Govt to monitor prices of 27 food items for festive season

by SULHI KHALID / pic by TMR FILE PIX

The government will continue to monitor the prices of goods, especially the 27 items that are listed under the festive season price control scheme, ahead of the Aidilfitri celebration next month.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (picture) said the 30-day scheme, which started from May 21, 2019 to June 19, 2019, will allow consumers to enjoy regulated prices on several items such as groundnuts, dried chilli and long beans.

“So far, traders have complied with the price ceilings of the goods. We also work closely with our counterpart from the agriculture ministry to ensure there is no shortage of food supply during the upcoming Hari Raya celebration,” the minister said during Giant Hypermarket relaunching event in Batu Caves yesterday.

Last year, the government had placed 22 items under the price control scheme during the Ramadhan-Aidilfitri period.

With more items being listed in the basket this year, the government has no plans to expand the list of price control food items for the year.

According to the minister, the government only sets the maximum prices of the goods, not the floor prices.

“I have received complaints from traders in other areas (outside Klang Valley) who wanted to increase the price of chicken but unable to do so as some of them are selling their chicken at RM3.99,” he said.

Saifuddin Nasution believes the price competition will benefit the consumers as he observed no traders have breached the regulation by pricing their items more than the ceiling price thus far.

He also urged the public to exercise prudent and responsible spending during the festive season and continue to support local products.

“The government strongly supports initiatives taken by Giant Malaysia to promote local products and businesses. Through continuous collaboration with the ministry, Giant Malaysia will be able to provide Malaysians with better quality product selections,“ he said. Other items listed in the scheme include chicken (live, standard, super), chicken eggs (grade A,B,C), beef (local and imported), imported buffalo meat (from India), imported round cabbage, grated coconut and large imported onions and small red Indian shallots.