Stop panic buying; sufficient goods

Nanta (right) inspects the goods at a local retail outlet.

KUCHING: The public is reminded to avoid panic buying as the supply of goods is sufficient in all retail sectors, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said such may stem from a scheduled announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on actions to be taken by the government to contain the local Covid-19 situation on Monday (Jan 11).

“The results of the daily monitoring carried out found that all business premises be it manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are still operating as usual. This has contributed to the stability and availability of essential goods in the market.

“This situation was different when the movement control order (MCO) was first implemented on March 18, last year where most business premises had to be closed and affected supplies of essential goods in the market,” he said.

Nanta said the ministry is monitoring the availability of consumer goods throughout the country to ensure it is always sufficient, easily available in the market, and able to meet the needs of consumers.

“Among the items monitored included sugar, cooking oil, wheat flour, rice, white bread, milk powder, chicken, vegetables, eggs, onions, hand sanitisers and face mask,” he said in a Facebook post today (Jan 10).

He added the monitoring of the goods involves 2,711 dedicated district retailers (DDR), 1,039 dedicated district wholesalers (DDW), 223 dedicated district manufacturers (DDM) comprising 222 Parliament and 576 State constituencies.

“Therefore, I would like to reiterate that the supply situation of goods in the market is under control and the people are advised to avoid making panic purchases as it can affect the lack of supply of essential goods in the market,” he said.

Nanta said, all Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement members will continue to actively monitor the supply of essential goods for it to be available for all consumers.