THERE is a shortage of cooking oil in Kapit as traders are not getting enough supply from Sibu.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry Kapit branch chief enforcement officer Al-Redzamani Abdul Razak said that because of this, some traders in Kapit had to control the sale of cooking oil to prevent panic buying.
This came after the enforcement of the conditional movement control order.
The ministry’s guideline is that each customer is only allowed to purchase a maximum of three units of cooking oil, with each container weighing 1kg.
Al-Redzamani said his enforcement team would liaise directly with 10 selected retailers appointed as Dedicated District Retailers (DDR) within Kapit Division, including Song and Belaga districts, should there be a problem with the supply source from wholesalers in Sibu.
“Kapit does not have cooking oil packaging companies and wholesalers, which is why the traders have to rely on suppliers from Sibu for not only packaged cooking oil but other basic necessities such as wheat flour, granulated sugar and rice, ” he said.
However, Kapit town has several grocery stores which have been appointed as Point of Sales under the Price Standardisation of Essential
Goods to ensure the availability of packaged cooking oil supply in the market.
A 1kg packet of cooking oil is sold at RM2.50 each under the Oil Price Subsidy Rationalisation Scheme Programme.