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Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry finding total solutions to tackle abuse of subsidised cooking oil, says deputy minister

Publish date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022, 07:07 PM

ARAU, June 30 — The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) is looking for solutions to tackle the problem of abuse of subsidised cooking oil that has led to the cooking oil crisis.

KPDNHEP deputy minister Datuk Rosol Wahid said total solutions are needed to remedy the subsidised cooking oil supply issue.

“Two days ago, KPDNHEP Johor busted a syndicate involved in the misappropriation of subsidised cooking oil in a raid mounted on a factory in Kota Masai, Pasir Gudang and action has been taken against the culprits,” he told reporters after officiating the Student Consumer Movement 2022 ceremony at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM Perlis) here, today.

Also present at the ceremony were KPDNHEP deputy secretary-general (consumer empowerment), Datin Roszanina Wahab, and UiTM Perlis rector Associate Professor Technologist Shukor Sanim Mohd Fauzi.

Bernama reported that the Johor KPDNHEP seized 13.6 tonnes of cooking oil that was mixed with used cooking oil and detained a 30-year-old man to assist in the investigation.

Investigations found that the factory had been selling the cooking oil to biodiesel processing companies.

Rosol said used cooking oil that was processed for the biodiesel industry is being sold at a higher price than subsidised cooking oil.

“We have information that used cooking oil can reach up to RM4.20 per kilogramme (kg) compared to RM2.50 per kg for subsidised cooking oil,” he said, adding that KPDNHEP is finding ways to resolve the problem.

He said subsidised cooking oil was for personal use but it was mixed with used cooking oil by irresponsible parties for profits.

He said the government supplies 60 million kg of subsidised cooking oil every month but shortages still occur due to misappropriation and misuse.

Rosol said KPDNHEP has revoked the licence of nine subsidised cooking oil manufacturers and suspended the operations of 15 companies pending investigations.

He urged the public to play their part in helping KPDNHEP to tackle the problem by providing its enforcement team with information so it could take further actions. — Bernama

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