Singaporeans shopping for CNY 'won't cause shortage'


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Jan 2003

JOHOR BARU: An influx of Singaporeans to the city to shop for the Chinese New Year will not result in a shortage of essential goods, said Consumer Affairs and Housing Committee chairman Samat Aripin. 

He said locals should not be unduly worried about their food supply although thousands of Singaporeans would be shopping here over the next few days.  

“There is no reason to panic and there is no need for anyone to stock-up essential goods. 

“There will be ample supply of essential goods for everyone before, during and after the Chinese New Year,” he said yesterday. 

Since last Saturday, Singaporeans flocked to shopping complexes and hypermarkets here for their Chinese New Year shopping. 

Although the situation was an annual phenomenon, it had caused concern among locals who feared that essential goods would be snapped up. 

Samat discounted the possibility that Singaporeans were buying food supplies in the market as there were regulations that prevented them from importing large quantities of essential goods. 

“So, there is no reason for locals to be worried about the supply,” he added.  

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