Local retail shop owners in several states were reported to have started rationing the purchase of wheat flour to avoid panic buying or being out of stock in the market.
According to Kosmo, entrepreneurs have expressed concern that flour could be running out of stock as soon as July this year as they find it difficult to procure the supply.
Speaking to the daily, Mohd Hilmi Aiman, from Kuala Terengganu, said the measures are necessary to avoid losses. He believes the supply disruption is due to the Indian government’s restrictions on the export of wheat flour, thus affecting local consumers.
“Before the festive season, the supply has been disrupted apart from the monthly price increase. This time I take it from the supplier for RM2.80 per kilogram compared to RM2.28 previously.” he said.
Meanwhile, in Melaka, Lim Chee Keong said he only sells certain flours for now, as it is challenging to get supplies for other brands. He said the wholesale price of flour has been increasing lately, ranging from RM7 to RM30 per box.
With this, he now only has supplies for Sauh and Ros brand flour.
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In Kelantan, wholesaler Mohd Zin, claimed that almost all the shops here have run out of government-subsidized wheat flour.
“We sell wheat flour of various brands at a price between RM2.80 to RM3.40 per kilogram. I do not limit the purchase of wheat flour because the stock is large but expensive. It is up to the consumer to buy it.”
In Selangor, a wholesale market manager in Bandar Sunway, Nur Shafiqah Ibrahim said it is difficult to get wheat from suppliers these days and most of them no longer have stocks of wheat flour.
“Usually, suppliers always have stocks of wheat flour, but lately, it has been difficult for us to get supplies of raw materials.” she said, adding that even suppliers cannot give certainty as to when the supply of raw materials would recover as usual.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) reiterate that the supply of wheat flour in the country in sufficient. The ministry also explained that the shortage of material in the market only involves non-subsidised types.
KPDNHEP Corporate Communication Unit head, Yunus Tasim assured the public that the supply of wheat flour is sufficient throughout 2022.
“The supply of wheat flour in the market is stable. Based on monitoring by 2,200 KPDNHEP Enforcement Officers nationwide, no report has been received saying that the supply of wheat flour is declining in the market.” he said.
He also said that the ministry did not receive any report on the sudden price increase in subsidised general purpose wheat flour, as the price of subsidised wheat flour is controlled at RM1.35 per kilogram.