JOHOR BARU: The Cameron Highlands flash floods and mudslide have resulted in traders here having to turn to local farmers in Johor to get their daily supply of cheap and fresh vegetables.
Chew Ang Cheh, 60, said leafy vegetables from Cameron Highlands have jumped 15% due to the incident, which occurred several weeks ago.
She pointed out that vegetables such as sawi Jepun and sawi Besar is now priced at RM5 per kilogram.
“I know my customers will complain but there is nothing I can do.
“However, due to the prices hike, I had no choice but to reduce my orders especially of vegetables from Cameron Highlands and buy from farmers here,” she said when met at the Larkin market here yesterday
Another seller Arlina Mohd Aris, 48, who has been selling vegetables for the past 30 years, said she gets her supply from villagers and farms in Kulaijaya and other nearby districts.
She added that local produce is much cheaper compared to vegetables from Cameron Highlands.
Arlina also said usually the price of tomatoes will increase whenever a natural disaster occurs but not this time round.
“Tomatoes from Johor cost between RM3 and RM3.50 per kilogram,” she said.
When contacted, Johor Consumers Movement Association chairman Abdul Majid Kayat urged buyers to be prudent when buying.
He added that wholesalers will seize on any opportunity to increase the price and make a bigger profit.
“If certain vegetables are more expensive than others, refrain from buying them.
“They should opt for cheaper and more affordable vegetables,” he said.