Annuar dismisses social media claims about cooking oil packets

Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa says the cooking oil in the social media reports came from Indonesia. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 4, 2022.

THERE is no evidence to show that thousands of packets of cooking oil found floating in Indonesian waters originated from Malaysia, as claimed in social media, Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa said.

Annuar said the public should rely on authentic statements instead of speculating.

“We have tried to get confirmation from the media that published this news but not even a single party could provide further details on the photographs.

“However, preliminary information we received showed the oil was produced in Indonesia,” he told a press conference after chairing a meeting of the Special Task Force on Jihad against Inflation in Parliament today.

Meanwhile, Annuar said the task force had discussed with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, asking it to conduct a study on the pricing mechanism for cooking oil.

He said the study involved determining whether the single price system for domestic use and export be maintained or a two-tier system should be introduced.

“The committee was told that only 5.6% of oil supply produced by the country is for the domestic market and 60,000 tonnes of this is subsidised,” he added.

“The board will be given enough time to study the mechanism,” he said. – Bernama, August 4, 2022.

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