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Panic Buying As Cooking Oil Supply Runs Out In Manjung

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LUMUT – Panic buying by the public has led to some retail stores and supermarkets
around Manjung running short of supplies, in fact some premises had run out of
supplies since yesterday.

According to grocery store owner Azmi Nor, 40, people have started buying
bottled cooking oil since last week and he had to call the wholesaler several
times to stock up his supply.

Azmi said there were some consumers who bought two or three 5-litre bottles
at one time ignoring his pleas.

“When a consumer buys more than what is required, how about other people’s
needs. And when there is short of supply I get blamed for hoarding the cooking
oil,” he told Bernama here today.

Another consumer Shahrudin Razali, 33, said he was disappointed because the
cooking oil brand he wanted could not be found even though he had gone to
several stores.

“Instead the only cooking oil brand available in the supermarkets were the
house brand, this must be the effect of the announcement made yesterday,” he
said.
Yesterday, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri
Hamzah Zainudin announced that the price of 1 kg of cooking oil package remains
at RM2.50 but bottled cooking oil would be sold at market price effective Nov 1.

Meanwhile, a check by Bernama at several grocery stores and supermarkets
around Bagan Datoh and Teluk Intan found only packaged cooking oil were being
sold at RM2.50

A retail shop owner in Bagan Datoh who wants to be known only as Zam said
the wholesaler had not been supplying him cooking oil since last week and he had
to buy at the hypermarkets.

“Even though there is no profit made in reselling them I still do it because
some of the residents here do not have the means to travel to Teluk Intan or
Hutan Melintang just to buy cooking oil.

“Even though there is no profit made in reselling them I still do it because
some of the residents here do not have the means to travel to Teluk Intan or
Hutan Melintang just to buy cooking oil.

“If the supply of packaged cooking oil runs out I do not know where else to
go,” he said.

A ‘pisang goreng’ seller Samsudin Jaafar, 42, from Teluk Intan said packaged
cooking oil were still available at certain supermarkets and grocery stores but
not bottled cooking oil.    

“I still have supplies to last me for a few more days, once they are
finished I may have to close shop,” he said.

 Samsudin also expressed concern over the current cooking oil shortage as
some traders may raise food prices.

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