KUCHING, June 29: The Federal government has set the new ceiling price for standard whole chicken capped at RM9.40 per kilogramme, and chicken eggs at RM0.45 each for Grade A, RM0.43 each (Grade B) and RM0.41 each (Grade C) for Peninsular Malaysia.
However, this new ceiling price for chicken and chicken eggs, which will come into effect from July 1, does not apply to Sarawak and Sabah.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Industries Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, in making this announcement through a statement today, said the Cabinet has decided not to float chicken prices and instead continue with the subsidies with this new ceiling price.
“With the implementation of this subsidy, the government has allocated RM369.5 million, bringing the total subsidy to RM1.1 billion since Feb 5, 2022.
“The decision has also been taken into account and coordinated with the Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) announced by the Prime Minister Dato Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently,” he said.
The prime minister has announced an increase in BKM cash aid up to RM500 for B40 and part of M40 groups to help the people cope with the rising cost of goods.
Eligible B40 recipients will receive an additional RM100 per household, while those who are single will get an extra RM50.
“A total of 8.6 million BKM recipients have been approved with households to receive up to RM2,600 in aid this year. This assistance is the highest ever given by any government,” Kiandee pointed out.
The issue of rising cost of goods, he continued, is not only affecting Malaysia but globally due to disruption in the supply chain, geopolitical conflicts as well as climate change.
“However, the government will do all it can to set price control mechanisms to ensure that Malaysians are not burdened by the cost of living,” he added. — DayakDaily