Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ministry now selling sugar at Perak Ramadan bazaars

IPOH: The Perak branch of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has launched a Sugar Direct Distribution campaign by setting up a stall selling sugar at every Ramadan bazaar in the state.

Its director Mokhtar Sulaiman said the ministry was making every effort possible to overcome the problem of sugar shortage.

“We have received several complaints from consumers on the difficulty in obtaining sugar in the market and of sugar being sold above the market price. Here, sugar is being sold at RM1.45 per kg and each customer is allowed to buy only two packets.

“We are providing 2,000kg of sugar at each Ramadan bazaar,” he told reporters at a bazaar next to the Perak Stadium here yesterday.

A new campaign will be launched soon to educate consumers not to panic and rush to buy or stock up sugar.

“People should realise that the sugar shortage is actually caused by late delivery of the commodity. Sugar is sent every week to retailers, but the supply has not been able to meet the increase in demand.

“However, complaints about sugar shortage have fallen and of late there have been no complaints about sugar being sold above market price,” he said.

He also said 125 price monitoring officers had been deployed in the state to ensure that traders at sundry shops and markets did not indiscriminately hike the prices of goods.

*Taken from The Star Online

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