GEORGE TOWN – The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) alleged that the prices of vegetables have increased up to 200 percent in the past two weeks.
Among the vegetables that were involved in the price hike are cauliflower, which is currently retailed at RM16/kg from RM7/kg previously.
The price of pak choy also increased to RM9 compared to RM3 earlier; price of broccoli increased from RM8 to RM20 while choy sum increased from RM5 to RM8 per kilogramme.
Besides that the French beans increased from RM8 to RM15 per kilogramme; cabbage from RM4 to RM6; red chilli from RM13 to RM19 and green chilli from RM10 to RM14.
Its President, Mohideen Abdul Kader said that the CAP received complaints from the retailers on the price increment of the vegetables.
He said, several retailers also complained that the distributors and wholesalers have warned them that the prices of other vegetables may also be increased in the coming weeks.
“Therefore, we urge the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) and Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) to take immediate action in overcoming the vegetables price hike, that has increased up to 200 percent in the last two weeks.
“We hope that the Enforcement Department of KDPNHEP would investigate the price hike as it would affect the lower income group,” he said in a news statement today.
According to Mohideen, stern actions need to be taken on the traders who hike prices excessively and violate the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
“CAP has repeatedly urged FAMA to control the marketing and distribution of vegetables in the country, however, our words fell on deaf ears,” said Mohideen. -MalaysiaGazette