GEORGE TOWN, April 9 – The Department of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has refuted allegations by the Penang Consumers Association (CAP) that prices of several types of vegetables in Penang have risen.
Penang KPDNHEP Director Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghafar said that based on price monitoring and inspection carried out by his control team, vegetables were being sold at low and affordable prices by retailers.
“What was reported in the CAP statement is inaccurate, it is possible that CAP is only targeting one or two retailers.
“We conducted price monitoring to obtain information from supermarkets and public market traders on the prices and supply of tomatoes, Chinese celery and coriander leaves which would have increased during the month of fasting, but we have found that some were being sold for less than last month,” he said. Bernard today.
Mohd Ridzuan said the ministry would continue to monitor vegetable prices and supplies to growers and wholesalers to curb profits under the 2011 Price Control and Anti-Profit Act.
He also urged consumers to report information to the ministry if they found traders raising vegetable prices unreasonably.
CAP reportedly said prices for curry leaves went up from RM5 to 15, Chinese celery (from RM7 to 12), coriander leaves (from RM18 to 22), tomatoes (from RM5 to 6 ) and canned sardines of 450 grams (Ayam brand) from RM8 to RM9.50. — Bernama