Festive Seasons Price-Controlled Scheme extended up to 30 days this coming Raya-Gawai

Chong (centre) speaking to reporters.

KUCHING, April 21: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs will be extending the period of the Festive Seasons Price-Controlled Scheme (FSPCS) up to a month starting this coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Gawai.

Its deputy minister Chong Chieng Jen said this would help lighten the burden of consumers in times of economic difficulties while bringing more cheer to their respective festive season.

“Previously the period was up to 15 days. Now we are extending it up to 30 days,” he told reporters this morning.

Chong said the list of these FSPCS items would be announced soon by the ministry.

Meanwhile, Chong said that consumers complaining over the rising prices of food and beverages still have many other choices to choose from that is more budget-friendly in the state.

Despite cost of living seemed to be increasing as of late, there are still some eateries and coffee shops offering cheap prices for food and drinks.

Chong (left) showing off one of the cheaper alternatives he found – Onn Food Court at Green Road, Kuching – where consumers can enjoy good food and drinks at very cheap prices. One cup of kopi o is 60sen and a plate of chicken rice is RM2 here.

“Our country is a free economy. These food items like kopi-o and kolo mee are not controlled items. We don’t control the prices of these non-controlled goods.

“But what we are doing is promoting awareness and keeping the consumer informed. This (finding cheaper alternatives) is one of the ways to give consumers more information and also let them have their own free choice,” he said. — DayakDaily