A recent video showed a chicken trader expressing frustration after being sued by the authorities.
In the video, the man said he had to pay the fine using the money he had saved to buy Hari Raya clothes for the family.
The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) had fined him for selling chicken more expensive than the set ceiling price.
However, a woman came forward to tell the real story of why the authorities issued a summons against the trader.
According to her on Twitter, many have become ‘victims’ of the trader, including her family.
The woman also said that uploading a video showing – in which the trader showed the money to buy Hari Raya clothes for the family – was only to gain public sympathy. She further explained that the traders at the market had displayed the price of chicken at RM8.90/kg, but when customers bought, they weighed in at RM10/kg.
Accordingly, the traders in Pasar Chabang Tiga, Kuala Terengganu were all issued a fine by KPDNKK for price fraud. As a mitigating measure, the authorities started taking action against errant traders.
On 9 February, the government announced a subsidy of 60 sen per kilogram to poultry farmers.
Taking into account the price of live chicken at the farm level of RM5.90 per kilogram, the retail ceiling price of standard round chicken is set at RM8.90 per kilogram for the period until June 5.
The Cabinet also agreed to provide a subsidy of five cents per egg for all categories.