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Panic buying continues
Published on: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
By: Ibrahim Tabir
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There is ample supply of rice in Kunak as shown in this photo, so the public need not be panic-buying, say authorities.
KUNAK: Many consumers in the district have been panic buying at supermarkets and grocery stores here and elsewhere in the State before the Movement Restriction order (PKP) comes into force Wednesday, despite assurances that there are no shortage of essentials.  Rice was among the most popular items and it was common to see some consumers  buying four to five bags at a time.

Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Semporna Senior Officer Arsanti binti Abd. Rasid urged consumers in Kunak and Semporna to remain calm as all supermarkets and grocery stores would continue to operate as usual during the Movement Restriction Order period from March 18 to 31.

 “We assure you that all basic necessities are still sufficient and consumers do not have to worry about buying many items for their storage. Consumers also need to be aware that all supermarkets and grocery stores that sell these basic necessities will open as usual during that time,” she said.

Arsanti also advised merchants to limit their sales to consumers, especially items such as rice so that there is sufficient for everyone’s needs.

“For example, only two rice bags per customer. I have suggested that method to the traders,” Arsanti added, noting that the traders in Semporna still have enough stock.

 A Daily Express survey at a supermarket here on Tuesday found many people flooding the premises as early as 9am to buy rice, sugar, flour, eggs and other cooking materials.


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