KPDNHEP looking for balanced solution to recent chicken price surge

Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi

KUCHING, June 25: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) is closely monitoring the supply chain after the price of chicken increased following the end of the Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme (SHMMP) recently.

According to its minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, KPDNHEP recently organised a joint-management session, with five poultry farm owners in the country, in an effort to gain more input and perspective on the current market pricing.

“What ever the decision and action that the government takes, the outcome will always be balanced for everyone, based on a win-win situation.

“Apart from that, KPDNHEP also has issued a total of 21 notices under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 (AKHAP 2011) to all poultry farmers, in ensuring information sharing and at the same time monitoring the supply chain before the product arrives for sellers and consumers,” Nanta disclosed in a statement today.

He also explained that after the SHMMP ended, a limited supply was driven by demand after two months of the Movement Control Order (MCO). KPDNHEP is confident that this ‘cycle’ phenomena is temporary and will recover soon.

“As the ministry responsible, KPDNHEP would like to advise all industry players to be fair and to not take advantage of the current situation.

“The relaxation given (during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), by the government to allow the business sector to reopen does not mean it is an opportunity to profit unreasonably, and consumers too must be smart and always consider all options, and spend within your means,” he added.

Nanta also advised consumers to download the KPDNHEP Price Catcher mobile app in order to get the latest prices of various products.

“KPDNHEP will continue to deploy its enforcement officers throughout the country to monitor the price of chicken in the market, so that the public will not be burdened by the increase.

“Consumers are also urged to report any issues relating to product prices and complaints to the ministry through the available complaint channel provided,” he added. — DayakDaily