KUALA LUMPUR – March 30, 2020: Gardenia Bakeries Sdn Bhd has called on the public to treat its workers with respect after one of its deliverymen was clobbered in a panic buying incident in Ipoh, Perak yesterday.
The bread manufacturer in a statement today said the deliveryman has received medical treatment before lodging a police report over the incident.
“Please treat our employees with respect. Gardenia takes the safety and well-being of our employees very seriously. We thank the public for their concern and humbly request for calm,” read the Gardenia’s statement.
The company has also appealed to the public to respect the deliveryman’s privacy and stop circulating his photos.
According to an eye-witness account on Facebook, the victim, who was delivering a consignment of bread at a shop was assaulted after he told a customer not to buy too many loaves as there were others who also wanted to buy them.
Gardenia’s products, particularly its white loaves, have been flying off the racks ever since the government enforced the nationwide movement control order (MCO) on March 18 after the Covid-19 outbreak in country worsened.
On Monday last week, the company stated that a supply shortage was inevitable as its factories have already reached their maximum production threshold and thus could no longer increase its supply.
“As a result, we are not able to increase our supply of products in the market. We would also like to thank you for your understanding and apologised for the difficulties you may have faced,” stated the company.