Chicken ceiling price stays at RM9.40 per kg

Price remains: The ceiling price that was set in July seen at a chicken seller’s stall in Shah Alam. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star.

PUTRAJAYA: The government has agreed to continue with the ceiling price for standard chicken at RM9.40 per kg, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said the Cabinet reached the unanimous decision on Friday, adding that the government also decided not to float chicken prices in response to feedback from several quarters.

“Further details regarding the decision will be announced after the Special Task Force on Jihad Against Inflation meeting today,” he said in a tweet here yesterday.

On July 30, ministry secretary-general Datuk Azman Mohd Yusof said the government might not continue with the ceiling price for chicken that was previously set at RM9.40 per kg in the peninsula after Aug 31 as the chicken supply was stable.

He said the market price of chicken was below the ceiling price, with some offering prices as low as RM6.99 per kg.

He said the majority of suppliers were no longer facing production issues and there was excess in supply, which had affected current prices.

Previously, Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said that the government would review the ceiling price of standard chicken and the permission to export after Aug 31. — Bernama

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