HARIAN Metro did a random check on the price of rice and found that it has increased by an average of RM10 for each 10kg packet.
The daily reported that checks carried out at several hypermarkets in the Klang Valley found that a packet of 10kg Local Super Special was being sold at RM34, which was just RM19.50 a week ago.
Similarly, Beras Wangi Jasmine AAA special, which was priced at RM47.90 last week, has gone up to RM58.80.
The tabloid said the situation has not only caused panic where people have bought up large quantities but sales for the higher quality brands have slowed down because of the high price.
It quoted Sri Manja Speedmart branch assistant head Mohd Shahizuddin Samat as saying that the price of rice, including those produced locally, was increasing daily.
He said that up to Wednesday morning, the price of 5kg and 10kg local rice had increased between 50 sen and 80 sen.
He also said that the most saleable rice was Bernas Super 77. A 10kg packet is sold at RM17.39.
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