ALOR SETAR, May 29 – Consumers are set to enjoy ‘double happiness’ with the drop in the price of vegetables of between five and 30% and the much-awaited implementation of the zero-rating of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) beginning June 1.
A trader, Hafizah Zakaria, 24, said among the items that had gone down in prices since a week ago were parsley and leeks, from RM10 to RM5 per kg, and red chillies at RM8 (previously RM12 per kg).
Other prices that had gone down were for mustard leaves (sawi) RM4 kg (RM4.60 per kg), tomatoes RM4 (RM4.60 per kg), carrots RM5 kg (RM6 per kg) and cucumber RM3 (RM4 per kg).
“The price of vegetables are really cheap now and I feel there is even a surplus of its supply. However, this will revitalise trade without burdening the consumers,” she told Bernama here today. A consumer, Sazali Yusoff, 45, hoped the price drop at the market would remain.
“If all items are sold cheaper, then the people will not feel burdened. However, the pinch is still felt with the rise in other food items such as meat which is still being sold at RM34 per kg, compared to the previous price of RM30,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kedah Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry deputy director, Chin-Ching Chung said the drop in prices could have been caused by the surplus of local goods as well as those imported from India and China. — Bernama