THERE is no shortage of 1kg subsidised cooking oil packets in Johor.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry Johor director Mohd Hairul Anuar Bohro said the ministry did not receive any complaints on the matter.
“I assure consumers that there is ample supply of subsidised cooking oil here,” he said when contacted.
He was commenting on news reports that there was a shortage of subsidised cooking oil in several states.
“Our enforcement officers have been checking outlets selling the product in Johor to ensure supply is sufficient,” he added.
Mohd Hairul said if there had been a shortage, it would have been confined to a specific area and outlets should quickly replenish their stock.
He said the ministry had not received complaints that the cooking oil — a controlled item — was sold above the RM2.50 ceiling price per packet in the state.
He reminded that if consumers had any complaints, they could lodge a report with the ministry.
“Only domestic consumers are allowed to buy low-cost cooking oil. Hawkers and food operators are not allowed to.
“Sundry shops, supermarkets and hypermarkets must ensure that no more than three packets of the cooking oil are sold per transaction.
“Consumers are not allowed to buy the cooking oil in cartons,” he added.
Separately, Mohd Hairul said the ministry would ensure the supply chain of essential items would not be interrupted in the event of floods.
“We have dedicated wholesalers and distributors in areas affected by floods,” he said. — By ZAZALI MUSA