Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has earned himself criticism from netizens after he posted photos of himself surveying the prices of food items at a wet market.
Among the items that he had checked the prices for were bananas, cabbages, and spinach (bayam), where he claimed that the prices of cabbages and spinach were stable but prices of bananas have increased by RM1 per kilogram compared to previous.
It did not take long before the post attracted backlash from netizens, who criticised Mustapa for focusing on the wrong kind of food items.
“Chicken is the issue, but spinach is the one that is being stabilised,” a netizen commented.
“YB, we want price of A.Y.A.M not B.A.Y.A.M. We’re not Popeye,” another netizen said.
Over the past month, Malaysians had been suffering from the rising prices of essential goods and have called on the government to formulate measures in combating the rising cost of living.
While the government has formed the Jihad Special Task Force to combat inflation in the country, they have yet to announce any effective measures in handling this situation.
According to FMT, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed is part of the Jihad Special Task Force and their main focus is to garner information from ministries, agencies and the public to curb inflation and control price hikes.
Other members of the task force include Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz, Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Ronald Kiandee, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi, and Chief Secretary to the government Zuki Ali.
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