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Government to Investigate as Fish Prices Rocket

13 January 2014

MALAYSIA - Prices of fish have rocketed at the Central Market in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia due to bad weather and increased fuel prices.

Fishmongers have cited bad weather as the reason for low fish supply at the market.

"Not many dare enough to go out in this weather. Sure, the catch may be better, but we don't want to brave the high waves. So, as you can see, not many fish are sold nowadays, and even those sold, because of the demands, consumers are still willing to pay," said a fishmonger.

A kilogramme of tamban fish, which normally sells between RM3 and RM5, is now sold between RM8 and RM12 per kg, reports DailyExpress.

Prawns of different varieties may fetch up to RM35 per kg. The only good news is that crabs are aplenty and sold between RM8 and RM10 per kg.

"It's crab season and we have many suppliers selling us crabs at low prices. There are also plenty of supplies of cockles and clams sold at normal price of RM10 per kg," said another vendor.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman announced that the State Cabinet has decided to form a committee headed by Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad to monitor the exorbitant hikes in the prices of goods and services in the State.

Musa said the move was made after receiving reports on unjustifiable increases in prices of certain food items, believed to be the work of unscrupulous middlemen.

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