KPDNHEP: Only 1kg cooking oil is subsidised

by BERNAMA / pic by BERNAMA

DOMESTIC Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi yesterday explained that since November 2016, the cooking oil subsidy is only for one kilogramme (1kg) polybag packaging.

He said the implementation was made through the Cooking Oil Stabilisation Scheme.

“The purpose of the government to maintain the subsidy for cooking oil in 1kg packet is to ensure that the people can still get the supply of cooking oil for household use at an affordable price of RM2.50 per kg,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Nanta Linggi said this in response to complaints by social media users about the price of 5kg of bottled cooking oil sold at a higher price in the market.

He also said currently, 60,000 tonnes of subsidised cooking oil is provided every month to be distributed nationwide, including in rural areas, and the amount is sufficient for the use of Malaysians.

The ministry is committed to ensuring the availability of subsidised cooking oil supply in the market through monitoring of cooking oil manufacturers and packaging companies, auditing in each cooking oil supply chain, as well as conducting daily inspections at retailers, wholesalers and supermarkets, he said.

Meanwhile, Nanta Linggi said a total of 477 business premises had been issued with warnings to make immediate improvements in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

These premises are among the 321,850 business premises inspected by the ministry’s enforcement teams, as at yesterday, following the implementation of MCO 2.0 on Jan 13.

“A total of 7,355 more premises had been advised to comply with the SOPs consistently while conducting businesses,” Linggi confirmed.

He also said the inspection was aimed at ensuring that there are enough essential goods for consumers.

The minister added that those who failed to comply with the SOPs would be issued with a compound of RM1,000 according to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 324).