KPDNHEP Sibu urges public not to panic buy goods as Covid-19 cases show increase

A ministry officer conducting a check at a supermarket.

SIBU, Jan 11: The public have been advised not to indulge in panic buying of goods following the recent increase in Covid-19 cases.

Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sibu head Kelyn Bolhassan in a statement today said the panic buying which is occurring now should not be happening as his office is constantly monitoring the supply of goods.

“From our checks, we found that the supply of goods in all retail sectors is sufficient. We are constantly monitoring daily necessities in the town to ensure that they are adequate and easily available at
market,” he added.

Among the items being monitored included sugar, cooking oil, wheat flour, rice, sanitiser and face masks.

Kelyn said if consumers indulged in panic purchases, it can affect the supply of goods in the market. Dealers are also advised to enforce limits on the purchase of necessities in their shops if necessary, to avoid excessive purchasing in large quantities by the public.

“Our enforcement officers will continue to be active in conducting daily monitoring to ensure supply is readily available,” he said.

Accordingly, if there is a supply problem or complaint about unethical activities, the public may channel information to KPDNHEP through various channels including the Ez ADU smartphone application, online via and through email via

Alternatively, the public may contact the KPDNHEP Sibu office at 084-335622 or WhatsApp at 019-279 4317. — DayakDaily