More items to be put on Hari Raya price control list if necessary, says minister

PUTRAJAYA: More items will be added to the price control list for Hari Raya Aidilfitri if the authorities feel there is a need for it, says Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister said there is a possibility that the list could reach up to 30 items, with 12 already announced on April 19.

“We will announce additional items where ceiling prices will be imposed.

"But for now, there is no pressure to do so because prices are under control, ” he told reporters after a visit by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to the ministry on Friday (April 23).

He was asked to comment on calls for the ministry to add more items to the price control list to ease the people’s burden following a spike in prices of essential goods and food items, particularly as the Hari Raya festivities draw near.

The maximum ceiling price scheme for Hari Raya Aidilftri will be for 30 days, taking effect from April 21 to May 20.

The items are chicken eggs, live chicken, standard chicken (cleaned with head, feet and offal) and super chicken (cleaned without head, feet and offal), mackerel (kembung), island mackerel (mambung), scad (selar) and mackerel tuna (tongkol).

A ceiling price has been fixed for local beef in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah while the price for imported buffalo meat has also been fixed, except for Sarawak.

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