For Chinese New Year in Malaysia:

Sufficient mandarin oranges in Ipoh, Perak

The city and municipality of Ipoh can expect a steady supply of mandarin oranges for the coming Chinese New Year as there is more than enough supply from China. Fruits shop owner Alice Tan estimates that she will bring in around 50,000 boxes of mandarin oranges from China.

Tan said the price of large oranges has increased slightly compared to last year, while the price of medium oranges remains the same. “The Chinese New Year is in mid-February but we’ve already started selling oranges. As always, sales will be hectic during the final two weeks just before the new year. Every year, we have to bring in extra stock from our family’s store in Kuala Lumpur to fulfil the demand.”

Similarly, shop owner Wong Swee Sing predicted bumper sales leading up to the festival. Last year, he had to keep the shop open for 24 hours during the final two days. However, he told the Malay Mail Online he would only start selling mandarin oranges in two weeks’ time, out of the estimated 6,000 boxes he would order this year. “Even though the prices increase slightly, people still buy mandarin oranges because it is a must-have during this time.”

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