More than enough: KPDNKK adivised the public not to hoard flour and cooking oil as there was more than enough supply.- filepic
JOHOR BARU: The state Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) had assured that there would be enough supply of flour and cooking oil for Ramadan.
Its director Ayub Abdul Rahman advised consumers not to panic buy following reports on shortage of the two items in Kedah and Perlis with less than a month before the fasting month.
“Our enforcement officers are monitoring the situation daily at all outlets selling cooking oil and flour,” he said, adding that no complaints were filed from consumers so far.
Ayub added that the ministry’s officers would go to the root of the cause by making spot checks at wholesalers to ensure that they did not hoard essential goods for Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Johor Indian Muslim Entrepre-neurs Association deputy president Hussein Ibrahim said many sundry shops would have problem getting supply of flour during Ramadan.
“It is an almost annual occurrence that our members have to face every Ramadan and Aidilfitri as demand for flour is rising,” he said.
Hussein, who runs a chain of sundry shops, said the shops needed 50 packets of flour monthly but for Ramadan, suppliers would only allocate 35 packets to him.
“The suppliers will sell the other 15 packets at 10 sen or 20 sen higher and most of the buyers are kuih sellers at bazaar Ramadan,” alleged the trader.
Home-based kuih maker Nora Moin, who supplies Malay cookies to factories, canteens, coffee shops and hotels said she had no problem purchasing flour.
Nora uses 50kgs of floor monthly and during Ramadan the commodity shoots up to 100kgs.
To cope with her orders, she had been stocking up on flour just in case there was a shortage in the market.
“I buy flour from a mini market near my house and pay RM2.50 sen for a 1kg packet compared to RM2.60 at a nearby hypermarket,” she added.