Cooking oil shortage to be addressed urgently
KINABALU, August 17, 2011: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has
questioned the reason for shortage of cooking oil in the market in
Sabah, which will be critical with Hari Raya Aidil Fitri coming.
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Information Chief, Chong Pit Fah said empty shelves could be seen at
supermarkets here and if the situation is not addressed soon, it would
create difficulties to Muslims in Sabah during the Hari Raya festivity.
"The cooking oil still left on the shelves are those expensive ones
while the palm oil-based cooking oil, which is supposed to be cheaper
is out of stock," he said, adding that it was illogical for such
situation to happen since Sabah is the country's biggest oil palm
"This is another failure of the Barisan government. Sabah has no
downstream industry for oil palm. If we have cooking oil processing
factories we will not be facing this situation right now," he said.
Chong said that there is also other downstream industry such as getting
the oil palm residues to be used as the base for making soap but not
available in Sabah.
"Why is this happening? We should not be facing the problem as we are
the biggest oil palm producer in the country and yet we do," he said.
He said the people were being forced to buy more expensive cooking oil,
which they have to use more than usual in view of the fasting month and
coming Hari Raya.
SAPP urged the relevant authorities to monitor and ensure that there
would be sufficient cooking oil supply in the market, particularly for
the Hari Raya AIdil Fitri.