A video showing packets of cooking oil floating in Indonesian waters has gone viral on social media, with many believing that the packet of cooking oil originated from Malaysia.
In response to the matter, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa denied such claims and said there is no evidence that the packets came from Malaysia, reported Bernama.
He also said the public should rely on authentic statements issued by relevant parties instead of speculating on the matter.
“We have tried to get confirmation from the media that published this news but not even a single party could provide further details on the photographs circulated in certain social media accounts.”
“However, preliminary information received showed that the oil was produced by Indonesia itself,” he said.
The news of the discovery of thousands of packets of cooking oil in waters near Pulau Jawa, Indonesia, has recently been circulating on social media, with many questioning its origin.
Meanwhile, Annuar also said the task force had discussed with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to conduct a study on the pricing mechanism for cooking oil in the country.
“The task force was told that only 5.6% of oil supply produced by the country is for the domestic market and 60,000 tonnes of this is subsidised oil in packets,” he added.
However, he said all decisions to be taken would consider the impact on consumers and related parties.
“MPOB will be given enough time to study the mechanism,” he said.