Need for better control over panic buying

The Government could have done better by holding a meeting with supermarket operators before they announced the raising of the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) to orange (No risk of shortage of essential food, household items, Feb 8).

This would have allowed all parties concerned to prepare in advance and to limit the purchase of essentials, which was eventually done.

Not only were there long queues at supermarkets, but many impatient shoppers also abandoned their trolleys and baskets full of perishable food near checkout stations and walked away because of the long wait, further aggravating the chaotic situation.

The staff didn’t know if the shoppers would return so they left the filled trolleys and baskets there, leaving the perishables to possible rot and wastage.

It is important that the Government work with supermarket operators to prevent panic buying in future.

Such panic buying and hoarding will deprive shoppers in genuine need of supplies a chance to buy what they need.

In the end, it would be the poorer households and the vulnerable in the community who would be more exposed to any resulting shortages.

If supply cannot keep up with the panic buying, there could be a jacking up of prices, which will hit the poor hardest.

 

CF Cheng

 

 

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37 Responses to “Need for better control over panic buying”

  • SG Kia Su & Si:

    This Corona saga has Proven beyond parole, that Singaporeans are the most KIA SU & SI on earth.

    No wonder they are so easily controlled by Self-Censure.

    It’s also a Correlated reason why sg people never demanded for democracy because I believe , in my opinion, Chinese are Chinese. SG majority is Chinese and China proves Chinese do not demand for democracy. Exception is HK TW who are statistically not significant.

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  • Flabbergasted:

    government underestimated the stupidity of singaporeans!

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  • Bapak:

    What would happen and how SGs will behave if we are in the Red Zone?

    Changi Airport long queue – many run road?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Can’t even decide whether to wear or not to wear alamark.

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  • Or:

    Flabbergasted:
    government underestimated the stupidity of singaporeans!

    Is it PAP overestimate its propaganda over the sheep?

    Saying we have sufficient masks when we dont.

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  • Truth Seeker:

    Bapak:
    What would happen and how SGs will behave if we are in the Red Zone?

    Changi Airport long queue – many run road?

    Even if Red Zone will you announce it? It mean state of panic and lock down.

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  • arrogant people who talk down:

    //It is important that the Government work with supermarket operators to prevent panic buying in future.

    Such panic buying and hoarding will deprive shoppers in genuine need of supplies a chance to buy what they need.//

    panic buying (hoarding) is part of human primal instinct (cannot really control lar) triggered in the event of crisis ? it happens everywhere facing crisis (where shortage of food / essentials can be logically hyped up) and this behavior is not unique only in sinkie land lar ????

    as long as the supermarkets are quickly stocked up after each round of panic buy, then this primal instinct will relax orlse the cycle of fear and panic buy (& long queue) will still continue lar ??

    just a thought experiment, even those very calm people (can be very howlian / arrogant people who talk down those who panic buy; and show how cool and rational they are) who after going a few days / rounds into the supermarkets find empty shells and cannot find the essential items that they want and need immediately e.g babies milk, see whether they themselves will start to panic or not ????

    nothing will calm a person if what he sees on the ground (empty shells) does not match up to what others may say on the contrary (on enough supplies) ????

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  • Truth Seeker:

    Flabbergasted:
    government underestimated the stupidity of singaporeans!

    SG Kia Su & Si:
    This Corona saga has Proven beyond parole, that Singaporeans are the most KIA SU & SI on earth.

    No wonder they are so easily controlled by Self-Censure.

    It’s also a Correlated reason why sg people never demanded for democracy because I believe , in my opinion, Chinese are Chinese. SG majority is Chinese and China proves Chinese do not demand for democracy. Exception is HK TW who are statistically not significant.

    Just heard from 1 uncle at food court “Got money, more important, simi LJ..democracy. There you both got your answers.

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  • mike:

    The current leadership is lacking something? Or very lacking in many things?

    Basic things like food and medical needs unable to withstand the test?
    Not something new, i mentioned to many people over the years about food supply sustainability through our own production… but many say “just buy lor, our currency is STRONG!” And now the dafts are the ones first to hoard?

    Where is our capability to sustain on ourselves when things happens, after all these years of nation building? 55years?

    Are what we said currently = Destructive politics?
    Despicable incompetent politicians.

    How about the EM? SM? Or M&Ms? All that supposed to provide insights on how to manage a country’s basic survival in a sudden twist and turn of event…

    Shame on you millionstars and sleeping parliament politicians, past and present.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I think this is called a far sighted government?

    Bolt the fence after all the horses and cows disappeared.

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  • Wake up:

    Once again, it double confirms that these incompetent $m puppies are not proactive.

    They never think or plan ahead, not anticipating possible outcome of their policy or decision,
    always reactive to the situation.

