PUTRAJAYA - Chicken is cheaper by 70 sen this Deepavali than it was last year, but local mutton and imported lamb will cost RM1 (S$0.39) more.
According to the list of 14 items that are subjected to price control in conjunction with the festivities, live chicken is RM5.70 a kilo, standard chicken (RM7), and super chicken (RM7.80).
The price of local mutton with bone has been set at RM36 a kilo while imported, boneless lamb is RM25.
At last year's Deepavali, live chicken was RM6.40 a kilo, standard chicken RM7.70 and super chicken RM8.50. Local mutton with bone was RM35 a kilo while imported, boneless lamb was RM24.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said the 10-day price control scheme would be effective this Saturday.
Other items in the list are Grade A, B and C eggs, which costs 36 sen, 35 sen and 34 sen each respectively, tomatoes (RM4.50 a kilo), Indian shallots (RM5), imported potatoes from China (RM3) and Australian dhal (RM3.30).
"These are the maximum prices which apply to 89 districts and areas in the peninsula, 32 districts in Sarawak, and 24 districts in Sabah and Labuan.
"The maximum prices were determined based on weekly price monitoring in all districts and areas, views of related government agencies and discussions with importers, exporters, suppliers and wholesalers of the listed items," he said at a press conference here yesterday.
Hasan reminded traders to identify controlled items by displaying the pink price tags.
In another development, the Public Service Department (PSD) said the October pension payment would be paid earlier made earlier on Oct 15 in view of the Deepavali celebration on Oct 22.