PASIR GUDANG: There are no cases of supermarkets concealing local white rice from being sold in Johor, says state Padi and Rice Regulation director Mohd Alieff Sabeh.
He said all complaints about white rice were addressed immediately by the agency, especially those that involve a lack of supply.
“We received around five to ten complaints daily from members of the public who wanted to get their hands on the local white rice, and so far everything has been addressed and solved.
“Our data also shows that there is enough supply of white rice in the state, and the situation is under control.
“Investigations and surveillance are also conducted every day by our undercover officers to look for any issues of supermarkets hiding local white rice, and so far no reports have been lodged,” he said.
He said this when met by reporters after visiting a supermarket in Taman Cendana here on Tuesday (Sept 26).
Mohd Alieff said this when asked to comment on a viral Facebook post that claims a supermarket in Permas Jaya has hidden the local white rice and sold it to foreigners.
“What had happened was a misunderstanding from the person who made the claims. The storekeeper earlier noticed that the packaging of three packets of rice was torn and moved them to the store.
“However, upon further inspection, one of the packets was still in good condition, so the worker took it back out when he came across the foreign men who wanted to buy the rice.
“The sale was made on a first-come, first-served basis, so the individual who was also there did not get it,” he explained.
On Sept 24, a Facebook user made a post claiming that a supermarket in Permas Jaya had sold a packet of local white rice to a group of foreign men.