- Published on Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:39
After identifying the cause for the cooking oil shortage in Sabah, the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) is now working to resolve the shortage problem of the commodity allegedly happening in Sarawak.
According to an Utusan Sarawak Online report, residents around Lawas are facing shortages of cooking oil in 1 kilogram (kg) polybags.
Due to the shortage, petty traders in the area have also allegedly raised prices of their goods as they could not cope with the expensive price of bottled cooking oil.
Lawas KPDNKK officer Joshua Anyi said during an inspection at several shops and business premises that the ministry will increase the supply quota for consumers in the area.
Meanwhile, KPDNKK Deputy Minister clarified that they have obtained additional quota from Sabah to fulfill the supply needs in Lawas but it is still not enough.
"Because of that the ministry have issued a new quota for city areas including Lawas to fulfill the needs of consumers," the newspaper reported.
In November last year, Sarawak KPDNKK Director Datuk Stanley Tan said that 2,505 metric tonnes of cooking oil was allocated for the state, where 315 metric tonnes was for distribution in Miri, The Borneo Post reported.
However, a rough calculation based on the Sarawak population, which was 2.636 million in 2015 as reported on the Department of Information's website, the quota of cooking oil that was allocated by the government (2,505 metric tonnes) was not enough to support the needs of Sarawakians.
With an estimate usage of 1.5kg cooking oil for each individual a month - based on KPDNKK's study - Sarawak needs around 3,952,000kg or 3,654 metric tonnes a month, which is 1,000 metric tonnes more compared to the current quota that is allocated.
So the effort by KPDNKK to increase the cooking oil quota for the state is a wise and correct move to ensure that supply of cooking oil is always enough and the target groups who need subsidised cooking oil are not burdened.
However, the public is urged to always file reports and complaints if they find unscrupulous activities involving cooking oil including smuggling that can cause supply shortage.