QuickCheck: Are vegetable prices rising as much as some have claimed?


GRAPHICS and messages have been circulating on social media and WhatsApp containing claims that the prices of vegetables have risen to exorbitant levels, in some instances by as much as 200%.

These included: cauliflower (RM7 to RM16 per kg), choy sum (RM3 to RM9), broccoli (RM8 to RM20) and sawi (RM5 to RM8). Is this true?

Verdict:

FALSE

In Parliament on Thursday (Nov 25), Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid rubbished recent claims by the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) of an exorbitant rise in vegetable prices recently.

"When our enforcement officers were sent to the ground to investigate, they were told by CAP that they were not sure of the locations where such incidents took place.

"This was because CAP said they based it on hearsay," he said.

Nevertheless, Rosol acknowledged that there had been a slight increase in vegetable prices recently.

Last week, Penang Island Vegetable Wholesalers Association chairman Tan Ban Ben said the price and supply of vegetables were largely determined by the weather.

He said the vegetable supply will be adequate for the upcoming festivities, adding that prices would come down once the rainy season is over.

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