TAWAU – Sabotage by traders and consumers’ greed are among the causes that contributed to the shortage of cooking oil in the one-kg pack in several supermarkets and retail shops in Sabah.
Sabah Consumer Affairs and Community Development Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid said Felda produced 700 metric tons of cooking oil per month for the needs of consumers in the state.
“But due to sabotage element by the traders who hoard the cooking oil and greed of the consumers to panic buy in excessive quantities, several supermarkets are running out of supplies,” she told reporters here Monday.
According to her, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) constantly monitored the issue but the cooperation of all parties, especially the people, was needed to lodge reports and complaints in the channels that were made available.
She said the people were reminded not make it a practice to make reports in the social media, criticising and making allegations against KPDNKK at their own whims.
Meanwhile, Jainab said reports that went viral in the social media on the two wholesalers in Tawau who allegedly sold cooking oil only if the consumers spent RM500 at their shops were not correct.
“I have been to the shops concerned and found the matter to be incorrect based on the receipts showed by the shopkeepers and the public who bought their cooking oil there also said it was not true,” she said.