Ample supply of cooking gas

Noriah checking on her stock of cooking gas at her store in Gelugor, Penang. — Photo: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

YOU may think that since everyone is staying home more often than ever, they would use up more cooking gas.

But a check with cooking gas suppliers showed that this is not the case at all.

Lim Kim Kim, 42, a gas distributor worker in Bayan Lepas, Penang, even noted a drop of two to three percent in orders for gas.

“We cater to a lot of small businesses and hawkers at food courts.

“These are the people who use the most cooking gas. But due to the slow economy and everyone staying home, their business is not as good.

“So it affects us as well. When people are not coming out to eat, the hawkers cook less and order less cooking gas, ” he said.

Another gas distributor store owner in Jelutong, who wanted to be known as Ah Seng, 40, said they supply cooking gas mostly to urban households and he does not see households ordering gas more frequently.

“There is no significant difference in the number of orders we receive, mostly because urban households use only a little cooking gas each time they cook.

“Besides, there are electric stoves nowadays and many who stay home can order food delivery as well with the abundance of food delivery app choices.

“As such, the demand for cooking gas does not increase even when people are staying home or deciding to cook more, ” he added.

The only seller interviewed who saw a slight rise in demand is gas distributor company co-owner Noriah Sulaiman, 59, whose company covers the Gelugor and Jelutong areas.

She said they are seeing a little more cooking gas deliveries in these areas.

“Probably, more people are cutting expenses and thus are deciding to cook at home.

“Since eating out and deliveries are expensive, families may choose to eat home-cooked meals nowadays more often compared with before, ” she said.

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