February 16, 2004

 

 

Malaysia May Set Price Controls On Fish and Non-Poultry Meat

 

Malaysia may impose price controls on fish and non-poultry meat over fears of traders advantage of rising demand as a result of the bird flu outbreak, the Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said.

 

He said the ministry was aware of the declining demand for chicken following the bird flu virus outbreak in the region and said the ministry would monitor items sold in markets nationwide to ensure their prices did not fluctuate. 

 

"We will not hesitate to impose price controls if sellers raise prices of items that are in demand, such as fish or meat. 

 

"So far, there is no sudden increase in prices of the two items," said Dr Jamaluddin, adding that enforcement officers and price watch volunteers would continue to monitor the situation. 

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