Prices of daily essentials: Malaysia DPM takes personal survey

SEREMBAN - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin visited three retail outlets here and in Mantin and Kajang to get a first-hand picture on the prices of daily essentials.

It was part of his on-going personal survey of prices of necessary goods and other regular items following concern over increasing living costs due to prices that had allegedly been deliberately hiked.

During his spot check here yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister visited the newly opened Mydin hypermart in Seremban 2 to check on prices of consumer goods.

Muhyiddin spent an hour at the sprawling complex, accompanied by officers from several enforcement agencies to ensure that essential items were not overpriced.

Present were Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.

In Mantin, Muhyiddin stopped at the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) outlet where he spent about 45 minutes at the recently opened convenience store.

He spoke with the staff, who told him which were the fast-moving goods.

Muhyiddin advised them to ensure they received goods from their suppliers promptly.

In Kajang, the Deputy Prime Minister greeted and chatted with shoppers and traders at the Econsave supermarket in Jalan Reko.

Speaking to reporters later, he said the shoppers had complained of a slight price hike and their preference for places selling items at lower prices.

"Consumers have a choice to go to places that sell at lower rates, especially those that receive their supply directly from wholesalers," he said, adding that the Government was mulling incentives for traders who sold products at reasonable rates.

He said the incentives could come in the form of promotions, which smaller shops could find useful as they normally depended on word-of-mouth.

On the KR1M chain, he said 40 more outlets would open this year.

"These KR1M shops may include fresh produce, such as fish and vegetables," he said, adding that this had been discussed with Fama.