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Monday, February 8, 2010

Survey shows prices have shot up.

Sun, Feb 7, 2010 | PENANG: A survey by the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) has revealed that the prices of essential items like lentils, mung beans, garlic and brown sugar have increased to between 50 and 140 percent over the past four months.

CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said garlic registered the highest increase, from RM2.50 to RM6 a kilogramme.

“Besides that, lentils which used to cost only RM4 a kg has increased to RM8, mung beans from RM3 to RM5 and brown sugar has gone up by RM1,” he said in a press statement released here yesterday.

He also said distributors and wholesalers expected several other items, including sweetened condensed milk and spices, to rise in price t by five to 10 per cent in the coming weeks.

CAP urged the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry’s enforcement division to monitor prices in the state.–Bernama