Is There a Shortage of Food?

Should we be worried about food security within the state?

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Vegetables sold in local supermarket
Vegetables sold in local supermarket

The government has announced the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for all states in the Peninsula except Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan from 9th November 2020 to 6th December 2020 due to the escalating COVID-19 cases in the nation.

The Johor Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has been monitoring and inspecting the position of supply of essential goods throughout the state after the announcement of CMCO on 7th November 2020.

KPDNHEP officer checking with a local store’s employee
KPDNHEP officer checking with a local store’s employee

A total of 200 state’s KPDNHEP enforcement officers will constantly monitor and carry out inspections so that primary and daily supplies are sufficient for the people of Johor.

Wet market went under inspection of KPDNHEP

Based on records, a total of 67,034 premises were inspected by KPDNHEP Johor for all districts in the state from 1st January 2020 to 31st October 2020. As a result of the monitoring and inspection carried out, the supply of essential items is adequate and readily available. To date, the supply of controlled goods is sufficient at all levels from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. KPDNHEP Johor also found that no panic purchase occurred following the announcement of CMCO by the government.

KPDNHEP Johor would like to advise the public to not make panic purchases and buy goods as needed only and to not buy in excess. Consumers are also advised to continue complying with the SOPs and health advisory especially when going out to get daily necessities.

Meanwhile, all traders in Johor are required to comply with all the regulations and laws set by the Ministry and not take advantage during the CMCO period.