Probe cooking oil and flour shortage in Kedah, ministry urged

Probe cooking oil and flour shortage in Kedah, ministry urged

KUALA LUMPUR- The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism has been urged to investigate and resolve the issue of shortage of cooking oil and wheat flour reported to have happened in Kedah.

Fomca president Datuk N. Marimuthu was quoted by Bernama as saying that there had been no complaints received on the shortage of these items in other states.

"The ministry should investigate immediately and provide detailed information why this is happening. This suddenly surfaced when in other states there is no problem of supply of these two essential items," he said.

Marimutuhu's views were shared by Malaysian Muslim Consumers' Association chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan who said the problem of shortage of essential items would surface every time there was an upcoming festival.

In response, the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad said the shortage was caused by the high demand during the school holidays when festivals happened to be held during the same time.

He said that the disruption in supply of cooking oil and wheat flour had only occurred at mini-markets and convenience stores whereas supermarkets and hypermarkets were not affected.

"The disruption of supply of wheat flour is limited to only certain brands of wheat flour while the supply of cooking oil only limited to the 1kg packets.

"The action plan to resolve this issue has been implemented by all the ministry's offices nationwide.

"The current situation is under control and we will ensure supply for retailers will become stable in the soonest period possible," he said in a statement.

He added that they had planned to meet suppliers and representatives from the industry to ensure the supply would be sufficient during the fasting month and festive season.

On diesel and petrol subsidy, its minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said that the Government has plans to introduce a new selling system for diesel and RON95 petrol for commercial vehicles starting Sept 1.

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