    Disgusting

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  • Asd:

    Enough meh ? Then how come order ntuc no white rice to deliver ar ???

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Bapak:
    What would happen and how SGs will behave if we are in the Red Zone?

    Changi Airport long queue – many run road?

    When that happens you will see the family members of those white residents of the ivory tower queuing up at the airport. Not in Changi but at Seletar for quicker exit.

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  • Regime change:

    Appeals on this and that as if they care.

    Every Minister and MP waited to see where the wind blew from PMO before they dared to say anything.

    Why be a hero?

    They’re busy amassing more wealth from their day jobs.

    Even the DO GOOD DO TOGETHER President behaves like a poodle.

    Only regime change will we have voices to speak up on our behalf.

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  • Regime change:

    When we enter RED code, foreigners will flee.

    They will abandon their cars at Changi Airport.

    Lenders better watch out.

    With millions of PRC people here, the danger of Code Red is real.

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  • Free Singapore Party:

    Flabbergasted:
    government underestimated the stupidity of singaporeans!

    I agree. Singaporeans who voted for the PAP are so stupid, they cannot think on their own, even when the PAP is screwing up their lives and their children’s lives, they still continue to vote for them.

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  • Regime change:

    SG Kia Su & Si:
    This Corona saga has Proven beyond parole, that Singaporeans are the most KIA SU & SI on earth.

    No wonder they are so easily controlled by Self-Censure.

    It’s also a Correlated reason why sg people never demanded for democracy because I believe , in my opinion, Chinese are Chinese. SG majority is Chinese and China proves Chinese do not demand for democracy. Exception is HK TW who are statistically not significant.

    Don’t exaggerate.

    Only Singaporeans are kiasu?

    I’ve seen FT buying like mad. The long queues outside Mustafa also had more FT than locals.

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  • Thanks to a few:

    idiotical and selfish Singaporeans, we’re considered a joke. After JB, the hoarders may even go as far as KL and Georgetown to buy their stuff.

    It’s also a sad reflection of what the public honestly thinks of PAP’s handling of this whole crisis.

    https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/02/11/action-against-panic-buying-by-singaporeans-in-jb/

    https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2020/02/10/hoarding-spikes-as-singapore-pm-says-virus-response-major-test

    https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/tiktoker-dances-in-front-of-fully-stocked-shelves-in-malaysia-to-mock-panic-buying-in-singapore/ar-BBZTN06

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  • Free Singapore Party:

    Bapak:
    What would happen and how SGs will behave if we are in the Red Zone?

    Changi Airport long queue – many run road?

    Indeed there will be long queues at the airports, all 5 of them not just Changi!

    There will also be very few MPs and Ministers attending Parliament because most would have left the country to somewhere safer. Those who attend would be wearing a surgical mask.

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  • Expected:

    Bapak:
    What would happen and how SGs will behave if we are in the Red Zone?

    Changi Airport long queue – many run road?

    Would expect as great majority of residents in singapore are foreign immigrants.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Is it PANIC BUYING or Playing it SAFE with the Lies every day from the PAP…

    “don’t wear a mask if NOT sick”…”Don’t worry all is well and under control”…”there is sufficient stock”

    Shit!!! how much SHIT must we take before the REAL… “SHIT HIT THE CEILING FAN”

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  • Too Late to Leave:

    Bapak: What would happen and how SGs will behave if we are in the Red Zone?

    Changi Airport long queue – many run road?

    It will be too late to leave when in the Red Zone. Other countries will not welcome you and the virus you carry with you.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    One way to reduce panic buying at NTUC Fairprice is to suspend until further notice the store policy that allows a customer to return and/exchange what he/she bought earlier. Right now many would not hesitate to “panic buy” because they know they can return the goods later.

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  • Harder Truths:

    $G operates on the Law of the Jungle. Survival of the fittest or the most cunning. The rest can die their business.

    See how well the pappies have prepared $G for the bad times? And make no mistake – there will be much more of this to come.

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  • TruBlu:

    Guess WE can all say what we like.
    But,THE RICH N POWERFUL surely have their supplies RESERVED FOR THEM,including MASKS?!

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  • Orange Alert:

    If it goes on RED ALERT, Singaporeans will storm the stores in JB and clear out the shelves, especially the rich folks with big cars; others will drive vans and pick-ups. The causeways will be jammed with traffic and there will be panic. But me think this is unlikely to happen because the hot and humid weather in SG, unlike the cold in China, will put a damper on the virus. Also China is unable to cope with the sudden and rapid increase in the numbers of infected and some of the hospitals may not be adequately equipped. The numbers here are still manageable.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Flabbergasted:
    government underestimated the stupidity of singaporeans!

    How to correctly estimate stupidity when stupidity has no limit?

