KOTA KINABALU: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry should immediately investigate and take action to reverse the sudden increase in the price of cooking oil which has risen shockingly to more than RM30 for a 5kg bottle.
“Malaysians are already stressed with the implementation of movement control orders and loss of income, and now they are burdened by this sudden and unreasonable increase in cooking oil prices during this pandemic. This price increase is neither reasonal nor acceptable” Jannie Lasimbang, ADUN Kapayan said.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, the government should subsidise the price of cooking oil and protect against any other price increases of basic goods that would burden the rakyat.
“I have talked to few grocery store owner, and they lamented that the cost of cooking oil has indeed gone up about 2 to 3 times in past months, and traders have now been given notice by their suppliers that the price will go up again this month” Jannie added.
Jannie also urged both the federal and the GRS government to constantly monitor the price of cooking oil as a controlled item as well as the price of other basic items so that the people do not continue to suffer during this economic crisis.