The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has advised Sibu folk not to panic and assured them there is adequate supply of goods in the market.
KPDNHEP Sibu branch head Kelyn Bolhassan, in a statement, said there should not be any panic buying as his office was constantly monitoring the supply of goods.
The sudden spike in Covid-19 positive cases in town sparked a bout of panic buying as some feared there would be a shortage of essential items.
From just 35 cases recorded from March 18,2020 to Jan 7,2021 the total number of positive cases swelled to 290 on Jan 13.
“From our checks, we find that the supply of goods in all retail sectors is sufficient, ” Kelyn added.
“We are constantly monitoring daily necessities in the town to ensure they are adequate and easily available.”
Among the items monitored are sugar, cooking oil, wheat flour, rice, sanitiser and face masks.
Kelyn said if people continued to buy more than they should, their actions could affect the supply of goods in the market.
“Our enforcement officers will continue with their daily monitoring to ensure supply is sufficient, ” he said.
Should the public encounter supply shortages or wish to report on unethical activities, they can reach out through the Ez ADU smartphone app, e-aduan.kpdnhep.gov.my and firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, the public can call KPDNHEP Sibu branch office at 084-335 622 or WhatApp 019-279 4317.