The sugar supply disruption in the East Coast of Malaysia has been restored and identified to be caused by the temporary closure of the MSM Malaysia Holdings Bhd sugar refineries in Johor and Perai, Penang, according to Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub.
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During a press conference in Sepang, he stated that the refineries were closed temporarily in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration and resumed operations on April 25. The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs worked closely with two local sugar producers, MSM Malaysia and Central Sugars Refinery Sdn Bhd, to promptly address the sugar supply disruption issue. Salahuddin advised the public not to panic and fall prey to rumors of possible sugar price increases.
Meanwhile, the maximum retail price of bottled palm oil cooking oil is fixed for the period of May 8 to June 7 under the Control of Supplies Act 1961. The price for a one kg bottle of cooking oil is RM6.90, 2 kg (RM13.30), 3 kg (RM19.60), and 5 kg at RM30.90. The price increase for pure palm oil is attributed to the rise in crude palm oil prices in April compared to the previous month.
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