KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 – Authorities in several states have started to take severe measures following the drastic increase in market prices for chicken since the start of Ramadan.
Several non-governmental organizations have also urged authorities to intervene on the issue due to the impact on the public.
In Johor, the Johor branch of the Ministry of Home Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) issued 26 notices to 20 chicken traders and wholesalers in the Johor Bahru public markets after inspections were carried out at the following complaints about price increases.
Johor Unity, Commerce and Consumers Committee Chairman Dr Chong Fat Full said the opinions issued fell under section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Price Control Act 2011. profits, through inspections carried out since the first day of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, Melaka KPDNHEP manager Norena Jaafar said when contacted that two advisories had been issued to the state’s chicken traders and suppliers.
âThey were given three to five days to produce documents. If there are elements of profit, they will be issued compounds under section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profit Control Act 2011. ” she said.
Checks carried out by Bernama at the central market in Melaka revealed that the chicken is sold for around RM9.50 per kilogram (kg), leading consumers to complain about the prices, which they consider to be too expensive.
A trader, Hamzah Othman, 57, said that in his 30 years of experience selling chickens he had never had to sell at such a high price, but he did not the choice because the suppliers themselves had set such a high price.
âSome suppliers have said that the price increase was due to farmers having to maintain price increases for imported feed of up to 40%. This has happened not only here, but everywhere, âhe said.
Meanwhile, in Penang, the Penang Consumers Association (CAP) urged authorities to step in to address the drastic increase in chicken prices that coincided with the start of Ramadan.
The education manager of CAP NV Subbarow said the price hike had weighed on everyone and tough action needed to be taken against the chicken suppliers.
“Previously, chicken was sold at RM7.50 per kg, but now it is sold for RM9-10 per kg under the pretext that feed costs and other expenses have increased,” he said. stated in a press release.
In Perak, the Perak KPDNHEP issued 50 advisories to chicken traders, 23 advisories to beef traders and 36 advisories to vegetable traders between last Thursday and yesterday.
Datuk Abdul Yunus Jamahri, chairman of the state’s domestic trade and consumer, national integration and civil society committee, said all traders will be investigated and if profits did occur, severe legal action would be taken.
Abdul Yunus said in a statement that the state government would continue to be concerned about price increases affecting basic necessities such as chicken throughout the month of Ramadan and that the KPDNHEP would continue to monitor the price and the supply of chicken and other basic necessities in the market so that consumers can buy them. at affordable prices. – Bernama