THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has expressed shock over the rights given by the Agriculture Ministry to middlemen to determine the price of vegetables, reported Tamil Nesan and Malaysia Nanban.
The dailies quoted CAP president S.M. Mohd Idris as saying that middlemen often fixed very high prices for the vegetables that they bought cheap from the farmers.
He said some vegetables that were bought at RM2.50 per kilo were sold at RM6 per kilo in Penang.
He added that 85% of the fruit market was monopolised by these people and urged the ministry to determine the price of local vegetables and fruits.
Malaysian Tamil writers should focus on the younger generation when they write, said Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk S. Subramaniam.
Malaysia Nanban reported him saying this during the launch of local writer M. Ramiah’s compilation of short stories organised by the Malaysia Tamil Writers Association in Tangkak, Johor, last Saturday.
Cuepacs has urged civil servants to get application forms for their promotions which are being distributed by the Public Service Department.
Its president Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam said it was a procedure under the SSMsystem that those who seek promotion sit for an examination.