Why Ceiling Price For 5kg Bottles Of Palm Cooking Oil, Applicable Only To Peninsular Malaysia? – Junz

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan vice president, Datuk Junz Wong has questioned why the price control for cooking oil is applicable only to Peninsular Malaysia.

The ceiling price for 5kg bottled palm cooking oil is set at RM34.70 in West Malaysia from August 8, as announced by Communications and Multimedia Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who chairs the Special Task Force on Jihad Against Inflation.

However, although this is good news for coffeeshop operators, food stall owners and low-income households, the Tanjung Aru assemblyman asked why Sabahans, Sarawakians and Labuanian continue to pay higher prices for 5kg bottled palm cooking oil.

“During my walkabout to several supermarkets in Kota Kinabalu, beginning last month, Seri Murni, Buruh, Alif, Vesawit and Saji 5kg bottled cooking oil was sold between RM45 to RM50.

“As all these branded cooking oils are from West Malaysia, the price range that Sabahans paid last month are inclusive of logistics and transportation costs from West Malaysia to Sabah.

This shows that Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan continue to be neglected and sidelined by the federal government, Junz said in a statement released today.

“Sabahans, Sarawakians and Labuanian do not deserve to suffer from unfair measures.

“They deserve to enjoy the same privilege as West Malaysians do,” Junz asserted.

Therefore, Junz requests the federal government particularly the Special Task Force on Jihad Against Inflation to set the same ceiling price for 5kg bottled palm cooking oil for Sabah and Sarawak.

“Now Sabahans, Sarawakians and Labuanian have to pay more for chicken and eggs than West Malaysians,” he said.

With a new price ceiling from July, the standard round chicken in Peninsular Malaysia now costs RM9.40 per kg while the price ceiling for Grade A, B and C chicken eggs is RM0.45, RM0.43 and RM0.41 each, respectively.

“Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan experienced at least a few ringgit increases during the introduction of the new price ceiling for chicken – at RM11-RM11.30 per kg, RM9.80-RM12.90 and RM11.30, respectively.

“Similarly, the price of grade A egg is at RM0.47 each in Sarawak, except in Limbang and Lawas (RM0.49 each), grade B (RM0.45 to RM0.48) and grade C (RM0.43 to RM 0.46). The price of grade A, B and C eggs in Sabah is RM0.50-RM0.51 each, RM0.49-RM0.50 and RM0.48-RM0.49, respectively.

“For Labuan, the grade A egg is set at RM0.51 each, for grade B at RM0.50 and grade C at RM0.49,” Junz said.

Junz reminded Annuar that the ceiling price for 5kg bottled palm cooking oil is only applicable for the short term, with a maximum period of three months.

“Take chicken as an example, the imposition of an export ban for commercial broilers, round chicken, chicken cuts and day-old chicks (DOC) since June and ongoing price ceiling measures since February have resulted in Malaysia having an oversupply of chicken.

“I am concerned that Singapore might not import chicken supply from Malaysia anymore if both the export ban and price ceiling measures persist. Japfa Comfeed Indonesia (JCI), an Indonesian agri-food company already stated its interest in setting up three new farms in Bintan this year to supply live chicken in Singapore,” he said.

To avoid Malaysia losing out on its comparative advantage in chicken export, Junz he proposed the current administration to remove the export ban and price ceiling measures without hesitation.

In addition, the current administration could evaluate the effectiveness of the ceiling price for 5kg bottled palm cooking oil monthly.

However, the government still require sustainable solutions to manage the cooking oil price in the long run.

“I opined the government to provide cooking oil vouchers to coffeeshop operators, food stall owners and low-income households while introducing price ceiling measures.

“To avoid profiteering and smuggling of cooking oil, the government should conduct a thorough supply chain investigation from production, processing and distribution stages to sales on a regular basis,” he added.