Malaysia's consumer associations: 'Reduce prices of goods too'

Malaysia's consumer associations: 'Reduce prices of goods too'

PETALING JAYA - Consumer associations are asking for the prices of goods and food to be reduced in tandem with the postponing of the increase in electricity and gas tariffs as announced by the Gov­ernment.

Fomca deputy secretary-general Foon Weng Lian said this was only fair for consumers in light of the recent drop in fuel prices as well.

"The Government should come up with a measure to revise all the prices. From the point of a consumer, the price of goods and food have to be reduced based on all this," he said.

During the budget review, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Finance Minister, had announced the postponement of a scheduled electricity tariff and gas price increase for the industrial sector for this year.

Foon said the postponement would act as a "cushion" for the people, especially with the expected Goods and Services Tax for electricity usage of above 300 units.

It also gave the Government a good opportunity, he added, to promote energy efficiency and perhaps even move into renewable energy.

Consumer Association of Penang officer Uma Ramaswamy said the prices of many items were often raised in anticipation of higher energy costs.

"We should call on the traders and suppliers to bring the prices down a little bit," she said, adding that this would take time.

The industries, she said, had to work with both the Government and the public on the matter.

Traders, said Uma, had to be committed in their service, adding that Malaysians had the right to report those found profiteering.

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