PUTRAJAYA : There is enough stock of essential food items for the coming festive season with ceiling prices fixed for a month for 27 food items.
The price scheme will begin from May 21 until June 19 to also coincide with the Kaamatan and Gawai festivals celebrated in Sabah and Sarawak.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the ministry had added six more items comprising several varieties of fresh and frozen fish into the basket of goods.
High-demand items such as dried chillies, groundnuts and long beans are also included in the list, he said.
“We have extended the period where the maximum price for essential items are fixed for consumers to enjoy better deals during the festive period,” he said at a joint press conference with Agriculture and Agro-Based Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub.
For the festivities, maximum retail prices for chicken is RM7.50 per kg (standard) and RM8.40 per kg (super), while local beef should not cost more than RM34 per kg, dried chillies (RM16 per kg), long beans (RM9 per kg) and ground nuts (RM8 per kg).
Saifuddin said the maximum price for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers were determined based not only on the current market but also price fluctuation, import cost and costs incurred by breeders.
He urged businesses to follow the maximum price set by the ministry, adding 2,300 enforcement personnel would be on duty to check on wholesalers and retailers.
Salahuddin said his ministry has increased the supply of essential goods by 10% and had issued Approved Permit to Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) to import round cabbages and coconuts to stabilise the price.For the festivities, the ministry has ensured the supply of 142,000 tonnes of live chickens, 800 million eggs, 24,000 tonnes of local and imported beef, 28 million coconuts and 9,200 tonnes of round cabbage, among others.
“Consumers can enjoy celebrating the festivities without having to fear a shortage of supply,” said Salahuddin.