KUCHING: There is no need to buy essential items in bulk as food stock is ample and will last for at least three months, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
He said this was the assurance given by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KDPNHEP), who also assured that essential items have been restocked in rural interiors.
“I have also instructed the KPDNHEP to ensure that there must be sufficient food supply for Sarawak, particularly essential items such as rice, sugar, cooking oil and flour to last for at least three months.
“KPDNHEP has just assured me that the 800 points of sales (POS) in the rural areas have been resupplied with these essential food items.
“The Food Supply Chain Sub-committee also agreed that these POS be allowed to operate between 7am to 4pm daily. Therefore, there is no need for panic buying or hoarding of these food items,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Awang Tengah said for rural areas, food supply becomes a problem because the folk are not able to go to town to buy food.
“Whereas in the urban areas, there are many supermarkets operating. However, there are also many urban poor and those who have lost their jobs because of MCO who require government assistance.
“Therefore, Sarawak government has allocated RM16.4 million, specifically to ensure that there is enough food for everyone who needs to be assisted,” he said.
Awang Tengah thanked all Sarawakians for their cooperation in abiding to the movement control order (MCO).
“The MCO is necessary in order to control and prevent further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, even though it has caused many hardships and challenges to the rakyat,” he said.