KUALA LUMPUR: The special task force on Jihad against Inflation, which was set up under the former administration led by former premier Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, has been disbanded, says Fuziah Salleh.
The Deputy Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister said the task force was disbanded because it was ineffective in tackling soaring inflation rates.
"The meetings that took place twice a week were ineffective. Therefore, the task force is discontinued," said Fuziah during Question Time in Parliament on Thursday (March 16).
Fuziah was responding to a supplementary question raised by Tan Kar Hing (PH-Gopeng), who asked whether the task force on tackling inflation was still active and effective.
Earlier, Fuziah said that another special task force to monitor and implement measures to tackle the rising cost of living had been established.
"It is meant to streamline the implementation of strategies and action plans to address the cost of living issue more effectively," added Fuziah.
Fuziah said the consumer price index has shown a lower increase in inflation in January this year compared to January last year.
For temporary measures to fight inflation, Fuziah said the government had introduced several approaches under the Rahmah initiative.
"This is a short-term measure to assist the people while we address the need to increase salaries so Malaysians have better spending power," added Fuziah.
The Jihad against inflation task force was led by former communications and multimedia minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.