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KUCHING, Jan 20: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Public Complaint Bureau (SPCB) chief Milton Foo is urging the Ministry of Domestic Trade And Cost of Living (KPDN) to investigate the misuse of government-subsidised cooking oil by a local company.
Foo said that he wants KPDN to carry out such an investigation after being approached by a member of the public and a businessman named Chin and his lawyer Tiong Ing Neng on the matter.
Foo pointed out that he wanted to highlight the matter following the KPDN news statement on Dec 24, 2022, that warned companies that supply subsidised cooking oil not to get involved in the misuse of the subsidised controlled goods.
He added that in the statement, KPDN Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub had said that strict action would be taken against companies that abuse or misuse the supply of controlled goods.
“The government has spent millions or even billions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money to subsidise cooking oil in the country.
“We cannot allow or condone any act of illegal sale of subsidised cooking oil or exporting the controlled item outside the country. Industrial consumers such as factories are not allowed to purchase subsidised cooking oil which is only meant for end users,” he lamented.
“SUPP PCB, therefore, urges KPDN to conduct a thorough investigation on this matter of the alleged illegal sale of subsidised cooking oil by the company concerned,” he said. — DayakDaily