GEORGE TOWN, May 29 – The Department of Home Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has given assurances that there will be an adequate food supply and will monitor the prices of basic necessities on a daily basis throughout the first phase of the complete closure of the economic and social sectors from June 1.
Penang KPDNHEP Director Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghapar said based on checks carried out at nine locations in Penang today there was no panic buying, but did not deny that there could be an increase in the number of visitors to supermarkets to buy basic necessities.
âThere are long lines to enter supermarkets, but this is due to compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) conducted by the management of the supermarket.
“If we see the number of purchases by customers, we can conclude that there is no panic buying here … The citizens of Penang learned from the mistakes during the first order of movement control ( MCO) and won’t buy too many items, âhe said. told reporters after carrying out a check on panic shopping and supply of produce at a supermarket in Barat Daya district here today.
He added that the KPDNHEP, with 238 staff in the field, will carry out checks on 11 basic necessities, including sugar, cooking oil, wheat flour, rice, chicken eggs, chicken (standard), white bread, onions, powdered milk, frozen foods and face masks. .
Mohd Ridzuan said if panic buying occurs and customers buy certain items in bulk, they will seek help from supermarkets to perform internal checks to limit individual purchases of certain items.
âI would like to remind consumers that during this economic lockdown, supermarkets are still open and there is no need to panic buying. I advise that for the next two weeks, plan your shopping and purchase your necessities once a week so that you don’t have to go out repeatedly, âhe said.
He also advised companies not to take advantage and raise prices as the country is in a health emergency. – Bernama