The ministry’s state enforcement chief Chin Ching Chung (right) said since Jan 1, supply of the subsidised cooking oil has been distributed in stages to the affected areas. (pix by ZULIATY ZULKIFLI)

ALOR STAR: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has assured consumers that the shortage of the one-kilogramme subsidised cooking oil in the state will be resolved soon.

The ministry’s state enforcement chief Chin Ching Chung said since Jan 1, supply of the subsidised cooking oil has been distributed in stages to the affected areas.

He said the supply of the subsidised cooking oil in the state is enough to cater to consumers’ demand and this is based on inspections carried out at 17 cooking oil processing factories, hypermarkets and sundry shops.

“We found that there are a total 700kg of one-kilogramme subsidised cooking oil still in the market.

“Each month the state receives a total of 2,722 tonnes of cooking oil which is enough to meet local demand,” he said when met after checking the subsidised cooking oil stock at a shopping complex here today.

Chin believed the shortage could be due to panic-buying among consumers.

Yesterday the Kedah Consumers Association (CAKE) secretary Mohd Yusrizal Yusoff said it had received many complaints from consumers on the subsidised cooking oil shortage.

He claimed the shortage was due to a move by suppliers to slash supply to wholesalers and retailers beginning last month.

He said the complaints came from consumers in the Kota Setar, Kuala Kedah, Kubang Pasu and Pendang districts.

Chin said so far the ministry has yet to receive any complaints regarding the issues including of sellers withholding their stocks.

“We urged consumers to report to us if they have any information about such activity so that we can investigate and take immediate action,” he said.

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