Stretching the ringgit

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Family Sales campaign has enabled consumers to purchase basic necessities at a cheaper price especially ahead of the upcoming Thaipusam and Chinese New Year festivities, says the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry.

Its Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said the sales campaign, conducted at Aeon Big Ampang and offering discounts of up to 30% since Friday, was able to some extent ease the financial burden of consumers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Aeon Big Ampang is participating in the Malaysian Family Sales campaign for those who want to celebrate Thaipusam, the Ponggal Festival and Chinese New Year.

“This simplifies and eases the burden of the people in buying basic goods,” she told the media after surveying the price of essential goods at Aeon Big Ampang here on Sunday.

The Ampang MP also said she hoped Malaysians would take advantage of this campaign, adding that they would get value for money.

“Previously, if they spent RM100, they may get only 10 items, but coming here (to the campaign), they may get 15 items,” she said.

She added that Aeon Big was one of the supermarkets that has a network throughout the country and thus, the discounts offered could be enjoyed by all Malaysians.

Zuraida also said that the Malaysian Family Sales campaign was important especially after the floods and amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“We really appreciate the initiative of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry in coming up with this campaign.

“We also thank Aeon Big as they are willing to welcome this programme and all traders involved who are willing to lower their prices so that everyone can benefit,” she added.

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