Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Leslie Miller, called petroleum retailers “gutless” for fighting the government for increases in fuel sales margins instead of the franchise owners and importers.
Mr Miller said instead of retailers attempting to hold the government and the Bahamian people hostage, they should be fighting franchise owners for a reduction in rent.
“Keeping a vital product like fuel out of the hands of Bahamian people and threatening their livelihood is not right and cannot be justified,” said Mr Miller.
“They are gutless. They need to sit down as men and stand up to the franchisers. Who the hell are they to attack the Bahamian people? They are setting a dangerous precedent and wreaking unnecessary havoc.
“What they should be doing is negotiating with Esso, Texaco and Shell to lower what they charge in rent.