By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has listed an additional 12 items for the state under the Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme (SHMMP) effective today until June 3.
The items are tomatoes, imported round cabbage (from Indonesia and China, excluding Beijing), red chilli, green capsicum, China onions, Holland onions, China potatoes, dried chilli, imported groundnut. Also listed are fish namely ‘kembung’, ‘selayang’, and ‘demuduk’.
According to the statement issued on Friday by the ministry, the new items are listed to meet the demands of consumers during the festive season which also coincides with the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period.
The pricing of the selected goods is made in accordance with current prices as well as taking the factors of price change into account, particularly for imported goods which are influenced by global market prices, currency exchange rate and the rising cost of operation.
KPDNHEP said it will continue to monitor and inspect the supplies and prices of goods throughout Sabah and that consumers are advised not to make excessive purchases that could put pressure on prices of goods.
Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are also told not to increase the prices immediately after the completion of the scheme.