LANGKAWI: The issue of high chicken prices will be resolved within two weeks, a deputy minister said.
Deputy Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Rosol Wahid (Photo) said prices will be stabilized and discussions are underway with several agencies.
“This is a sensitive issue, but we are developing a solution to ensure that the prices are reasonable and within the reach of consumers,” Rosol said at a press conference after the launch of the Buy Malaysia campaign at Dataran Cenang here. Saturday (November 13).
The high cost of chicken was brought up recently in parliament when Home Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi was asked about the issue by an opposition MP.
Nanta explained that there are some price factors outside of government control, such as chicken feed, because it is 100% imported.
Chicken prices have risen steadily since September after the standard price for (cleaned) chicken was set at RM 8.83 per kg.
On the issue of bagged cooking oil that is no longer on the market, Rosol said the producers had stopped production because they had not received a subsidy for the oil from the government.
“We are aware of the problem and have met with the Ministry of Finance. The payment of the subsidy will be paid to producers shortly.
“There is a five month payment that is pending, and we have ways to fix this. It will be fixed in a week,” Rosol added.
Regarding the sea bass (siakap) problem in Langkawi, Rosol said the owner has until November 17 to explain the high cost of fish.
“I would advise customers to clearly ask for the price of seafood to avoid the problem of overcharging after a meal.”
A Langkawi restaurant was in the spotlight when a woman complained that she was charged RM 1,738.70 for a seafood meal.