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Ministry may standardise price of control items

PETALING JAYA, 5 Feb 2009: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry is studying a plan to standardise the price of all control items nationwide.

Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said the move was to ensure all low-income groups do not continue to live a stressful life during economic uncertainties.

“Perhaps this year we will be able to standardise the price of essential items controlled by the government,” he told reporters after launching the Dutch Lady price reduction campaign here today.

The nationwide price standardisation would cover prices in urban and rural areas as well as remote places especially in Sabah and Sarawak, he said.

“For example in Kapit, Sarawak, the price of essential items is three times more expensive compared to Kuching because of logistics costs and and we are trying to standardise the price between urban and remote areas,” Shahrir said.

The price of 48 Dutch Lady products comprising milk powder, milk and sweet creamer would be reduced between five and 17% from the original price during the two-month campaign from today. — Bernama


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