Parti Warisan Vice President Datuk Junz Wong said, eatery operators and consumers from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Keningau, Kudat and Beaufort have recently met him to raise their disappointment over the rising cost of living, especially pork.
“Everyone is looking forward to having a lively atmosphere during Chinese New Year.
“But the main concern is the rising cost of living, especially the price of pork.”
“Not only pricing, but scarcity. I was informed that pig farms have more or less sold out before Chinese New Year. Except for one pig farm,” he said in a statement released here today.
Junz who is Tanjung Aru State Assemblyman fears that there will be an even worse supply shortage after Chinese New Year.
“Based on the feedback received from business operators, pork belly is sold at RM40/kg in West Malaysia but sold at around RM58/kg in Sabah”
“For lean meat, the price is RM28/kg in West Malaysia and RM43/kg in Sabah.
“It is bad that Sabahans have to endure a much higher cost of living.
Junz asserted that proper communications and planning between the Federal Government and state government must be in place because this issue must be taken seriously.
“Has there been any plans or communication between the state and federal government?”
“This issue won’t go away by itself. All the previous announcements seems to have failed to bring the price of pork down and stabilise the supply,” he concluded.