KUALA LUMPUR: There is a price increase in 67 of the 100 food and essential household items in the country and vegetables topped the list with an average of 18% hike, says the Statistics Department.
The department, which tracked the prices of the items nationwide between June 2018 and July this year, said two types of chillies and cili padi saw an increase of 88%, 66% and 46% respectively.
This is followed by cucumber (25%), tomatoes (24%) and round cabbage (11%) while for fruits, seedless watermelon saw a price increase of 45%.
MCA’s Government Monitoring Committee master coordinator Dr Wong Kok Fye who quoted the department’s findings said the price hike had compounded the people’s falling consumption power due to a flagging economy.
While the low-income group was the most hit, he said the middle-income group was also struggling to make ends meet.
“Of the 100 items, 67 saw a price increase of between 1% and 88%, four items with no price change while 29 items saw a 1% to 7% drop in price, ” he told a press conference in Wisma MCA yesterday.
Toothbrush saw a 16% price increase followed by toilet soap (14%) and toilet paper (10%).
Price of eggs went up by 8% for Grade A type followed by Grade B (6%) and Grade C (6%).
While the rising cost of living may cause headache to many, it can be compounded further as Paracetamol also saw a 6% price hike.
Young families with babies also have to face rising cost with an 8% hike in infant powdered milk for a 650gm pack.
Drinks also saw a price hike – a cup of kopi-O (8%), teh tarik (5%), teh-O (4%) and Milo (4%).