Malaysia: Supply shortage drives up prices in Johor, Perak, Kelantan, Pahang

Prices of essential items have gone up in Johor, Perak, Kelantan and Pahang over the past week. It is believed the rise is due to supply shortages. Allegedly, prices of vegetables such as long beans and string beans have nearly doubled. The biggest increase was seen for chilli, which went from RM12 per kilogramme last week to RM20 per kilogramme now.

In Perak and Kelantan, the cost of vegetables has also reportedly gone up at a similar rate, mainly due to a shortage of supply from Cameron Highlands, which is in Pahang. Pahang on the other hand, is allegedly experiencing a shortage of fish and vegetables, as continuous rain in the east coast has impaired fishing activities and destroyed crops.

Last Wednesday, the government implemented a two-week movement control order (MCO) to curb a rise in Covid-19 infections in Johor, Selangor, Penang, Melaka, Sabah and all three Federal Territories. Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan have been placed under the less restrictive conditional movement control order.

[ RM1 = € 0.20 ]

Source: malaymail.com


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