    It was stupidity that allowed PAP to be the government for so long!!

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  • Eddie:

    The fact that rationing kicks in unwittingly give the impression that there is insufficiency in stock/inventory. Sporeans have been assured of sufficiency hence the rationing proof otherwise.
    If rationing were to kick in at the time of Orange code; at least order would prevail.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Flabbergasted:
    government underestimated the stupidity of singaporeans!

    Majority of Singapore are indeed stupid. That is why LKY told them the price of HDB flats will never go down. They still believed this lie even after Lawrence Wong told the truth that at the flats are worth zero at the end of the lease. Moreover, HDB’s Lease Buyback Scheme proves that the flat are basically depreciating assets that will indeed be worth zero at the end of the lease.

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  • Good timing and cover story:

    Straits Times: Budget next week will include ‘strong’ package to counter coronavirus fallout: Lawrence Wong

    Will it also “counter” increasing dissatisfaction with PAP since Singaporeans are worse off since LHL became PM? Also “good timing” since it provide reason (cover story) to give “freebies”? Elections coming by soon.

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  • Those that run road:

    Bapak:
    What would happen and how SGs will behave if we are in the Red Zone?

    Changi Airport long queue – many run road?

    Hello, please dont delete my honest comments.
    Those that run road are likely foreign residents = converted citizen some still holding dual citizenship, prs (considered spore residents). That’s why our popn grows so large!!

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  • Bapak:

    Look out for the tell-tale sign when someone is going on 6-month sabatical leave, Red Zone is coming.

    Those that run road: Hello, please dont delete my honest comments.
    Those that run road are likely foreign residents = converted citizen some still holding dual citizenship, prs (considered spore residents). That’s why our popn grows so large!!

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  • The maker coming:

    In good times PIGS relish their own time consume the wealth Themselves ignore the communities ,
    In time of such adversity, PIGS say gov Alone cannot fight this ourselves, gov need the communities.
    Wealth consume in Abundance at times of feasting not shared with all communities
    Adversities asking for communities to unite and fight this together with PIGS..
    time to realised these Fatten PIGS are overrated drunken lshowing it’s cracks and weakness
    You thought yur message of orange was well explained and couldn’t understand why singaporean behaved this way?
    You should know all your life yu listen only to yourselves and yur weak followers .
    Singaporean were taught not to be Creative but to be good dumb followers.
    It showed too Lawrence yu read nothing about the human psychology… yu rethink yu are GOD material?
    Including all your fellow group thinkers paying enormous wealth to yourselves
    This plague is to tell u the Makers sent the virus to whoever RICH and POOR .. yu are powerless.
    Yu need the communities .. the communities had long abandoned yu over yur shallow need for power.

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  • wear mask before kenna:

    all local born served NSF NSR.

    like pap Ljs are talking about covid-19, so the same BS talk about army. all for show. when the real meets skin, shall discover all fire blanks only.

    worse, al the pap lies.

    1, don’t wear mask unless kenna. which other nation today says this? every other nation except pap nation says wear mask or face punishment.

    2, INSIDE 200m is not within 200m. which other nation says this? not even North Korea.

    3, INDIAN is malay. ask any INDIAN. ask any malay. INDIAN is malay? we don’t think any of them other than pap ones will say so.

    in the end, a lying government is a bad government. worse they steal via ownself pay ownself S$m system approved by a pap pliant parleement. even myanmar generals don’t steal like this.

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  • Sng Yi Lan Cheow:

    Was at NTUC clementi on Monday 10th feb. No panic buying. Business as usual. Quite stocked. In fact, queue very short. Only one ahead of me.

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  • population ponzi scheme:

    //Just heard from 1 uncle at food court “Got money, more important, simi LJ..democracy. There you both got your answers.//

    this simi LJ democracy uncle may happen to make enough money under such system for him to arrogantly make such statement thinking that democracy is not important ? go money (making money) also has to do with the opportunities enabled by the political system of the day (be it democracy or otherwise) ??

    there are a lot of daft sinkies who make good money / life between 80s to 90s (the golden age for many daft sinkies ?) for they may enjoy a very good life and many well live through the rest without seeing / experiencing drastically the flaws of the white idiotic monkey ownself-check-owself one party curry function system ?

    sinkie land now has reached quite a mature stage (economy) and with 6.9m or 10m policy (population ponzi scheme ????) in a country without big land space and natural resources, this making (got money) and simi LJ democracy is going to affect and hit a lot of people badly especially with high cost and more or less stagnant pay (mature economy right?) ?

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  • No Panic When Prepared:

    If these 70% followers were educated in preparing in advance, there will not be any panic buying. There is no need to control panic buying at all. Just teach them what to stock up in advance at their leisure time (shopping for bargains at the supermarkets).

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