By Karen Bong
KUCHING, June 29: The new maximum retail price for standard whole chicken has been fixed at RM9.80 per kilogramme and super chicken at RM10.80 for major areas in Sarawak effective from July 1 to Aug 31.
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs (KPDNHEP) has today released the new ceiling price list for chickens and chicken eggs in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah for the next 62 days beginning July 1 following the government’s decision not to float the prices of the essential goods.
For Sri Aman, Saratok, Betong and Bintulu, the retail price will be raised slightly at RM10.50/kg for standard chicken and RM 11.50/kg for super chicken; while Kapit, Bukit Mabong, Song and Belaga at RM11.40/kg (standard) and RM12.40 (super); and Limbang and Lawas at RM12.90/kg (standard) and RM13.90/kg (super).
Standard chicken refers to chickens which have been slaughtered and cleaned with leg, head, liver, gizzard and other parts, while super chickens are those without leg, head, liver and gizzard.
KPDNHEP also announced the new ceiling retail price for chicken eggs in Sarawak which will be priced largely at RM0.47 each for Grade A, RM0.45 each for Grade B and RM0.43 each for Grade C in Sarawak.
On June 25, Malaysia decided not to float the price of chicken but instead, a new ceiling price will be announced.
Prime Minister Dato Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the decision was made after listening to the people’s views and ensuring that Malaysians will not be burdened by the rising costs of living.
In addition, he also announced an increase in Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) cash aid up to RM500 for B40 and part of M40 groups. Eligible B40 recipients will receive an additional RM100 per household, while those who are single will get an extra RM50. — DayakDaily