Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the continuous rise in prices previously has stabilised thanks to the cooperation of suppliers and those involved in the marketing and supply chain of chicken. — Picture by MIera Zulyana
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 17 — The price of chicken in markets are starting to stabilise and it is a positive result of the engagement session with industry players, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said.
He said the outcome of the engagement session with industry players, involving suppliers, chicken breeders and wholesalers, was so that they would not place any price pressure that would impact the retail price for consumers.
He said the mechanism to issue notification letters under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 to businesses was a soft-approach that was fair and took into consideration the situation they faced following the increase in chicken feed.
“The notification letters serve as a reminder and instruction to businesses at every level of the supply chain to review their prices and to make adjustments (as) to not impact the retail price for consumers at markets,” he said in a statement today on the chicken price issue.
Nanta said the continuous rise in prices previously has stabilised thanks to the cooperation of suppliers and those involved in the marketing and supply chain of chicken.
According to him, 145 letters have been issued to traders at every distribution network to remind and inform them that there was no drastic increase in prices done by businesses currently.
Nanta said his ministry currently did not suggest implementing price control except during major festive seasons through the enforcement of the Festive Seasons Price Control Scheme Enforcement.
He however, said the ministry would not hesitate to implement deterrent enforcement by enforcing a permanent price control if prices at every chicken distribution network continued to increase unreasonably.
“Our current action is to monitor and check that chicken prices are consistent to ensure that there is no price or profit manipulation by businesses under the control mechanism being enforced under the anti-profiteering law,” he said.
According to him, 164 premises were checked by the ministry’s enforcement teams throughout the country up until September 14, involving 166 types of chicken including live chickens, standard chickens and super chickens.
A total of 163 Goods Information Verification Notices (NPMB) were also issued to chicken traders inspected to obtain detailed information about operating costs and purchase costs, he said.
Nanta said till now there were no signs of cartel action detected in relation to the price hike, but the ministry, with the assistance of the Malaysian Competition Commission (myCC) will investigate the matter.
“The ministry understands the losses suffered by traders during the implementation of the Movement Control Order.
“Traders at every chicken supply chain, however, are reminded to not take drastic action by increasing prices to cover their losses. Middle men are also reminded not to take opportunity by pressuring businesses and consumers,” he said.
Nanta said the ministry realises the issue of high chicken prices, as almost 80 per cent of chicken feed is imported and rising prices globally have also affected the issue of chicken prices in the country.
He said the ministry would hold continuous discussions with the Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry (Mafi) to ensure the high costs issue, including imported chicken feed, prices of chicken breed and chicks that affect the price of chicken at the level of consumers were minimised and managed well.
Nanta said a meeting and discussion with Mafi and the Finance Ministry will be held to seek reasonable long term solutions that can be implemented to stablise chicken prices. — Bernama