JAKARTA - Residents in some areas have protested against the latest price hike of LPG. The price of a 12 kilogram bottle of LPG was hiked today. The official price was increased by some 6.000 Rupiah, while local shops sold the LPG at prices around 75.000 Rupiah per unit. In just over a year the price of LPG has risen by almost 50 per cent, which means that many who were forced to transfer from cooking oil to gas earlier on, now feel the burden as well.
The condition is getting worse for those who don't have another option to choose from. According to the resellers, the higher prices than the official price from Pertamina are caused by resellers and distributors above them. In some areas the rise in price of LPG also caused a direct hike in prices of other products. Some owners of small shops and roadside restaurants admit that they have to work hard to earn some money but even to prevent losses.