Experts say the increase of the land lease pricing in Cameron Highlands to RM4,500 (€900) per 0.4 ha a year will pose a great burden on consumers. Former deputy agriculture and agro-based industry minister Sim Tze Tzin said farmers working on such lands would then be forced to increase the price of vegetables, but that the brunt of this increase would be borne by consumers.
"When the cost is increased, farmers will have to increase the price of vegetables too and this burden will then be passed on to our consumers. Are Malaysians ready to eat expensive vegetables? This will affect our food security because food price will be expensive too," he told a press conference at the parliament today.” Sim said the land lease price hike would affect 2,041 farmers in Cameron Highlands.