LABUAN (Bernama) – A study conducted by the Domestic Trade, Consumers and Consumerism Ministry (MDTCC) found that the 96 wet items were sold at higher prices in Labuan than in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Kota Kinabalu.
However, the prices of 91 other wet items were found lower than in other places, the ministry’s secretary-general, Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad told Bernama recently.
He said the study was conducted to help reduce the high cost of living of the more than 83,000 residents on the island.
The study, conducted with the cooperation of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, also analysed the factors which contributed to the difference in the prices.
He said both ministries had come up with several suggestions to resolve the problem, including providing subsidy for transportation of wet items to Labuan through the Mobile 1Malaysia People’s Shop Logistic Programme (Mobile KR1M) and introducing the ‘Jom Bertani’ for the Agro Bazaar and 22 cooperatives in Labuan to sell directly to consumers.
Alias said the outcome of the study would be tabled to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin early next month.