes to inform the public that business as usual continues at all Caltex stations.”

– Bernama

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