MELAKA: The prices of chicken eggs in Melaka have shown a decline since Dec 18, says state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) director Jaiya Abu.
He said the price for a tray of 30 grade A eggs, for example, has dropped by 60 sen after Dec 18.
"Checks by the state KPDNHEP enforcement officers have found that the price of 30 grade A eggs at Tesco hypermarket here has dropped from RM13.64 to RM13.04.
"Likewise, the price at Family Store in Jasin has declined from RM12.59 to RM11.99," he told reporters after launching the state-level festive price control scheme (SKHMP) in conjunction with the Christmas celebrations at Aeon Bandaraya here.
According to Jaiya, a tray of 30 grade A eggs at Aeon Bandaraya was sold at RM12.70, which was reasonable.
He said based on the feedback from the state's Veterinary Services Department, the soaring price of imported chicken feed due to the unfavourable foreign exchange rate was one of the main causes for the sudden recent surge in egg prices.
He assured the public that there would be ample supply of eggs from 11 egg producers and four egg wholesalers in the state for their daily consumption.
On the SKHMP for Christmas, Jaiya said the ceiling price for 11 types of items had taken effect on Dec 23 and would remain in force until Dec 27.
He said among the listed items were live chicken, standard chicken, super chicken, imported turkey, local boned mutton and lamb, and imported boned mutton and lamb.
"The other remaining items are grade A chicken eggs, grade B chicken eggs, grade C chicken eggs, tomato and green capsicum," he said.
Jaiya advised traders to comply with the stipulated price under the scheme.
He said traders caught selling the controlled items above the maximum prices could be fine up to RM100,000, face imprisonment of not more than three years or both, or be compounded up to RM50,000.
“Companies which sell the controlled items above the maximum prices set can be fined up to RM500,000 or compounded up to RM250,000,” he said.
He said the public could channel their complaints on any trader who failed to adhere to the scheme via the Malaysia Government Call Centre (MYGCC) at 03-8000 8000, Pusat Informasi dan Gerakan Operasi Strategik (PIGOS) toll-free number at 03-8882 6245/6088, Ez ADU smartphone application or WhatsApp to 019-279 4317.
"They also can e-mail their complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a SMS to 15888 by typing "KPDNHEP ADUAN "," he added.