Govt to withdraw 9 million
faulty gas canisters

The government will soon withdraw nine million 3-kilogram gas cylinders from circulation for failing to meet the national standard, a minister said Wednesday.

Coordinating People's Welfare Minister Agung Laksono told reporters the faulty cylinders would be collected through state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina refill depots.

The government, Agung said, has ordered Pertamina to withhold the re-distribution of the canisters.

Agung said the faulty canisters were imported from Australia and Japan. He said that although the the canisters did not meet the Indonesian standard, the withdrawn canisters were not of low quality.

A number explosions of 3-kilogram cylinders have caused outrage across the country, claiming lives and causing severe injuries, since the canisters were introduced as part of a kerosene-to-gas-conversion program over the last few years.

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