Transportation woes and panic-buying have led to a sugar shortage affecting 40,000 people in Lawas, the northernmost district of Sarawak.
This is the second time in a month that the incident has happened, said Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry’s Limbang division chief Syed Nizam Syed Zahari.
A consignment of 17 tonnes of sugar, which reached the district last week, was snapped up due to panic-buying.
“Some retailers had ordered more than the usual supply from wholesalers, claiming higher consumer demand, causing the stock to run out,” he said yesterday.
He said an immediate supply had to be dispatched overland to Lawas. — Bernama